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Ecco La Cucina

Loc. Palazzo a Merse, 53010 Siena, Italy
039 338 7745487
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Ranked #5 of 54 attractions in Siena
Type: Educational Sites
Description: The cooking classes are held in a 900 year old stone mill, lunch is under the pergola in the garden.
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Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

When this vacation was no more than imagination, we surfed trip advisor and found Gina. The rest of the trip evolved from there, and it has been amazing. We spent Monday with gina, her sister, Mary, and three other couples learning, chopping, whisking, eating and drinking in 900 year old mill that has become a warm and roomy kitchen and... More

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thanks M and J for the great review! Mary and I had fun cooking with you both, I hope you enjoyed the wine day tasting Brunello! travel safe and come back and see us again in Tuscany! Gina More

St. Louis
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

We spent 4 days with Gina last October at Ecco La Cucina, and we have such wonderful memories of our tour. It was the highlight of our vacation (and this was a vacation that included Pompeii and a stay in Positano!). While there were other people who had signed up for the cooking class portion of the tour, it turned... More

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

D! Thanks for such a lovely review! I thoroughly enjoyed the week with you and E.! Remember when I tried to get everyone to sing along to "That's Amore!" at the wine dinner but no one knew the words?! Was thinking of you guys the other day, hope all is well and you think of me when you're in Missouri... More

Marietta, Georgia
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

Three of us participated in the one day cooking class on Sept. 13th. It was definitely time and money well spent. There were 12 of us in the class, all wonderful to get to know. Eleanor taught the class as Gina was on culinary tour in Bologna. Eleanor did a wonderful job....very personable and a wealth of detailed cooking instructions.... More

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Murphys, Ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I just returned home from a two week Tuscany vacation which included a one day cooking class with Gina at Ecco La Cucina. I cannot stress enough what a wonderful time I had participating in this class! I am a chef and caterer in California and was a bit skeptical about what I might learn from Gina but went along... More

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

It was such a pleasure having a professional like you in the class and my biggest thanks for such a great review! I'm sure we will meet in California, remember we'll be in Sonoma in april and would love to have your input for excursions in the area! Big hugs and buon appetito, Gina More

Chattanooga, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

My wife and I participated in the Ecco La Cucina one day cooking class on September 13th. It was time and money very well spent. Eleanor taught the class as Gina was Bologna for the week and she did a wonderful job...very detailed instructions, provided a good deal of background information regarding the mill that we were cooking in and... More

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thank you so much for letting us know how much you enjoyed your day at Ecco La Cucina! Eleanor and Sira are terrific and I'm so glad that you recognized that! I'm sorry i wasn't there but hope to be able to cook with you someday when you come back to Italy. Buon Appetito, Gina More

Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

I have just returned from the most wonderful week long culinary tour through Bologna and Siena with Gina. It was an amazing experience including cooking classes, culinary tours to local producers, wine tastings and guided walks through nearby towns. All enjoyed whilst staying in beautiful accommodation and with plenty of delicious food (and wine with lunch and dinner). I loved... More

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

JO! you made it home okay! It was so great to meet you and have you on the trip with us, you are a joy to travel with and I'm glad I could share my favorite parts of Italy with you! Thank you for the lovely words! Big hugs, Gina More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Out of my two weeks in Europe this was by far my favorite!!! The food was amazing and I learned so much! I would do it again! Beautiful clean kitchen!

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Jessica, Thank you so much for the great review! I'm glad that you enjoyed the day cooking with us, I hope you are inspired to cook the dishes at home! Buon Appetito, Gina More

Gurnee, IL USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

On September 9, my wife and I joined a group for a cooking class taught by Eleanor at Ecco La Cucina. It was a busy day for Ecco La Cucina as Jean was teaching a class later in the day and her associate Eleanor conducted the class. The entire experience was fabulous. It was more like a group of friends... More

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Dave, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the cooking class! Your review certainly did justice to the food! I strive to make the experience as authentic and fun as possible, while helping you to learn something about our beautiful Tuscany, and I'm thrilled Eleanor was able to impart that. I hope to see you in the kitchen again, it was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We had a lovely day at Ecco La Cucina, instructed by Eleanor. It was a beautiful old mill in the countryside (approximately 20 minutes drive from Siena). We were just four ladies in our course, all Australian, as it happened on that day. We made some delicious food and enjoyed the local wines. Definitely the highlight was learning the secrets... More

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your lovely review! I'm so glad that you had a good time with Eleanor and enjoyed learning to make pasta! I hope that you enjoy the cookbook and keep it up once you get back home. Best wishes and Buon Appetito! Gina More

lake macquarie australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We did this May 20th, however have only returned to Australia! I agree whole heartedly with the positive reviews previously written. This day was a buzz for me as I had never done a cooking class previously. Gina and assistant Eleanor made the whole experience memorable. Not just the actual cooking which was hands on for our very small group,... More

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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this review

Thanks Chris! I'm so glad you enjoyed the class, it was fun to meet you and cook together and I'm thrilled to know you feel like you learned so much! Take care and keep cooking! Gina More

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