Chef Paolo Monti's goal is to give you a basic knowledge of contemporary Italian recipes and how they are prepared using traditional ingredients.

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Gill Henderson

from New Zealand, June 2024

"Not what was expected "

The food we cooked was excellent as were the recipes.

Rhonda Trombley

from United States, April 2024

"A Great Week with Chef Paolo!"

Chef Paolo was a wonderful teacher, very patient, easy going, funny and explained the processes with ease. I took 5 of his classes and made many, many items that were all delicious, easy to make and had only a few ingredients that are easy to find. We also learned about Parmesan cheese, Prosciutto and Balsamic Vinegar by going to see how these are made as well as receiving useful information for future purchases.

Thank you Chef Paolo!

Adele Pelland

from Canada, September 2023

"Tuscany cooking"

Thoroughly loved the cooking classes and the dishes we made… so many dishes to make and taste. I learned some tips and tricks of pasta making from Chef Paolo. Generally the food was awesome and the sauces were amazing. The chef is friendly, funny and knows his stuff. He took time to explain things and answered any questions that we had. Loved the classes when we had only 4 people cooking… it made for a more intimate time with the chef. The food was delicious, the atmosphere of the location in the countryside was great… Our room was rustic and charming and the balcony that we had allowed us to get the feeling of being in Tuscany.

Ron Kubek

from Canada, May 2023

"Best cooking class ever"

The variety of the meals prepared each day, the stories and insight from Chef Paulo, the taste of the food, and the general hospitality was excellent. If you’re coming here to Lucca, whether it’s for a half-day class or a one week class, this is the only place that I would recommend. The chef is one of the most hospitable people I have ever met. His knowledge and insight and Grace was wonderful. A great experience.

Pooja Siddhi

from Great Britain, January 2023

"We loved this Italian culinary experience ."

Paulo tailored this for us and made it easy learning with simple recipes that we will surely try at home.

We would recommend this experience to others and Paulo was an amazing host too.

Ron Parks

from United States, October 2022

"Educational and fun!"

Chef Paolo’s 8 day Gourmet Cooking Vacation in Tuscany exceeded my hopes and expectations! Chef Paolo is a delightful, friendly, entertaining host with a very personal touch. He is a gifted teacher and made each lesson fun and informative with his vast knowledge of Tuscan history and culture. We made and then enjoyed eating multiple dishes during each lesson. We visited a local wholesale market and took a delightful and informative excursion to Parma and Modena where we experienced the making of parmesan-reggiano, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar. The accommodations were more than comfortable and restaurant meals were delicious. I was surprised that I only gained 4 pounds the week I was there as it seemed we were non-stop eating with coffee and wines flowing freely throughout the week. I can’t say enough positive about Chef Paolo and the entire experience and would do it again in a heartbeat!

Janice Naidoo

from Netherlands, October 2020

"Cooking classes experience"

Amazing personal experience with Chef Paolo Monti. I had the privilege of having private classes and learned so much, ate even more 😁 and the food was just incredible! The quality of ingredients, dishes and overall experience exceeded my expectations. Thank you again for your wonderful hospitality, was such an honor to have a week with you and have absorbed so much knowledge on Tuscan and Italian cuisine! Il be back and highly recommend for any foodie fans.

Eric Key

from Canada, December 2019

"Good food and instruction"

The training and food was exceptional

Arkady Katz

from Israel, October 2019

"It was my best vacations for the last five years"

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Donna And Kevin Gilder

from United States, October 2019

"Kevin and Donna from CANADA really enjoyed this experience"

Lots of dishes, lots of hands on, and really interesting tours. Plus Lucca is a very cool little city.

Really enjoyed our time there.

Patricia Agnew

from United States, October 2019

"Fantastic Experience!!"

Chef Paolo was a true delight! We started each day with preparing our ingredients, then learned many tips and processes to making GREAT AUTHENTIC Italian food.

Jerri Griffee

from United States, September 2019

"Even better than I had hoped for"

I absolutely loved it. I like to create special experiences for significant birthdays. We prepared fabulous food using simple recipes. Chef Paulo is well versed and made the classes fun. We took side trips to learn about parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and balsamic vinegar. The restaurant is fabulous and the full menu was available to us. I was apprehensive because I was travelling solo but my classmates became fast friends. I was treated like a queen on my birthday by my classmates and the restaurant staff. It was worth turning 60!

