The history of Tuscan cuisine has ancient origins, dating back to the Etruscan people and winding through the centuries to this present day. Its most important period was definitely the Renaissance, where chefs working at the noble courts were expected to prepare very elaborate dishes, which have subsequently influenced many other European countries' cuisine, especially France. However, Tuscan people still loved to create far less elaborate dishes. Their food was simple but, in some way, already quite various for that time. Come and explore the foods that have put Tuscany on the map and become the Italian chef you always wanted to be with the help of this incredible culinary experience.
After meeting your private English speaking guide at your Livorno cruise terminal, you will take a short 30-minute drive in your private transportation through the Tuscan countryside to an authentic Italian Villa. Upon arrival, you will begin by picking the freshest ingredients from a nearby garden. While enjoying a relaxing and charming experience, you'll pick fresh tomatoes, vegetables, and aromatic herbs for the sauces. These fresh seasonal ingredients will give your recipes a true Tuscan flavor.
Your private chef will instruct you through the crucial steps and secrets as you transform raw ingredients into authentic, fresh Italian pasta by hand, made from farm fresh eggs. The chef will talk you through it all, step by step. You will learn the techniques of preparing genuine Italian tagliatelle, gnocchi, or ravioli, recipes easily recreated at home for your family and friends. It is well known that every good Italian meal ends with a delicious, homemade dessert. To end your class you will create your very own Italian classic, Tiramisu, without even turning on the oven. Saving the best for last, you will sit down with your classmates to enjoy the sumptuous meal that you have just prepared. Bellissimo! To top off your amazing creation, you will share a few glasses of world-class Tuscan wine.
Upon completion of your meal, you will be returned to your Livorno cruise port.