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“Great experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of In Tavola

In Tavola
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Owner description: Association In Tavola aims to spread the Italian food and wine-rich regional culinary traditions, such as those of Tuscany, with its incredible variety of dishes and recipes. With the intent to promote this knowledge, the association organizes cooking classes with professional groups or individual lessons
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Buffalo,NY
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed June 17, 2013

Our half-day cooking class began with a trip to the San Lorenzo market where we met Francesco, our guide and chef for the day. We sampled various balsamic vinegars and truffle oils as we toured the stands, eventually walking back to the cooking school near the Arno. The attendees were split into groups at the cooking stations and, with Francesco's direction, began to create bruschetta, fresh vegetables with egg pasta,and baked meatballs - all from scratch. Later, we made a simple lemon sorbet. Francesco was friendly, knowledgeable and took time with each group of students so they established a comfort level with each step. After the students were finished plating the first and second courses, we sat down to enjoy our meal in the wine cellar. Staff served us the baked meatballs with fresh tomatoes and the lemon sorbet along with several bottles of wine. It was great to have time to cook with my husband and NOT have to clean up! We never felt rushed or lost in the direction we were given. This is a great time for anyone who loves to cook. Bring your appetite!

Visited May 2013
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Virginia
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35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Delicious and a blast to boot!”
Reviewed June 9, 2013

Our family of 4 did the Mon night 4 course dinner. Upon arrival, we were divided into 4 groups and immediately got to work. Each person had a task and the chefs were great about showing you how to do it the correct way. They were helpful and funny, and the stations were kept very tidy and well organized for each task. In Tavola seems to be rocking as several classes were going on that night. Ingesting the fruits of our labor in the darling cellar was quiet fun and relaxing. It gave us a chance to meet the other groups of people, who were all very friendly and interesting. This was an awesome break from our nightly dinners in restaurants and well worth the money. We would do it again for sure!

Visited June 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great fun activity, lots of food”
Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was a perfect way to break up 2 weeks of the typical Italian dinners, and it was a great way to meet interesting people during our family vacation! You get right to work once entering the cooking school, but the chefs are very helpful. Nothing was too difficult, but the recipes were still fun! I think it is well worth the price, as you'd pay a lot of for that much food anyway.

Our group of about 20 made eggplant towers of potato and cheese, stuffed crepes, a turkey entree, and tiramisu. The food was absolutely delicious, and we were all stuffed by the end of it! You get to eat (after only about an hour and a half of cooking) in an adorable wine cellar below the main cooking level.

Note: ask for more wine! They were happy to give our table two extra bottles of the house wine, but only while dinner was still being served. Once it was time for dessert, it was clear that they wanted us to get out so the next group could eat their meal.

Visited June 2013
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Phila, PA
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“fun break from the museums”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

We booked through our hotel concierge. We attended a 4 hour class on cannoli making, and dessert as well as Florentine biscotti...then homemade pasta. The place was spotless and the chef full of personality. 2 Brits, 2 Americans, 3 Israelis....6 women(1 teen) and 1 man...we laughed a lot.
Wish we had asked more questions before booking-the cannoli making was fun but fried foods are not my thing...after the cooking, we had a delicious lunch of our handmade pasta in a grotto with In Tavola wine and our new friends. I would highly recommend this diversion for anyone. Just be specific or be flexible!

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Decent time but not worth the price”
Reviewed May 13, 2013 via mobile

We were a group of 25 friends who were divided into 4 work stations. The instructor was very nice but we received no direction on what, exactly, the finished product we were making. We were put to work with basically no introduction. For an hour and a half our group chopped (one) carrot, parsley, artichokes, and some other basic ingredients. We made crepes, an underwhelming turkey dish (not due to our culinary skills, but for the recipe), white mushrooms (should have been a dish with portobello at least), an underwhelming artichoke soufflé. When the food arrived to our table by servers, we were all a bit underwhelmed by the flavours. We were really hoping for large portions of mind-blowing food. Though they were accommodating with the wine, it didn't make up for the tiny portions and mediocre flavours. I guess I was expecting more for 65€ a head as my fiancée and I have been very underwhelmed by the food in Italy (Rome, Cinque-Terre, Tivoli, Florence) for the past 10 days of our holiday, even with TripAdvisor reviews.. This was the straw that broke the camels back, food-price-wise.

I'm sure there are some others who have had good experiences with cooking courses in Florence but we did not - they even charged the organizer an additional 200€ when he asked for a 4 bottles of the table wine to take as a souvenir. Because he is polite, he paid the price, but understood from one server that it would be ok at no charge. The head server asked for the €200 when he was leaving. Again, this was the wine they served at the table. Table wine. 200€. Yup.

I'm finding that despite trip advisor's recommendations, food has been vastly underwhelming. I'm no foodie, but know good food from average.

I can't help but think what my fiancée and I could have eaten for 130€ somewhere else.

Visited May 2013
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