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Host: Fabio

Florence, Italy

USD
$96-$170 per person

Traditional Italian cooking class in the countryside of Florence

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

Meet Fabio

Fabio learned to cook as a young child helping his mother in the kitchen. As an adult, in his free time he would experiment with different recipes as a hobby. Fabio cooks Italian food but in a Tuscan way which means that he uses a few ingredients which are seasonal, local and of the highest quality. He also likes to cook Sicilian and Mediterranean food. Fabio is very knowledgeable about Florence and Italy's rich history. He lives in the countryside with his wife, Christiane, who is a German journalist. Fabio is an architect and designer, and he loves contemporary art, rock, jazz music, tennis and skiing. He is also a member of AIFB, Italian Food Blogger Association, and a member of MTChallenge.

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: (2-4 guests) Fabio lives upon a hill in the countryside of Florence (about 10 km from the city center); his home is tucked away in the hills around Florence, surrounded by olive trees. Fabio and Christiane (when she is home) will welcome you into their cozy, colorful home with a refreshing welcome drink. He will share more about living in Florence and will show you how they pick olives and explain the process of how olive oil is made. Your meal will be prepared using local and seasonal ingredients, after the welcome drink with seasonal appetizers, a few dishes that you may try are tagliatelle homemade with vegetarian ragù, or squid risotto with wild fennel and orange peel, peposo alla fornacina with white beans (cow meat stewed in red wine, garlic and pepper), or seppie in zimino (cuttle fish with spinach or chard), and crostata (short crust pastry) with homemade jam and dried fruits, or fresh fruit sorbet. End your meal with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Cooking experience: (2-5 guests) In your 2-3 hours hands-on cooking class you will first learn to make pasta from scratch. Fabio will introduce you two machines that are normally used for making Italian pastas and explain how they are used and what the differences are. Once the pasta is done, you will start making the sauce. This could be a simple fresh vegetable sauce with aromatic herbes or, when fish is liked, a sauce with sardines sicilian way. Then you will help Fabio to make a vegetable flan or to cook one of his favorites, as he really enjoys fish, it is called baccalà con porri e cavolo viola (pan stewed cod with leeks and purple cabbage). For dessert learn to make a simple cake called castagnaccio, which is a chestnut flour cake topped with pine buts and baked, or in summer time a panna cotta with strawberry coulis. The recipes are always made with seasonal ingredients, and hence it would keep changing depending on the season!

Notes: Fabio's home is about 10km from the city center. He or someone appointed by him will pick you up from a central meeting location and drop you back to the same place after the experience is over. The cost for return transportation from the central meeting location is included in the price.
Please include your whatsapp number or local contact number in the booking so that it is easy to communicate, in case of traffic or other delays.

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.
  • A seasonal welcome drink
  • First Course: home-made pasta with vegetarian, meat or fish sauce or Gnudi (kind of naked ravioli)
  • Main Course: pork fillet with almonds and aromatic herbs or fried anchovies in aromatic breading or a vegetarian course
  • Dessert: biscotti di Prato (traditional cookies from Prato) or schiacciata con l’uva (dessert made with grapes during the harvest time)

Traveler reviews

After a full day in Florence visiting museums and galleries, we were really looking forward to our personalized dining experience. Our visit to the home of Fabio and Christiane exceeded all of our expectations. In the weeks before we arrived, we communicated with Fabio several times discussing the menu. This allowed us input into our meal and Fabio did the rest, creating a wonderful 3 course lunch. After picking us up directly from our hotel, we drove to their charming home high on a hill, taking in beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. We were greeted by Christiane and immediately felt right at home. We spent the next 2 1/2 hours in their kitchen sipping Campari, chatting about a host of topics and helping Fabio prepare our meal. We prepared and baked a delicious Apple Tart, then Pappa al Pomodoro, which we had requested and finally learned how to make home made pasta which we used to make our main course of seafood/ricotta stuffed tortelli in a creamed zucchini sauce. The meal was absolutely delicious ( our best in Florence ) and served with a wonderful local wine while seated next to a cozy open fire. Fabio and Christiane even took time between courses to explain all about different olive oils, which included sampling with his own homemade bread. Before we knew it, almost 5 hours had flown by since we started our day. Florence is a beautiful city but to really appreciate Tuscan life and the people there ( not to mention a meal you won’t forget ) we would highly recommend this dining experience arranged through the Traveling Spoon.
- Bruce May 04, 2019

