If you go to Italy and you happen to be in Florence, you should go to the Giglio Cooking School! There they will spend 3 hours with you teaching you how to cook a delicious Italian meal! The staff are very patient, sweet, and they speak both Italian and English. Most of the meals that they teach clients are different pasta dishes, meat dishes, and desserts. Depending on what vegetables and fruits are in season will depend on the recipes that they teach because they want to have the freshest ingredients for their clients to eat. Our group got to make 2 delicious main dishes and a dessert. We got to cook Tagliolini with Zucchini Flowers, Pork Rolls with Apricot, and a chocolate dessert with strawberry sauce. Also, if anyone was wondering, everything was delicious!
After we arrived at the Giglio Cooking School, we started by making the pasta dough. In order to start making the pasta dough we all circled around the table and got some semolina flour. Then we took our finger and made a circle within the semolina flour, added one egg, a pinch of salt, and folded the ingredients together. When we had finished making the pasta dough we wrapped it in plastic wrap and let it sit on the table while we went to the kitchen to continue cooking the rest of our meal.
In the kitchen, we had people doing different jobs. We had people preparing the pork, making the strawberry sauce, cutting vegetables, sautéing vegetables, melting chocolate, mixing chocolate, and more. Everyone had a job and we were kept very busy!
After we had prepared the vegetables, pork rolls, and dessert, it was time to make the pasta! In my opinion, this was my favorite part! We each took pasta dough and put it into a machine that would flatten it. Then we put it into another machine that would cut it into tagliolini noodles. It was a lot of fun! We all took turns flattening and cutting the pasta. After the pasta was ready, we put it into boiling water and let it cook! We added the sautéed zucchini flowers into the pasta and then the pasta dish was ready!
Once all the courses and dessert were finished it was time to eat! The staff at the Giglio Cooking School had tables set up and we got to sit down and eat! They brought out each course one at a time and it was just as if we were at a restaurant because that is what the waiters at Italian restaurants would do. We all had a great experience learning how to cook an Italian meal and I would recommend it to anyone as a fun activity to do while in Italy!
*All photos taken by Le Petit Traveler