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.
In the beginning, the chef will introduce you to the history of pizza and Italian ice cream. Then, you will start by learning how to prepare Italian pizza step by step. Next, the chef will impart to you the secrets of gelato making including choosing the right raw ingredients. At the end of the 3-hour cooking class, you will receive your very own Graduation certificate!
Although known for it, Florence is not just about Renaissance art and marvelous landmarks. Its cuisine is also a source of wonder. There is no better place to explore and learn about tastes of Italy than in the heart of Florence. Plus, rumor has it, gelato is an invention of Florence! However, not all cooking classes in Florence are up to the standard.
Booking our Pizza and Gelato Making in Florence experience will guarantee you an in-depth look at pizza and gelato making. For instance, our local chef will teach you the tricks behind a tender, pliable yeast dough as well as flavorsome yet light tomato sauce made from scratch. He will show you how to stretch the dough, and you can even try to do it yourself! You will stretch your pizza, sauce it, bake it and enjoy eating it!
When learning how to make gelato, you will learn all there is to know about the creation process, application of natural colors as well as the different effects of heating and freezing techniques on the ice cream.
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 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 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 a 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 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!