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Address: Siena, Italy
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+39 321 412 2011
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We are a culinary tour company offering small group immersions into the...

We are a culinary tour company offering small group immersions into the Italian way of life, via the discovery of its amazing food, wine, culture and history. Please see our website for dates and pricing

Gina no longer offers single day cooking classes in Tuscany.

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A wonderful day of cooking and enjoying.

Gina, Thanks for a perfect day in the Tuscan Hills. I thoroughly enjoyed, learned a lot, and will remember the experience for ever. I've already duplicated the "Coniglio Arrosto... read more

Reviewed June 7, 2013
mel p
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Greenville, North Carolina

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Greenville, North Carolina
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Reviewed June 7, 2013

Gina, Thanks for a perfect day in the Tuscan Hills. I thoroughly enjoyed, learned a lot, and will remember the experience for ever. I've already duplicated the "Coniglio Arrosto con Olive Nere e Arancia" substituting chicken thighs. I look forward to referring to you cookbook for years to come. A special thanks to you wonderful support staff, they are a... More 

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

Oh, that rabbit is one of my favorite dishes! I hope yours turned out moist and succulent, sometimes the US rabbits need to be braised rather than roasted. Please remember that I offer 24 hour tech support with all my classes so if you have any questions when working your way through the cookbook! More 

Yardley, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed May 15, 2013

My wife and I did a three hour class with Gina. It turned out to be the highlight of a trip of highlights. Do not worry there are no difficult techniques to master it's all fun. Sure it's cooking, but it's also history, it's about an approach to food, and it's place in the Italian culture. For my wife it... More 

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

Thanks David! It was such a pleasure meeting you and Mary, I'm glad we had the chance to cook together and drink some wine while you were here! Gina More 

San Francisco, California, United States
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58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

The whole experience...staying at Casa Massimo in Montestigliano, visiting the near-by wineries, and spending the day with Gina learning the fine art of Italian cooking...was wonderful!!! We traveled from Rome to Florence over a 2 1/2 week vacation and spent seven wonderful days outside of Siena. Gina arranged everything for us. She's Italian/American and splits her time between the US... More 

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

Thanks so much for the wonderful review! I had a lot of fun that week too! Hope all is well and we see you in Tuscany again soon, Gina More 

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2012

We were so pleased we joined the one day cooking class with Gina Stipo. It was held in a beautiful old mill in the countryside just outside Siena. Gina was very informative about the area and her knowledge of italian food made it very interesting. We enjoyed making out own pasta and learning about the different herbs and spices to... More 

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

Thanks so much! Hope you liked the picture in the newsletter! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2012

While visiting Siena for a weekend, I took one of Gina's one-day cooking classes, which turned out to be the highlight of my whole month in Italy. The class consisted only of me and one other couple. Under Gina's guidance, we made a four-course meal that we then ate over a leisurely lunch with 3 different wines to accompany it.... More 

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

Thanks! It was great cooking with you! More 

Rochester, New York
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed September 21, 2012

All our days in Tuscany were special but the day we spent in cooking school with Gina and a few other classmates will remain in our memories forever. First, cooking in a 900 + year old renovated mill/farmhouse/B&B in the gorgeous Tuscan countryside felt like a dream. Gina had the kitchen laid out with beautiful fresh ingredients all local, charming... More 

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

Thanks so much, that was a great day! More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2012

We learned and ate a lot at this cooking school! Gina is extremely friendly and taught us so much about Tuscan cuisine. We also received her cookbook as part of the course - the cookbook is easy to read and looks like the recipes will be simple to follow. Gina was also helpful in explaining comparable ingredients that can be... More 

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

Thanks so much! Gina More 

Deiva Marina, Italy
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8 reviews
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Gina is warm, engaging and knows her stuff when it comes to Tuscan food! Even if you are an experienced cook you can learn a lot from this class - whenever I was after a more in depth explanation or had questions about preparing other Tuscan food (not on the menu that day) Gina was more than happy to provide... More 

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

Thanks, it was great meeting you both! Gina More 

San Francisco, California
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12 reviews
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Despite all the great food in Tuscany, what we made in class was some of the most memorable, and I've had the panzella salad and the chitara pasta once already since we've returned a few days ago. Gina is going to tell you about everything from salting the water, choosing DOCG wine, to which contrada to cheer for at Il... More 

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

Thank you, I'm so glad that you enjoyed the class! Gina More 

Durban, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed July 19, 2012

This was one of our highlights of our stay in Tuscany! Gina, Ryan and Sira make a great team with a good balance between professionalism and fun. The experience of preparing, cooking and then sharing the meal with Gina and Ryan, along with some local wines was an something that we would highly recommend - and at last we can... More 

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