Scuola di Cucina di Lella, Siena

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Learn how to cook like an Italian at Scuola di Cucina di Lella, a famous culinary school of regional and international cuisine. The head chef and teacher, Lella, welcomes tourists and locals alike into her kitchen. Courses can last as long as a half-day or several days, depending on the level of mastery you'd like to achieve. You have your choice of foods you'd like to prepare, including medieval recipes. Cooking classes at your rental villa and private chef services are also available. Use our Siena vacation planner to add Scuola di Cucina di Lella and other attractions to your Siena vacation plans.
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  • This experience was amazing! Lella was amazing as well as her sous chef and her interpreter Julie. You can tell that Lella is incredibly passionate about cooking because it shows in her food as well....  more
    This experience was amazing! Lella was amazing as well as her sous chef and her interpreter Julie. You can tell that Lella is incredibly passionate about cooking because it shows in her food as well....  more »
  • We had an amazing experience with this class! learned how to make homemade pasta, pasta sauce, pork loin, potatoes, soup and dessert. The class was very informative and Lella is extremely talented! 
    We had an amazing experience with this class! learned how to make homemade pasta, pasta sauce, pork loin, potatoes, soup and dessert. The class was very informative and Lella is extremely talented!  more »
  • We just came back from a cooking class; if you’re looking for a truly authentic Tuscan experience with food then this is the place to go!!! The kitchen is gorgeous, the chef we had, Francesco, was... 
    We just came back from a cooking class; if you’re looking for a truly authentic Tuscan experience with food then this is the place to go!!! The kitchen is gorgeous, the chef we had, Francesco, was...  more »
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  • Visited Lella as party of 4 for evening class. I may be spoiled by my previous experiences, I was expecting a hands-on cooking class. Instead this was more like TV cooking show where cooking is done by the host while guests observe. Assistant chef Francesco was at first helpful but perhaps the day had been long as towards the end he was more interested in his phone, answering calls and spending time in Facebook (?) while Lella was doing the cooking. Guests were left to chat with themselves and wonder what's going on. In the end we spent 4 hours there, left tired and unhappy having had a very expensive (100e per person) just okay -meal. Considered 1 star rating but to be fair, there were some tricks I learned.
  • This will be one of the best experiences of my Siena trip. I highly recommend a class here, you get to eat it all! We were all surprised at how delicious all the food was. Lella and her assistant were so wonderful and hope to in the future take another class. We were able to take dessert home. We brought a bottle of wine to split with class, a very wide choice. Feel free to take notes. I look forward to cooking Italian when we return home. Quite a feast, come hungry!
  • We came to Tuscany wanting to do a cooking class with a local nonna. However, we were recommended this place by our tour operator in the amalfi coast (she said it was highly recommended). So we booked and counted down the days. We came into the cooking class on the day. Note - it’s a little hard to find as it’s off the Main Street (you need to go up some stairs into a small courtyard which had the entrance. Once there, we were pleasantly surprised there we were the only ones at the class the others were a last minute cancellation - so we had a personal cooking class ;) though we were a little disappointed that Leila did not teach the class - we wanted to meet the legend herself! Francesco though was great even if Leila was not there. So we made Tuscan tomato soup (pappa col pomo doro di Lella), pasta with pecorino and pepper(pico cacio e Pepe), tagliata di chianina con scalp, and Ricciarelli cookies. Plus we got to enjoy it with a delicious glass of red. It was one of the best dishes we had all Italy trip - and with our small group we were able to ask lots of questions, get into pleasant conversation on some famous previous students at the school (hint: cooks for POTUS bush and Clinton plus late Princess Diana’s personal chef! If you do one class, do this one! We were so busy cooking and eating we forgot to take photos!
  • I have enjoyed cooking classes in several countries and this class was the best ever. Francesco did a great job of walking us through the steps for preparation of a complete Italian meal that topped any restaurant I have ever eaten in. I can’t wait to get home and do it again. I even considered going back for a second class but time did not permit. I wish for a cookbook that captures the flavors and techniques I learned in three hours. After the preparation we ate dinner with a glass of fine Tuscan wine and conversation.
  • Absolutely lovely experience with Lella! We had an Italian cooking class and she was amazing!! We loved every moment and, wow, the food! An absolute highlight of our trip to Italy! I highly highly recommend taking a cooking class with Lella while in Siena!

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