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The Spice Lab

San Lorenzo
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Address: Olive Grove, Florence, Italy
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+39 345 021 5968
08:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:30

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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... read more

Reviewed 23 February 2011
Cass S
mesa arizona
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mesa arizona
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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 her. It far exceeded our expectations. The highlight of our trip! She was infomative, engaging,... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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Reviewed 22 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 Balsamic vinegars and fresh pressed olive oil. We learned about seasonal vegetables and cuts of... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 16 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. we were in touch with melanie extensivly before our trip. and she was an invaluable... More 

Thank jcgoes
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 9 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 die for, had me trying to convince her that Italy and Michigan were not so... More 

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Bluff City, TN
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 1 December 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 kitchen and preparing the food with her was like being a guest on the Food... More 

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Long Island, NY
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Reviewed 17 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. . .We started the class out just wandering around the grove, picking fresh fruit to... More 

Thank cutecow1031
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7 reviews
Reviewed 15 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 using these skills in the future. I would highly recomemd her.

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San Diego, CA
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Reviewed 12 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 what we would do and cook. She picked us up outside our hotel in Firenze... More 

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edmond, oklahoma
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Reviewed 22 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 vinegar! She then drove us out to the family olive grove where we learned to... More 

Thank edmondite
Savannah, Georgia
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72 reviews
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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 bean dish). Melanie was very responsive to our questions prior to reserving our class, with... More 

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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 Florentine dishes as well as international selections. Nobody leaves San Lorenzo without a shopping bag in hand or with an empty stomach.
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