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The Spice Lab

San Lorenzo
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Address: Olive Grove, Florence, Italy
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+39 345 021 5968
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30

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More than a cooking class!

I and three other women experienced an exceptional day at the central market with Paolo (he was prompt and we had no trouble finding him). Our shopping trip was a true learning... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2012
Columbus, Georgia
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Columbus, Georgia
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

I and three other women experienced an exceptional day at the central market with Paolo (he was prompt and we had no trouble finding him). Our shopping trip was a true learning experience as he explained the various items to four very curious folks. He was very patient while we photographed and oohed and aaaahed over the selections. Cooking in... More 

Thank Armynurse7393
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Reviewed 30 July 2012

Taking a cooking class in Italy has always been on my bucket list and I couldn't have had a better day! Paolo gave us a tour of the market and we purchased our food for the day. Then off to the olive grove for our culinary adventure! Melanie and Paolo taught us to make pasta, risotto, tiramisu and much more.... More 

Thank cdreysse
Birmingham, Alabama
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

I have been remiss about submitting this review, especially since my family very often mentions what a great time we had with Paolo and Melanie. Our visit to the Olive Grove in August, 2011 was fantastic. The views were spectacular, the instruction was excellent, and the food was delicious. It started with an idea from my daughter, "let's take an... More 

Thank CMO13
Valrico, Florida
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15 reviews
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Reviewed 9 July 2012

A really memorable experience. My wife and I travel quite a lot and enjoy cooking and eating as well. This is an experience you wont ever forget. You'll start by meeting Paolo at the Mercado Centrale where you'll pick out the the freshest produce and meats you will ever see. If there is something you want, Paolo will include it.... More 

1 Thank Pres T
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Our day with Melanie and Paolo was a wonderful highlight of a great trip! Because TRUE Tuscan cooking is based on ingredients available locally at that moment I was very impressed when Melanie took our food dislikes and techniques we were interested in learning to heart. We did not know the final menu until we met Paolo at the market... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

First of all I want to thank Melanie and her husband Paulo again for such a memorable day. Our approximately 4.5-hour long 5-course Tuscan cooking class was the highlight of our recent two and a half week trip to Italy, and not at all due to the fact that it was on my 30th birthday, though that was a great... More 

1 Thank TracyTravelGal
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

Our day with Paolo and Melanie included everything: we met Paolo at the market to pick up the meats and produce and cheeses we would later use to make a great meal. It was great to watch someone who clearly knows his craft as well as the vendors he was purchasing from and we learned a great deal about the... More 

Thank jeff1208
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 December 2011

As a Professional Chef and coming from an Italian family....I had a ball at the Central Market tour with Melanie...the experience was not only pleasing to my eyes...yes also to my palate. Melanie's approach to sharing information makes you want to smile and just start cooking. She is very knowledgeable...and her animated way of sharing makes the event just that... More 

1 Thank michelle b
Austin, Texas
1 review
Reviewed 13 December 2011

First I will start off by just saying that this cooking class with Melanie was one of the best memories of our trip! When planning my family's first trip to Italy I wanted to make sure we took a cooking class to learn more about the Tuscan food and culture. After reading the reviews online I was convinced that The... More 

Thank Jenny M
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 10 December 2011

For Thanksgiving 2011, my family (parents and 2 adult children - we're friends at this point, too) decided to spend the week in Florence. What better way to spend Thanksgiving day than cooking authentic Florentine food?! Melanie and Paolo were wonderful. We started with a market visit, and we picked up some of the ingredients for our recipes. We then... More 

1 Thank Annie H

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San Lorenzo
San Lorenzo’s lively merchants shout out from behind stalls with an array of products in one of the most traditional neighborhoods in Florence. Different ethnic groups join together in the large outdoor market of San Lorenzo and in the Central Market, a vast multi-floored building. Visitors are bound to fall in love with this area and in particular, with its variety of food, especially those focusing on Florentine dishes as well as international selections. Nobody leaves San Lorenzo without a shopping bag in hand or with an empty stomach.
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