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Host: Cinzia

Florence, Italy

USD
$84-$150 per person

Handmade Tuscan pasta making class with an expert

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Cinzia

Cinzia is a kind and gentle host who first learned to cook watching her mother and grandmother cook in the kitchen. She went on to study professionally at a cooking and pastry school in Italy. Cooking to Cinzia is love and life. To feed people is to give love, energy and life to people. She transfers her energy into the ingredients of the food she prepares. She enjoys sharing her passion for her ingredients and traditions and leaving a piece of her culture with travelers. A mother of three, Cinzia works in analytics during the day to sustain her family, and fuels her passion for food by cooking in the evening. She started a cooking school and enjoys hosting special dinners and events. She also has an interest in medieval and Renaissance Italian recipes.

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.

In-home meal: (2-8 guests) Meet your host Cinzia at her friend’s bed and breakfast, a 15-minute drive from the historic center. Cinzia will welcome you with a glass of prosecco and an appetizer of Italian cheese and salvio fritti (fried sage) or coccoli fritti (deep-fried bread dough) eaten with stracchino cheese and prosciutto. You will then enjoy an authentic Tuscan meal at the dining room of the B&B or outdoors in the summer garden (weather permitting). Your meal may include dishes such as coccoli fritti and salvio fritti for an appetizer, a pasta (flat, stuffed or gnocchi) and a main of pollo alla cacciatore or zucchini ripiene (zucchini stuffed with meat) accompanied by wine. Your meal will conclude with a seasonal dessert like tiramisu, panna cotta or cantucci con vin santo.

Please note that prosecco and wine are included in the cost of your meal.

Cooking experience: (2-15 guests) Enjoy your cooking class at a local bed and breakfast owned by Cinzia’s sommelier friends. In the summer, you might get to see their small vegetable and herb garden in the courtyard where they grow zucchini, tomatoes and basil and pick a few herbs for your meal. In a light-filled space designed for cooking classes watch as she prepares a Tuscan appetizer for your to enjoy. Next you will roll up your sleeves and learn to cook regional Italian pasta from recipes passed down through generations of Cinzia’s family. Your hands-on Italian cooking class will last about three hours. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch as well as a side or dessert. Choose between a cooking menu that includes either three handmade pastas or a pasta and meat main course. You will also learn to create a seasonal side vegetable and dessert with both menus. For the pasta menu, you will learn to cook three different types of pasta (a cut pasta like pappardelle or tagliatelli, a stuffed pasta like ravioli or tortellini and a gnocchi) cooked with three different sauces that you will also learn to create. If you choose to make a pasta and meat instead, you will learn to make one pasta and a meat dish such as pollo alla cacciatore (chicken cacciatore), filetto in crosta de carne (a pork and herb stuffed loaf) or zucchine ripiene (minced meat stuffed zucchini). You will end your meal with a traditional Italian dessert you’ve created such as a tiramisu, panna cotta or brutti ma buoni (ugly but good!) biscuit and hazelnut dessert. Enjoy learning about the tricks and techniques involved in cooking Italian family recipes before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Cinzia.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Meet your host Cinzia at the Loggia del Bigallo for this food shopping tour to explore her favorite food stores to shop at. You will be visiting a historic neighborhood on foot with a local as you walk by the beautiful sites of Florence. Start your tour with a cup of coffee at one of her favorite cafes before you visit La Pegna, a high-end, historical supermarket known for its specialty, high-quality products, pastas and spices. You can ask Cinzia about the best brands to buy. Then walk down Via dei Cerchi and visit a small family-owned grocery store to pick up fresh vegetables for your cooking class. Depending on the day and menu, you may make a few additional stops at either a wine shop, bread maker, chocolate or cheese shop. Pick up some cheese from Cinzia’s favorite cheese shop and enjoy a small gelato treat before walking to a coffee shop as Cinzia brings her car around from the parking lot to take you to the B&B where your cooking class takes place. Your market tour will last about 1 hour and you will cover less than 2 miles on foot. Please note that unlike a typical single market tour, this is a tour of several shops that sell high-quality Italian food and produce.

Notes: Cinzia has been trained in vegetarian, celiac and macrobiotic cooking and is happy to accommodate your special dietary requests.

