I was a little hesitant to book this experience because it's a bit pricey for 4 people. But I'm so glad I did. The afternoon and evening at a farm in the Tuscan hills was worth everything we paid and more. Luca and Chris were outstanding hosts, teaching us all about pizza and gelato. It was so entertaining and the food was delicious. My kids are ages 16 and 20, and this evening was far and away one of the best memories from our trip to Italy. It was an unexpected bonus to interact with people from all over the world, to make food with them and dine with them. We had wonderful conversations and met some very interesting people. I'd absolutely recommend this experience without hesitation.
This was a great experience and I am happy we did it and definitely would recommend it to others. I would rate it very close to 5 stars if the rating system would give me a scale. Luca is very entertaining and makes the event fun! I also thought Luigi was great also (his “assistant”). He was very nice, helpful, and engaging with the kids, but definitely underused. The location is gorgeous and really all around this was one of my favorite things in Italy!Why NOT 5 stars then, right? Well I think there were a few areas that could be improved upon to make it an excellent experience: (1) maybe some actual history of pizza as an Italian food (how did pizza come to be?). (2) a guide with a flashlight would help people see better at night on those steep stairs and dirt roads.(3) some form of a seating chart so groups could easily stay together during the event is a must (in both the gelato making room and the eating area). We left the area to make our pizzas and came back to 1/2 our seats being taken by others. Our drinks were at the spot as well as coats, but we were displaced and left without glasses or anything to drink the rest of the night. Furthermore, in the gelato area since there was no chart we ended up having one outlier of our party at another table. Yes they did move the stuff so we could all be together but I got the feeling this was a form of irritation for them. (4) We told more than one person about a fruit allergy in our party, during the even and prior to the event, and while there was an attempt to accommodate this the people using the fruit we were trying to stay away from ended up directly behind us. If that had splattered and touch my daughter it would have been an issue for her. Perhaps the seating/workstation chart would have helped with this also. (5) some extra glasses and napkins on the food tables would be helpful. I didnt expect to be waited on, but it would have been nice to have someone come around during the meal time to check-in with each group. We could have used a glass of water, but there was nobody free to ask. Please know these are all just suggestions that would have made it a 5 Star experience for us! Everyone had a wonderful time and experience! I would recommend this experience for mature children and all ages who don’t have mobility issues (there is dirt road waking and steepstair climbing involved- they do mention this themselves, but so you know... they aren’t exaggerating).
What an awesome experience, not only were Luca and Angela knowledgable but they were also loads of fun, and dont forget all the others that make thinhs happen, like Luigi and the rest of the crew, i would recommend this to anybody visiting florence or the tuscan region! Luca we are waiting for your tv show to air!
My husband and I traveled to Italy for about two weeks, and we both agree this was our favorite part! Max and Luca were AMAZING! The best hosts we could have asked for - very helpful, great at explaining information about gelato and pizza, and so funny! Everyone in the class laughed the entire class! We would 100% recommend this class. Make sure you make this a part of your Florence trip!
Our pizza and gelato cooking class with Luca and Lavinia was the absolute highlight of our trip. It was a quick ride from downtown Florence. The scenery was gorgeous, wine was generously flowing and the food we made was delicious. Luca and Lavinia had us absolutely cracking up. We learned how to make some awesome food and were thoroughly entertained. I HIGHLY recommend this trip to anyone going to Florence, even if your time there is limited.
The cooking with Chris and Luca was literally an experience. Very detailed explanation on how to make wonderful Gelato and Pizza. Starting with the Gelato - We made over 8 different types of Gelato and Chris explained how the ratios of the various ingredients affect how it is made. Each of us made one and was absolutely brilliant and super easy. We also had a show with Liquid Nitrogen done by Chris.Pizza - If you get Luca as your cook, consider yourself super lucky. He is so much fun and makes Pizza making an absolute experience with his own antics!! For the first time I flew a pizza in the air. If you guys are in Florence, this is one experience you cannot miss. Definitely do this over visiting any places around. Winter cold is no problem at all, as it is all done indoors (except of course for the wood fire oven).
This cooking class was the highlight of our trip to Italy. Luca and Lavinia do a fantastic job. They are both extremely well-trained, personable, and helpful. We learned so much and had a blast doing it! You can’t beat an afternoon of delicious food nestled in the hills of Tuscany. Luca is sure to keep you laughing your entire visit and Lavinia taught us so much about gelato... her passion is contagious! Great for families or couples alike. Consider this a must-do!