We really enjoyed our cooking day. Francesco was easy to understand, entertaining, and taught us all a few new tricks in the kitchen. The food we prepared was delicious, and the house was fabulous.
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Our guide was fantastic, and he picked us up from Rome, took us shopping for our ingredients, and finally to San MArzano, a small town where our new kitchen was waiting for us. It was small, but comfortable and hospitable.
We made really delicious dishes, and were given a link to the recipes so that we can enjoy them at home. I would do this all over again, I could not have asked for a better experience.
10/10!! DO THIS!!!
This was the perfect way to spend our last day in Italy. Monica was warm and personable and made the day a great experience for all of us. We learned a lot from her about cooking, especially making pasta, and had one of our best meals in Italy!
I absolutely loved this activity. The chef and his assistant were amazing and words cannot describe the beaty of the location. One of my favorite experiences of my two and a half week tour of Italy.
One of the highlights of our trip. Small group experience we will never forget. The little town we shopped for ingredients, the guide/chef Frederico?was very amiable and the small house was exactly what I pictured a small town house in northern Italy to be. The food was superb and more importantly the memories will be unforgettable.
Does this class take place in a real medieval village? Yes. Is the meal that is prepared delicious and fun to learn? Yes. Is this class worth a day of your vacation and money it costs? Well, yes!
Francesco was our van driver and chef for the day. The class is small and intimate, allowing everyone to get to know each other the other family we met were Aussies. On the way to the class 40 minutes outside Rome we all stopped at various shops for the ingredients for the meal: butcher, produce stand, and cheese shop--which doubled as a village convenience store that also sold mops and brooms and American cereal.
The medieval home in which we cooked was indeed ancient, however the inside was beautiful and renovated, and it included air conditioning! It was perched over a cliff and looked down upon a waterfall.
Creating the classic Italian meal was not only fun, it was educational and gave me a sense of accomplishment--I never thought I could make my own pasta. And I do not exaggerate when I say that the meal we created was as good if not better than any meal I ate in a Roman restaurant and we ate in some pretty great restaurants while there.
This was the best experience ever. From the moment it began till the last drop off in the city of Rome it was well worth the money spent on this tour. Learned so much from Francesco who was the prefect host. There was a small group of us, we worked really well as a team and ate a lovely lunch that we prepared together. So if you love to cook and like meeting new people, then this is the tour for you. Do it you will not be disappointed.
The absolute highlight of our entire 2 week trip! I cannot rave enough about this excursion...Chef Francesco was perfect in everyway from the time he picked us up to the time he dropped us off. He was extremely knowledgeable and very personable. The ride and the location is exquisite. We had the greatest group and everyone truly enjoyed cooking and eating together. Some of the group even went out to dinner after to That's Amore which was delicious and so much fun.
This was a great tour, set in a small town outside Rome. The food was wonderful and the class was fantastic. Small class setting really helps set the mood/style.
It is such a delightful experience. Our chef Francesco is excellent and very patient with us. He is also funny, cracking jokes along the way to warm up the group and make us more comfortable. I especially appreciate the small group setting. He is able to provide individual guidance if we are having some trouble with certain cooking techniques. We all learn a lot about real Italian cooking!
Along the way on the shopping trip prior to cooking and on the way out, Francesco shows us some interesting spots in this little village/town for a bit of history and picture taking of this quaint hamlet. The streets are narrow and we meet some local residents who are just so kind.
The best part of course is the eating. After we make all the goodies, Francesco cooks everything for us. First shows us how to do it, and then lets us sit down in the lovely dining room in this lovely home and then brings us all the courses. We are stuffed, totally stuffed, and are amazed at the quality of food we are able to make. Everyone in the group has a wonderful time, and we will highly recommend it!
Best meal we had in Rome. Village was quaint, grocery shopping was as genuine Italian experience. Chef was at times both funny and exasperated by all the women in the group. I and #39;m sure he drank lots of vino that night :) but I learned lots and will make pasta again. You have to do this event!!!