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.
  • Coccoli fritti with stracchino and prosciutto
  • Choice between three handmade pastas or one pasta and a main
  • Seasonal vegetables like artichoke hearts cooked with leeks or fried and stuffed zucchini flowers with ricotta
  • Tiramisu, pannacotta or brutti ma buoni

Traveler reviews

I very rarely leave reviews, but was really blown away by this experience. It’s a must do for anyone who wants to experience the art of pasta making and cooking in Italy. Our host Cinzia was incredibly nice, highly knowledgeable and a great teacher and chef. We learned about local/ traditional ingredients and techniques, made 3 different types of pasta and a dessert and were so stuffed that we couldn’t finish it all. Overall, this was one of the most memorable parts of our trip.
- Nick September 08, 2019

My husband and I enjoyed every moment of this market tour and class, from our shopping through our pasta lesson through dinner conversation. Cinzia is a great instructor and a lovely, warm host. As a pastry professional, I had a great time talking with her about ingredients, cooking for those with allergies and special diets (she's an expert, trust me), and real Tuscan cooking. She had great tips to share that I will use in my own home cooking, and introduced my husband and I to such an easy way of making fresh pasta that we have no excuse not to do it in the future. I will add that if you cook and love cooking, it's really worth it to take a private class - you get the kind of hands-on experience and attention you simply cannot get in a group.
- Jenny April 08, 2019

My friend and I both really enjoyed our personalized market tour and cooking class with Cinzia. We booked through traveling spoon. We knew that it was limited to small groups (up to 6), and we were surprised when we learned it would be just the two of us with her. She pointed out later that she actually prefers to take one group or family only and will not put multiple small groups together. We met her in Piazza Del Duomo and spent a leisurely hour walking to shops and vendors where she gave us options for what meals and ingredients we could cook with later on (2 pastas with salad and appetizers and dessert-which is what we chose-vs. one pasta with a meat and veggies and dessert) and where we also stopped for a sweet pastry treat and then gelato (there was the option for a wine stop, but we preferred the ice cream). (Costs for all the groceries and treats were included, so we didn’t pay any extra during our market tour). We then walked with her to her car where she drove us a short 15 minutes to her friends bed-and-breakfast, where we used the kitchen and dining room for the evening ourselves. With Cinzia’s help, we learned how to make a multicourse authentic Italian meal (and made nearly all of it ourselves, including the pasta and sauces all from scratch). Our menu was as follows: appetizers (bread, fresh figs with salami, coccoli (fried bread balls) with soft cheese, and fried sage (super delicious!); 1st pasta (ricotta-filled ravioli with simple garlic tomato sauce); 2nd pasta (tagliatelle with garlic zucchini sauce); mixed green salad with grapes and pecorino slices; dessert (panna cotta with fresh raspberry reduction). Our time was very relaxing and enjoyable. Cinzia is very nice and knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. She gave all sorts of great cooking tips along the way, including simple basic tricks in the kitchen. We had great conversations at the table together as we enjoyed our creations. Only thing is you will likely need to take a taxi back to where you’re staying at the end of the night, but this was very fast (she called for us and one was there in 3 minutes) and relatively cheap (apprx €10 to get back to the Duomo). Though our time together was about 6 hours total, we wished it could’ve been longer! For anyone looking for the best, personalized cooking experience in Florence, look no further! --Aileen
- Aileen October 18, 2018

We absolutely enjoyed the night at the Bed&Breakfast with Cinzia. We had such a lovely and friendly welcome with some appetizers and some good wine. With fresh ingredients and basil from the garden, we made the most delicious meal, a gorgeous eggplant dip, a saffron risotto and the highlight: some self made pici pasta with tomato sauce. The dessert was an amazing panna cotta with almond milk. And it was all vegan! We couldn't have a better first Traveling Spoon experience, thank you!
- Eileen September 15, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed our time with Cinzia touring several little shops for fresh ingredients and gelato before heading to our class. She is very knowledgeable about the city of Florence, and we learned a lot from her about some of the more recent history of the city and the stores. Cooking with Cinzia was a lot of fun! She catered to our vegetarian diet, and we prepared tagliatelle and ravioli from scratch. We also had a delicious eggplant, mozzarella, and fresh pesto dish, as well as a scrumptious panna cotta. The private setting made it more enjoyable than being in a big group with people you don’t know. Definitely recommend trying this private tour and cooking class with Cinzia!
- Maresa July 16, 2018

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Cinzia

$84-$150 USD

per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $96 $84
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $126 $102
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $150 $125
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $96 $84
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $126 $102
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $150 $125
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
4:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
3:30pm-9:30pm

