Florence Market Tour & Pasta Cooking Class

Local Product
4:30 Hours
Professional Chef
Italian and English


Highlights - Why Choose Mama Florence Market Tour & Pasta Cooking Class

  • English-speaking friendly food expert at the Florence central market
  • Informative and fun group tour along the stalls filled with fresh produce.
  • 20 min walk though the city and San Frediano: Historic charm, artisan shops, vibrant day and nightlife.
  • Gorgeous and Spacious Gullo Design Kitchen making cooking both enjoyable and inspiring.
  • Fully Air-Conditioned so you can stay cool and comfortable, no matter the season.
  • Experienced English speaking Chefs from prized kitchens bringing you years of experience.
  • Engaging Teaching Style so your hands-on learning experience is Fun, memorable.
  • 4-Course Seated Wine Paired Tasting Meal: Enjoy a carefully crafted seasonal meal. 
  • Menu: delicious appetizer, filled fresh pasta, second fresh pasta, two sauces, traditional dessert.
  • A Selction of Three Fine Wines to complement and enhance the flavors of each course.
  • Education on origins and pairing of wines.
  • Socialize and meet felow wine and food lovers and freinds in group class
  • Beautiful Wine Cellar and charming outdoor patio where you can enjoy some relaxation.


Florence Market Tour & Pasta Group Cooking Class - Class description

Visit the San Lorenzo Florence Food Market

Come enjoy your fascinating group exploration of a bustling Florence food market with a friendly English-speaking guide before your cooking class. The Florence market is a place where the stalls are heaped with produce raised in the green belt around the city and brought in before dawn by the producers. You and your fellow wine and food lovers will see everything from seasonal produce, fresh and salt-cured meats, cheeses, and much more in a true Italian farm-to-table experience. Your English-speaking guide will take you through the market, explaining local products as you absorb the sights, sounds, and smells of this incredible foodie dream.

Walk to Mama for your Pasta Making with Mama Florence

Your morning will continue with a walk through the city center and through San Frediano. San Frediano is a vibrant neighborhood in Florence, is known for its authentic charm, artisan workshops, and lively atmosphere. It offers a glimpse into the city's local culture with its bustling piazzas, historic architecture, and traditional eateries

Your group will be finally wecomed at MaMa Florence Cooking School, in San frediano, by your English-speaking professional chef and pasta expert for your pasta making class.  Your chef will dive right in, showing you how to turn simple fresh local Tuscan ingredients into hand made pasta and delicious paired sauces. You will knead, roll and cut pasta such as ravioli, tagliatelle and tagliolini. The sauces are just as important – following seasonal recipes and using only the highest-quality ingredients you will create three delicious sauces, one to accompany each shape of pasta you have made.

What You'll Learn in your Pasta Making Class

Master the Delicate Art of pasta making

Side by side with with your chef learn the secrets for making the perfect pasta menu, from dough to dessert.

  • Flour Selection: Learn how to use the specific type of flour for each kind of pasta.
  • Dough Mastery: Discover how to mix and work the dough to achieve the perfect texture and flavor.
  • Egg Selection: If the recipe requires eggs, learn how to carefully select them based on size and freshness to enhance the richness of your pasta.
  • Pasta Creation: Master the art of making perfect pasta with or without eggs and shaping your favorite pasta forms.
  • Perfect Fillings: Learn how to create the best fillings for your pasta dishes.
  • Sauce Preparation: Discover how to prepare the best sauces that complement your made-from-scratch pasta.
  • Seasonal Appetizers: Learn how to make fresh seasonal appetizers to complement your pasta menu.
  • Delicious Dessert: Master the art of creating delicious desserts to perfectly finish your pasta menu.

Pastas dishes you may be creating as a part of your 4-course menu:

  • Ravioli: Delicate pasta squares filled with a variety of ingredients like ricotta and spinach, often served with a simple butter and sage sauce.
  • Tortelli: Traditional Tuscan pasta filled with hearty ingredients such as potatoes, served with a rich meat sauce or simply with butter and sage.
  • Tagliatelle: Long, flat ribbons of pasta typically paired with robust sauces like ragù, offering a rich and satisfying meal.
  • Corzetti: Coin-shaped pasta stamped with intricate designs, perfect for absorbing light sauces like fresh tomatoes and basil.
  • Cavatelli: Small, hand-rolled pasta shapes that hold up well to thicker sauces, often served with zucchini or other seasonal vegetables.

Pasta Sauces You May Be Preparing as a part of your 4-course menu:

  • Burro e Salvia: A classic butter and sage sauce that perfectly complements delicate pasta like ravioli or tortelli.
  • Ragù: A hearty meat sauce made with slow-cooked beef or pork, ideal for coating wide pasta ribbons like tagliatelle.
  • Ragù Finto: A "fake" ragù made without meat, using a rich tomato base and vegetables to create a satisfying sauce.
  • Pomodorini Freschi: Fresh cherry tomato sauce that adds a burst of flavor and freshness to any pasta dish.
  • Zucchine: A light and summery zucchini sauce, perfect for pairing with cavatelli or other small pasta shapes.
  • Pesto: A vibrant green sauce made from fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, and Parmesan, traditionally served with trofie or other short pasta.


