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Host: Alessio

Florence, Italy

USD
$54-$170 per person

Mercato Centrale market tour and cooking with a Florentine local

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Alessio

Alessio is a fun, warm and welcoming host 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. Enjoy a memorable culinary experience with this Fiorentino cooking expert!

Alessio sometimes hosts with his friend and colleague, Livia, who also has a long history in the food industry. She is a private chef passionate about preserving the traditions of Italian food and culture; she is dedicated to learning how to make the pastas taught by grandmothers around Italy!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Alessio at his simple and sunlit apartment and join him at his dining table to enjoy a typical Fiorentino meal in a casual environment. Your homemade meal might include dishes such as an antipasto of crostini 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) or 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).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join your host Alessio in the kitchen of his apartment where he spends most of his time. You will learn to cook a regional Florentine meal from recipes that he has perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about two hours. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch such as an antipasto, main of meat or a pasta, and a dessert. As you cook together, enjoy learning about the skills and techniques that Alessio has honed over the years before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with him. 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.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Livia or Alessio at the Mercato Centrale market, a large, covered market housed in a historic 1874 Art Deco icon and glass structure that sells wonderful meat, seafood, charcuterie, fruits and vegetables to Florentines. It’s the central market of Florence and one of the most interesting and colorful markets of Europe where you will find locals and tourists alike. Walk through the market and explore with your host local and regional produce sold by their favored vendors at the market. You will purchase a few ingredients that you will use during your cooking class after the market tour. Your market tour will last about one hour before you hop into a bus with Livia or Alessio’s car for a 15-minute drive back to his apartment.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, French

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Appetizer of Fiorentino crostini
  • Main such as ossobucco, braised chicken or baccalà with leeks
  • Pasta such as pappardelle ai fungi (mushrooms) or risotto carciofi (artichoke risotto)
  • Tuscan bean soup or vegetable side
  • Torta della nonna (cream pie) or schiacciata alla Fiorentina (orange sponge cake)

Traveler reviews

5.0 (12)
Alessio was fantastic! Booking was clear and easy to follow. We made multiple authentic Florentine dishes in a hands on and personal experience. Would highly recommend!
- Bernadette June 21, 2022
Our family of four had a wonderful experience cooking with Alessio. He was personable and knowledgeable. We made fresh pasta and traditional Tuscan appetizer, white beans, and cake. A memorable experience and a nice change of pace from site-seeing.
- Sarah June 03, 2022
Chef Alessio was welcoming and took us step by step through how to make each dish. He provided us with water and espresso after our long, but beautiful walk to his place. And the food we made was absolutely amazing. We will treasure the recipes and will definitely make it when we get home. I would truly recommend doing this and spending time with chef Alessio, someone passionate about food!
- Samantha May 31, 2022
Alessio hand picked mushrooms in the morning for our wonderful class. We really enjoyed learning from him.
- John_B May 28, 2022
Traveled to Florence with my sister and nephew, where we wanted to learn how to cook the local Florentine cuisine. Alessio was great in doing so! We made three local dishes that were equally delicious and easy to follow. Can’t wait to recreate them at home.
- 98samantha April 02, 2022
Alessio is wonderful! We had a great time meeting Alessio & cooking with him in Florence. The apartment was easy to locate thanks to clear directions. Alessio's kitchen was clean and well-equipped. Alessio guides you through the recipes and prep process. His experience as a chef is evident and yet he is patient with novices. He is a consummate host and welcomed us as friends rather than clients. Highly recommended!
- Jennifer February 21, 2022
An amazing experience! I got this experience for my husband’s birthday and wow, what a treat for both of us! Chef Alessio had tasty and simple recipes for us, and was very knowledgeable about local cuisine. We had such a great time that I don’t even have pictures of the main course! The food was delicious and plentiful, and his home and kitchen were very welcoming and comfortable. One of the highlights of our trip!
- Julianna January 05, 2022
I got this experience for my husband’s birthday and wow, what a treat for both of us! Chef Alessio had tasty and simple recipient for us, and was very knowledgeable about local cuisine. We had such a great time that I don’t even have pictures of the main course! The food was delicious and plentiful, and his home and kitchen were very welcoming and comfortable. One of the highlights of our trip!
- Julianna January 05, 2022
We had a truly exceptional time cooking with Alessio on our trip to Florence! First, logistics: Communication was easy and responses prompt, and the apartment was an easy cab ride from the city center. There is a single flight of stairs to climb; not difficult at all, but maybe worth noting for some. Alessio's kitchen was comfortable and well-equipped, and Alessio himself was an excellent teacher and host! I was nervous about an Italian cooking class being too advanced for me, but our host made it accessible, fun, and ultimately delicious (we left STUFFED and can't wait to replicate the recipes at home!) Felt more like a relaxing evening prepping dinner with a friend than a proper stuffy cooking class. Can't recommend enough-- an excellent experience and really fantastic host!!
- robwillis November 28, 2021
Our cooking class with Alessio was a wonderful evening filled with good food, lovely conversation and a lot of learning! Alessio was very informative and made learning all about Italian cuisine so much fun! We are so excited to share our Italian cooking skills with our friends and family! This is a must do experience if you are traveling to Florence!
- MDash August 09, 2021
We recently traveled to Florence and my wife - an Italian and a great cook- wanted to take a private cooking session, my thoughts not for me, as it turned out I did most of the prep and pasta making with a terrific host Alessio in his apartment. It was what we hoped for and expected a hands on lesson with a homey relaxing atmosphere. The closest I come to cooking is a grill and I would do this again in a heartbeat in fact my new role at home is pasta making even though I am Italian a first for me. If your expecting Giada Dilaurentis and don’t want to participate save your money otherwise (there is no point!
- Bruins9 June 05, 2019
Patrizia is amazing. We are in love! She was so charming, smart, well spoken, opinionated (in a good way!), well educated on food / Italian culture / everything, and an absolute joy to be with. The meal was amazing and we really had a wonderful time. Also, her apartment is perfectly located in Florence.
- Emily P May 07, 2018
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Alessio

