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Host: Patrizia

Florence, Italy

USD
$138-$158 per person

Learn to Cook Fresh Pasta and Traditional Tuscan Dishes in Central Florence

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Patrizia

Patrizia is a cookbook author and wine and food journalist who is an expert on traditional Italian food products. She writes for three National Magazines and has traveled all around Italy and Europe to discover the highest quality food products. Patrizia’s mother was from Emilia-Romagna, Italy’s most important region for traditional home made pasta, and she learned to hand-make pastas such as tagliatelle as a young child. Patrizia’s passion for food and cooking led her to start teaching cooking lessons in her home. She says, “I love to teach cooking classes and I love to meet new people. I'm curious about different ways of living and different cultures.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (2-4 guests) Join Patrizia at her family’s apartment located in the center of Florence in a traditional building of the area built in 1759. In your hands-on lesson, Patrizia will teach you traditional Italian dishes from Florence and Italy’s Emilia Romagna Region. You will prepare an appetizer, a first course, typically a fresh pasta like tagliatelle, ravioli, or gnocchi, a second course of meat, and dessert. Patrizia specializes in seasonal dishes that bring out the flavors of the region – in the summer you might enjoy sauces with fresh tomatoes, or in winter months you might enjoy seasonal winter vegetables like artichokes. Your cooking lesson will last about 2 ½ hours; after you finish cooking, sit down together to enjoy your meal and some delicious Italian wine in a local home. Patrizia’s 18-year old daughter may join you for your meal, when she is available.

Market visit: (2-4 guests) Meet your host Patrizia at a coffee bar near the Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio. Walk together through this lively market in the historical center of Florence. Patrizia will walk you through the market pointing out some of her favorite vendors and food products and you will select fresh products that you will bring home together to use during your cooking lesson. Your market tour will last about one hour, after which you will walk about 15 minutes back to Patrizia’s home to begin your cooking lesson and meal.

Notes: Please note the market is closed on Sundays, and market tours are not offered on this day. Please also note that if you select a market tour there will be a small amount of walking, about 15 minutes, back to Patrizia’s home, so you should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for some light exercise. Patrizia lives on the second floor of an apartment building so you will need to climb some stairs to enter her home. The price includes alcohol (up to two glasses of local wine).

Languages spoken: English, Italian

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Artichoke and Parmigiano Reggiano Salad
  • Pasta Course: Tagliatelle with Porcini, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Butter and Sage, Gnocchi with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil, or other seasonally appropriate pasta course
  • Main Course: Chicken Cacciatore (traditional Tuscan dish with tomato sauce and black olives), Scottiglia (traditional Italian meat stew with vegetables) or leek flan
  • Dessert: Tiramisu or Strawberry Mousse

Traveler reviews

Patrizia is amazing. We are in love! She was so charming, smart, well spoken, opinionated (in a good way!), well educated on food / Italian culture / everything, and an absolute joy to be with. The meal was amazing and we really had a wonderful time. Also, her apartment is perfectly located in Florence.
- Emily March 26, 2018

Patrizia was lovely and, like any true Italian, very easy to talk to. We covered a wide variety of topics beyond just cooking during our morning together. I have been to the markets in Florence many times – I even give tours to students – and I learned SO much from her. She really REALLY knows her stuff. The market people knew her and let us try some of the items and it felt very authentic to basically decide what we were going to eat on the spot, based on what looked good, and then head home with our bounty… I LOVED making the pasta. I really so enjoyed that. I have seen it done so many times and realized I never really got to do it myself. The whole process is so satisfying and as Patrizia said, which I now completely agree with, there’s cooking and then there’s making pasta. They really are two different things. Making pasta is like knitting. It is therapeutic and relaxing. We talked about cooking but in the way you do with your favorite aunt, mixed with life lessons and little Italian sayings and tid-bits – one of my favorite things Patrizia told me is that when you make pasta there is a certain flour/egg ratio and you almost always make an amount that uses 4 eggs. That is just a good standard size, not too little and not too much. So people used to say instead of “Oh I am making fresh pasta tonight for dinner” they would say, “I am making 4 eggs of pasta!” Patrizia was just lovely. I am now fully invested in getting a pasta maker at home!
- Kellin, Traveling Spoon Ambassador January 12, 2018

