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Chef Paolo Monti's Cucina Italiana Cooking School

Via Per Sant'Alessio n. 3684, 55100 Lucca, Italy
+39 0583 329970
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Ranked #1 of 36 Activities in Lucca
Type: Classes/Workshops
Owner description: Italian Cooking School in Lucca, Tuscany, day classes as well as 7 day all inclusive programs with tours and field trips. Hotel rooms available in our... more » Owner description: Italian Cooking School in Lucca, Tuscany, day classes as well as 7 day all inclusive programs with tours and field trips. Hotel rooms available in our apartments. Intensive cooking classes, 8 to 14 recipes per class, hands on cooking, include lunch and recipes in English. Classes also in Deutsch, Francais, Espanol. Classes: Main Ingredients and Sauces, Fish and seafood, Fresh Pasta and pasta sauce, pizza, focaccia and bread. Tuscan Cooking, Chef Paolo's favorite dishes. Fun classes, delicious dishes, easy to make recipes! « less
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English first
Sebastopol, California
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43 reviews 43 reviews
5 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Chef Monti is not only a great teacher, he's also hysterical. His jokes are terrible, politically incorrect and laugh-out-loud funny! The classroom is very intimate and from the first minute you are working hands-on: measuring, weighing, slicing, chopping, kneading, etc. I took the pizza, focaccia and bread class, and although I've been making bread for 20 years, I learned many... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We called a few places and in the end Chef Paolo was the only cooking course we could get into but it was well worth it. He is reasonably priced and it was a wonderful day. Although we were looking for something a little more intimate originally this is still very nice. The class is at his restaurant about 10... More

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I was nervous about going to a cooking class because my husband doesn't eat garlic or spicy foods. I let Chef Paolo know this before booking the seafood half-day class. He was amazing! He was very cheerful about keeping separate a little bit of each dish for my husband before adding the garlic! We made about 15 dishes and they... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My wife is vegetarian so we did the vegetarian cooking class today with Chef Paulo. The number, range and quality of vegetarian dishes that Chef Paolo put together for us to cook was truly amazing. Chef Paolo taught us to cook all of these wonderful dishes, knife skills and entertained us with his dry wit. We had a fantastic time... More

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Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This was a lot of fun! We took the Tuscan class, and prepared a lot of dishes. With cooking hints interspersed throughout, the class was fun and informative. Chef Paolo was entertaining and gracious, and quite generous with the wine both during the class and with our meal afterward! 😊 Even my husband, who barely knows where the kitchen is... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

I have very little to add to the many strongly positive reviews already posted. Chef Paolo Monti is passionate about good food, a great communicator and (in spite of his occasional efforts to play - none too convincingly - the short-tempered maestro) a warm-hearted and genial host. We enjoyed a leisurely cycle from Lucca along the bank of the Serchio,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Was an absolutely divine expereince. Chef Paolo is simply put the best there is. My daughter and I did a total of 3 days of cooking - my son joined us on the third day. We stayed above the venue and managed to go shopping with him on the first day. Would recommend this hands down for anyone who loves... More

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

What a fantastic day! I travel extensively and this is the first time I have ever rated an event afterwards. My daughter and I took "The main sauces and ingredients class" today and learned so much. We were given a very hands-on experience with excellent instruction on various sauces, pasta, bruschetta, and Tiramisu. The day started at 10:00 and ended... More

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West Hartford, CT
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We had a wonderful 6 hour cooking experience doing pasta and sauces. He did a great job including the children into a memorable hands on and fun experience.

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Singapore
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We loved this fresh pasta course with chef paolo. Learning to make the dough with the pasta machine was so much fun! We made 10 amazing sauces, 3 types of pasta, ravioli and the most amazing chocolate ravioli with pears I have ever eaten! Chef paolo is super organized and it was a VERY hands on course. Frankly we were... More

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