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Private Mercato Centrale Tour and In-Home Cooking Class with a Florentine Chef

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US$ 148.00
2 travellers
    What to Expect
    Your homemade meal may include dishes such as an antipasto of crostini di fegatini (chicken liver pate served on crusty bread) or a seasonal segato di carciofi (artichoke carpaccio with pecorino), a main of ossobucco alla Fiorentina (braised veal), pollastro affinocchiato (braised chicken with fennel) and a pasta like pappardelle ai fungi (mushrooms) or risotto al nero (squid ink) with a typical Florentine vegetable side dish. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of torta della nonna (cream pie) or schiacciata alla Fiorentina (orange sponge cake).

    Alessio is a fun, warm and welcoming host and professional chef who is excited to share his local cuisine and Fiorentino traditions with travelers. He has a wide repertoire of Florentine dishes that you may not see in restaurant menus. Alessio studied economics while he was at University and worked at a bank but quit after a few years to follow his true passion – cooking! He was keen to use the creative part of his brain and flex his artistic muscle and diligently taught himself to cook from cookbooks. He worked his way up to head chef at a few restaurants before he became a private chef. Alessio was very close to his grandfather growing up and cooking brings back fond memories of himself as a young boy helping his grandfather in the kitchen.

    Please note:  If there is a specific Fiorentino dish you'd like to learn, please let Alessio know when making your booking and he'd be happy to teach you how to prepare it.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Meet your host Livia or Alessio at Mercato Centrale.
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    • Private market tour and cooking class with your host Alessio
    • Home cooked lunch
    • Local alcohol (1-2 glasses)
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Menu may vary depending on the season
    • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
    • Vegetarian and vegan option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Private, personalized experience
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    My 14 year old son and I opted for a market tour and home cooking lesson with Mirella and Stefano. We had a really wonderful time. I was especially pleased that they treated my son as a competent cook (which he is) and allowed him to fully participate. I’ve been to classes where
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    By: Traveling Spoon
    23 reviews
    Austin, Texas
    My clients loved this experience
    I booked this experience for my clients who were looking for some authentic cooking experiences and they had a
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    Robbin C
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    I can't express how awesome this cooking class experience was! Mirella and her husband were such a delight. We
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    One Incredible Day in Florence
    What an amazing experience my Husband and I had with Cinzia in Florence. Starting in the shadows of the Duomo, we
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    Holland, Michigan
    A great experience and a wonderful evening with Cinzia.
    We had never done anything like this before and are so glad that we did. It was a great experience and we had a
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    Amazing and unique culinary experience in Florence
    I very rarely leave reviews, but was really blown away by this experience. It’s a must do for anyone who wants to
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    Mark S
    Cooking Class with Mirella and Stefano
    Our family loved the cooking class with Mirella and Stefano. They welcomed us into their home, and gave us a fun
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    Private cooking session
    We recently traveled to Florence and my wife - an Italian and a great cook- wanted to take a private cooking
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    Delightful and insightful Italian cooking experience !
    Mirella & Stefano were perfect, helpful and delightful chefs, guiding me through a midday exploration of true
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    Perfect Day in Tuscany
    After a full day in Florence visiting museums and galleries, we were really looking forward to our personalized
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    Highlight of our trip!
    My husband and I had such a wonderful time with Fabio and his wife, Christiane. First Fabio picked us up in town
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    Stopping food and cooking workshop
    We had a very nice time with Cinzia in Florence! She took us around to visit authentic foodstores in the middel of
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    Brooklyn, New York, United States
    Exceptional, Informative Class & A Wonderful Meal!
    My husband and I enjoyed every moment of this market tour and class, from our shopping through our pasta lesson
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    Stopping at multiple markets and having the history of Florence as part of the walk was wonderful
    The tour is very personable and Cinzia allows you to customize it by having your group choose what dishes to
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    Aileen A
    Amazing personalized cooking class in Florence
    My friend and I both really enjoyed our personalized market tour and cooking class with Cinzia. We booked through
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    Chicago, Illinois
    Amazing lesson with wonderful people!
    We had a wonderful lesson with Mirella and her husband. Our evening was off to a rough start when we accidentally
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    Key Details
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    • Duration: 5h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English, French, Italian
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