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The Spice Lab

Olive Grove, Florence, Italy
+39 345 021 5968
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Absolutely Amazing!

Melanie Seccani is an international professional chef who has studied cooking all over the world... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2011
Cass S
Florence, Italy
A great time and learning experience.

My family of 8 people had a day long cooking class from Spice Lab. It was much more than a cooking... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2011
Olympia, Washington
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5 Sep 2015
“Lovely afternoon cooking with Melanie”
3 Aug 2015
“Could not have been better”
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Olive Grove, Florence, Italy
San Lorenzo
+39 345 021 5968
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Reviewed 23 February 2011

Melanie Seccani is an international professional chef who has studied cooking all over the world, worked with some of the top chefs in the world, and is well known for her Tuscan cooking (amazing!) and courses. My husband and I had the best class with...More

Thank Cass S
Reviewed 21 February 2011

My family of 8 people had a day long cooking class from Spice Lab. It was much more than a cooking class. It was a cultural learning experience also. The day began with Melanie and her husband meeting us to tour the market. We tasted...More

Thank versteegsl
Reviewed 15 February 2011

if your looking for a cookie cutter tourist experience this i not for you. we took this class based on the reviews we read here, and are so glad we did. this was one of our favorite days un florence and a don't miss experience....More

Thank jcgoes
Reviewed 8 January 2011

In short, cooking with Melanie was unbelievably delicious. She visited my family in Michigan, and for a few evenings, I thought I was in Tuscany. Making fresh pasta (which my mom devoured raw) with truffles, ravioli with stuffed with pumpkin, and eggplant hors d’oeuvre to...More

Thank mkaywilliams
Reviewed 30 November 2010

My father and I attended a private cooking class in the owner's Tuscan kitchen, and it was, by far, the highlight of our visit to Florence. Melanie is a gifted teacher whose passion for Tuscany is expressed through her food and instruction. Being in her...More

Thank Cocopuf181
Reviewed 16 November 2010

My husband and I took a private cooking class out in the Olive Grove in late August. . .We did the bistecca menu, which included making fresh pasta with fresh pesto, eggplant rolled with bufffalo mozzarella and a prosciutto type meat, and making fresh gelato....More

Thank cutecow1031
Reviewed 14 October 2010

She was absalutly amazing, she came all the way to Michigan and taught us how to make whole wheat Toglitelle. She was amazingly friendly and had alot of hands on stuff for us to do. The whole family had a great time. Defintly planing on...More

Thank Odyxsey
Reviewed 11 October 2010

I surprised my wife with a class with Melanie in her family's olive grove at the end of September. I had been communicating with Melanie quite a bit by email leading up to the class. She gave me all the details of the class and...More

Thank lear1000
Reviewed 21 September 2010

We recently spent a half-day with Melanie from The Spice Lab touring the Centrale Market and cooking in the Olive Grove. We learned lot of tips in the market on selecting fresh products, and made a delicious stop for cheese and appetizers drizzled with balsamic...More

Thank edmondite
Reviewed 18 September 2010

After reading many reviews of the Spice Lab I signed my husband and myself up for an evening cooking class with Melanie. Melanie has 2 Culinary degrees, her husband has one, and her father-in-law is an accomplished chef,(he even prepared the bean packet for our...More

Thank diamondgirl22
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
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