The class demonstration was excellent and fun. Be carefu though when booking the activity as the address provided on the booking invoice from Viator is NOT where the cooking demonstration is located. We walked in circles trying to find our meeting point which was evidently described in a separate email notification which we must have missed. So unless it is absolutely clear where the pickup point is, I would avoid this class altogether.
This was so much fun. Simone was wonderful and we enjoyed all the company.
Our cooking class with Simone' was enormous fun. He was skillful, thoughtful, instructive and entertaining. The food was delicious and we can't wait to try our new skills at home
This didn't start out great. I was sent the wrong address and had to hustle to the pickup zone near Plaza Gramschi. Then my driver appeared and I hopped into a nice Mercedes for a ride to the Casa Frassia - about 20 minutes outside of Siena. Where in the heck were we going? Once I arrived, however, the chef, Simone, bag an to explain and had me start helping with food prep. Turned out there were only two of us in the cooking class and we did everything! It was a great experience. My only suggestion would be for Viator and the Company running the Tuscan Cooking class to make sure the location is correct in the email voucher confirmation.
As fit turned out, my wife and I were the only two participants in this class and thankfully it was not cancelled for that small number. With the one on one experience, we were able to prepare a delicious meal with the close guidance of our chef. We definitely learned new techniques and enjoyed the results of our efforts on the terrace above the restaurant. An enjoyable time, even with the three of us.
This cooking class was fun and informative. Small numbers meant everyone got to be involved with food prep and the meal was delicious. Lots of good tips and tricks for fail safe recipes to be reproduced at home.
So much fun! Excellent instruction - very funny hosts - casual and engaging. We had a great time!
This was a brilliant tour. We had so much fun and learned so much about Italian cooking. Our Chef was amazing! Julio was very passionate about his cooking and this definitely rubbed off on us. He was funny, engaging and clearly loves to teach others. We highly recommend this tour as it was certainly a highlight of our trip! You will not be disappointed :
Great class! Our chef was patient, funny and had the ability to make even beginners feel comfortable. The food that we made together was delicious. I can't wait to try it at home. This class was one of the high points of our trip.
Kimberly B United States of ...
This was a highlight of our trip to Italy. It was a nice break from all the sightseeing where we were experiencing to get into doing. The class size was perfect 8 people- 4 men/4 women, the chef/teachers were authentic one only spoke Italian! and warm. The 4-course meal we learned to cook was delicious. I got lots of practical tips and aha, that's how they do its. And sitting down and eating our food was delightful. Everyone in the class had a chance to prepare multiple parts of the meal and everyone pitched in to serve the meal. Cooking together is a fun activity and I'm really glad we did this! I would recommend this to anyone/everyone!
This was an extremely satisfying and pleasant experience, as well as a learning experience. It was especially interesting because 2 of the attendees were children, ages 4 and 6. They were extremely well behaved and really enjoyed cooking, especially rolling the dough. I only have one criticism...and that is the use of salt--especially in the mixture for the roast pork. An extremely hugh amount of salt was used, along with the spices and herbs. Perhaps the Italians don't suffer from high blood pressure, but for those of us who do, we need to cut back on the use of salt I know it adds a great deal to the flavor. All in all it was a very pleasant experience and I look forward to making some of the dishes.
A truly wonderful evening of learning and cooking. Lella and Francisco together with Anna interpreter did a fantastic job. Very glad we decided to do it. Eating what we helped to prepare topped it off beautifully.
A great cooking lesson, easy to understand with an interpreter. Four of us helped prepare, cook and eat a 4 course Tuscan meal. I would recommend this cooking class.
I took this cooking class while traveling alone in Italy. I love to cook and what better way to meet other people. Chef Louisa was wonderful, funny and very supportive of our efforts as was her assistant Cynzia. We cooked an authentic Tuscan meal from antipasti to dolce. It was amazing and delicious. I would definitely recommend this to others. Thank you!
Fabulous time with 8 different students. Recipes were great and everyone participated. Chef was great and dinner with red wine was wonderful. I will cook these recipes when I get home!
This was a fantastic evening. Our chefs and hosts Claudio and Fernando were great fun and very professional. It as the best meal we had in Siena!
This tour was the best part of our trip! The instructors were great, the food amazing, and the group was so much fun. I would highly recommend doing this class!
Kelly and I thoroughly this class with 4 others! We spent 5 hours with Lella, her assistant, and interpreter, all who love cooking. It was fun and comfortable as Lella led us through the steps to make a gourmet meal. We learned so much! It was exciting to be a part of this and to bring back the recipes we had made. We all got to help in making the parts of the meal and then enjoyed the meal with each other and Lella's special wine! What a great memory!! Lella is a treasure.
Most importantly - the cooking class was great, fantastic chef Julio Cesar Pinado, good fun, nice group of people, great meal and wine, and recipes provided by email.
Only criticism, also expressed in other reviews, was the organization of the class. After numerous emails to/from Viator I on behalf of myself and two friends were advised the class would be within approx. 10 minutes walk of the meeting point in Siena. We were asked to arrive 15 mins prior to the meeting time of 5 pm, which all attendees did. At around 5:15 pm we were met by a driver who drove us approximately 25 minutes to Casafrassi Hotel/Winery, Castellina in Chianta in a vehicle which had obviously seen better days!
After the class/meal we were driven back to Siena by a different driver who was very pleasant and obliging in a different vehicle thankfully. He kindly dropped us at our hotel which was 10 minutes by bus away from the meeting point for which we were very appreciative.
As expressed by other reviews, it was a great experience all in all but the organization of the class needs better clarification.
Cooking class was fabulous and the chef did an amazing job teaching us. We loved it! The only reason I give 4 stars instead of 5 is because it's not actually in Siena. If we had been given the correct address, we could have saved ourselves 40 minutes in round trip driving, by going directly ther instead of going into Siena just to be brought back out.
Authentic Tuscan cooking in a small group setting. Excellent tips and recipes to enjoy back home.
Take advantage of the resources here. It was beautiful and delicious!!!!!!!
Great class with lots of helpful information and the food was sensational. Would have been better if everyone got to cook everything.
It was great doing hands on preparation. Location was nice. However a long drive from pick up point. The instructor was only reasonably knowledgeable.
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