Renaissance Florence™

Market Tour & Advanced Cooking Class With Chef Lorena ~ 1 Day

Florence Cooking Class Florence Cooking Class - Pasta Making

Tie on your apron for an advanced cooking experience in the kitchen with Chef Lorena in the heart of Florence. This class is for the experienced passionate cook and chef, and includes preparing Tuscan and Florentine cuisine with a profound understanding of tradition.  Using high quality ingredients, you will be creating an antipasti, fresh hand-made pasta, risotto, main courses & dessert.

The Ambrogio Market Tour, Shop With The Chef

Join Chef Lorena as she starts the morning with an early morning visit to the Sant’ Ambrogio Market located in the ancient neighborhood of Camaldoli. Artisan vendors display their seasonal goods – fresh, local and piled high. It is a colorful scene as vendors shout out their specials of the day, and Florentines negotiate the best product and price. Our market tour takes you through the Sant’ Ambrogio market under the wings of Chef Lorena and introduces you to the foods of the region. From artisan bread and cheese, to fruits and vegetables, fish and meats, to savory salumi and sweet baked goods, the market is an authentic place to purchase foods for all tastes.  Look for the cavolo nero, Tuscan black cabbage, grown in this region and only in season. Some of the fresh ingredients are bought for the cooking class and used are as an informal tasting before one of the cooking classes. Return to the kitchen and get cooking.

Learn the art of Florentine cooking under the direction of Chef Lorena. Her passion started when she was a child and continued ash she said, “it was always in my heart and soul.”

You will learn from start-to-finish how to make Florentine bread including,-coccoli con prosciutto, schiacciata all’olio, and bruschette. There is fresh pasta, such as crespelle alla fiorentina, tagliatelle ai fungi porcini, and ravioli di ricotta. Also learn to make a great Tuscan pappa al pomodoro or Panzanella. Main courses or secondi, include,-pollo in fricassea, scamerita col cavolo nero, and polpette della nonna. Desserts include,- torta di mele, cantucci, and tiramisù al vinsanto to name a few. Following the seasons, recipes vary.

Everyone joins around the table and enjoys the foods that were made in class following. Local wine, dessert and great conversation always included. Chef, food lover, and member of a professional choir at the School of Music in Fiesole, there is always music in Lorena’s kitchen!

Chef, food lover, and member of a professional choir at the School of Music in Fiesole, there is always music in Lorena’s kitchen!

The cooking classes, whether one day, two day or more, will have you cooking up some of the regions most treasured recipes! She welcomes each and every guest into her kitchen, while sharing the secret addresses of Florence for food, wine, artisan products and local produce.

After each class, everyone enjoys dining on the food that was prepared in class accompanied with red or white wine. All menus vary and are based on the season using fresh produce from the near-by Sant Ambrosia mercato. Menus can be tailored to accommodate food allergies, diet restrictions and vegetarian.

Program Includes:

  • Hands-on cooking class including the preparation an advance antipasti, fresh hand-made pasta, risotto, main courses & dessert.
  • Lunch follows and includes on the foods that were prepared in class.  Local wine included.  Select wines available at a supplement.
Program Prices

Advanced Cooking Class  $325 per person, based on 2 guests.

Market Tour & Advanced Cooking Class $425 per person, based on 2 guests.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

Sample menu
  1. Tuscan Crostini with various toppings.
  2. Hand-made pici alle briciole, traditionall hand-made Tuscan pasta  with bread crumbs roasted in olive oil
  3. Pork fillet with lardo di Colonnata (spiced aged lard) and seasonal vegetables
  4. Tiramisù with Vin Santo.
Tuscan Wines

Additional select Tuscan wines are available for you during your cooking classes.  Chef Lorena will suggest and may procure any favorites.

2023 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.