We really enjoyed the cooking class with a very friendly and lovely Katia, especially the homemade Pici pasta was great. We made some Bruschetta, a salad with Tuscan bread, two simple types of pasta sauces (tomato with garlic and beans with cheese) and Saltimbocca which is meat cooked in sweet wine. We learned a lot about the different ingredients and how they are used in the typical Tuscan cuisine. We enjoyed every bit of the meal, which really was a lot to eat, and can't wait making pasta ourselves at home. Special requests such as food allergies were met promptly. With the food we were served three different types of local wine and in the end we got a printed summary of the recipes we made that day so we didn't have to take notes while cooking.
If you think about taking a class, definitely do it here! Some further tipps from us:
1. Get there hungry! You will have antipasti, two types of pasta with sauce and meat and to be able to eat a bit from everything you should have an empty stomach!
2. Drink a lot of water during cooking because you will get several glasses of wine with the food. Especially the Tuscan heat and the heat from the stove may enhance the effects of alcohol. And you will have to drive to Sant'Andrea so drivers should be extra careful when they're having wine.
3. If you cook frequently and already have made Italian or Mediterranian meals, you might consider taking an advanced class. We thought most of the stuff we made wasn't much of a challenge and we cook every week, mostly recipes from all over the world so I guess we were a little to experienced for the beginners' class. But that was our fault and not Katias! Next time we're there, we'll take the advanced class!
Thanks a lot, Katia!
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