Meet Cinzia

Cinzia is a kind and gentle host who first learned to cook watching her mother and grandmother cook in the kitchen. She went on to study professionally at a cooking and pastry school in Italy. Cooking to Cinzia is love and life. To feed people is to give love, energy and life to people. She transfers her energy into the ingredients of the food she prepares. She enjoys sharing her passion for her ingredients and traditions and leaving a piece of her culture with travelers. A mother of three, Cinzia works in analytics during the day to sustain her family, and fuels her passion for food by cooking in the evening. She started a cooking school and enjoys hosting special dinners and events. She also has an interest in medieval and Renaissance Italian recipes.

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.

In-home meal: (2-8 guests) Meet your host Cinzia at her friend’s bed and breakfast, a 15-minute drive from the historic center. Cinzia will welcome you with a glass of prosecco and an appetizer of Italian cheese and salvio fritti (fried sage) or coccoli fritti (deep-fried bread dough) eaten with stracchino cheese and prosciutto. You will then enjoy an authentic Tuscan meal at the dining room of the B&B or outdoors in the summer garden (weather permitting). Your meal may include dishes such as coccoli fritti and salvio fritti for an appetizer, a pasta (flat, stuffed or gnocchi) and a main of pollo alla cacciatore or zucchini ripiene (zucchini stuffed with meat) accompanied by wine. Your meal will conclude with a seasonal dessert like tiramisu, panna cotta or cantucci con vin santo.

Please note that prosecco and wine are included in the cost of your meal.

Cooking experience: (2-15 guests) Enjoy your cooking class at a local bed and breakfast owned by Cinzia’s sommelier friends. In the summer, you might get to see their small vegetable and herb garden in the courtyard where they grow zucchini, tomatoes and basil and pick a few herbs for your meal. In a light-filled space designed for cooking classes watch as she prepares a Tuscan appetizer for your to enjoy. Next you will roll up your sleeves and learn to cook regional Italian pasta from recipes passed down through generations of Cinzia’s family. Your hands-on Italian cooking class will last about three hours. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch as well as a side or dessert. Choose between a cooking menu that includes either three handmade pastas or a pasta and meat main course. You will also learn to create a seasonal side vegetable and dessert with both menus. For the pasta menu, you will learn to cook three different types of pasta (a cut pasta like pappardelle or tagliatelli, a stuffed pasta like ravioli or tortellini and a gnocchi) cooked with three different sauces that you will also learn to create. If you choose to make a pasta and meat instead, you will learn to make one pasta and a meat dish such as pollo alla cacciatore (chicken cacciatore), filetto in crosta de carne (a pork and herb stuffed loaf) or zucchine ripiene (minced meat stuffed zucchini). You will end your meal with a traditional Italian dessert you’ve created such as a tiramisu, panna cotta or brutti ma buoni (ugly but good!) biscuit and hazelnut dessert. Enjoy learning about the tricks and techniques involved in cooking Italian family recipes before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Cinzia.

Market visit: (2-6 guests) Meet your host Cinzia at the Loggia del Bigallo for this food shopping tour to explore her favorite food stores to shop at. You will be visiting a historic neighborhood on foot with a local as you walk by the beautiful sites of Florence. Start your tour with a cup of coffee at one of her favorite cafes before you visit La Pegna, a high-end, historical supermarket known for its specialty, high-quality products, pastas and spices. You can ask Cinzia about the best brands to buy. Then walk down Via dei Cerchi and visit a small family-owned grocery store to pick up fresh vegetables for your cooking class. Depending on the day and menu, you may make a few additional stops at either a wine shop, bread maker, chocolate or cheese shop. Pick up some cheese from Cinzia’s favorite cheese shop and enjoy a small gelato treat before walking to a coffee shop as Cinzia brings her car around from the parking lot to take you to the B&B where your cooking class takes place. Your market tour will last about 1 hour and you will cover less than 2 miles on foot. Please note that unlike a typical single market tour, this is a tour of several shops that sell high-quality Italian food and produce.

Notes: Cinzia has been trained in vegetarian, celiac and macrobiotic cooking and is happy to accommodate your special dietary requests.

