Scuola di Cucina di Lella, Siena

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Learn how to cook like an Italian at Scuola di Cucina di Lella, a famous culinary school of regional and international cuisine. The head chef and teacher, Lella, welcomes tourists and locals alike into her kitchen. Courses can last as long as a half-day or several days, depending on the level of mastery you'd like to achieve. You have your choice of foods you'd like to prepare, including medieval recipes. Cooking classes at your rental villa and private chef services are also available. Use our Siena vacation planner to add Scuola di Cucina di Lella and other attractions to your Siena vacation plans.
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  • This experience was amazing! Lella was amazing as well as her sous chef and her interpreter Julie. You can tell that Lella is incredibly passionate about cooking because it shows in her food as well....  more »
  • We had an amazing experience with this class! learned how to make homemade pasta, pasta sauce, pork loin, potatoes, soup and dessert. The class was very informative and Lella is extremely talented!  more »
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  • I have enjoyed cooking classes in several countries and this class was the best ever. Francesco did a great job of walking us through the steps for preparation of a complete Italian meal that topped any restaurant I have ever eaten in. I can’t wait to get home and do it again. I even considered going back for a second class but time did not permit. I wish for a cookbook that captures the flavors and techniques I learned in three hours. After the preparation we ate dinner with a glass of fine Tuscan wine and conversation.
  • Lella's Scuola di cucina was an absolute delight! My wife and I try to take a cooking class in every country we visit and this was by far the best we have ever attended. The total time is four and a half hours to cook and eat a four course meal accompanied by local Tuscan wine. We made Pappa col pomodoro, a traditional peasant soup that is now the food of the rich; homemade pici pasta with eggplant and tomato sauce; meat and vegetable skewers with zucchini souffle; and a lovely peach tart to finish things off. It is a small group class, ours had only eight, and you take turns helping with all the different components while everyone helps with the hand rolled pasta. Cannot say enough about how wonderful Lella and her translator Julie are in teaching and sharing the customs and history of Tuscan food. Will definitely go again the next time we are in Siena. Grazie mille!!!
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