You arrive on a Sunday and are welcomed with a traditional Tuscan lunch. The remainder of the day is yours to settle in, explore the estate, swim , ride a bicycle or just relax while waiting for dinner to be served.
Monday though Friday you will have continental breakfast at 9,15 AM then lessons promptly start at 10,00AM.
Our lessons are hands on and they generally go from 3 to 4 hours. Classes are small and make use of all-natural, seasonally-fresh ingredients from our garden: farm to table! Essential Tuscan techniques you will master include: fresh homemade pasta, raviolis, gnocchi, pizza, bread, focaccia, risotto, bruschette and crostini, roasted meats, fish and meat preparation, pastry dough and desserts, biscotti, ice creams and sorbets, vegetable and grain soups, sour dough and breads…..and much more!
Lunch is normally served around 1 o’clock but be prepared to spend at least one hour with your legs under the table. You are on vacation after all!
At 3 o’clock our English speaking tour guides will pick you up and introduce you to undiscovered local treasures such as Lucca, Pietrasanta, San Gimignano, Pisa, Viareggio and the Roman Ruins in Massaciuccoli.
Emiliano Alessi, wine producer, owner of Cennatoio Winery and sommelier, will join us on Monday night for a wine tasting and wine pairing lesson. His outstanding wines will be paired with all the courses served during dinner.
Dinner is served every night at 8 o’clock and it consists of several courses mainly prepared by your chefs. Students are involved in the preparation of some of the dishes which will be served for Dinner. Each course is paired with excellent wines.
Your Tuscan Experience with us reaches its climax on Friday night at our Graduation Dinner where you receive a diploma certifying your newly acquired status as an ”Authentic Tuscan Cook” (Vero Cuoco Toscano)
Prices are based on double occupancy and include accommodation, all meals with excellent wines, lessons, tours, airport or rail transfers (from Pisa airport or Pisa Railway Station), taxes.. There are no hidden costs or additional expenses. For those arriving and departing from Florence, please inquire with us as we will direct you to a private driver
Accommodation – Participants stay in the grounds of this 17th century villa where Giacomo Puccini, the famous opera composer, used to spend long periods of time hunting and fishing. All bedrooms have self contained bathrooms and are air conditioned. Private apartments are available upon request and based on availability.
Bicycles are available to all guests at no extra charge. Horse riding lessons are available for an additional fee as well as fly fishing lessons with Moreno Borriero www.mbrods.it, an amazing instructor!
Non-Cooking Guests – We welcome friends and spouses who would like to come without taking part in the cooking program. Their price includes everything but the cooking part of the program.
Amenities – all bedrooms are en suite and hairdryers are provided in each bathroom. Washing and drying machines are available for a small fee. Free WiFi is available at the school. Single bedrooms are available for an extra fee.
A US$ 600/Euro 600 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of registration with balance due no later than 90 days before the start of the course. The school reserves the right to cancel the booking if the balance is not paid 90 days before the course starts.
All bank charges must be included in your payment if you make a bank transfer. Your course is guaranteed once the deposit has been received. For clients coming from Canada, payment must be with a money order in US dollars.
Toscana Saporita Tuscan Cooking School reserves the right to cancel any course for any reason. If a course is cancelled, all monies will be refunded and such refund will release Toscana Saporita from any liability. In order to cancel your registration, you must send written notification. Monies paid by you will be refunded less a cancellation fee determined as of the date Toscana Saporita receives your written notice.
Cancellation and Refund fees are:
90 – 75 days prior to course date, monies can be refunded less an administration fee of $ 1,000 – Euro 1,000
Cancellation less than 75 days prior to course date results in 100% of the amount is not refundable.
PLEASE NOTE – TOSCANA SAPORITA HIGHLY RECOMMENDS THE PURCHASE OF TRIP INSURANCE AS CANCELLATION FEES, OUTLINED ABOVE, WILL BE CHARGED REGARDLESS OF THE REASON FOR CANCELLATION.
Travel Arrangements – Toscana Saporita is located about 10 miles from Pisa International Airport which has direct flights from Rome, Milan and most other major European cities. Our driver will pick you up at Pisa Airport, or Pisa Train Station but arrival information must be provided at least two weeks ahead of time. This service is included in the price.
Pick ups will occur at both Pisa Airport and Pisa Train Station at the following times –
Sunday: Pisa Airport at 12 NOON and at 4 PM. Our driver will meet you at the ARRIVAL (inside the airport) with a sign with the name of the school on it.
Pisa Train Station – at 12,30 PM and 3,30 PM. Please exit the station and turn left towards McDonald’ s. Our driver, will pick you up in front of it.
