La Quercia Cooking Studio
La Quercia Cooking Studio
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Enjoy an authentic off the beaten cooking class in a 17th century Tuscan estate, in the heart of the Chianti region, only 8 miles away from Florence. You will learn how to make a typical Italian five course menu to also make with your family and friends back home. The recipes belong to the family tradition, and we only use the freshest and seasonal ingredients available.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Nicola_Six
Toronto, Canada230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
My husband and I had the most amazing time learning to cook authentic and delicious Italian food from Veronica and Margherita. The experience made us both want to move to Italy immediately - specifically, a Tuscan estate :)

I booked directly through their website (by email), and Margherita answered all of my questions promptly. The form I filled out from Margherita allowed me to request a dish to be made. My husband requested tiramisu, his favourite dessert.

In the early morning, my husband and I took the bus from Florence to Impruneta. It was an inexpensive and pleasant ride. Margherita picked us and three other people up at the town square by the bus stop. She then drove us to the estate, chatting all the while. She is so friendly and engaging.

The estate is beautiful but also functional. They make their own wine and olive oil on site, and grow lots of vegetables, fruits and herbs. The views of the Tuscan countryside are jawdropping. We could see the views from the comfortable kitchen of the main building, where we went for the cooking class. When we arrived, the warm and enthusiastic Veronica was preparing focaccia for us to snack on. She also had meats from All'Antico Vinao and coffee for us. Altogether, there were around 7 to 9 people in the class.

Veronica taught us how to make focaccia, pasta and tiramisu. We were thrilled that she had honoured my husband's request to learn to make tiramisu. The cooking lesson is a combination of hands-on combined with observing Veronica, and at times Margherita (who assisted but was not always in the class) and asking lots of questions. Veronica makes everything look effortless, and made us confident that we could replicate her dishes at home.

Veronica also cooked an additional chicken dish with peppers that was to die for. We then ate our three-course meal outside with an unobstructed and breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside. We drank wine with our meal, and enjoyed each others' company. Veronica even poured as a little digestif! A delicious end to a fantastic meal and experience.

I highly recommend this cooking class, whether it be with your partner, friends or family. It's been almost one year and I still think about it - it will stay with you too.
Written September 27, 2020
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pmspiro
Durham, NC77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Spent about 6 hours with Veronica at her studio/villa in Impruneta (25’ outside Florence). Stopped for a brief visit to a local farmers market to buy some vegetables for our vegetarian daughter, got some coffee then dove into focaccia, meatballs, tomato sauce, gnocchi, peppers and tiramisu. There were just the four of us - my wife and I and our two grown daughters. Learned a whole lot about how to cook, about local culture and food, and about some lovely Sardinian wine.
Written June 9, 2019
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BostonBeachnik
Boston227 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Veronica and Margherita’s stunning La Quercia Estate and its down to earth cooking class was one of the most memorable experiences of our trip to Italy. The estate and its views are breathtaking, with more than 1,000 olive trees and a vineyard, along with fig, lemon and pomegranate trees. Both Veronica and Margherita are so warm and welcoming. In our daytime cooking class with Veronica we only had one other couple, so we had lots of opportunity for hands-on preparation. Veronica cooks with such love; she doesn’t just teach you how to make the recipes – she teaches you the “why” and how things work (such as handling yeast when making dough). Our cooking menu included rosemary focaccia, gnocchi with tomato sauce, cauliflower with onions, tomatoes and olives and a chocolate cake for dessert. When we finished cooking, we sat down and enjoyed an excellent meal al fresco on their patio overlooking the hills and valleys of Impruneta, and capped it off with Veronica’s homemade limoncello. Before we left, Margherita gave us a gift of a beautiful terra cotta bread warmer (Impruneta is famous for its terra cotta). This lovely momento will bring back many happy memories of our time with Veronica and Margherita and our cooking class at La Quercia Estate, and we can’t wait to replicate the recipes at home!
Written November 23, 2019
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1der
Teton Village, WY100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
The place of La Quercia - the oak tree. This is such a special spot so rare in today's world. We loved spending time with Veronica and Margherita, listening to the history of this wonderful family and place. While learning to make delicious traditional Tuscan dishes, we soaked up Veronica's beautiful warmth and creative energy.
Written November 3, 2019
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Miguel M
Sunny Isles Beach, FL63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Second time we come here this year, and it was as enjoyable as the first one. Verónica Clemente, the master chef and owner of the place made our stay enjoyable, and her daughter Margheritta always there for anything you need, even going for us at 11 pm when we got lost in the area!
Written October 22, 2019
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Robert W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Veronica and Margherita are great!! This intimate little kitchen and the quiet setting is a great place to take a cooking class and to have lunch!! If you can book it in advance I would highly recommend having Veronica or Margherita meet you in town! They are super friendly and the extra time with them will be great!! We will be back!!
Written September 17, 2019
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Rusty G
Frisco, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Margarita picked us up at the hotel in Florence and drove us a short 8 mile drive to their Tuscany Estate overlooking amazing vineyards and scenery. We entered the gate and came upon a very old but completely renovated house with beautiful trees, flowers, shrubs and the distinct smell of herbs all around.
Margarita introduced us to her Mother Veronica and both were so welcoming, we truly felt like we had known the for years.
Veronica opened a bottle of wine from their personal vineyard that was fantastic and took us on a tour of the house her father had bought and she renovated. He had passed away and had amazing art he had painted everywhere.

We then put our aprons on and went to work, making dough, tomato sauce, meatballs and cutting up fresh mozzarella while snacking on amazing appetizers and listening to stories of her family and the Tuscany region.

All of the foods we made were authentic and made with no preservatives, with many of the ingredients coming from there own gardens.
The food was delicious but we also learned so much about Olive oil which they make themselves and balsamic vinegar. The process and grading is amazing.
The knowledge and stories Veronica and Margarita had over dinner was so enlightening and entertaining. We stayed much longer than scheduled and loved every minute of it.

This is a memory and hopefully a friendship that we will cherish forever. We hope to do it again with some friends and maybe even rent out the house for a week while doing it!
Written June 6, 2019
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1der
Teton Village, WY100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Absolutely the best cooking classes that we have taken. Not only is he experience and food wonderful but the opportunity to spend time with Veronica and Margherita is delightful. They are both gems, always with a smile and an authentic Italian approach to cooking, wine tasting and musing about life. Wish we were there now!
Written January 24, 2017
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Christy O
Spring, TX28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
We arrived in September of 2019. We felt like we were visiting family. The welcome was warm and familiar. We wondered the grounds as we listened to stories of the property and family. Margherita was kind and patient and shared with everyone her talent. The food prepared was inviting and delicious. The weather and views, as we sat outside, were beyond our dreams. Eat, Pray, Love, I get it! Amazing experiences like this are a gift to the soul.
Written June 25, 2023
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Quianna M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
This was an absolutely rich experience for me and my family. To watch the process of cooking things from scratch to hearing the love of the food, culture and life in general was eye opening. Highly recommend.
Written May 18, 2023
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