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Chef Paolo Monti's Cucina Italiana Cooking School

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Address: Via Per Sant'Alessio n. 3684, 55100, Lucca, Italy
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+39 0583 329970
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00

Italian Cooking School in Lucca, Tuscany, day classes as well as 7 day all...

Italian Cooking School in Lucca, Tuscany, day classes as well as 7 day all inclusive programs with tours and field trips. Hotel rooms available in our apartments. Intensive cooking classes, 8 to 14 recipes per class, hands on cooking, include lunch and recipes in English. Classes also in Deutsch, Francais, Espanol. Classes: Main Ingredients and Sauces, Fish and seafood, Fresh Pasta and pasta sauce, pizza, focaccia and bread. Tuscan Cooking, Chef Paolo's favorite dishes. Fun classes, delicious dishes, easy to make recipes!

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Wonderful day and food

My 2 teenagers and I took Chef Monti's pasta and sauces class. We learned to cook 12 sauces and several types of pasta. Chef was patient with everyone and careful to make sure we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My 2 teenagers and I took Chef Monti's pasta and sauces class. We learned to cook 12 sauces and several types of pasta. Chef was patient with everyone and careful to make sure we understood how to prepare each item. We moved quickly but never felt rushed and Chef Monti was very funny and entertaining. One of the best things... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I spent three wonderful days at Chef Monti's school and I can't say enough about the Chef, classes or the food. Chef Monti was warm and funny, making all his students at ease. I stayed in one of the large rustic though comfortable apartments above his restaurant. Each morning there was a lovely Italian, continental breakfast waiting for me including... More 

Thank Carol L
Coventry, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited for a half day cooking class with my husband. Booked a few months in advance and everything was easily booked and paid for, directions and timings clear. The venue was easy to find by car, we were slightly early so were given coffee while we waited. As we had booked a day out of season it was a private... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

This was an amazing experience, and I am so glad we were had a class with Chef Paolo. I traveled with friends, and we loved having the evening to learn about the finer arts of pasta and sauces. Chef Paolo and his staff were kind and welcoming - as well as witty and fun to be around! It was a... More 

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Oakland, California
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

My wife and I took Chef Paolo's fish cooking class on one day one our 2+ week vacation in Tuscany and we were not disappointed! First, we were the only ones there, because traveling in the off season means less crowds, and second, the cooking experience was amazing! We had a 12 course meal, including wine and dessert, with hands... More 

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columbus1234, Proprietario at Chef Paolo Monti's Cucina Italiana Cooking School, responded to this review

Thank you!! It was a pleasure cooking with you!! Buon Appetito Chef Paolo Monti More 

West Chester, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 1 March 2017

We spent a week in Italy this February and among other things we had planned this cooking experience with Chef Monti. First, i invited a friend, last minute, to join us on our trip, after i had scheduled the culinary class and Chef Monti didn't even bat an eye about it, she was welcomed without comment. Before i go into... More 

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columbus1234, Proprietario at Chef Paolo Monti's Cucina Italiana Cooking School, responded to this review

Thank you! very much, I ma happy you enjoyed the class, and your boy is great I love to joke with kids, I can tell the oldest jokes and they are all new to them! ha, ha, ha !! Buon appetito! More 

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Reviewed 24 February 2017

During a 10 day stay in northern Italy, Chef Paolo's Cooking School was our highlight. We gathered at 8:00 to shop with him, had a coffee in his restaurant while waiting for 4 others to join. There are many class choices and we felt ours was the best. Chef Paolo's classes are 'hands on', knife instructions, vegetable handling and cutting,... More 

Thank Roberta S
Seattle, Washington
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46 reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

Chef Paolo taught us how to create masterful vegan Italian dishes. His humor and extensive knowledge of Italian cooking made for a wonderful day in the kitchen. Chef Paolo has travelled extensively and brings that knowledge to the culinary experience. It was hands-on, fast paced and leisurely at the same time. We loved eating everything we learned to cook.

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5 reviews
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

If you want to get a literal taste of Tuscany, do not hesitate to book classes with Chef Paolo. I took many of his classes, with my favorite being the Seafood class. His version of mussels with saffron and Sambucco was worth the entire trip. I learned how to make homemade broth and many authentic Italian specialties. Of course, at... More 

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Rio Vista, California
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

My husband and I went to the Favorite Dishes class. We were joined by two women. The class was as advertised -- delicious, easy to prepare food. I am not an experienced cook but the pace of the class was not a problem for me. We liked the knives so well that we ordered a couple when we got home.... More 

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