Socialize and Enjoy a Full Meal of Group-Crafted Dishes

An opportunity to meet new friends from around the globe

At Mama Florence, sharing around the table embodies the spirit of friendship, love, and creating lasting memories with people from around the globe. This philosophy reflects the essence of the real person behind Mama Florence, who is the soul of the place. The culinary experiences here are designed to connect individuals from different places and cultures through delicious food, heartfelt conversations, and cultural exchanges. Each meal is an opportunity to bond, celebrate togetherness, and build a sense of community, making every dining experience a cherished memory.

Sit down and share your 4-course meal with Pasta

After crafting delectable homemade gnocchi under the guidance of our expert chefs, sit down with your newly made friends to savor the culinary creations from the group class. This tasting meal will include:

  • A seasonal  appetizer
  • A filled fresh Pasta such as ravioli or tortelli
  • A second fresh pasta dish
  • Two sauces for your pasta dishes
  • A delicious dessert

Each dish is perfectly paired with three fine wines: a bubbly, a white, and a red, enhancing the flavors and providing a truly social and immersive dining experience. Enjoy socializing and having fun with fellow food enthusiasts as you share this memorable meal and celebrate your newfound skills.


What's included

  • Guided market walk with English-speaking guide before your cooking class
  • Tastings during your walk
  • Gorgeous, Spacious Air-Conditioned Gullo Kitchen: Enjoy cooking in our beautifully designed, comfortable kitchen.
  • Hands-On Cooking Class: Learn from experienced and engaging professional chefs.
  • High Quality, locally Sourced, Sustainable Ingredients: Use the finest ingredients for your dishes.
  • Use of Aprons and Tools: Aprons and tools are provided (apron purchasable on-site at an extra cost).
  • Preparation of a 4-Course Menu:
    • Appetizer
    • Fresh pasta with sauce
    • Filled fresh pasta with sauce
    • Dessert
  • Full Meal of Prepared Dishes: Enjoy your creations with seated table service.
  • Prosecco to Start Your Meal: Begin your dining experience with a glass of Prosecco.
  • Wine Pairings:
    • Fine Italian white wine to pair with your appetizer or first course
    • Fine Italian red wine to pair with your second course
  • E-Recipes: Receive electronic recipes of all the dishes you've prepared, sent to your inbox.
  • Class Duration: Approximately 3.5 hours, including the meal.
  • 22% VAT Tax: Included in the price.

Important notes

  • Shared Kitchen and Tools: Our kitchen and tools are shared by participants. Cross-contamination is possible. Classes are NOT suitable for individuals with SEVERE or life-threatening allergies. Please prioritize safety before enrolling.
  • Dietary Requirements:
    • Vegetarian Options: Can be easily accommodated.
    • Other Dietary Needs: For vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free requirements, please inquire prior to booking.
  • Minimum Enrollment:
    • General: A minimum enrollment of 3 people is required for course activation.
    • Sundays: A minimum enrollment of 5 people is required.
    • Options if Minimum Not Met: If the minimum is not reached, you will have the option to:
      • Pay an additional fee to reach minimum
      • Make the class private
      • Change to another available date
      • Receive a full refund
  • Special Requests: If a specific class is not listed on our calendar, let us know and we will try to activate it for your desired date.
  • Seasonal Ingredients: We use fresh, seasonal ingredients from trusted local suppliers and farms. The cooking class menu will vary depending on what is available that day.
  • Allergies and Preferences: It is essential to email us ahead of time with any food allergies or preferences so we can verify if we can accommodate them.
  • Private Classes: If you would like to make this a private class for you and your group, please get in touch for details.

We recommend arriving approximately 10-15 minutes prior to class

No, you do not need to bring any tools or resources; all the materials, tools, and ingredients needed for the courses will be provided by the school and are included in the fee.

Class duration, including meal, is approximately 3.5 hours

Yes, you will be eating the dishes you prepared after about 2 hours of preparation. For the menu structure please check the class description.

It is essential that you email us ahead of time with any food allergies or preferences you may have so we can let you know if we can accommodate them. We will not be able to accommodate special dietary needs without notice on-spot because ingredients and setting are prepared in advance.

Yes, all joinable classes are suitable for kids 6 and above as long as they are under parent supervision. Pasta and Pizza classes are the most suitable. If you are taking a private class we can accommodate also younger children but we will need to know in advance.

Recipes of all the dishes you’ve prepared emailed to you

A tasting of Prosecco and two fine Italian wines during your meal

Pictures are allowed and encouraged! Our instructors love it when you feel that a dish is camera worthy, so please click away!

Please read our cancellation policies. To cancel please write to [email protected]

Comfortable clothing and shoes (you’ll stand up while cooking). Rings and bracelets need to be removed during preparation. If you have long hair please tie it.

No previous experience is required! We encourage you to ask questions if there is something you don’t understand.
4.95 Rating
Mon 22nd Jul 2024
Mon, Jul 22
08:30 AM - 01:00 PM
$447.00 / Total
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