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.
  • Coccoli fritti with stracchino and prosciutto
  • Choice between three handmade pastas or one pasta and a main
  • Seasonal vegetables like artichoke hearts cooked with leeks or fried and stuffed zucchini flowers with ricotta
  • Tiramisu, pannacotta or brutti ma buoni

Traveler reviews

I very rarely leave reviews, but was really blown away by this experience. It’s a must do for anyone who wants to experience the art of pasta making and cooking in Italy. Our host Cinzia was incredibly nice, highly knowledgeable and a great teacher and chef. We learned about local/ traditional ingredients and techniques, made 3 different types of pasta and a dessert and were so stuffed that we couldn’t finish it all. Overall, this was one of the most memorable parts of our trip.
- Nick September 08, 2019

My husband and I enjoyed every moment of this market tour and class, from our shopping through our pasta lesson through dinner conversation. Cinzia is a great instructor and a lovely, warm host. As a pastry professional, I had a great time talking with her about ingredients, cooking for those with allergies and special diets (she's an expert, trust me), and real Tuscan cooking. She had great tips to share that I will use in my own home cooking, and introduced my husband and I to such an easy way of making fresh pasta that we have no excuse not to do it in the future. I will add that if you cook and love cooking, it's really worth it to take a private class - you get the kind of hands-on experience and attention you simply cannot get in a group.
- Jenny April 08, 2019

My friend and I both really enjoyed our personalized market tour and cooking class with Cinzia. We booked through traveling spoon. We knew that it was limited to small groups (up to 6), and we were surprised when we learned it would be just the two of us with her. She pointed out later that she actually prefers to take one group or family only and will not put multiple small groups together. We met her in Piazza Del Duomo and spent a leisurely hour walking to shops and vendors where she gave us options for what meals and ingredients we could cook with later on (2 pastas with salad and appetizers and dessert-which is what we chose-vs. one pasta with a meat and veggies and dessert) and where we also stopped for a sweet pastry treat and then gelato (there was the option for a wine stop, but we preferred the ice cream). (Costs for all the groceries and treats were included, so we didn’t pay any extra during our market tour). We then walked with her to her car where she drove us a short 15 minutes to her friends bed-and-breakfast, where we used the kitchen and dining room for the evening ourselves. With Cinzia’s help, we learned how to make a multicourse authentic Italian meal (and made nearly all of it ourselves, including the pasta and sauces all from scratch). Our menu was as follows: appetizers (bread, fresh figs with salami, coccoli (fried bread balls) with soft cheese, and fried sage (super delicious!); 1st pasta (ricotta-filled ravioli with simple garlic tomato sauce); 2nd pasta (tagliatelle with garlic zucchini sauce); mixed green salad with grapes and pecorino slices; dessert (panna cotta with fresh raspberry reduction). Our time was very relaxing and enjoyable. Cinzia is very nice and knowledgeable and made us feel right at home. She gave all sorts of great cooking tips along the way, including simple basic tricks in the kitchen. We had great conversations at the table together as we enjoyed our creations. Only thing is you will likely need to take a taxi back to where you’re staying at the end of the night, but this was very fast (she called for us and one was there in 3 minutes) and relatively cheap (apprx €10 to get back to the Duomo). Though our time together was about 6 hours total, we wished it could’ve been longer! For anyone looking for the best, personalized cooking experience in Florence, look no further! --Aileen
- Aileen October 18, 2018

We absolutely enjoyed the night at the Bed&Breakfast with Cinzia. We had such a lovely and friendly welcome with some appetizers and some good wine. With fresh ingredients and basil from the garden, we made the most delicious meal, a gorgeous eggplant dip, a saffron risotto and the highlight: some self made pici pasta with tomato sauce. The dessert was an amazing panna cotta with almond milk. And it was all vegan! We couldn't have a better first Traveling Spoon experience, thank you!
- Eileen September 15, 2018

My husband and I enjoyed our time with Cinzia touring several little shops for fresh ingredients and gelato before heading to our class. She is very knowledgeable about the city of Florence, and we learned a lot from her about some of the more recent history of the city and the stores. Cooking with Cinzia was a lot of fun! She catered to our vegetarian diet, and we prepared tagliatelle and ravioli from scratch. We also had a delicious eggplant, mozzarella, and fresh pesto dish, as well as a scrumptious panna cotta. The private setting made it more enjoyable than being in a big group with people you don’t know. Definitely recommend trying this private tour and cooking class with Cinzia!
- Maresa July 16, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $96 $84
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $126 $102
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $150 $125
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $96 $84
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $126 $102
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $150 $125
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
4:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
3:30pm-9:30pm
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