Marian Nel

from South Africa, September 2019

"A perfect Tuscan Culinary Holiday Experience"

Chef Paolo Monti shared his in-depth knowledge as a chef with the participants in a very hands-on way. All the recipes are practical and can easily be made at home. The atmosphere in the classes was always relaxed and Chef Monti has a good sense of humour. The classes were conducted in a very organised manner. The generosity of meals and beverages as well as the overall hospitability of Chef Paulo Monti and his staff made this culinary holiday a truly memorable experience. This vacation is highly recommended. The accommodation is spacious, homely and spotlessly clean The apartments are serviced every day.

Jane Mairs

from Great Britain, September 2019

"A wonderful experience with a fantastic chef and host!"

We made many delicious but simple to make recipes and ate them all! The hospitality was excellent, each night you could chose from the menu of the restaurant next door whatever you wanted, both to eat and drink, at no charge. Chef Paolo was not only a wonderful tutor but also very humorous and entertaining. He also took us to tour the production of Parma prosciutto, Moderna balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese. The whole experience was fantastic!

Babak Khosrowshahi

from Great Britain, July 2019

"Memorable cooking experience "

A big thank you to chef Paolo for providing a comfortable atmosphere to learn a number of Italian recipes. Chef Paolo was very generous with the ingredients and the variety of dishes we tried our hands on. His jokes add flavour to the whole experience. The great bonus is having the meals you prepared with Tuscan wine. The advantage of booking your accommodation with Chef Paolo Monti is that there is no driving straight after the class and you can indulge in both food and wine. The accommodation is adequate and is in need of some adjustments, but 20 minutes drive from Lucca, is in great location.


from Great Britain, July 2019


Going to the market was a treat. It is only open once a week and to go with someone who knew what they were looking at was an eye opener - who knew there were boy and girl courgette flowers and the boy ones are the best. I learned a lot and enjoyed eating what we had cooked.

Rachel Abrams

from United States, June 2019

"My 3-Day Cooking Class and Stay in Corignano"

The apartment was beautiful and spacious, the staff very gracious and friendly, and Chef Paolo Monti was a very excellent chef and cooking instructor. He was very talented. I didn’t realize I would be receiving such a top-notch cooking class. One class was about sauces and pastas, and the other was preparing different types of seafood. It was wonderful to try all the foods we prepared and the groups were nice people. Thank you, Rachel


from France, June 2019

"Highly Recommend"

We had a wonderful week’s cooking course with Chef Monti. We brought our grandson, aged almost 13, who has experience in cooking, having taken a couple of courses in the UK. The course was demanding in that we cooked over 40 recipes, and ate the final products. We learned a great deal with lots of tips and tricks and covered a wide range of recipes. Each of the classes had a theme, e.g. seafood, risotto, Tuscan specialities and involved preparing a four course menu based around the theme. The results were delicious. The number of people involved differed each day. There were four of us that were there for the week and then several other people came each day for the day’s class. This generally worked well and the groups gelled and combined to give an interesting dayr. This was helped by the Chef’s friendly manner, his string of well-rehearsed jokes and his effective teaching. The other participants seemed to enjoy their course and several said it had exceeded their expectations. The Chef was particularly good with our grandson and they had a great relationship so we would recommend this class for enthusiastic young people but it could be daunting to do a whole week for children who have no experience or are not committed. In conclusion we would highly recommend the cooking classes and perhaps the best summary came from our grandson who said to us at the end."Chef Paolo was inspirational".

Claudia Blydenburgh

from United States, June 2019


This was an amazing experience for our whole family - the four of us took the two day course and had 8 full hours of instruction on pastas and sauces (Day 1), and seafood (Day 2). The classes were hands-on and fast-paced - the facilities were comfortable, spacious, and clean - and the food was superb!


from United States, June 2019

"Loved the cooking, not much to do there"

Chef was friendly, engaging and informative. The classes were very enjoyable and we cooked some delicious food.

