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Host: Fabio

Florence, Italy

USD
$104-$176 per person

Traditional Italian cooking class in the countryside of Florence

Host offerings
  • Rural farmhouse
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Fabio

Fabio learned to cook as a young child helping his mother in the kitchen. As an adult, experimenting with recipes became his hobby. Fabio cooks Italian food but in a Tuscan way which means that he uses a few ingredients that are seasonal, local and of the highest quality. He also enjoys cooking Sicilian and Mediterranean food. Fabio is very knowledgeable about Florence and Italy's rich history. He lives with his wife, Christiane, who is a German journalist. An architect and designer by profession, Fabio loves contemporary art, rock, jazz music, tennis and skiing. He is a member of AIFB, the Italian Food Blogger Association, and a member of MTChallenge.

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: (2-4 guests) Fabio lives upon a hill in the countryside of Florence (about 10 km from the city center); his home is tucked away in the hills around Florence, surrounded by olive trees. Fabio and Christiane (when she is home) will welcome you into their cozy, colorful home with a refreshing welcome drink. He will share more about living in Florence and will show you how they pick olives and explain the process of how olive oil is made. Your meal will be prepared using local and seasonal ingredients, and include dishes such as tagliatelle with vegetarian ragù or squid risotto with wild fennel and orange peel, peposo alla fornacina with white beans (cow meat stewed in red wine, garlic and pepper) or seppie in zimino (cuttle fish with spinach or chard), and crostata (short crust pastry) with homemade jam and dried fruits or a fresh fruit sorbet. End your meal with a cup of freshly brewed Italian coffee.

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) During your 2-3 hours hands-on cooking class you will first learn to make pasta from scratch. Fabio will introduce you to two machines that are normally used for making Italian pastas and explain how they are used and what the differences are. Once the pasta is done, you will start making the sauce. This could be a simple fresh vegetable sauce with aromatic herbs or, if you prefer fish, a sauce with sardines made the Sicilian way. Next, help Fabio make a vegetable flan or one of his favorites, baccalà con porri e cavolo viola (pan stewed cod with leeks and purple cabbage). For dessert, learn to make a simple cake called castagnaccio, which is a chestnut flour cake topped with pine nuts and baked in the winter or a panna cotta with strawberry coulis in the summer. The recipes are always made with seasonal ingredients so Fabio's menu varies with the seasons!

Notes: Fabio's home is about 10km from the city center. He or someone appointed by him will pick you up from a central meeting location and drop you back to the same place after the experience is over. The cost for return transportation from the central meeting location is included in the price.

Please include your WhatsApp number or local contact number in your booking so that it is easy to communicate, in case of traffic or other delays.

Languages spoken: English, Italian

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.
  • A seasonal welcome drink
  • First Course: home-made pasta with vegetarian, meat or fish sauce or Gnudi (kind of naked ravioli)
  • Main Course: pork fillet with almonds and aromatic herbs or fried anchovies in aromatic breading or a vegetarian course
  • Dessert: biscotti di Prato (traditional cookies from Prato) or schiacciata con l’uva (dessert made with grapes during the harvest time)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

I can honestly say that my experience was positive in every way! Fabio is a great host! His wife Christiane, is also the sweetest lady! Fabio went out of his way to make sure everything was amazing. You can really tell he is very passionate about food and cooking! Everything was so fresh and delicious! Truly, everything was amazing! I really liked the welcome drink Fabio made! It was Campari with fresh squeezed orange juice. I also really enjoyed learning about and watching Fabio make fresh pasta! The whole experience from start to finish couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ll be honest, I was a little sad when dinner was over because I could have stayed longer just chatting with Fabio and his wife. They are such a cute, loving couple. Married 30 years and still crazy in love, you can just tell! I’m very thankful for this experience as I can truly say it was a highlight of my travels through Italy, and definitely in Florence!

