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Ecco La Cucina

Loc. Palazzo a Merse, 53010 Siena, Italy
039 338 7745487
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Ranked #5 of 56 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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Vienna
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

My family of 6 ( my husband, myself and 4 children ages 12,13,16 and 18 years old) experienced a one day cooking class with Gina Stipo at her 900 year old mill outside of Siena proper. The location itself was exactly what we had dreamed it would be - the stone building in the setting among a beautiful fruit garden... More

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

That was such a lovely day together! I made some yummy plum jam with all the plums we picked and then made another jam tart! Thanik you so much for the review, I wish you and your beautiful family all the best and have some great pictures of the kids making pasta that I'll send! Gina More

1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Most amazing trip! This is our 2nd time on this tour and recommend it to everyone! Gina Stipo and Mary Potter, thank you!

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

Thanks so much for coming with us on our Palio tour! It was lovely to see you both again and share yet another aspect of Tuscany with you! Best wishes, Gina More

Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We recently spent a day with Gina for a cooking class while we were visiting Siena. I had a wonderful time - Gina provided great information on the history of the area and its food, as well as helpful advice on how to re-create the wonderful dishes we made together when we get back to the US. The class began... More

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

Thanks so much, it was a lot of fun! I'm so glad you were able to find rabbit, I knew it would be available with a little looking. I hope it turns out as good as the roasted rabbit we made! Best wishes, Gina More

Princeton, New Jersey
1 review
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We joined Gina for a one-day cooking class and had the best time learning from her and meeting new friends. We have tried the recipes again for other friends and each time, they bring back fond memories of that day. I had never made pasta from scratch before, but being a cooking newbie didn't really matter. Gina shared a lot... More

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

Thanks so much for the lovely review! I'm glad you enjoyed the class, best wishes and buon appetito! Gina More

Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
16 helpful votes 16 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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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