The accommodations were large, clean and comfortable.

Lucca, the walled town, is very pretty and walkable.

Malika Saidi

from Netherlands, June 2019

"cooking course in Lucca"

I liked the apartments and facilities of the cooking school. During the classes, everything was organized and the staff are very hard working and friendly. The size of the groups is good, there is a lot of interaction during the classes. Good balance of theory and hands on cooking.

Pamela Strelec

from Canada, May 2019

"HIGHLY Recommnded!"

Everything was fantastic, from our arrival to hugs at the end of the week. We were treated like royalty, by Chef Monti and all his staff. When we weren’t eating in class we ate in Chef’s restaurant attached to the school. Everything was delicious and fresh. Classes were very informative, hands on and the food was five star. We stayed in an apartment above the restaurant which was spacious and clean, with daily maid service. I have absolutely thing negative to say about our eight day culinary adventure.

Diane Ewer

from Canada, May 2019

"! Learning, cooking, eating and meeting great people!"

The chef is very knowledgeable. Mixed in with a heaping cup full of his dry sense of humor, it made for a fabulous time. Learned so much. Very much appreciated the side trips. Chef put a lot into the week to make it memorable

The staff were outstanding! Friendly & helpful at every turn. The food was the best. Every meal incredible. Very generous with everything.


from United States, May 2019

Staff,facilities and instuction were excellent. Highly recommend this adventure. Kitchen was fully stocked with fruits and drinks and a coffee machine was there for expresso, cappuccino or tea.

The bus stop was in front of apartment and for 2 euros you could go to Lucca.

Recommend taking bus#53 from main hub to Carignano where school and housing is locatec

Marion Burgess

from Great Britain, March 2019

"Just amazing"

Paolo was a brilliant teacher and very funny with it. He showed us the true taste of Italy and the food we cooked with him was delicious. His restaurant also served excellent food and all the staff were lovely. Would definitely return for the other cookery lessons he does.

Terry Piper

from Canada, February 2019

"Fabulous experience..."

I loved Chef Paolo’s instruction. He was clear, funny, and very good at explaining why he does things the way he does. I learned a number of tricks of the trade, and I found the trips outside to be very informative. I can’t say enough about the hospitality and kindness of Chef and his staff. I fell on my second day (not related to the class), and I was overwhelmed by their thoughtfulness to me, including changes to the schedule to accommodate my limited mobility. The refurbished apartment was clean, comfortable and spacious. I left vowing not to come back.

Anitha Gopinath Kumar

from India, January 2019

"It was my wish to do a culinary tour in Tuscany "

Chef Paolo is a wonderful host and a professional chef and cooking school is so well run

You learn hands on and in a happy environment

Antonio Solano

from Costa Rica, December 2018

"Experiencia de cocina en la Toscana "

Paolo es un excelente profesor, se toma el tiempo y formas parte importante en el desarrollo de las recetas

Todas las personas te hacen sentir como en casa

Disfrutas en todo momento, la visita al mercado muy agradable

Se recomienda rentar auto al estar un poco lejos de la ciudad

Anthony Mealing

from Great Britain, December 2018

"Needs to say hiure a car taxies are to expensive. "

The food...........................................

Vinod Elangasinghe

from Philippines, December 2018

"Perfect getaway for a foodie"

Chef Paolo was a walking encyclopedia

There were plenty of opportunities to learn

He engaged you in the cooking process

The place was perfect for walks and enjoying the scenery

The rooms and toilets were clean and tidy

There was no limits on food and beverages

Hospitality was if top notch

All the staff were very friendly and accommodating

The food here was 'heaven'

Kelly O'brien

from Canada, October 2018

"DREAM vacation - enjoyed 100%"

Absolutely a dream vacation for me, has been on my "bucket list" for many years was more than I could have expected stayed for the 8 days, cooked 4 of these - 50 recipes - Chef Paulo - amazing and made it fun and entertaining. Two excursions and two long days assumed we would go with another group however Chef Paulo does these himself - wow is all I can say - the experiences we had in those 2 days he is full of knowledge - wine/cheese/balsamic/geographics of Italy - couldn't have been any better - recommend 100% to everyone who has an interest in cooking - surprised by how little ingredients used and how wonderful everything tasted! Can't wait to use some of the tips/tricks/recipes he shared throughout the week. Apartments renovated and very comfortable and always food at hand in the common area! Just outside of Lucca, 45 minute walk or bus is at your doorstep! Amazing, amazing, amazing!! thanks Chef Paulo you treated Kathy and I like royalty!

