Discovering Tuscany is a job for all senses, especially taste. Culinary tradition is king in Italy, and especially here, and a major part of the cultural experience of visiting the region. High-quality local products create a deep bond with this area’s identity and through these cooking class you, as well as Tuscans, will have the opportunity to go deep down the roots of Tuscany and learn the secrets of this cuisine, with a course held in a charming villa of ‘700.
Choose from three menus and once you understand which one you prefer, you will be shown all the necessary steps to create marvelous soups like the famous ribollita or the pappa al pomodoro, homemade pasta such as tagliatelle, pappardelle and tagliolini. You will also master the art of pairing each past with its most suitable sauce. Learn how to make bread and ‘schiacciata’ – schiacciata all’olio is one of Tuscany’s top bakery treats. It’s a type of flat bread made with flour, water, yeast, salt and olive oil, produced daily at your local “forno” or “Panetteria”.
Schiacciata literally means “squashed” and depending on the area where it’s made, it can also be called ciaccia, schiaccia, focaccia or ciaccino. You will learn how to create desserts such as tiramisu or fruit tarts. Your cooking class will end with a deserved tasting, where students will sample first hand all the delicious dishes prepared during the course of the day. And that’s not all. Every dish can be accompanied by excellent local wine.
Would you like to be lead and taught how to choose a good wine to be paired with food? This tour can also include a visit to a winery that produces high quality wines meeting an expert local guide who will explain what is involved in the wine making process, including anecdotes and interesting news.
Once back at home, you’ll know to surprise everybody with your food-making and wine-pairing new skills!