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  • What are the class hours and days?
    Wednesday to Saturday 9:30am to 2:30/3pm. In 2024 classes will begin late - mid June due to construction - through November. In 2025 classes will begin in April.
  • What language is the class conducted in?
    The class is is english. Giuseppe is a great commuicator and has worked in the US, Canada and Caribbean in english.
  • Novice or Professional?
    This particular region of Tuscany is known for its country style cooking. Giuseppe's heritage recipes come from growing up at an olive oil press, not in a four star restaurant! Dishes are concentrated around fresh ingredients, prepared in a straight forward way. The meals you prepare can be easily and deliciously reproduced back home. Regional specialties are emphasized, giving both novices and professionals something to take away. Yes, this is hands on class, not a demonstration style course.
  • Where is the class held?
    The olive oil press is located just outside the thermal springs town of Montecatini Terme. It is a short train ride from Florence or Lucca. Guests may opt to drive or arrive by train. Those choosing train are met at the station and taken first by van to the local market and after to the mill. At the end of the day train guests are returned to the city centre/station. Guests arriving by car will be given instructions for parking and joining the group for the market tour.
  • Class Size?
    After working in many different class settings over the years, Giuseppe focused this class on a small size so that it can be personal and intimate. When we constructed the kitchen and dining area everything was geared towards small groups. We cannot accomodate a group larger than 12-14, and we feel that is part of what makes it a special day! Our classes require a minimum of 6 participants. In the unlikely event we have not the minimum students signed up, you will be contacted and offered an alternate class day. If you are unable to make changes to your schedule, we will provide a full refund. It is very rare, but we feel it fair to disclose!
  • Gluten free, Vegetarian and special requests
    We are happy to accomodate dietary requests. Gluten free is a frequent request, and as long as we are aware in advance, we can create a menu that meets those needs, without you feeling like you compromised either the cooking or the dining experence! All requests need to be advised in advance of the class. Same day requests are not possible. Vegetarian is also possible, especially in the summer. Strict Vegan is not possible.
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