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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
08:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30

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Lovely afternoon cooking with Melanie

Our three course cooking class with Melanie was delightful. She drove us to her family olive grove which overlooks the rolling hills of Tuscany. In the charming outdoor kitchen... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 September 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015 via mobile

Our three course cooking class with Melanie was delightful. She drove us to her family olive grove which overlooks the rolling hills of Tuscany. In the charming outdoor kitchen, we learned how to prepare an eggplant appetizer, creamy risotto and a decadent no flour chocolate cake - all of which were delicious. Melanie's instructions were clear and encouraging. We look... More 

Thank kdosenbach
Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2015

When my family started planning a trip to Tuscany the one thing we were looking to book was a cooking class. After some research and reading through reviews I felt that Melanie and Paolo at the Spice Lab would be the best fit for our group. I could not have been more pleased with my experience. Off the bat our... More 

Thank Tophmaster
Coral Gables, Florida
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107 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015 via mobile

What a terrific experience. Everything from booking to confirming to meeting to cooking was just easy, breezy and perfect. My wife and I met Paolo at their family's cafe and headed off to their olive grove (where they also grow citrus and herbs and artichokes and favas and more) to cook. We prepared three+ courses (Paolo added meatballs and stuffed... More 

Thank Evan B
Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2015

This review is long overdue! In January, a Miami University (Ohio) colleague and I led a study abroad workshop to Italy focused on the chemistry of art and chemistry of food. Melanie and I had corresponded for several months, and she had clearly thought about our group and focus. Our students had a wonderful opportunity to cook with Melanie and... More 

1 Thank Janet M
minneapolis, mn
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271 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

Melanie seemed prepared to give us her entire day! We made a lovely gnuddi, along with bruschetta and torte, and sat and talked over lunch. Not only did we learn a bit in the kitchen, we heard a bit about life in Italy from a personal view. Memorable! Recommended!

1 Thank nonamesforme
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2013

It took too long for me to write this review. Melanie & Paolo are awesome hosts and truly make you feel apart of their family. Everything was perfect from the setting in the olive grove, to the amazing 3 course menu (very flexible), to the wine and most certainly the hospitality. My girlfriend and I are beginners but they made... More 

1 Thank Gideon04
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

I have been fortunate enough to have taken cooking classes and market tours around the world (Nice, Lisbon, Seville, Prague, New Delhi, and several in the USA), and I was getting frustrated trying to plan something in Florence. Everything seemed to focus on making pasta/ravioli (I've taught that class), or making gelato, which I have down pat too. When I... More 

Thank MichellefromWI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

My fiancé and I would give this experience 6 stars if possible! Melanie and Paolo know their stuff. From our buying trip in the central market to the rustic but beautiful olive grove, the day was perfect. They both are knowledgeable and professional not to mention gracious. My guests at my next dinner party will be impressed with our new... More 

Thank Cheryl R
North Caldwell, New Jersey
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2013

We just returned from our two week trip to italy. My wifes only request was to do a cooking class. I poured over the internet to find a class that would not be your typical class. the spice lab did not disappoint. It was one of the best days of our trip. We met Paolo at the market and began... More 

Thank Ebdmd
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2012

Melanie and Paolo are wonderful people who provided a unique experience off the tourist track to visit a market and proceed to their family olive grove to do a cooking class. Whe the food was ready, we enjoyed the delicious meal while overlooking the hills of Tuscany. Melanie provided a menu that was do-able back home while inserting some unique... More 

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