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International Academy of Italian Cuisine

Via San Viticchio 414, 55100 Vicopelago, Italy
+39 0583 378071
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Wonderful

Went to the Academy with a group from Road Scholar. A member of a group of 10, I enjoyed assisting... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
nengleha
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Nashville, Tennessee
via mobile
Amazing Slow Food Movement Tuscan Cuisine Experience

Would recommend to cooks wanting to expand their seasonal dishes and add different flavor profiles... read more

Reviewed 21 May 2017
Mary M
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Grafton, Ohio
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International academy of Italian cuisine is recognized for its professionalism, years of experience and cross cultural learning environment. Cooking classes are hands-on and specialize on Italian and Tuscan cooking. What's more, the location among the most beautiful hills of Tuscany provides a perfect atmosphere where to combine study, relax and fun.
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  • Very good11%
  • Average5%
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  • Terrible5%
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Via San Viticchio 414, 55100 Vicopelago, Italy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the Academy with a group from Road Scholar. A member of a group of 10, I enjoyed assisting Gianluca Pardini making dinner or lunch with seasonal ingredients. I cook but not a chef, but Gianluca showed me in positive ways to prepare delicious...More

Thank nengleha
Reviewed 21 May 2017

Would recommend to cooks wanting to expand their seasonal dishes and add different flavor profiles for outstanding results. Chef Gianluca Pardini was excellent. The institute and presentation were very organized and professional. Our group scheduled through Road Scholar enjoyed hands on and completing different Tuscan...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We were a tour group signed up for cooking classes in Tuscany. Chef Gianluca programmed the 4 half day classes using whatever was in season which resulted in tasty meals. He provided dishes that were healthy while using salt and frying food with confidence. It...More

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Reviewed 8 October 2016

The group-prepared meal was underwhelming. The chef managed to overcook the risotto and somehow assist the group in preparing a meal that was seriously bland. The star of the meal was the dessert. It was too chaotic and is not designed for a large group...More

Thank Travelyn103
Gianluca P, Direttore at International Academy of Italian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2016

Thank you for your comment. It's very important for us to understand what guests think about the cooking lesson in order to satisfy more expectantions. Regards Gianluca

Reviewed 3 August 2016

Our group of 9 thoroughly enjoyed learning to cook Italian dishes at this wonderful cooking school. Gianluca was very good at dividing his time, instructing each person to prepare different portions of the meal. In addition to learning to make excellent pasta and other dished,...More

Thank Vicki G
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Gianluca and everyone you meet at this secret place will meet you with professionalism as with great warmth and hospitality. We have stayed here in an apartment by the school for 9 days now and wish we could stay a little longer. The pool is...More

Thank Katrinus
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

Gianluca led our group of nine people, including two teenagers, through the preparation of a traditional Italian meal which we then ate on the veranda with a lovely view of Tuscan hills. He met us as we walked up his driveway with a basket of...More

Thank Maggie M
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

Gianluca Pardini made learning to cook some very intricate Italian dishes fun and educational. We made pasta from scratch, tiramisu to die for, and learned some very basic sauces such as sofrito. All of the meals were prepared from fresh ingredients and eaten with gusto...More

Thank Peggy V
Gianluca P, Proprietario at International Academy of Italian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Dear Peggy, Ita was very nice to have you here and for us it's an honor to have so many guests from all over the world. Hope to see you again sometimes in the future if you come back to Lucca! Gianluca Pardini

Reviewed 6 December 2015

Just outside the fortified old city of Lucca sits a beautiful hillside villa where Chef Gianluca Pardini teaches traditional Tuscan cooking and the philosophy of the slow food movement. Chef Gianluca, a warm natural born teacher, is extremely well organized giving each of the 10...More

Thank 2015JTF
Gianluca P, Proprietario at International Academy of Italian Cuisine, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Thank you for your kind words. We wish to see you again here at our School!

Reviewed 31 May 2015

A group of 4 of us recently attended a cooking class and dinner and had a great time. Chef Mariella was standing at the door of the villa when we arrived and gave us a warm, Italian welcome. The villa is not hard to find,...More

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