International Cooking School Vacations: Italy Client Comments
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Italy - Comments from our guests

Cooking “This trip was the best one EVER! The cooking lessons, the hotel, the meals, and most especially, the people we met who were with The International Kitchen were incredibly special! We were expecting one notch above mundane; instead, what we got was superb — couldn’t have been more perfect.”

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Abruzzo

Sapori d'Abruzzo

Even though there were 24 of us participating, the staff made our experience a personal one. I can't say enough wonderful words about these people and the Palazzo. We were fed very high quality food at all meals. Breakfast is Italian which is home cooked baked goods, yogurt and fresh Read More...

Amalfi Coast

Amalfi Lesson With Giovanna

The planning for this trip started over two years ago. The top two musts - going to the Amalfi Coast and taking a cooking class!… The trip was everything I had hoped for and more… It made sense (and was quite reassuring) to book through The International Kitchen. Living in Read More...

Culinary Experience On The Amalfi Coast

We loved the hands on experience of learning to cook, and also experiencing the wonderful people and food and local produce in their own environment. we loved every minute of it. The accommodation, hotel, and view from the hotel was wonderful. It was very hard to leave. We were looked Read More...

Don Alfonso

It was a great experience! The accommodation was great, very relaxing, amazing service. We were impressed with the attention to details throughout our staying. The food was very good, made with the best quality seasonal ingredients. We had Andrea as our chef for the school and he made it the Read More...

Mediterranean Cooking Experience

There were only 5 of us in the class - the 3 in my party and 2 women from Arizona. Due to some last minute changes, the usual chef was replaced with one who did not speak English as well as the other. This meant we needed a translator/assistant during Read More...

Sorrento Lesson With An Italian Family

The cooking class in Sorrento was one of the highlights of our trip to Italy. Cooking with the entire family from the mom and daughter teaching us very special recipes in their family to the little niece who was there getting cooking lessons in her summer break to the father Read More...

Villa Romana Authentic Amalfi Cuisine

Villa Romana was beautiful; Chef Juliano was wonderful. Classes were informative and fun. Translator could not have done a better job. Every side tour was on time and very interesting. Can not pinpoint any one special moment as the entire vacation was special, from the hotel personnel, the chef and Read More...

Emilia Romagna

Flavors Of The Real Italian Countryside

We loved our Real Italian Countryside experience. The castle accommodations were very comfortable and spacious - both of our rooms had an additional sitting room. The staff were wonderful - so friendly and helpful. We were greeted with a welcome bottle of sparkling wine and a tasting of parmigiano reggiano. Read More...

Parma Cooking Lesson In An Agriturismo

First and foremost Laura was exceptional! She was very knowledgeable on the area and answered our questions with ease. Her English was fantastic as well! Our housewife, Tiziana was dear! She was patient and funny and we had a very enjoyable time! Eric & Christie L, NC Read More...

Parma Food Factory Tour

We took a "food factory tour" in the Parma area. We visited a cheees farm/factory, a parma ham curing factory, a winery, and a balsamic factory. All were absolutely what we were looking for. We learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it. Our guide, Laura, did Read More...

Parma Lesson With Chef Micaela

The first part of the day of our cooking lesson was a visit to a Parmigiano Reggiano factory with a tour guide, Christiana. There was just the 2 of us and our chef Michaela for our tour which was great and felt very personal.The tour was extremely interesting as Christiana Read More...

Rome (Lazio)

La Cucina Romana In The Sabine Hills

My husband and I were looking for something new and different to do on our thirteenth trip to Italy -- and thanks to The International Kitchen, we found it: La Cucina Romana! What a wonderful experience. The villa, with spectacular views, and the updated and spacious kitchen were beautiful. The owners/hosts Read More...

Roman Countryside Discovery

Roman Countryside Discovery was fantastic. Well organized and executed. Staff was great. [Regarding The International Kitchen staff:] We were very satisfied with the IK staff - we dealt mainly with Adrian. The hotel in Rome was great. Overall, a wonderful trip. Joseph & Maureen F., MD Read More...

