I'm such a curmudgeon and skeptic and went to this class only because it was our anniversary and the mrs. wanted to take part. Geez, did Giovanni change my perspective and turned this experience into one of the most enjoyable travel experiences of my life.
Giovanni is the head mo-fo in charge of this gig and you're glad of it because of his depth of knowledge and desire to share it. He treats everyone with equal parts of challenge, love and humor. He has relationships with great vendors in the wonderful central market that taught us about oils, vinegars, cheeses, produce and meats, all local vendors and often with farms where the produce and beef are sourced.
The cooking was fun, especially sharing it with other newbies from other parts of the country. The recipe for Bolognese sauce was so astounding simple yet so delicious. You will not be opening an italian restaurant when you get home, but you certainly can whip something special together for your friends whenever you desire. Giovanni gives you a recipe book with everything you made that day and a little more so absolutely no notetaking required.
Doing this day after day, it seems easy for any of these guys to simply mail it in, but Giovanni and his staff had their hearts and soul in it the entire day. When you get that, you get what you came for. And we did this on our first day and it got us familiar with the area, and let us chat with others who have been there longer, so you get hints and suggestions where to visit to shop and eat so i encourage you to book this on the front end of the trip if possible.
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