Florence is a feast of the senses, and no other art form engages all five of them like cooking. Our Florence Cooking Class, led by a local chef, offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to delve into local food traditions, and to fully appreciate their historical, social, and cultural components. This half-day experience covers all aspects involved in preparing an unforgettable meal, from selecting fresh products at the market, to a hands-on experience in turning them into meaningful and mouthwatering dishes.
Florence Cooking Class
We begin our walk in Piazza Ghiberti, where the St. Ambrogio market takes place every morning in and around a structure dating to 1873. In this authentic setting, we will wade through the local farmers' stalls, familiarizing ourselves with a variety of fresh produce such as seasonal organic fruits, vegetables, and eggs, some of which will be carefully picked to become our lunch ingredients. We will also linger over and discuss specialties (cured meats, bread, cheese) that make up the heart of the Florentine and Tuscan gastronomic tradition, such as savory pecorino cheese and lampredotto, a tripe-based peasant dish, usually served in a sandwich.
In the Kitchen
On the second part of the experience, we'll spend about four hours in a Florentine kitchen in a private home where we will learn and savor the basics and the nuances of Tuscan cuisine. Under the expert eyes and directions of our docent, we’ll combine all the ingredients to create scrumptious dishes, which can include fresh tagliatelle pasta made from scratch and topped with a rich sauce, peposo (a delicious peppery stew), and cantuccini (biscuits with almonds, served with wine to dip).
By the end of our time together, we’ll be more familiar with the regional food culture and its importance in the social context, and we’ll be carrying back exquisite memories from Florence, in the form of step-by-step simple recipes to recreate at home.
Please note any food allergies or intolerances in the Special Requests box or your Travel Notes. The menu can be adjusted according to your preferences (either meat or fish, with different pricing). We are happy to work around dietary restrictions provided we are notified in advance.
Can I bring a big group of people with me for this cooking experience?
No, the maximum number of cooks we can accommodate at once is 4. Please contact us to discuss other food and wine options in Florence for groups larger than 4 participants