My husband (who can only cook toast) and I (I'm a decently accomplished cook) took this class our last day in Rome. It was the highlight of our trip! We both had the absolute best time. The class is *such* a great deal. You spend 5 hours (they go *very* fast) both learning about the regions, the foods, and the history of how different foods are prepared in Rome vs. other parts of Italy. It was very different than we were expecting .... everyone sort of 'pitched in' and did different parts of the preparation of a very large lunch (we had an appetizer, 2 courses, a side, and dessert that we all prepared). This included cleaning the vegetables and stirring, chopping all the way up to learning to 'flip' food while cooking on the stove. You really only did what you felt comfortable doing. Chef Andrea was soooo entertaining, funny and knowledgeable. We were all astonished at how quickly the time went as well as how wonderful the food we prepared tasted. I've been cooking Italian cuisine (now, admittedly, it has been learned from cooking shows and books) - but, I learned SO many valuable hints and prep tips I have never seen presented by professional cooks. And, the food is so easy to prepare - very easy to repeat (even by a novice) back home.
When we return to Rome, we will do this again.
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