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La Mezzaluna Tuscan Cooking School in Lucca - Italy - Cooking School

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La Mezzaluna Tuscan Cooking School
Address:Via Nazionale, 3
Locality: Mologno
Barga (Lucca)

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Seaside: 75 minutes
Railway Station: 5 minutes
Airport: 75 minutes

Attractions near Barga

BARGA: at the border of the Garfagnana region, Barga, has been recognised as ‘One of the most beautiful villages in Italy’, and has been given recognition by both the ‘Bandiera Aranicone Touring Club’ (Orange Flag Touring Club) and by the ‘Città Slow’ (Slow City) movement. The adopted home of Giovanni Pascoli, Barga is a medieval village of rare beauty, from its Duomo, to the ancient aqueduct and the museum that was once home to Giovanni Pascoli. - During the year, in the Serchio... more
La Mezzaluna Tuscan Cooking School

Have fun and join my cookery lessons at La Mezzaluna Cooking School in this beautiful part of Northern Tuscany. Combine cooking and wine tasting and learn all the basic Italian cooking techniques and traditions la bella "Garfagnana and Serchio Valley has to offer. Courses can be an "Introduction to Tuscan Cooking" and "advanced lessons\\". We do 1 day courses and 4 Night and 7 Night Holiday Trips together with accomodation. La Mezzaluna is a Fun Cooking School and is unable to give Cerficiates for future work.