Rome Cooking Lesson And Walking Tour

The whole experience was wonderful. Going to the market to purchase what we would be cooking that day is always one of our favorite parts. Our instructors were terrific. They were very informative and patient with all of us. Making the 12 foot long strip of pasta was a very Read More...

Rome Lesson With Chef Sabina

Sabina was AMAZING!!!! We had such a wonderful time with her! She was warm, friendly, inviting, and extremely cautious about my food allergies. We LOVED THE CLASS! Thank you so much for arranging a wonderful experience for us. The food was also delicious! Randi & Fred O., NJ Read More...

Rome Lesson With Chef Stefano

Chef Stefano, was amazing, he passed on so much knowledge and skills that we will remember for life i wish we were there longer so we could have spent another day learning from him, thankyou sooo much Stefano and team. Marie C., Australia Read More...

Rome Mazzano Romano Lesson With Chef Fabio

My husband and I were picked up at our Rome hotel by Chef Fabio. We drove to his holiday home in Mazzano Romano. It was absolutely lovely! We went to the market and picked up a few items, said hello to the locals as we walked the cobble stone streets. Read More...

Rome Tours

We booked through you the anient walking tour of Rome. That was amazing and very informative. It was the best way to see Rome in my opinion, and very reasonable. We passed up all of the lines, asked what questions we wanted, and saw everything that interested us, not just Read More...

Liguria

Pesto Pasta Cinque Terre

We were totally satisfied with the location of the classes. The villa (Villanova) was beautiful and the grounds were perfect. The little Church really set the place apart from other places in Italy! Cant say enough about the owners and staff, so friendly and helpful and wonderful English. The mix Read More...

Rapallo Lesson With Chef Fausto

The best, most fun, and best food on the whole trip. Besides being the most delightful restaurant we have ever been to--especially if I was a kid. We liked the format--working in a professional kitchen in the morning, then going back in the evening to eat the things we had Read More...

Lombardia/Lakes Region

Bellagio Lesson With Chef Gandola

Pick-up was more or less on time, the group of 7 people was nice, the cooking was not extraordinary but nice. During the meal, the chef did not join us, but had lunch with his family, which was a bit strange, but we were a nice group, so it was Read More...

Cooking In The Valtellina Valley

I cannot say that our cooking vacation did not meet our expectations but in some ways that is true. We had received in the mail from you, a program of our week in Sondrio. Upon our arrival the concierge at the hotel, which by the way, was fabulous, handed us Read More...

Lake Garda Lesson With Chef Andrea

The entire experience was fantastic. As with others before, finding Le Gemme di Artemisia was the only issue. It is a little difficult but very much worth it. (We may send some suggested changes to their English instructions). Regardless, the beauty of the location, the warmth and friendliness of both Read More...

Milan Lesson With Chef Nicoleta And Fabio

We took 8 classes from 7 chefs on our trip: Foreword: My wife, Teri, and I are very good cooks and love to cook, and Teri is Italian-American and cooks very tasty Italian food. And yet we learned so much... Especially about Italian-American excess with garlic, cheese, and tomato sauce. Read More...

Piedmont

Authentic Experience in Piedmont

We so enjoyed our very relaxed and individual experience with our hostess Francesca and her family. It truly was an "authentic" experience, as the trip is titled. Francesca couldn't have been more gracious, and we enjoyed having meals with her family, eating the food of the region we prepared in Read More...

Bountiful Piedmont

Brico dei Cogni was wonderful.  The place is very nice and the hosts Livio and Claudia cared for all our needs and were very friendly. Its location in the middle of vineyards on rolling hills is very scenic.  We had a room with doors that opened out onto a balcony that overlooked the vineyards. In Read More...

Puglia

A Culinary Adventure In Puglia

When I first decided to book a cooking vacation, you might remember that I called you as I had narrowed down the selection to either Tuscany or Puglia.  Your input helped me make the decision to go to Puglia.  What a perfect choice that was.  We absolutely loved Puglia.  What Read More...

