Chef Paolo Monti's Cucina Italiana Cooking School

Chef Paolo Monti's Cucina Italiana Cooking School

Chef Paolo Monti's Cucina Italiana Cooking School
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10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Italian Cooking School in Lucca, Tuscany, day classes as well as 7 day all inclusive programs with tours and field trips. Hotel rooms available in our apartments. Intensive cooking classes, 10 to 14 recipes per class, hands on cooking, include lunch and recipes in English. Classes also in Deutsch, Francais, Espanol. Classes: Main Ingredients and Sauces, Fish and seafood, Fresh Pasta and pasta sauce, pizza, focaccia and bread. Tuscan Cooking, Chef Paolo's favorite dishes. Fun classes, delicious dishes, easy to make recipes!
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Mark R
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Couples
My family traveled to Lucca to do this cooking. We were there for 7 days. Had a great tour to the surrounding are to see where local items were made- oils, cheeses and meets. We had 5 days of cooking- 4+ hours each time and made more dishes then you can count. Than sat down and had a chance to eat what you cooked and also enjoyed evening meals in the restaurant. I so highly recommend this if you are looking for a great Italian cooking school with a great chef!!!!
Written July 31, 2022
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Cathy B
Santa Cruz6 contributions
Sep 2022
Cooking with Chef Paolo was so much fun and informative that I decided to take another class while in Lucca. I first took the Fish class with 2 of my childhood friends of 50 years. It was the first time they had been to Europe and Chef Paolo's class was the highlight. We made 11 dishes in a relaxed and fun environment. Our group sat down to eat appetizers first, then first plates (primi), then entrees (secondi) and then dessert All courses included wine. We couldn't believe our group cooked all those delicious items. I took my husband back to Chef Paolo's to learn to make bread, focaccia and pizza. Again Chef Paolo outdid himself teaching us to make 3 types of bread, focaccia and pizza dough. We have come home to continue to make some of these fabulous recipes.
Written October 31, 2022
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Anu
2 contributions
Aug 2022
Me and my colleague took apart on 7 days Gourmet cooking course and it was a really amazing week! We had five cooking courses, were we made and tasted over 50 different dishes! We had also a tour in Lucca with a wonderful guide and a day tour in Parma and Modena visiting to see the production of Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma and Aceto Balsamico.
The whole week was very well organized, and Chef Paolo is an excellent teacher with lots of humour. We also stayed at the same place and the accomodation was very nice too with a wonderful staff.
Chef Paolo´s cooking school is a must place to visit. And the courses are suitable for everyone and definitely more than wort the price. The only bad thing was that we got few extra pounds during the week.
Written November 1, 2022
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CDP
5 contributions
Jan 2023
This was so much more than we expected! My sister and I arrived to the restaurant, and offered espresso upon arrival. We were led into the kitchen/class area where we met Chef Paolo and immediately felt like we were being invited into a family. We opted for the vegetarian class, and he walked us through the menu for the day. We prepped veggies, made sauces, made our own seitan (!!!), etc. All the while, chef Paolo cracked jokes, and told us of his many years of traveling and cooking all over the world. He sat down to eat with us during each course which really made the experience. We loved it so much, we plan to come back upon our next visit. My only wish is that they offered gift certificates to surprise others with the experience. Thanks Paolo!!
Written January 3, 2023
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karol452
Edmonton, Canada961 contributions
Apr 2022
Words cannot describe the cooking class. It was awesome. There were 4 of us in the class. We made carpacci, risotto, scaloppine and dessert. All 4 of us partcipated in cooking and cutting. There were 4 different types of Rissoto's. Chef Paolo has a good sense of humor. Chef Paolo asked everyone if they had allergies and he accoomdated. We were all laughing and learning at the same time. We had wine to drink with our meal. The class was about 4 hours long. We started around 10 and we were done by 2pm. For me the booking process was easy. I feel I was lucky to get into one of his classes. If you are taking the train you should take a taxi to the the cooking school. Then after you can walk back to the train station. I highly recommend this class.
