Learn to cook classic Italian dishes
Apart from its famous architecture and sexy language, Italy has some of the most delicious food on the planet. Today, we bring you to the famous Tuscany region. Learn about some of its most famous dishes – or better yet, learn to make them yourself! Jaya can create a custom vacation package centered around Italian culinary delights. Keep reading to see which Tuscan cooking class is the right one for you!
Famous Tuscan Dishes
While spaghetti and meatballs may be the first thing that comes to mind when someone says “Italian cuisine,” there are many regional dishes to enjoy and Tuscany has some of the best. Here are a few traditional Tuscan foods to try on your vacation:
This is garlic bread, only 10x better than any garlic bread you’ve ever had because it’s made by the most hard-core bread lovers on the planet. No one shies away from carbs in Italy!
Torta di ceci
Street food from the coastal town of Liverno, this thin, savory cake is made from chickpea flour and naturally vegan!
Originally from the mountains near Florence, this dish, like the torta, is made from an unconventional flour: chestnut flour. This provides just the right amount of sweetness. Drizzle a bit of olive oil on top, add some rosemary for garnish, and you’re good to go!
Hailing from Mugello, this potato pasta offers a rich, full-bodied culinary experience.
Cooking Schools – Tuscany, Italy
Grab your apron and get ready to knead your heart out. These schools offer a variety of culinary experiences that will leave you with a better understanding of and appreciation for the best part of Italian culture: food! Plus, with so many cooking options, you’ll be pleased to know that many schools are happy to accommodate dietary restrictions upon request. Don’t feel like you have to miss out just because you’re vegetarian!
Good Tastes of Tuscany
If you want to make the full gambit of Italian recipes, this is the cooking school for you. Established in 1999, Good Tastes boasts 20 years of experience making happy memories with its students. You decide how immersive you’d like to be. Classes can be as short as one day or as long as week! If you’re looking for something more challenging, the school also offers more extensive courses for those seeking to become professional chefs. You’ll learn in the beautiful Renaissance Villa Pandolfini just outside of Florence. If you choose to stay overnight, your accommodations will be on-site at this gorgeous wine and olive oil estate, erected in the 1200s and once used as a hunting lodge for a noble family.
Cucina Lorenzo de’ Medici
Named for the famous Renaissance patron of the arts, statesman, diplomat, and politician, this school is good for those who want a well-rounded experience in Florence. Their aim is to not only teach cooking, but also a lifestyle that focuses on the relationship between yourself and your cuisine. This unique educational experience combines language, art, and cuisine all in one. You’ll learn how to shop for fresh ingredients at markets as well as make pizza or pasta from scratch.
Florence Food Studio
If you’re already familiar with Tuscany or its cuisine, you should consider a walking tour with Florence Food Studio. You’ll walk for half a day or a full day, and get a more in-depth look at food, which many Florentines consider more important than local architecture. On your walking tour, you’ll enjoy coffee, truffles, chocolate, wine, gelato, grappa, and more as you learn how to discern what to look for in each food, as well as how to order them. In addition, you’ll learn how to navigate a Tuscan market.
Giglio offers private cooking lessons for those who want some one-on-one time with the chef. You can even request a lesson with your family! What better way to experience Tuscany than learning to cook as a family? You’ll choose 3 to 4 recipes from a list of over 1,300. Some may be affected by seasonal ingredients, so be sure to let your Jaya agent know ahead of time if there’s a recipe you just can’t pass up.
If your mouth is watering for some handmade pasta, give us a call! We’ll book a custom tour to Italy that perfectly fits your tastes!