Take a break from sightseeing and explore Florence through your senses. Our Pizza and Gelato Making in Florence experience is created to tickle your taste buds.
Under the guidance of an experienced Italian chef, you will learn how to make gelato as well as pizza - both essential staples of Italian cuisine.[readmore] You will be taught how to make two ice creams from a choice of vanilla, chocolate, stracciatella, cream and pistachio. By the end you will have made two icreams/sorbets and one pizza. You will be able to eat your gastronomic creations with water and a glass of complimentary Tuscan wine. You won't go home empty-handed! You'll be given the recipes for the pizza and ice creams you have made, as well as a head full of new knowledge.
This cooking class lasts approximately three hours and you will be supervised by a professional chef throughout in a friendly atmosphere. Why not take your new skills home with you and impress your friends and family?Read more
Prices for Children from 0-5 years old: free of charge
RUS, CH, JA require a minimum of 4 participants
Check-in closes 30 min before departure
Here is a short peek into the history of both of these scrumptious staples of Italian cuisine:
The Savory History of Pizza
As it's with many other old inventions, the origins of pizza are a bit fuzzy. Different historians have different theories depending on how they think of pizza. Those that define pizza as a flatbread cooked in an oven, trace its origins to the Middle East, Israelites, Babylonians, and Egyptians. However, those who think of pizza as a flatbread with toppings, trace its roots to ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. Greeks and Romans enjoyed flatbread with olive oil and selection of local spices.
Nonetheless, the Italian pizza as we know it today - with rich tomato sauce, cheese and a plethora of toppings - did indeed comes from Italy. The credit for this world-changing invention goes to a baker from Naples, Raffaele Esposito. Although, Historians point out that similar flatbreads with various toppings were already available at the time as cheap street food for poor workers. Anyway, according to a legend, Esposito was given the daunting task to prepare food that represents the region for King Umberto I and Queen Margherita in 1889. He put together a pizza with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. The whole world called this pizza "Pizza Margherita" until today!
The Sweet History of Gelato
The concept of ice cream can be traced all the way to Mesopotamia. However, the modern history of gelato starts during the Renaissance. An alchemist, Cosimo Ruggieri, is said to have created the first gelato flavor at the court of Medici family, for di latte. On the other hand, Bernardo Buontalenti appears to have created the egg cream ice cream (gelato all crema Nuovo).
Another important character in Gelato history is Francesco Procopio Cute from Sicily. He was the first person to sell gelato to the public when he opened his Cafe Le Procope in Paris in 1686. Before that, gelato was too expensive and available at private residences of the rich and wealthy.
Is your mouth watering yet? Don't hesitate any longer and book our Pizza and Gelato Making in Florence experience today!