Sheena, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (7)
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Fabio and his wife, Christiane. We learned some delicious recipes, enjoyed lovely conversation, and had a spectacular dinner outside in their backyard located on a beautiful estate surrounded by the most amazing views! I highly recommend this cooking class experience. It is a highlight of our travels to Italy in July 2022! Lisa & Mike
- Lisa M October 23, 2022
Truly the highlight of our time in Italy. We spent the afternoon with Fabio and his wife, Christiane, learning some traditional recipes including ricotta and chard stuffed ravioli and a traditional ligurian dish of salt cod with chickpeas. But the best was having an afternoon of delicious food , wine, and conversation discussing music and books in the Tuscan countryside. It felt like we were visiting old friends. Fabio provided all the recipes so that we can try again now that we have returned home.
- stevecp September 23, 2022
Fabio was wonderful, generous and made this a highlight of our trip to Italy. His wife Christiana joined as well and shared her delicious homemade plum chutney and shared how they cured olives from the grove outside their house. I wish I could give them 6 stars. Thank you!
- steveCP September 17, 2022
We had an amazing experience with Fabio and his wife Christiane. My wife and I were traveling in Italy for 2 weeks on our honeymoon and spent a few days in Florence. We booked this cooking class with Fabio a few months in advance and he reached out ahead of time to customize the menu/food to our preferences. We ended up making homemade pasta with a white bean sauce with bacon & peppers plus a couple sides (fried zucchini and chicken rolls). Fabio is very knowledgeable and offered all sorts of insights about the ingredients, cooking tips, etc, throughout the process. We had great local wine and were greeted with a plate of local cheese when we arrived. All of the food was incredible and as good as anything we had in Italy - and it was certainly one of the most memorable overall experiences. Fabio picked us up and dropped us off in downtown Florence. They live at the top of a mountain on the outskirts of Florence and the drive was unbelievably scenic. Their house is surrounded by gardens, olive trees and all sorts of wildlife - a very authentic tuscan countryside experience. We prepared the food in the kitchen but the weather was nice so we ate at their table outside in the garden/yard. The cooking class was supposed to be from 5:00-9:00pm but we were having such a great time chatting with Fabio & Christiane after dinner that we lost track of time and ended up staying until 11:00pm. Fabio & Christiane were such amazing hosts and were not the least bit upset that we stayed that late. They are great people clearly appreciate getting to know their guests and were hospitable from beginning to end. Your response
- davidmA6009ZT June 27, 2022
We had a wonderful time with Fabio and Christine. The food was fresh from a local market or from their garden. The experience was amazing, fresh food, good wine and the conversation was delightful. The day was perfect to sit on their patio for a wonderful lunch. It was so nice to get out of the city and learn about the area. Since we have been home we have made the dishes several times with confidence. We are planning a return visit and look forward to another session with wonderful teachers.
- amyjoa9 September 09, 2021
After a full day in Florence visiting museums and galleries, we were really looking forward to our personalized dining experience. Our visit to the home of Fabio and Christiane exceeded all of our expectations. In the weeks before we arrived, we communicated with Fabio several times discussing the menu. This allowed us input into our meal and Fabio did the rest, creating a wonderful 3 course lunch. After picking us up directly from our hotel, we drove to their charming home high on a hill, taking in beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. We were greeted by Christiane and immediately felt right at home. We spent the next 2 1/2 hours in their kitchen sipping Campari, chatting about a host of topics and helping Fabio prepare our meal. We prepared and baked a delicious Apple Tart, then Pappa al Pomodoro, which we had requested and finally learned how to make home made pasta which we used to make our main course of seafood/ricotta stuffed tortelli in a creamed zucchini sauce. The meal was absolutely delicious ( our best in Florence ) and served with a wonderful local wine while seated next to a cozy open fire. Fabio and Christiane even took time between courses to explain all about different olive oils, which included sampling with his own homemade bread. Before we knew it, almost 5 hours had flown by since we started our day. Florence is a beautiful city but to really appreciate Tuscan life and the people there ( not to mention a meal you won’t forget ) we would highly recommend this dining experience arranged through the Traveling Spoon.
- Ontherun1976 May 03, 2019
My husband and I had such a wonderful time with Fabio and his wife, Christiane. First Fabio picked us up in town and drove us back to his home in the outskirts of Florence - during the drive we stopped to enjoy the beautiful view of Florence and talk about the surrounding olive trees and the olive oil making process. Next we arrived at Fabio's cozy, friendly home where he had prepared the whole space to welcome us - there were welcome drinks, an appetizer and a warm fire burning in the living room. We proceeded to make homemade pasta using his antique family hand-press pasta maker (he has a modern pasta press also), gallinella (fish) fillet sauce with fresh tomatoes, squid with spinach, fried anchovies and a shortcrust pastry tart with homemade jams. The entire time Fabio was happy to answer my question and explain everything step by step, letting me be as involved as I wanted to be. (No need for ME to touch the anchovies, right?!) We had a wonderful wine that was from a vineyard owned by a good friend of Fabio's. Dinner was served on their family china and was so good! The best food we had in Italy which is defiantly saying something!! Both Fabio and Christiane speak English really well and the conversation was very engaging and fun. They are an adorable couple who clearly enjoy each other, good food, meeting new people and their wonderful home. I couldn't say enough wonderful things about this experience. You should book this experience too so it can be the highlight of YOUR trip, you won't be sorry!
- JulieTravelerItaly April 25, 2019
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Fabio

$104-$176 USD

per person
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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
Not offered $104 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $176 $176
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $104 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $176 $176
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-10:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Fabio

Fabio learned to cook as a young child helping his mother in the kitchen. As an adult, experimenting with recipes became his hobby. Fabio cooks Italian food but in a Tuscan way which means that he uses a few ingredients that are seasonal, local and of the highest quality. He also enjoys cooking Sicilian and Mediterranean food. Fabio is very knowledgeable about Florence and Italy's rich history. He lives with his wife, Christiane, who is a German journalist. An architect and designer by profession, Fabio loves contemporary art, rock, jazz music, tennis and skiing. He is a member of AIFB, the Italian Food Blogger Association, and a member of MTChallenge.