My husband and I had such a wonderful time with Fabio and his wife, Christiane. First Fabio picked us up in town and drove us back to his home in the outskirts of Florence - during the drive we stopped to enjoy the beautiful view of Florence and talk about the surrounding olive trees and the olive oil making process. Next we arrived at Fabio's cozy, friendly home where he had prepared the whole space to welcome us - there were welcome drinks, an appetizer and a warm fire burning in the living room. We proceeded to make homemade pasta using his antique family hand-press pasta maker (he has a modern pasta press also), gallinella (fish) fillet sauce with fresh tomatoes, squid with spinach, fried anchovies and a shortcrust pastry tart with homemade jams. The entire time Fabio was happy to answer my question and explain everything step by step, letting me be as involved as I wanted to be. (No need for ME to touch the anchovies, right?!) We had a wonderful wine that was from a vineyard owned by a good friend of Fabio's. Dinner was served on their family china and was so good! The best food we had in Italy which is defiantly saying something!! Both Fabio and Christiane speak English really well and the conversation was very engaging and fun. They are an adorable couple who clearly enjoy each other, good food, meeting new people and their wonderful home. I couldn't say enough wonderful things about this experience. You should book this experience too so it can be the highlight of YOUR trip, you won't be sorry!
- Julie April 25, 2019

I can honestly say that my experience was positive in every way! Fabio is a great host! His wife Christiane, is also the sweetest lady! Fabio went out of his way to make sure everything was amazing. You can really tell he is very passionate about food and cooking! Everything was so fresh and delicious! Truly, everything was amazing! I really liked the welcome drink Fabio made! It was Campari with fresh squeezed orange juice. I also really enjoyed learning about and watching Fabio make fresh pasta! The whole experience from start to finish couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ll be honest, I was a little sad when dinner was over because I could have stayed longer just chatting with Fabio and his wife. They are such a cute, loving couple. Married 30 years and still crazy in love, you can just tell! I’m very thankful for this experience as I can truly say it was a highlight of my travels through Italy, and definitely in Florence!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Sheena

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Fabio

$96-$170 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
In-Home Meal
Not offered $96 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $170 $170
Alcohol
$9 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 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $170 $170
Alcohol
$9 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-10:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Fabio

Fabio learned to cook as a young child helping his mother in the kitchen. As an adult, in his free time he would experiment with different recipes as a hobby. Fabio cooks Italian food but in a Tuscan way which means that he uses a few ingredients which are seasonal, local and of the highest quality. He also likes to cook Sicilian and Mediterranean food. Fabio is very knowledgeable about Florence and Italy's rich history. He lives in the countryside with his wife, Christiane, who is a German journalist. Fabio is an architect and designer, and he loves contemporary art, rock, jazz music, tennis and skiing. He is also a member of AIFB, Italian Food Blogger Association, and a member of MTChallenge.

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: (2-4 guests) Fabio lives upon a hill in the countryside of Florence (about 10 km from the city center); his home is tucked away in the hills around Florence, surrounded by olive trees. Fabio and Christiane (when she is home) will welcome you into their cozy, colorful home with a refreshing welcome drink. He will share more about living in Florence and will show you how they pick olives and explain the process of how olive oil is made. Your meal will be prepared using local and seasonal ingredients, after the welcome drink with seasonal appetizers, a few dishes that you may try are tagliatelle homemade with vegetarian ragù, or squid risotto with wild fennel and orange peel, peposo alla fornacina with white beans (cow meat stewed in red wine, garlic and pepper), or seppie in zimino (cuttle fish with spinach or chard), and crostata (short crust pastry) with homemade jam and dried fruits, or fresh fruit sorbet. End your meal with a cup of freshly brewed coffee.

Cooking experience: (2-5 guests) In your 2-3 hours hands-on cooking class you will first learn to make pasta from scratch. Fabio will introduce you two machines that are normally used for making Italian pastas and explain how they are used and what the differences are. Once the pasta is done, you will start making the sauce. This could be a simple fresh vegetable sauce with aromatic herbes or, when fish is liked, a sauce with sardines sicilian way. Then you will help Fabio to make a vegetable flan or to cook one of his favorites, as he really enjoys fish, it is called baccalà con porri e cavolo viola (pan stewed cod with leeks and purple cabbage). For dessert learn to make a simple cake called castagnaccio, which is a chestnut flour cake topped with pine buts and baked, or in summer time a panna cotta with strawberry coulis. The recipes are always made with seasonal ingredients, and hence it would keep changing depending on the season!