Written April 29, 2022
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Ben E
1 contribution
Jul 2022
I booked a course here for my wife as a present when we were in Lucca and unfortunately she was ill so other members of my family went instead. I then rebooked the course for her and me 2 days later and everything appeared fine as they took my money and sent a mail saying they were looking forward to seeing us. Then got a mail the next day saying they were cancelling our booking with no explanation as to why and offering another date. I explained the situation about my wife and also that the other date was after we were going home, but I then just got a terse reply saying you will get your deposit back. Because of fees etc from paypal I lost money and asked for those fees to be returned as they had cancelled me with no explanation . They agreed, but I had to chase to get the payment and when they did pay they paid me US dollars which will cost me again to convert to £. I asked if they could amend this to £ and got a very rude reply and the statement 'dont contact me again'. Be careful if booking the course as you may get to pay for being cancelled like I did!
Written August 8, 2022
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ear Sir I Am sorry about your wife being ill and having to cancel your first reservation which was done in February and canceled middle of July. When you tried to rebook, for the 29th July the course you wanted was not available and I told you, you could join that one, or the next pasta and sauces class on the 31st JULY You must understand that the summer months are very busy for cooking classes and if you book close to the date, you might not get the class you want if you have a specific date in mind. This was not suitable for you and you decided to cancel – I DID NOT CANCEL YOU- I refunded your deposit. I was very surprised to hear from you that you wanted a refund for the fees incurred in paying the deposit. This is the first time anyone in 30 years has asked me to refund these fees. I am not obliged to pay your financial fees, as this is an expense that can vary from country to country, but I decided to pay the 10 euro you requested, because this was obviously important to you, 10 euro is not going to change my life. I was flabbergasted to receive another email from you that PayPal paid you in dollars (not my fault) and you wanted a further payment for the exchange cost. Of course I refused your preposterous request, and upon receiving another heated email about this topic I asked you not to contact me again. I did offer you alternative dates and both refunds were made as soon as possible, within two or three days. your so called "loss" is perhaps 1 euro.
Written August 9, 2022
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Wstrawberry
Bristol, England56 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
Four of us from 1 family took the pasta & sauces course with chef Paulo last week & absolutely loved every minute of it, can't recommend this highly enough.
We learnt 9 sauces, pasta, gnocchi & semi freddo, as a mixed experience group we all felt we learnt lots & lots and the best bit we ate a lot of wonderful food. Chef Paulo (& his 'jokes') were a joy.
My only comment would be don't do what we did; don't eat lunch beforehand, we were 'Christmas' full by the time we left because you will want to try everything you have created.
5 stars from all 4 of us - loved it, if you get a chance to go, do so.
Written September 22, 2020
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TracyDonovan
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
Highly, highly recommend Chef Monti Paolo’s cooking school. He provides hands on instruction on pasta making, stocks, sauces, seafood, etc. and also teaches the basic skills of dicing your vegetables:-) He assures the use of the very freshest ingredients.
I’ve arrived home and starting to cook and share my experiences and new skills with friends and family. I’m planning a group cooking vacation in the Spring of 2023 and will be returning to Chef Monti Palio’s cooking school.
Written October 2, 2022
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TerryColumbusOhioUSA
Worthington, OH6 contributions
Jul 2022
A return trip from USA to Lucca for Chef Paolo's Italian cooking class. This time I brought 7 family members. They were getting tired of hearing about how wonderful this weeklong class was so they decided to try it themselves. It was an incredible experience for all of us.
We cooked and laughed and ate and drank wine..and of course listen to the Chef's jokes. He is incredibly kind, patient and knowledgeable. If you're reading this and trying to decide whether to come...please don't hesitate...there are weeklong classes and day long classes and classes in between.
Written August 5, 2022
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Annette B
1 contribution
Jul 2022
I have taken several of Chef Paolo's classes, each time bringing teenage grandchildren and other family members. Each class is unique, so informative, filled with flavors of Lucca. Chef Paolo makes the experience fun and teaches the proper way to produce these wonderful dishes. Each time. we come home with recipes that we can actually recreate at home!. Educational, productive, delicious, entertaining experience. Thank you Chef Paolo.
Written November 21, 2022
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