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: (2-4 guests) Fabio lives upon a hill in the countryside of Florence (about 10 km from the city center); his home is tucked away in the hills around Florence, surrounded by olive trees. Fabio and Christiane (when she is home) will welcome you into their cozy, colorful home with a refreshing welcome drink. He will share more about living in Florence and will show you how they pick olives and explain the process of how olive oil is made. Your meal will be prepared using local and seasonal ingredients, and include dishes such as tagliatelle with vegetarian ragù or squid risotto with wild fennel and orange peel, peposo alla fornacina with white beans (cow meat stewed in red wine, garlic and pepper) or seppie in zimino (cuttle fish with spinach or chard), and crostata (short crust pastry) with homemade jam and dried fruits or a fresh fruit sorbet. End your meal with a cup of freshly brewed Italian coffee.

Cooking experience: (2-6 guests) During your 2-3 hours hands-on cooking class you will first learn to make pasta from scratch. Fabio will introduce you to two machines that are normally used for making Italian pastas and explain how they are used and what the differences are. Once the pasta is done, you will start making the sauce. This could be a simple fresh vegetable sauce with aromatic herbs or, if you prefer fish, a sauce with sardines made the Sicilian way. Next, help Fabio make a vegetable flan or one of his favorites, baccalà con porri e cavolo viola (pan stewed cod with leeks and purple cabbage). For dessert, learn to make a simple cake called castagnaccio, which is a chestnut flour cake topped with pine nuts and baked in the winter or a panna cotta with strawberry coulis in the summer. The recipes are always made with seasonal ingredients so Fabio's menu varies with the seasons!

Notes: Fabio's home is about 10km from the city center. He or someone appointed by him will pick you up from a central meeting location and drop you back to the same place after the experience is over. The cost for return transportation from the central meeting location is included in the price.

Please include your WhatsApp number or local contact number in your booking so that it is easy to communicate, in case of traffic or other delays.

Languages spoken: English, Italian

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.
  • A seasonal welcome drink
  • First Course: home-made pasta with vegetarian, meat or fish sauce or Gnudi (kind of naked ravioli)
  • Main Course: pork fillet with almonds and aromatic herbs or fried anchovies in aromatic breading or a vegetarian course
  • Dessert: biscotti di Prato (traditional cookies from Prato) or schiacciata con l’uva (dessert made with grapes during the harvest time)
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

I can honestly say that my experience was positive in every way! Fabio is a great host! His wife Christiane, is also the sweetest lady! Fabio went out of his way to make sure everything was amazing. You can really tell he is very passionate about food and cooking! Everything was so fresh and delicious! Truly, everything was amazing! I really liked the welcome drink Fabio made! It was Campari with fresh squeezed orange juice. I also really enjoyed learning about and watching Fabio make fresh pasta! The whole experience from start to finish couldn’t have been more perfect! I’ll be honest, I was a little sad when dinner was over because I could have stayed longer just chatting with Fabio and his wife. They are such a cute, loving couple. Married 30 years and still crazy in love, you can just tell! I’m very thankful for this experience as I can truly say it was a highlight of my travels through Italy, and definitely in Florence!

