We rented a flat in Florence for our visit and one of the benefits is having a kitchen. Although we did not cook a lot of meals other than breakfast, we were able to enjoy a cooking lesson in our flat from Elisa Berghi and her assistant, Michele. We asked for a typical Tuscan menu, no clams because of allergies, and left the rest up to her.
It was a fun afternoon of three hours learning to cook crostini, coccoli, risotto, osso bucco and tiramisu. She brought everything needed, including aprons, knives and cutting boards for each of us, and two bottles of wine. And at the end, they cleaned everything up cleaner than it was before.
Both Elisa and Michele spoke excellent English and in addition to cooking, we were able to ask them about Italian vocabulary and talk about Christmas traditions in Italy and Canada. You can get more information from her website: www.greve-in-chianti.com/elisa.htm.