Keti Koras

from Canada, October 2018

"Eat Cook Eat Under The Tuscan Sun!"

The knowledge that chef paoulo shared was exceotional. He even stopped on the side of the road to show us a chestnut and walnut tree! Very kind amazing gentleman who is the best teacher and chef I have met!

Kathrine Kinal

from Canada, October 2018

"Wonderful Experiene"

Chef Monti was wonderful, he made the classes fun and interesting, and he was very accommodating. I especially appreciated the day trip to the cheese factory, prosciutto maker and to Modena to experience the balsamic vinegar tastings. I would never have been able to experience this otherwise. I loved the experience of seeing the old fashioned, traditional ways of making these wonderful products and appreciate the work and dedication to it.

On the trip we also got to experience more of the Italian countryside.

Muna Sabbagh

from Great Britain, September 2018

"Cookery classes"

The classes were a great experience. Chef Paolo is an excellent host and teacher. His staff are brilliant. I met lots of very interesting people from around the world.

Matthew Hammel

from Panama, August 2018

"A non water boiler"

Chef helped me hold a knife, chop, dice, mince, and sauté. The facility is great for groups. Chef keeps everything light and moving. Ingredients were top rate, and the results were very much appreciated.

Mary Lea

from Canada, August 2018

"Private time with Paolo"

The kitchen was well organized and lessons ran like clock work. Side trips were fun and interesting and added variety to the cooking lessons. Large group lessons were the best when we got to meet and talk to other people from around the world, but private lessons were good too as we got more one on one time with Chef Paolo! The room was spacious and air conditioned.

F Gedutis

from United States, June 2018

"Gastronomic delight"

The number of recipes and techniques presented was extraordinary and executed with a high level of organization. The lodging facility is a little rough around the edges and the location is a 3 mile hike from town.

The staff are extraordinarily talented and helpful

Aisling Mc Mahon

from Ireland, April 2018

"Fabulous experience!"

I did a three day cookery course with Chef Paolo and thoroughly enjoyed it - just arrived home now and can't wait to try out the recipes! Chef Paolo is a wonderful teacher as well as being a warm and engaging person.

Annette Blackwell

from Canada, November 2017

"Chef Paolo Monti’s Cooking school"

I enjoyed the quality and simplicity of the recipes we made. I thought the mix of cooking classes and tours of various food producers and wineries made it a relaxing vacation with many points of interest.

The on-site accommodation, breakfast and attention from all the restaurant staff really added to the experience.

Patricia Redinger

from United States, October 2017

"You don't want to miss this!"

Accomodations were wonderful, just above the cooking school. Chef Paolo is such a good teacher - passionate about cooking and teaching

Mexico Lindo Cooking

from Mexico, August 2017

"Amazing experience in Italy"

Spending a week with Chef Paolo was amazing,

Knowledgeable, funny,

Knows a lot not only gastronomy but culture in general.

Great experience and fun for all ages.

Sarah Moise

from Great Britain, July 2017

"Cooking in Tuscany with Chef Paolo Monti rocks"

Just back from the 7 day Tastes of Tuscany cooking trip. Had a fantastic time. Chef's instruction was brilliant - very clear, good pace, everyday new people joined, always laughter, great banter, The timetable works perfectly & is well thought through. Loved hearing the history....of food, of Tuscany, of everything from a well travelled, open and experienced man. The excursions (parmesan, balsamic, prosciutto production & wine tasting) all very enjoyable. Location (walking distance to Lucca) and at the foot of a mountain (ideal for running off the excess pounds!).

Britt Voll

from Norway, June 2017

"Thorough walk trough of Italian cuisine "

The knowledge of the chef, quality of lessons and professional and friendly service!!! Location provided great walks also in spare time :)