Delays / Cancellations
If you experience delays or cancellations while en-route to the school, please call Sandra Lotti (Sandra’s Mobile (011-39) 335 812-9442) and advise her of your delay.
Our tour guides will will take you back to either Pisa Train Station or Pisa Airport. This service starts at 8,30 am and ends at 11,00 am.
For early departures we wil be happy to help you arrange a cab. For further questions, please inquire with your booking agent.
Dress is casual but you are required to wear closed toe shoes during lessons (no open-toed shoes – sneakers are fine) and wear shirts with either short sleeves or with sleeves that can be rolled up. We suggest you bring clothing you can layer should it be warmer or cooler than the expected ‘usual’ temperatures; a lightweight jacket or sweater is always suggested. If you are joining us during the summer months a bathing suit is a must – the pool is fabulous!
In case of emergency, your family can contact Sandra Lotti.
Sandra’s Mobile (011-39) 335 812-9442
Sandra’s Email:e-mail: email@example.com
Contact Information for Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany
Agriturismo La Casa Rossa
Via Pietra a Padule, # 5102 Massaciuccoli
Massarosa, Lucca 55050
Initial registration indicates agreement with all terms and conditions as stated in this brochure. Toscana Saporita reserves the right to make any curriculum or itinerary changes whenever, in its sole judgment, conditions warrant. The Cooking School shall not be liable, directly or indirectly, for any injury, death or damage for any reason whatsoever, including but not limited to war, acts of God, weather, strike, detention, delay, airline or other travel-related circumstances. Toscana Saporita also reserves the right to accept or refuse any person as a course participant. No refund is applicable if a participant is asked to leave. The Cooking School is not responsible for any belongings damaged, lost or left behind by participants.
Contact us for prices of tailor-made courses and one-day lessons at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Truffle Hunt
Your week includes the unique experience of hunting for truffles and enjoying a truffle lunch. On the day of the hunt we leave in the morning for Savini Tartufi, the family truffle company that coordinates our hunt.
You will learn about the history of this three-generation family business, how the truffle hunting dog is trained and meet the hunter. Our group will follow the hunter and his dog into the forest, so you get a first-hand look at a truffle dog sniffing out truffles, and the hunter gently removing the soil to disclose these aromatic culinary treasures.
After the hunt we will follow the hunter and his dog back to the Savini Tartufi truffle company where we will savor a three course truffle lunch. Before heading back to Toscana Saporita you will also have the opportunity to purchase the truffle products made on site.
This could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Just one more thing that makes Toscana Saporita one of the best cooking schools in the world.
The Advanced Course builds on Toscana Saporita’s years of successful culinary instruction, having taught so many people the fundamentals of Tuscan cuisine. It all takes place on a charming country estate where for a week at a time, guests ”live like true Tuscans”, living in fully updated 17th-century rooms and enjoying leisurely meals on the estate’s sun-drenched lawn.
Advanced Fundamentals of Tuscan Cuisine
Information on the Program
Hands-on instruction for advanced home cooks and professionals.
Five days of intensive hands-on instruction in the advanced fundamentals of Tuscan cuisine using professional equipment. All 32 hours are taught by Sandra Lotti and her staff of chef instructors.
Skills taught include:
-Pasta shapes and how to marry them with sauces, plus the effective use of different flours and recipes
-Pasta sauces and fillings, including the essential ”soffritto” method for making Tuscan sauces
-Basic sauces and soups
-Fish: cleaning, boning, filleting and preparation
-Chicken: boning, quartering, stuffing and preparation
-Pastry, cakes and custards, doughs and breads. (Includes puff pastry, pate à choux and pasta frolla)
-Vegetables: carving, stuffing, preparation
-Meats: lamb, hare, wild boar; how to roast, deep-fry and braise
-Wine, cheese, truffle and olive oil tastings
-White truffle hunt with an experienced truffle hunter and a truffle tasting lunch menu at Savini Tartufi
– Wine tasting and lesson with Emiliano Alessi from the celebrated Cennatoio Winery in Panzano in Chianti
– Every meal will be paired with the greatest wines of Italy
*Price excludes airfare and is based on double occupancy with en suite bath, plus some limitations on air/rail transfers. For details, please refer to our Terms and Conditions.
The advanced week’s itinerary is as follows:
Arrive at Toscana Saporita
Dinner and wine tasting
MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
Morning lessons (4 hours)
Afternoon lessons (4 hours)
Dinner with cheese and wine tasting
THE EXCEPTION IS THURSDAY
Truffle hunt at Savini Tartufi
Lunch at Savini’s
Afternoon lessons (4 hours)
Dinner and wine tasting
Departure from Toscana Saporita