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Cooking 7 Night Cooking and wine tasting holiday
Region: Tuscany Locality: Barga (Lucca)
from: 26 October 2019 Duration: 7 days
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Exciting Italian Cooking Lessons Italy 7 Nights Come immerse yourself in the life of a true Italian chef in one of the most beautiful part of northern Tuscany. Learn all the basics of Italian cooking techniques from seasoned chef Rita Lucherini while enjoying the local wines and traditions this area of "La Garfagnana" has to offer. During your time here, we will visit our local markets and wander the unique streets of Barga, known as one of the most beautiful medieval villages in Italy. Together we will work to prepare our meals then sit as family to enjoy then along with wine, music and song. Relax the evenings away as you immerse yourself in the Tuscan lifestyle. This is not one of those bus tour vacations where you are expected to follow a ridged group schedule, Rita is accommodating to her guests’ interests and whims. Better yet, Rita is fluent in both English and Italian, so you can relax into the Italian culture wherever she takes you. HIGHLIGHTS 4 hands-on cooking lessons (3 to 4 hours each) using authentic Italian ingredients in a seasoned kitchen, complete with a woodfired brick pizza oven Recipes to take home for each dish you make Endless local wines to taste and enjoy from Alex’s local wine bar “Per…Bacco! ” Day trips to Barga Castelnuovo, Pisa Lucca to visit historic sites with time to enjoy the shops, markets and cafes. Wine tasting and lunch at local Vineyard. Cheese tasting 7 nights accommodation in a family owned B & B Breakfasts including fresh pastries, fruit and coffee will greet you each morning Lunches from local cafes and markets Delicious home cooked dinners served around a family table Airport and local transfers Program DAY 1 Enjoy your first glimpse of Italy as you arrive at the Pisa airport. Travel to Residence La Mezzaluna (1 hour 15 minutes) where you will enjoy a glass of wine and meet your Italian host and chef Rita Lucherini to talk about the weeks activities. Then, settle and relax in your home-away-from-home. In the evening, chat with the locals at Alex's wine cellar while you enjoy a little wine tasting and dinner. DAY 2 After breakfast, you will head to the medieval village of Barga where you can admire its ancient streets and its 11th century Cathedral. Barga offers picturesque views of the Serchio valley. Savour a light lunch in Barga at a local café. Back at the kitchen, you will have your first cooking lesson. Put on your La Mezzaluna apron and get ready, today’s lesson is the art of pasta making! We will spend 4 hours creating our pasta from scratch, then cook it up with the delicious Italian sauces that you prepare as well. Perhaps we’ll even have time to make a dessert of tiramisu or flan. Relax on the veranda as we savour the delicious meal that we prepared together. DAY 3 After breakfast, we will head to Pisa to admire the ancient Piazza Miracoli with the cathedral and famous leaning tower Enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant in Lucca In the afternoonwe you can wander the unique shops in Lucca and admire the historic cathedrals and squares In the evening we will head back to La Mezzaluna to enjoy a BBQ dinner together DAY 4 After breakfast we will travel to Castelnuovo Garfagnana to wander around the sprawling market and have lunch in a local wine and grocery store. Back at La Mezzaluna it’s time to get your apron on for lesson #2! Today's lesson is dedicated to the fine art of making pizza and focaccia cooked in our wood fired brick oven. Hot from the oven, you will savour your meal as Alex entertains us all with his beautiful singing and live music on the veranda Day 5 After breakfast we will head to Fornaci di Barga to buy fresh vegetables and visit the fish store We shall make some "Insalata di Mare" and "Crostini di Mare " for our lunch. A short time to relax then we shall continue our lesson in the afternoon for our evening dinner. Day 6 After breakfast we shall visit many areas of interest in the Garfaganana area. "La Grotta del Vento, situated in the Centre of the Apuan Alps and The Calomini Heritage, a local 18th Centuary. Monastery. After a light lunch at La Mezzaluna, time to relax. We shall have an afternoon lesson, mainly vegetarian making savoury pies like "sformato di patate, sformato di verdura, torta di farro! Zuppa di farro and perhaps melanzane alla parmigiana. Day 7 After Breakfast I suggest a visit to the little village of Sommocolonia, an ancient hilltown with incredible views! It was the home of my parents before they emigrated to Scotland, and I have such fond memories that I would like to share with you. We shall then visit the Vineyard "Concori". You will walk the vineyard and learn about making wine, followed by wine tasting and lunch. At 4.Pm you may have a 2 hour hour basic Italian conversational lesson with Alessia or if you prefer an afternoon to relax. Before Dinner, let's finish our trip with visiting Alex's Winery and hoping that you have had a wonderful experience here at La Mezzaluna! Day 8 After breakfast, transfer to the airport Dates for 2019 29th Sept to 6th Oct 16th Oct to 23rd Oct 26th Oct to 3rd Nov 8th Dec to 15th Dec Dates for 7 night holiday 2020 €.00 per person Sat 04 April to Sat 11 April Tues 21 April to Tues 28 April Sat 02 May to Sat 09 May Sat 16 May to Sat 23 May Sat 23 May to Sat 30 May Sat 06 June to Sat 13 June Tues 16 June to Tues 23 June Tues 07 JUly to Tues 14 JUly Sun 19 JUly to Sun 26 July Tues 04 Aug to Tues 11 Aug Sun 16 Aug to Sun 23 Aug Sun 30 Aug to Sun 06 Sept Tues 08 Sept to Tues 15 Sept Sat 10 Oct to Sat 17 Oct Sun 18 Oct to Sun 25 Oct
Cooking 4 Night Cooking and wine tasting holiday Barga
Region: Tuscany Locality: Barga (Lucca)
from: 29 September 2019 Duration: 4 days
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Have fun and join our cookery and wine tasting holiday in this beautiful part of Northern Tuscany. Combine cooking and wine tasting and learn all the basic Italian cooking techniques and traditions la bella "Garfagnana and Serchio Valley has to offer. We will visit our local market, wander the streets of Barga, known as one of the prettiest villages in Italy and we shall visit Lucca. The most part of the time there are concerts, folk festivals, outdoor food festivals (where you can savour typical products), theatre, Barga Jazz and Opera Barga Cost is €775.00 per person INCLUDED IS 4 nights ACCOMODATION BREAKFAST LUNCH DINNER (wine and soft drinks Included at meals. 2 x 3/4 HOUR COOKERY SESSIONS including wine Trip to Barga, Lucca, Local Market, live music with Alex. Wine tasting at Alex's winery "Per. Bacco! " Transfers to and from airport, and local transfers Dates for 2019 9th to Sat 13th Sept 29th Sep to 3rd Oct 16th to 20th Oct 26 Oct to 30 Oct 8th Dec to 12th Dec Dates for 4 night holiday 2020 €845 per person Sun 01 March to Thur 05 March Sat 04 April to Wed 08 April Tues 21 April to Sat 25 April Sat 02 May to Wed 06 May Sat 23 May to Wed 27 May Sat 06 June to Wed 10 June Tues 16 June to Sat 20 June Tues 07 JUly to Sat 11 July Sun 19 July to Thur 23 July Tues 04 Aug to Sat 08 Aug Sun 16 Aug to Wed 20 Aug Sun 30 Aug to Thur 03 Sept Tues 08 Sept to Sat 12 Sept Tues 22 Sept to Sat 26 Sept Sat 10 Oct to Wed 14 Oct Sun 18 Oct t Thur 22 Oct
Cooking Become a "Chef" for the day
Region: Tuscany Locality: Barga (Lucca)
from: 1 January 2019 Duration: 4 hours
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Become a Chef for a day! Join my cooking lesson at La Mezzaluna and I will share with you many family recipes and traditions of this beautiful Tuscan Area "La Garfagnana and Serchio Valley\". Courses are informal and given in English and are run in the kitchen of my restaurant which I have been running with my children for almost 30 years. Course lasts 3/4 hours and we will then savour together the meal we prepared. Combine this experience with your holiday, and when you will go back home, you will impress your family and friends by making a full traditional Tuscan meal! We will make zuppa di farro, bruschetta, salsa di pomodoro, ragu. We will also make fresh pasta, either plain or coloured, followed by cheese and spinach filled ravioli. Let's finish by making a Tiramisu. Cost is €100 per person included is All ingredients Wine and soft drinks during course and meal Dinner Recipes A Mezzaluna Apron Course starts at 2.30 pm to eat about 6/ 6.30 pm.
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