$54-$170 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$80 $62 $54
Cooking Experience + Meal
$140 $104 $88
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$170 $130 $108
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$80 $62 $54
Cooking Experience + Meal
$140 $104 $88
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$170 $130 $108
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-2:30pm

Meet Alessio

Alessio is a fun, warm and welcoming host 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. Enjoy a memorable culinary experience with this Fiorentino cooking expert!

Alessio sometimes hosts with his friend and colleague, Livia, who also has a long history in the food industry. She is a private chef passionate about preserving the traditions of Italian food and culture; she is dedicated to learning how to make the pastas taught by grandmothers around Italy!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Alessio at his simple and sunlit apartment and join him at his dining table to enjoy a typical Fiorentino meal in a casual environment. Your homemade meal might include dishes such as an antipasto of crostini 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) or 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).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join your host Alessio in the kitchen of his apartment where he spends most of his time. You will learn to cook a regional Florentine meal from recipes that he has perfected over the years. Your hands-on cooking class will last about two hours. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch such as an antipasto, main of meat or a pasta, and a dessert. As you cook together, enjoy learning about the skills and techniques that Alessio has honed over the years before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with him. 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.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Livia or Alessio at the Mercato Centrale market, a large, covered market housed in a historic 1874 Art Deco icon and glass structure that sells wonderful meat, seafood, charcuterie, fruits and vegetables to Florentines. It’s the central market of Florence and one of the most interesting and colorful markets of Europe where you will find locals and tourists alike. Walk through the market and explore with your host local and regional produce sold by their favored vendors at the market. You will purchase a few ingredients that you will use during your cooking class after the market tour. Your market tour will last about one hour before you hop into a bus with Livia or Alessio’s car for a 15-minute drive back to his apartment.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, French

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Appetizer of Fiorentino crostini
  • Main such as ossobucco, braised chicken or baccalà with leeks
  • Pasta such as pappardelle ai fungi (mushrooms) or risotto carciofi (artichoke risotto)
  • Tuscan bean soup or vegetable side
  • Torta della nonna (cream pie) or schiacciata alla Fiorentina (orange sponge cake)

