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The Florentine Menu of Caterina Dè Medici

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Duration 2h 30m

Max 8 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian and English

Food tasting experience with cooking demo

Shared Experience
Your experience
  • Pezzole(crespelle) di Caterina de' Medici
  • Onion soup o tortelletti covered with cheese, sugar and cinnamon,
  • Mess of meat
  • Pear tart

Catherine appreciated and carefully preserved the recipes of her homeland, taking them with her to Paris when she became Queen of France.

Today I bring to your table some of the dishes that were served at Catherine's wedding banquet. Interestingly, thanks to Catherine, "glue sauce" was introduced to France, destined to become the ancestor of the famous béchamel. Catherine firmly believed in the aphrodisiac properties of many foods, including thistle, shallots, zucchini, celery, artichoke, mushrooms, broad beans, and onions. Prepare to be amazed by these dishes that will immerse us in the culinary history of Catherine de' Medici and the Renaissance era!

29 reviews
Donatella was very hospitable, gracious, and professional. We had the time of our lives and learned to make several dishes. In the end, we were able to each our masterpieces and left absolutely full! She is a wonderful hostess and chef!

Joe & Sharon - June 2024

We had a wonderful time with Donatello earlier this evening. More great food than we could eat (although we tried our best) enhanced with wonderful conversation. Highly recommended!

Michael and Mariia - May 2024

We enjoyed our time with you so much, Donatella! The pasta and tiramisu dishes you taught us were delicious and easy to make. Out of all the meals we had while visiting Italy, what we made with you was honestly the best we had. In fact, our experience was so good that we ordered a pasta maker even before we left Italy. Thank you for inviting us into your home to have a wonderful time and teaching us something we can enjoy for years to come.

Ken and Christa - November 2023

Donatella is a warm and welcoming person, and a great cook and teacher. We had a wonderful time making tiramisu and pasta. I wholeheartedly recommend booking an evening with Donatella.

Cassie + Ari - October 2023

We had an amazing dining experience with Donatella. She made us feel as family as we learnt about Florentine cooking, enjoyed local home cuisine and shared her recipes over great conversation. Great food, great company and great conversation in a great place is something we will remember as a highlight of our trip.

Will & Nat - October 2023

€139.00 per guest

€69.50 per child

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Cesarina from 2018Location: Florence    Languages: Italian and English
Florence, to quote Stendhal, has a "subtle beauty". The city itself is an open-air museum, rich in architectural masterpieces and works of art that are unique in the world. Here in the heart of this historical city in a street of ancient buildings located within where once stood the ancient medieval walls, and where you can experience the flavor of ancient Florentine history, we meet Donatella, our Florentine Cesarina DOC.  Donatella studied art and architecture and she likes to experiment with different artistic techniques, from papier-mâché to ceramics, as well as applying her hand to making pasta dough in the kitchen. This last passion she shares with her husband and children, with whom she loves making homemade pasta, a perfect way to teach culinary art while having fun. At Donatella’s, there is always a festive feeling and the typical flavors of Tuscan cuisine.  Her dishes, from pezzole to carabaccia di Caterina de' Medici, are recipes which have made French cuisine famous the world over but that actually originated in Italy, specifically in Florence and the Medici court. Along with the fork, Caterina de' Medici brought recipes with her to Paris that would eventually become the macarons, omelette, crepes, the "francesina", soupe d'oignons and the bigné. At Donatella’s table, we can relive the history of the dishes that traveled from Florence to Paris, as well as enjoy the pleasure of tasting them.
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