Traditional Tuscan Cooking Class with Florentine Chef

There is no such thing as Italian cuisine- but rather regional Italian cuisine. In Italy, there are 21 regions of Italy and varies from city to city, even! This lesson offers a hands-on overview of Florentine and Tuscan cuisine with traditional appetizers like fried zucchini flowers, coccoli with salame & sheep's milk cheese, fresh pasta making (tortelli, pici, etc), seasonal primi like panzanella, tomato sauces, polpette (meatballs) historical peppered beef stews cooked in wine (peposo), roast meats (pork arista) and local desserts like almond biscotti (cantuccini). The cooking class is complete with fresh pasta making. Depending on the season, you'll make gnudi, pappardelle, pici pasta as well as tagliatelle and gnocchi in order to visit pasta techniques from other Italian regions.

 

Highlights:

  • English/Italian bilingual culinary instructor
  • Fresh pasta making by hand
  • Make appetizers with seasonal delicacies such as zucchini flowers
  • Food market walk in Florence (for morning lessons only)
  • Learn how to make tomato sauces- from scratch!
  • Meet a local chef and dive in to Tuscan cuisine
  • Cook with a Florentine mamma in the exclusivity of a home-setting 
  • Full-course menu with wine (appetizers, first course, second course and dessert!)
  • Bake Tuscan cookies "cantuccini" and other Italian desserts
  • Sit-down lunch of your creations with your instructor
  • Culinary and cultural immersion
  • Pick-up priceless tips in the kitchen

Details:

Start time: Morning (9/9:30am start) or Afternoon (4/4:30/5pm start)  Days: Monday-Sunday (Sunday a.m. available only at private lesson rates) Duration: 4/5hours, including sit-down meal with wine Inclusions: *Market walk & shop, full-course meal instruction, 100% hands-on, all food/ingredients, personalized lesson with chef, water, coffee and wine. Group Cost: starting from 125eu pp Private Cost: Please Inquire. Cost depends on group size and request.  Not included: Travel insurance, extra hours, additional hours and trip cancellation insurance. *Market walk not available for evening cooking classes. NOTE ON CAPACITY:  We generally max out at 4-6 to keep the experience hands-on with lots of attention from the culinary instructor. If you are a larger group, we can accommodate you in a larger venue with 2+ chefs, please inquire for rates and availability. Our group experience booking blocks out 48 hours before each day, so e-mail us for last minute requests as we might have spots open. 

You will be in fine hands with an excellent culinary expert who loves teaching people the beauty of Tuscan cuisine to students from around the world. With this classic cooking class in Florence, you'll start off as a student and leave as a dear friend with priceless memories and knowledge of Tuscan cuisine.