Notes: Fabio's home is about 10km from the city center. He or someone appointed by him will pick you up from a central meeting location and drop you back to the same place after the experience is over. The cost for return transportation from the central meeting location is included in the price.
Please include your whatsapp number or local contact number in the booking so that it is easy to communicate, in case of traffic or other delays.

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.
  • A seasonal welcome drink
  • First Course: home-made pasta with vegetarian, meat or fish sauce or Gnudi (kind of naked ravioli)
  • Main Course: pork fillet with almonds and aromatic herbs or fried anchovies in aromatic breading or a vegetarian course
  • Dessert: biscotti di Prato (traditional cookies from Prato) or schiacciata con l’uva (dessert made with grapes during the harvest time)

Traveler reviews

After a full day in Florence visiting museums and galleries, we were really looking forward to our personalized dining experience. Our visit to the home of Fabio and Christiane exceeded all of our expectations. In the weeks before we arrived, we communicated with Fabio several times discussing the menu. This allowed us input into our meal and Fabio did the rest, creating a wonderful 3 course lunch. After picking us up directly from our hotel, we drove to their charming home high on a hill, taking in beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. We were greeted by Christiane and immediately felt right at home. We spent the next 2 1/2 hours in their kitchen sipping Campari, chatting about a host of topics and helping Fabio prepare our meal. We prepared and baked a delicious Apple Tart, then Pappa al Pomodoro, which we had requested and finally learned how to make home made pasta which we used to make our main course of seafood/ricotta stuffed tortelli in a creamed zucchini sauce. The meal was absolutely delicious ( our best in Florence ) and served with a wonderful local wine while seated next to a cozy open fire. Fabio and Christiane even took time between courses to explain all about different olive oils, which included sampling with his own homemade bread. Before we knew it, almost 5 hours had flown by since we started our day. Florence is a beautiful city but to really appreciate Tuscan life and the people there ( not to mention a meal you won’t forget ) we would highly recommend this dining experience arranged through the Traveling Spoon.
- Bruce May 04, 2019

My husband and I had such a wonderful time with Fabio and his wife, Christiane. First Fabio picked us up in town and drove us back to his home in the outskirts of Florence - during the drive we stopped to enjoy the beautiful view of Florence and talk about the surrounding olive trees and the olive oil making process. Next we arrived at Fabio's cozy, friendly home where he had prepared the whole space to welcome us - there were welcome drinks, an appetizer and a warm fire burning in the living room. We proceeded to make homemade pasta using his antique family hand-press pasta maker (he has a modern pasta press also), gallinella (fish) fillet sauce with fresh tomatoes, squid with spinach, fried anchovies and a shortcrust pastry tart with homemade jams. The entire time Fabio was happy to answer my question and explain everything step by step, letting me be as involved as I wanted to be. (No need for ME to touch the anchovies, right?!) We had a wonderful wine that was from a vineyard owned by a good friend of Fabio's. Dinner was served on their family china and was so good! The best food we had in Italy which is defiantly saying something!! Both Fabio and Christiane speak English really well and the conversation was very engaging and fun. They are an adorable couple who clearly enjoy each other, good food, meeting new people and their wonderful home. I couldn't say enough wonderful things about this experience. You should book this experience too so it can be the highlight of YOUR trip, you won't be sorry!
- Julie April 25, 2019

I can honestly say that my experience was positive in every way! Fabio is a great host! His wife Christiane, is also the sweetest lady! Fabio went out of his way to make sure everything was amazing. You can really tell he is very passionate about food and cooking! Everything was so fresh and delicious! Truly, everything was amazing! I really liked the welcome drink Fabio made! It was Campari with fresh squeezed orange juice. I also really enjoyed learning about and watching Fabio make fresh pasta! The whole experience from start to finish couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ll be honest, I was a little sad when dinner was over because I could have stayed longer just chatting with Fabio and his wife. They are such a cute, loving couple. Married 30 years and still crazy in love, you can just tell! I’m very thankful for this experience as I can truly say it was a highlight of my travels through Italy, and definitely in Florence!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador Sheena

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $96 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $170 $170
Alcohol
$9 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 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $170 $170
Alcohol
$9 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-10:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
FAQ

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