This was one of the most fun things my husband and I did in Rome! We enjoyed shopping for the food we would be cooking , too. The group was small everyone participated. The town and the house were lovely. The chef / teacher was patient and talented. The only suggestion I would make is , it would really have been nice to have been given the recipes for the dishes we made. We were given a web address where we were told we could find them. They are there, but not exactly the same. This being said, we would definitely recommend this Viator cooking class!
This was one of the best cooking classes we have done in Europe. Just getting outside of Rome was fun and being picked up and dropped off at your hotel was an added treat. We shared the day with a delightful family which made the experience even better. Selecting your fruit, veggies, and meat from the local shops was an added bonus too. The entire day was just so much fun and the food was so good. We loved our chef and enjoyed being in a home atmosphere for the class. Would highly recommend this experience.
Amazing amazing amazing!!! Early start to a long funfilled day. Our chef was great and was so patient with us non-chefs. The food was the best we had the entire trip. Can and #39;t say enough about this experience. If you are considering, DO IT!!!!
What a great tour for food lovers!
A small group of 6 ppl, a lovely and knowledgeable chef (and little helpers!) and some delicious, fresh local ingredients. There you have it : the perfect recipe for a fun and tasty cooking class!
We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and the food.
This was a first class tour. Our host and chef , Francesco, drove us to Mazzano Romano a 1500 year old castle north of Rome. He was very friendly and informative. We stopped to shop at a butcher shop and vegetable shop before heading to a villa in the old fort. What a great experience. The class was informative and fun. We chatted , cooked and ate in the charming villa. It was a first class day.
wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. would suggest anyone interesting in Italian cooking take this course
this was such a unique experience, highly recommended!! i would book this experience again in a heartbeat
This was everything we had hoped for, and then some. Chef Marinella Gatta and her sous chef Francesco were very down to earth and attentive in imparting their expert knowledge of the craft and tradition of the Cucina Romana. We headed out of Rome to a small working village with an ancient quarter. On the way to a restored rustic villa in this ancient quarter we grabbed a coffee amidst gathering ingredients from a vegetable stand, a butcher, and a small market with a delicatessen. We then settled into our quaint villa's cozy kitchen for a day of preparing a 6-course meal. Our appetizers were six different types of bruschetta and sliced aged Romano cheese with black peppercorns accompanied by a very well matched regional white wine Vermentino di Sardegna Doc. Then we made 3 different fresh pastas from scratch with different ingredients: ravioli, fettuccine and gnocchi. We also prepared veal for saltimbocca with prosciutto and sage and a scratch sauce. The ravioli were stuffed with a mild regional ricotta with spinach and lemon zest, and in a sauce of similar ingredients. The fettuccine was in a made from scratch with fresh tomatoes sauce and rendered pork cheek. The gnocchi was in a sauce made with sausage and veronica romanesco, with pecorino romano cheese. White wine accompanied the meal through to the ravioli, then we went to a regional red blend Sangiovese-Merlot from Puglia. Dessert was a kicked up use of fresh pears, cinnamon and panettone baked and topped off with fresh whipped cream and cocoa accents. We cannot recommend this excursion enough. All this and door-to-door service. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel. This was having an expert visiting chef in a friends well-equipped kitchen on a laid back weekend day. Very, very nice!
This was so awesome! It was really one of our favorite outings in Rome. The medieval village was postcard perfect. The best part was getting to visit with and learn from Marinella and Francesco. Marinella is an excellent teacher and chef. She tailored her menu and approach to suit our tastes and level of experience. Francesco is an excellent sous chef and teacher. Both were so welcoming and fun! I would love to go back soon.
I'd give this 10 stars if it were an option!!! Our chef, Mari not sure of spelling and her assistant Francisco were great. We learned so much in a very warm and inviting setting not to mention beautiful and it felt like spending the day in the kitchen with old friends. Do not miss this one!!!
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