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The Spice Lab

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Lovely afternoon cooking with Melanie

Our three course cooking class with Melanie was delightful. She drove us to her family olive grove... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2015
via mobile
Could not have been better

When my family started planning a trip to Tuscany the one thing we were looking to book was a... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2015
Beverly, Massachusetts
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Sep 5, 2015
“Lovely afternoon cooking with Melanie”
Aug 3, 2015
“Could not have been better”
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Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Our three course cooking class with Melanie was delightful. She drove us to her family olive grove which overlooks the rolling hills of Tuscany. In the charming outdoor kitchen, we learned how to prepare an eggplant appetizer, creamy risotto and a decadent no flour chocolate...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2015

When my family started planning a trip to Tuscany the one thing we were looking to book was a cooking class. After some research and reading through reviews I felt that Melanie and Paolo at the Spice Lab would be the best fit for our...More

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Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

What a terrific experience. Everything from booking to confirming to meeting to cooking was just easy, breezy and perfect. My wife and I met Paolo at their family's cafe and headed off to their olive grove (where they also grow citrus and herbs and artichokes...More

Thank Evan B
Reviewed February 16, 2015

This review is long overdue! In January, a Miami University (Ohio) colleague and I led a study abroad workshop to Italy focused on the chemistry of art and chemistry of food. Melanie and I had corresponded for several months, and she had clearly thought about...More

1  Thank Janet M
Reviewed February 5, 2014

Melanie seemed prepared to give us her entire day! We made a lovely gnuddi, along with bruschetta and torte, and sat and talked over lunch. Not only did we learn a bit in the kitchen, we heard a bit about life in Italy from a...More

1  Thank nonamesforme
Reviewed November 20, 2013

It took too long for me to write this review. Melanie & Paolo are awesome hosts and truly make you feel apart of their family. Everything was perfect from the setting in the olive grove, to the amazing 3 course menu (very flexible), to the...More

1  Thank Gideon04
Reviewed November 18, 2013

I have been fortunate enough to have taken cooking classes and market tours around the world (Nice, Lisbon, Seville, Prague, New Delhi, and several in the USA), and I was getting frustrated trying to plan something in Florence. Everything seemed to focus on making pasta/ravioli...More

Thank MichellefromWI
Reviewed October 1, 2013

My fiancé and I would give this experience 6 stars if possible! Melanie and Paolo know their stuff. From our buying trip in the central market to the rustic but beautiful olive grove, the day was perfect. They both are knowledgeable and professional not to...More

Thank Cheryl R
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We just returned from our two week trip to italy. My wifes only request was to do a cooking class. I poured over the internet to find a class that would not be your typical class. the spice lab did not disappoint. It was one...More

Thank Ebdmd
Reviewed October 30, 2012

Melanie and Paolo are wonderful people who provided a unique experience off the tourist track to visit a market and proceed to their family olive grove to do a cooking class. Whe the food was ready, we enjoyed the delicious meal while overlooking the hills...More

Thank Jackie D
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San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind
stalls with an array of products in one of the most
traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different
ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor
market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a
vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to
fall in love with this area and in particular, with
its variety of food, especially those focusing on
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