Learning to Cook a Tuscan Feast in Florence

What a day!

Today we spent six hours in a cooking class: “Wanna Be Italiano! Cooking Class and Central Market Tour” we discovered through Florence Town Tours.

We started at the market where vendors explained the mysteries of high quality, authentic Tuscan ingredients. We sampled pesto, honey truffles, balsamic vinegars, orange mustard, cheeses and meat. We tasted, and we tasted. The rich flavor of fifteen year old balsamic vinegar, let  me tell you, is heavenly, well worth it’s stiff price. I can pass on the honey truffle which has a strong flavor earthy flavor, but the rest was amazing.

After three educational stops at the market we went to the cooking school around the corner and began preparing our feast. First, we whipped up the Tiramasu, because it needed two hours to set. Then we made pasta from scratch and prepared ravioli. And finally we made a Bolognese sauce to die for. All the ingredients we used were fresh and local.

Our instructors, chefs Giovanni Andrea and Giuseppe with the help of their assistant Julio took us through each step. They were clear in their instructions, fun to be around and patient. I for one felt like I was all thumbs, but it didn’t matter. It was a comfortable place to learn.

The finale was the meal: bruschetta, ravioli filled with ricotta and parmesan cheeses  brushed with sage infused butter, tagliatelle in Bolognese sauce and Tiramasu, with a glass of Chianti. Superb!

I collapsed when I got home, exhausted and thoroughly happy.

I highly recommend this class. It’s intensive and delicious. All for only 79 euro.

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

4 thoughts on “Learning to Cook a Tuscan Feast in Florence”

  1. I am catching up reading your marvelous blog which makes me feel as if I am sitting on your shoulder.The cooking class must have been scrumptious..My heart went out to you when you were lost in the city – wandering around in a citronella induced haze.The Uffizi gallery must have been heaven.Just think of the fabulous Italian flavor you will be able to instill in your next manuscript!


    1. Hi Daniela
      Thanks for stopping by. I hear you’re getting great weather on the Island. I have to admit a part of me is missing our beautiful fall. Italy is wonderful and I’m glad that some of my enthusiasm is coming through on the blog.I’d love to write something with an Italian setting. Maybe a short story. It would be so much fun.
      Best Wishes


    1. Marsha
      I know what you mean. I’ve been getting cozy at home with my crock pot because it’s so fast and easy, and I can’t burn dinner while I’m caught up in writing a scene.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’m slow in replying because I couldn’t get in to the page.


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