Discovering Puglia

This was truly authentic Italy. Not the sterile cooking school or the international accommodation. We stayed in Rita's home as her guest and she treated us like family. Nothing was too much trouble for her - she is a fascinating lady with a wonderful sense of humor who loves Italian Read More...

Sicily

Authentic Sicily for the Food Lover

The trip was great. I especially enjoyed meeting with the chefs and having the real experience of being in their kitchen. The first chef took us to the local market and selected the items that would be our lunch and we also were able to try samples. Then we went Read More...

Baroque Sicily

How do we say outstanding in Italian? We loved everything about it. Hotel Failla was terrific; 20 foot ceilings in an old home that were painted, a balcony opening to the street, and warm friendly hosts. Mr and Mrs Failla are completely gracious, and were around most of the time, Read More...

Elegant Taormina and The Eastern Coast

The cooking classes were perfect. Chef Pietro was so much fun and provided so much philosophical knowledge about cooking and eating local and fresh foods, in addition to his culinary skills. But as wonderful as he was, it would have been nice to have a third chef experience, rather than Read More...

Palermo Lesson With Chef Vincenzo

Just wanted to let you know that the class with Chef Vincenzo was amazing, truly a first rate experience.  The personal tour of the markets was informative and fun.  We tried numerous street foods (don’t eat breakfast before) and learned a great deal about the local history, culture, and food.  Read More...

Tuscany

Antinoris Noble Tuscany

It was very hands on. The chef's made sure we did everything. The Fonte de' Medici resort was wonderful. The restaurant on the property had wonderful food. We had a lovely room. It was a great experience that we will remember forever. It was very relaxing while on the resort. Read More...

At Home In A Tuscan Villa

What a wonderful experience. Dunia, the owner of the villa from the onset was warm and welcoming and made us feel at home and part of her family. The villa was stunning, with clean, large rooms and exceptional views looking out to the Mediterranean. The swimming pool was amazing. Dunia Read More...

Cook In The Heart Of Chianti

We were very satisfied with the Italian partners. Everything went like clockwork, the drivers arrived and whisked us to our destinations on time. The cooking classes were everything we could hope for. We were amazed and pleased to find that we were the the only students. The only down side Read More...

Cooking Under the Tuscan Sun

Our trip was to Italy - every detail was arranged by The International Kitchen to perfection. In addition to our segment of the trip in Tuscany, we also relied on TIK for help booking our stays in Rome and Florence. TIK's recommendation for a cooking was at Il Falconiere. This Read More...

Cooking and Vineyards of Southern Tuscany

We had a wonderful time taking Cooking and Vineyards of Southern Tuscany. It was perfect for two women. All of our trips were preplanned so we didn't have to rent a car or navigate. David of La Corte Dei Papi was a wonderful host and could not have done more Read More...

Cortona Lesson At Locanda Del Molino

We took a half-day cooking class at Lacando dei Molino outside of Cortona, Italy. We being myself, my husband, two grown daughters, two 13-year old-granddaughters and one significant other. It was WONDERFUL. Simone was not the chef. The chef was from El Falconiere, owned by the same couple who own Read More...

Florence Lesson With Chef Barbara

We had a tremendous experience and it exceeded our expectations. Barbara was great and our group of 8 all shared in the cooking duties. She has a fun personality and taught us so much (not just about what we were preparing that day). I highly recommend Barbara and her cooking Read More...

Italian Cooking At Torre Del Tartufo And Casa Ombuto

The villa (Torre del Tartufo) was beautiful and luxurious, and the staff was as welcoming as they could be. Made all of us feel perfectly at home. Chef Franco was a great, patient teacher and sincerely wanted us to learn while enjoying cooking. The class turned into a group of Read More...

