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Florence Cooking Experience - Making Pasta From Scratch

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September 29, 2012 / Italian / By
Dinh

Food is indeed the universal language, and the best way to learn this universal language abroad is to immerse yourself in the joy of cooking the local cuisine…

I have always loved the simplicity and depth of Italian cuisine, so we decided to book a ½ day cooking class while we were visiting Florence.

The cooking class started off with a walk around the local Florence markets to pick up some fresh produce for the cooking class that day…the market was lively and the lines of fresh fruit, vegetables, cheeses & meats were mesmerising…

Our chef/guide also took us to one of the stalls for a balsamic vinegar lesson/demonstration…we were given tasting samples of balsamic vinegar from a few years old, to one that was 25 years old…wow…when it got to that age, the balsamic vinegar became very thick and rather sweet but with a great depth of flavour…I was beginning to gain a deeper appreciation for this fundamental ingredient in Italian cooking…

We headed over to the cooking classroom to begin preparing our 3 course lunch…the room was nice and spacious, and we sat around a huge rectangular marble table – what a grand way to cook. The highlight of the day was learning to make Italian pasta from scratch; from learning to make the classic pasta – ‘Pappardelle’ - using no machines at all (just a rolling pin and some muscles) to learning the essence of making a classic pasta sauce. When I tasted the pasta, I can truly say, hands down, that it was the best pasta I have ever tasted….fresh pasta just tastes so amazing…(click here for my adapted recipe for this Italian pasta dish).

To go with the pasta dish, we also made a classic garden salad and some bruschetta. We were also taught to make the famous Italian dessert – ‘Tiramisu’ – which turned out really nice and fluffy.

By the end of the lesson, I got a great insight into the Italian way of life. The chef who taught us was hilarious and thoroughly entertaining, and really oozed the Italian passion for food.

 

Check out the video below for more information about the cooking class ("WANNA BE ITALIANO -
Florence Cooking Class & Central Market Tour"):

Food & Wine Academy of Florence

Country: Italy

Province/State: Toscana

City: Florence

Address: Via de’ Lamberti, 1

Zip/Post Code: 50123

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: (+39) 055 0123994

Website:http://www.florencecookin...

Price Guide:$$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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