Traveler reviews

5.0 (12)
Alessio was fantastic! Booking was clear and easy to follow. We made multiple authentic Florentine dishes in a hands on and personal experience. Would highly recommend!
- Bernadette June 21, 2022
Our family of four had a wonderful experience cooking with Alessio. He was personable and knowledgeable. We made fresh pasta and traditional Tuscan appetizer, white beans, and cake. A memorable experience and a nice change of pace from site-seeing.
- Sarah June 03, 2022
Chef Alessio was welcoming and took us step by step through how to make each dish. He provided us with water and espresso after our long, but beautiful walk to his place. And the food we made was absolutely amazing. We will treasure the recipes and will definitely make it when we get home. I would truly recommend doing this and spending time with chef Alessio, someone passionate about food!
- Samantha May 31, 2022
Alessio hand picked mushrooms in the morning for our wonderful class. We really enjoyed learning from him.
- John_B May 28, 2022
Traveled to Florence with my sister and nephew, where we wanted to learn how to cook the local Florentine cuisine. Alessio was great in doing so! We made three local dishes that were equally delicious and easy to follow. Can’t wait to recreate them at home.
- 98samantha April 02, 2022
Alessio is wonderful! We had a great time meeting Alessio & cooking with him in Florence. The apartment was easy to locate thanks to clear directions. Alessio's kitchen was clean and well-equipped. Alessio guides you through the recipes and prep process. His experience as a chef is evident and yet he is patient with novices. He is a consummate host and welcomed us as friends rather than clients. Highly recommended!
- Jennifer February 21, 2022
An amazing experience! I got this experience for my husband’s birthday and wow, what a treat for both of us! Chef Alessio had tasty and simple recipes for us, and was very knowledgeable about local cuisine. We had such a great time that I don’t even have pictures of the main course! The food was delicious and plentiful, and his home and kitchen were very welcoming and comfortable. One of the highlights of our trip!
- Julianna January 05, 2022
I got this experience for my husband’s birthday and wow, what a treat for both of us! Chef Alessio had tasty and simple recipient for us, and was very knowledgeable about local cuisine. We had such a great time that I don’t even have pictures of the main course! The food was delicious and plentiful, and his home and kitchen were very welcoming and comfortable. One of the highlights of our trip!
- Julianna January 05, 2022
We had a truly exceptional time cooking with Alessio on our trip to Florence! First, logistics: Communication was easy and responses prompt, and the apartment was an easy cab ride from the city center. There is a single flight of stairs to climb; not difficult at all, but maybe worth noting for some. Alessio's kitchen was comfortable and well-equipped, and Alessio himself was an excellent teacher and host! I was nervous about an Italian cooking class being too advanced for me, but our host made it accessible, fun, and ultimately delicious (we left STUFFED and can't wait to replicate the recipes at home!) Felt more like a relaxing evening prepping dinner with a friend than a proper stuffy cooking class. Can't recommend enough-- an excellent experience and really fantastic host!!
- robwillis November 28, 2021
Our cooking class with Alessio was a wonderful evening filled with good food, lovely conversation and a lot of learning! Alessio was very informative and made learning all about Italian cuisine so much fun! We are so excited to share our Italian cooking skills with our friends and family! This is a must do experience if you are traveling to Florence!
- MDash August 09, 2021
We recently traveled to Florence and my wife - an Italian and a great cook- wanted to take a private cooking session, my thoughts not for me, as it turned out I did most of the prep and pasta making with a terrific host Alessio in his apartment. It was what we hoped for and expected a hands on lesson with a homey relaxing atmosphere. The closest I come to cooking is a grill and I would do this again in a heartbeat in fact my new role at home is pasta making even though I am Italian a first for me. If your expecting Giada Dilaurentis and don’t want to participate save your money otherwise (there is no point!
- Bruins9 June 05, 2019
Patrizia is amazing. We are in love! She was so charming, smart, well spoken, opinionated (in a good way!), well educated on food / Italian culture / everything, and an absolute joy to be with. The meal was amazing and we really had a wonderful time. Also, her apartment is perfectly located in Florence.
- Emily P May 07, 2018
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$80 $62 $54
Cooking Experience + Meal
$140 $104 $88
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$170 $130 $108
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$80 $62 $54
Cooking Experience + Meal
$140 $104 $88
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$170 $130 $108
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 5:30pm-9:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-2:30pm
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