Luxury Lucca Villa Cooking

The week spent with Valentino and Larisa in Lucca was perfect. The cooking classes exceeded our expectations and the lodging was excellent. The overall program was well managed, fun, educational and relaxing. We couldn't have asked for more. Most importantly Valentino and Larisa made us feel more like family or friends Read More...

Siena Private Lesson With Chef Lella

Ours was a full day of cooking in Siena. I had used your company during a trip to Tuscany several years ago with my family and this session was equally good. We had a great time. Interaction/participation with chefs was perfect. Food was divine! Always love having the recipes to Read More...

Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa Lesson With Chefs Cecilia And Massimo

We enjoyed our experience very much. The chefs were lovely people. We enjoyed both the cooking and the wine tasting. One suggestion we would make is to offer menu options. While the meal was great, we do not typically eat pork and we cooked a pork dish. We would have Read More...

Toscana Saporita

We had a very good week with staff and fellow participants. Much fun, food, drink and interesting outings. Truffle hunting was really interesting. Very high quality instruction and program. Lodging was also good. Such delicious food at every meal, with our kitchen work evident. We had a wonderful time. Final graduation Read More...

Tuscany Tours

Our car tour of Chianti was fun and informative. Tour guide was very well spoken. The hotels and property that was recommended was outstanding, far surpassed our expectations, each one better than the next. All three had breathtaking views. Maura T., IL Read More...

Tuscanys Left Bank

We were met at the Pisa airport by our host and driven to our B&B (his family's beautiful villa) in Castagneto Carducci a tiny town built on the side of a hill with magnificent views and sunsets. The next day we had a private tour of several wineries and Bolgheri Read More...

Tuscanys Treasures

Amazing Experience! One that will not be forgotten. George and Linda you have found a slice of heaven in Montefollonico. The village is so beautiful and the cooks are so much fun. I wish I never had to leave your quant little village. Thank you for an amazing week of Read More...

Umbria

A Food Lovers Paradise In Norcia

Our accommodations at Palazzo Seneca were outstanding; the staff was attentive, professional, friendly.  Having the opportunity to work with a one-star Michelin chef was exciting; he was very patient with his students, but you could see from the interaction of other kitchen staff that he was definitely in charge.  The Read More...

Citta Di Castello Truffle Hunt And Demonstration

We enjoyed every aspect of the event. Watching the dog and the truffle hunter work together was fascinating. The meal and camaraderie following the hunt was outstanding. Great experience despite the fact that Italy's drought has cut the truffle crop significantly. Greg H. Read More...

Cooking and Hiking in the Umbrian Hills

All I can say is: wow! My wife and I had such a great time and learned so much. Everyone associated with this trip was great, from the staff at Palazzo Seneca to our driver Tiziano. Our hiking guide Francesco was fantastic, as was Nichola, our consummate truffle hunter. Chef Read More...

Gastronomy in an Italian Villa

From the time we arrived at Villa Pambufetti, we felt like we were part of the family! We spent our days with Alessandra in the kitchen and learned so much! She really put us to work, which we loved - learned different doughs for desserts, pizza, pasta, lasagne, some wonderful Read More...

Multiple Regions

Cook And Walk In Umbria And Tuscany

We had a fabulous Umbrian trip. We were treated like royalty in Piegaro. Our hotel really is a palace and decorated with amazing antiques and beautiful faux paintings on the walls and ceilings. We were certain our accommodations would be nice, but truly felt like we had been dropped into Read More...

Veneto

Venice Lesson With Chef Marika

Chef Marika is a wonderful teacher and a great person as well! In addition to a spectacular all-hands-on-deck cooking class, she gave us many tips on visiting Venice -- where the locals eat, what not to miss in the city, how to get around. An insider's tour. Susan L. & Amy Read More...

Venice Lesson With Chef Patrizia

Meeting Patrizia at her home, and she had a wonderful interpreter named Tanya that was so helpful! And sweet. Didn't like that our directions were not more elementary (not knowing Venice at all). After printing them from the computer we had a FEW pages, and maps. Meeting which location first Read More...