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Patrizia

$138-$158 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $138 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $158 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $138 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $158 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-3:00pm

Meet Patrizia

Patrizia is a cookbook author and wine and food journalist who is an expert on traditional Italian food products. She writes for three National Magazines and has traveled all around Italy and Europe to discover the highest quality food products. Patrizia’s mother was from Emilia-Romagna, Italy’s most important region for traditional home made pasta, and she learned to hand-make pastas such as tagliatelle as a young child. Patrizia’s passion for food and cooking led her to start teaching cooking lessons in her home. She says, “I love to teach cooking classes and I love to meet new people. I'm curious about different ways of living and different cultures.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

Cooking experience: (2-4 guests) Join Patrizia at her family’s apartment located in the center of Florence in a traditional building of the area built in 1759. In your hands-on lesson, Patrizia will teach you traditional Italian dishes from Florence and Italy’s Emilia Romagna Region. You will prepare an appetizer, a first course, typically a fresh pasta like tagliatelle, ravioli, or gnocchi, a second course of meat, and dessert. Patrizia specializes in seasonal dishes that bring out the flavors of the region – in the summer you might enjoy sauces with fresh tomatoes, or in winter months you might enjoy seasonal winter vegetables like artichokes. Your cooking lesson will last about 2 ½ hours; after you finish cooking, sit down together to enjoy your meal and some delicious Italian wine in a local home. Patrizia’s 18-year old daughter may join you for your meal, when she is available.

Market visit: (2-4 guests) Meet your host Patrizia at a coffee bar near the Mercato di Sant'Ambrogio. Walk together through this lively market in the historical center of Florence. Patrizia will walk you through the market pointing out some of her favorite vendors and food products and you will select fresh products that you will bring home together to use during your cooking lesson. Your market tour will last about one hour, after which you will walk about 15 minutes back to Patrizia’s home to begin your cooking lesson and meal.

Notes: Please note the market is closed on Sundays, and market tours are not offered on this day. Please also note that if you select a market tour there will be a small amount of walking, about 15 minutes, back to Patrizia’s home, so you should wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for some light exercise. Patrizia lives on the second floor of an apartment building so you will need to climb some stairs to enter her home. The price includes alcohol (up to two glasses of local wine).

Languages spoken: English, Italian

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Artichoke and Parmigiano Reggiano Salad
  • Pasta Course: Tagliatelle with Porcini, Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Butter and Sage, Gnocchi with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil, or other seasonally appropriate pasta course
  • Main Course: Chicken Cacciatore (traditional Tuscan dish with tomato sauce and black olives), Scottiglia (traditional Italian meat stew with vegetables) or leek flan
  • Dessert: Tiramisu or Strawberry Mousse

Traveler reviews

Patrizia is amazing. We are in love! She was so charming, smart, well spoken, opinionated (in a good way!), well educated on food / Italian culture / everything, and an absolute joy to be with. The meal was amazing and we really had a wonderful time. Also, her apartment is perfectly located in Florence.
- Emily March 26, 2018

Patrizia was lovely and, like any true Italian, very easy to talk to. We covered a wide variety of topics beyond just cooking during our morning together. I have been to the markets in Florence many times – I even give tours to students – and I learned SO much from her. She really REALLY knows her stuff. The market people knew her and let us try some of the items and it felt very authentic to basically decide what we were going to eat on the spot, based on what looked good, and then head home with our bounty… I LOVED making the pasta. I really so enjoyed that. I have seen it done so many times and realized I never really got to do it myself. The whole process is so satisfying and as Patrizia said, which I now completely agree with, there’s cooking and then there’s making pasta. They really are two different things. Making pasta is like knitting. It is therapeutic and relaxing. We talked about cooking but in the way you do with your favorite aunt, mixed with life lessons and little Italian sayings and tid-bits – one of my favorite things Patrizia told me is that when you make pasta there is a certain flour/egg ratio and you almost always make an amount that uses 4 eggs. That is just a good standard size, not too little and not too much. So people used to say instead of “Oh I am making fresh pasta tonight for dinner” they would say, “I am making 4 eggs of pasta!” Patrizia was just lovely. I am now fully invested in getting a pasta maker at home!
- Kellin, Traveling Spoon Ambassador January 12, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $138 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $158 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $138 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $158 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-3:00pm
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