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Dolce Vita Fresh Pasta Class By Day

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 74 reviews.Florence, ItalyPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Ileana

5 hours
Up to 2 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We'll meet in Sant'Ambrogio, a district in the center of Florence, which will give you a taste for local lifestyle and culture. Not only is it a hub for Florentine life, but it is foodie central. I'll take you to the market and show you the most AMAZING, vibrant, seasonal produce, and introduce you to my friends at the market. They only let me get the freshest of zucchini, tomatoes, stone fruits, citrus, aromatic herbs, cheeses and salumis. Then I will show you the inside of the market with the local butchers, cheese and salumi guy. You'll get to try some local artisanal salumi & cheese before we move on to the bakery which makes biscotti you'll be dreaming about even after you return home, as well as the very best Tuscan bread you'll ever have.

After we will return to my typical Florentine apartment in Sant'Ambrogio to cook our lunch while hearing the local hustle and bustle of the neighborhood while we cook for the most authentic experience. I'll help you get a genuine taste that is off the beaten path and not the typical fresh pasta experience.

Once we are ready to cook we'll enjoy our fresh pasta with some of the best wine selected by me to showcase local Florentine wine I've experienced through my quotidian life here, and my wine studies.
We'll meet in Sant'Ambrogio, a district in the center of Florence, which will give you a taste for local lifestyle and culture. Not only is it a hub for Florentine life, but it is foodie central. I'll take you to the market and show you the most AMAZING, vibrant, seasonal produce, and introduce you to my friends at the market. They only let me get the freshest of zucchini, tomatoes, stone fruits, citrus, aromatic herbs, cheeses and salumis. T…

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What's included

  • Food
  • Drinks
    Fresh water and wine to enjoy with our meal
  • Equipment
    Aprons to make sure you don't get dirty while cooking
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Sat, Oct 24
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Fri, Oct 30
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$49 per person
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Sat, Oct 31
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
$49 per person
$49 per person

Meet your host, Ileana

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 74 Reviews
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I'm originally from New York and worked in advertising, packed up my life and moved with my dog to Florence. I left a successful career to pursue my passions and love of Italian cuisine and wine, specifically fresh pasta! My culinary and wine training have taken place all in Florence, and through that time the Sant'Ambrogio neighborhood has become my new home. Every day I'm lucky enough to wake up and have my cappuccino in this bustling local neighborhood, visit my friends in the local Sant'Ambrogio market for the freshest vegetables, fruits, cheeses, biscotti, Tuscan bread and more. I'm literally living the dolce vita and I want to share my passion for the food, lifestyle and Italian cuisine with you
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I'm originally from New York and worked in advertising, packed up my life and moved with my dog to Florence. I left a successful career to pursue my passions and love of Italian cuisine and wine, specifically fresh pasta! My culinary and wine training have taken place all in Florence, and through that time the Sant'Ambrogio neighborhood has become my new home. Every day I'm lucky enough to wake up and have my cappuccino in this bustling local neighborhood, visit my friends in the local Sant'…
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Where you'll be

We will meet in my neighborhood of Sant'Ambrogio, move on to the Sant'Ambrogio market to visit my local vendors, move on to an artisanal bakery that specializes in biscotti and then we will move on to my apartment to get to cooking

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 74 reviews.

Ella
October 2020
This experience is so wonderful!! My boyfriend and I joined Ileana for this cooking class and were delighted by how sweet and personal it was. Hosting in her own apartment, we instantly felt right at home (helped by her adorable side-kick Layla the dog!). First we visited the fresh markets, where everyone is Ileana’s friend - this made the experience feel totally authentic. Talking us through the seasonal ingredients, we decided on two pasta dishes and headed back. She made sure we were hands on throughout everything and taught us many handy new tips/tricks. The food was utterly delicious, the company was great and the memory is one of our favourites from the entire holiday! Thanks so much Ileana. We will definitely be recommending to all family and friends. Ella 😊
This experience is so wonderful!! My boyfriend and I joined Ileana for this cooking class and were delighted by how sweet and personal it was. Hosting in her own apartment, we inst…
Anna
September 2020
I couldn’t recommend this highly enough - Ileana is a wonderful host and a really interesting person, not to mention extremely knowledgable about the local market and cuisine. She made me feel so welcome in her home, answered all my questions, and gave some really great advice on how to improve my cooking and become a better chef. The food (and wine) was insanely good, and even better is that I can make it all again at home! Five hours flew by!! If you’re on the fence about this one pls take my advice and go for it, you won’t regret it!
I couldn’t recommend this highly enough - Ileana is a wonderful host and a really interesting person, not to mention extremely knowledgable about the local market and cuisine. She…
Karen
September 2020
Ileana showed us the local specialities on the market, let us taste and experience the Florence lifestyle. She shared interested facts in a homy atmosphere. With her culinary background we have a lovely day and learned more about making pasta yourself.
Ileana showed us the local specialities on the market, let us taste and experience the Florence lifestyle. She shared interested facts in a homy atmosphere. With her culinary backg…
Olga
September 2020
It was a great experience! Ileana is a very interesting person and her story is so amazing. The food which we cooked was very tasty and I really enjoyed the process of cooking during my husband slept well on the sofa with Ileana’s dog. 😂 I definitely recommend this experience for your trip in Florence.
It was a great experience! Ileana is a very interesting person and her story is so amazing. The food which we cooked was very tasty and I really enjoyed the process of cooking duri…
Gretchen
August 2020
I wish I could give Ileana 10 stars because the experience was that good!!! I learned so much from her and the food we made was AMAZING!!! I highly recommend this experience!!! Best value and expertise!!!
Stéphanie
August 2020
Une superbe expérience je suis tellement ravie d'avoir testé, je vais pourvoir faire des pâtes et gnocchis à la maison donc c'est vraiment intéressant ! Une façon aussi de découvrir les locaux, de pratiquer une autre langue et de cuisiner donc expérience enrichissante ! Eliana est très adorable et au petit soin.
Une superbe expérience je suis tellement ravie d'avoir testé, je vais pourvoir faire des pâtes et gnocchis à la maison donc c'est vraiment intéressant ! Une façon aussi de découvri…

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Dairy-free
Egg-free
Tree nut allergy
Fish allergy
Vegan
Shellfish allergy
Soy-free
Peanut allergy
Vegetarian

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

More tips

Menu can be personalized if you want to learn more about a specific ingredient or want to learn a specific type of fresh pasta
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Limit to 2 max due to Covid guidelines, private groups of friends or family that are more than 2 feel free to msg

What to bring

Local curiosity, appetite for off the beaten path local culture and food