Sheena, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (7)
My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Fabio and his wife, Christiane. We learned some delicious recipes, enjoyed lovely conversation, and had a spectacular dinner outside in their backyard located on a beautiful estate surrounded by the most amazing views! I highly recommend this cooking class experience. It is a highlight of our travels to Italy in July 2022! Lisa & Mike
- Lisa M October 23, 2022
Truly the highlight of our time in Italy. We spent the afternoon with Fabio and his wife, Christiane, learning some traditional recipes including ricotta and chard stuffed ravioli and a traditional ligurian dish of salt cod with chickpeas. But the best was having an afternoon of delicious food , wine, and conversation discussing music and books in the Tuscan countryside. It felt like we were visiting old friends. Fabio provided all the recipes so that we can try again now that we have returned home.
- stevecp September 23, 2022
Fabio was wonderful, generous and made this a highlight of our trip to Italy. His wife Christiana joined as well and shared her delicious homemade plum chutney and shared how they cured olives from the grove outside their house. I wish I could give them 6 stars. Thank you!
- steveCP September 17, 2022
We had an amazing experience with Fabio and his wife Christiane. My wife and I were traveling in Italy for 2 weeks on our honeymoon and spent a few days in Florence. We booked this cooking class with Fabio a few months in advance and he reached out ahead of time to customize the menu/food to our preferences. We ended up making homemade pasta with a white bean sauce with bacon & peppers plus a couple sides (fried zucchini and chicken rolls). Fabio is very knowledgeable and offered all sorts of insights about the ingredients, cooking tips, etc, throughout the process. We had great local wine and were greeted with a plate of local cheese when we arrived. All of the food was incredible and as good as anything we had in Italy - and it was certainly one of the most memorable overall experiences. Fabio picked us up and dropped us off in downtown Florence. They live at the top of a mountain on the outskirts of Florence and the drive was unbelievably scenic. Their house is surrounded by gardens, olive trees and all sorts of wildlife - a very authentic tuscan countryside experience. We prepared the food in the kitchen but the weather was nice so we ate at their table outside in the garden/yard. The cooking class was supposed to be from 5:00-9:00pm but we were having such a great time chatting with Fabio & Christiane after dinner that we lost track of time and ended up staying until 11:00pm. Fabio & Christiane were such amazing hosts and were not the least bit upset that we stayed that late. They are great people clearly appreciate getting to know their guests and were hospitable from beginning to end. Your response
- davidmA6009ZT June 27, 2022
We had a wonderful time with Fabio and Christine. The food was fresh from a local market or from their garden. The experience was amazing, fresh food, good wine and the conversation was delightful. The day was perfect to sit on their patio for a wonderful lunch. It was so nice to get out of the city and learn about the area. Since we have been home we have made the dishes several times with confidence. We are planning a return visit and look forward to another session with wonderful teachers.
- amyjoa9 September 09, 2021
After a full day in Florence visiting museums and galleries, we were really looking forward to our personalized dining experience. Our visit to the home of Fabio and Christiane exceeded all of our expectations. In the weeks before we arrived, we communicated with Fabio several times discussing the menu. This allowed us input into our meal and Fabio did the rest, creating a wonderful 3 course lunch. After picking us up directly from our hotel, we drove to their charming home high on a hill, taking in beautiful views of the Tuscan countryside. We were greeted by Christiane and immediately felt right at home. We spent the next 2 1/2 hours in their kitchen sipping Campari, chatting about a host of topics and helping Fabio prepare our meal. We prepared and baked a delicious Apple Tart, then Pappa al Pomodoro, which we had requested and finally learned how to make home made pasta which we used to make our main course of seafood/ricotta stuffed tortelli in a creamed zucchini sauce. The meal was absolutely delicious ( our best in Florence ) and served with a wonderful local wine while seated next to a cozy open fire. Fabio and Christiane even took time between courses to explain all about different olive oils, which included sampling with his own homemade bread. Before we knew it, almost 5 hours had flown by since we started our day. Florence is a beautiful city but to really appreciate Tuscan life and the people there ( not to mention a meal you won’t forget ) we would highly recommend this dining experience arranged through the Traveling Spoon.
- Ontherun1976 May 03, 2019
My husband and I had such a wonderful time with Fabio and his wife, Christiane. First Fabio picked us up in town and drove us back to his home in the outskirts of Florence - during the drive we stopped to enjoy the beautiful view of Florence and talk about the surrounding olive trees and the olive oil making process. Next we arrived at Fabio's cozy, friendly home where he had prepared the whole space to welcome us - there were welcome drinks, an appetizer and a warm fire burning in the living room. We proceeded to make homemade pasta using his antique family hand-press pasta maker (he has a modern pasta press also), gallinella (fish) fillet sauce with fresh tomatoes, squid with spinach, fried anchovies and a shortcrust pastry tart with homemade jams. The entire time Fabio was happy to answer my question and explain everything step by step, letting me be as involved as I wanted to be. (No need for ME to touch the anchovies, right?!) We had a wonderful wine that was from a vineyard owned by a good friend of Fabio's. Dinner was served on their family china and was so good! The best food we had in Italy which is defiantly saying something!! Both Fabio and Christiane speak English really well and the conversation was very engaging and fun. They are an adorable couple who clearly enjoy each other, good food, meeting new people and their wonderful home. I couldn't say enough wonderful things about this experience. You should book this experience too so it can be the highlight of YOUR trip, you won't be sorry!
- JulieTravelerItaly April 25, 2019
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $104 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $176 $176
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $104 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $176 $176
Alcohol
$10 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-3:30pm 7:30pm-10:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
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