Immerse Yourself in the Heritage of Open Hearth Cooking
Join Andrea Mugnaini, the industry leader in open hearth cooking, and author of the "Art of Wood Fired Cooking", for a weeklong immersion in culture and cuisine. Become an expert in every aspect of managing your oven and cooking a bounty of extraordinary meals. For over a decade, Andrea has developed this hands-on culinary experience, to dedicate time to a small group of people enjoying the enchantment of Tuscany.
Absorb the Italian countryside with tours to a nearby olive oil factory, Pecorino cheese-maker, wineries, shopping in quaint hill towns. Bringing Mugnaini back to our roots, the school is located a short distance from the artisan Valoriani factory where the ovens are manufactured. Guests stay at a lovely country hotel and home of Mugnaini’s Italian Open Hearth Cooking School. All levels welcome!
Not only did I learn to master my wood-fired oven under the capable instruction of Andrea herself, I got to experience all that Tuscany has to offer. What a memorable trip!
Start your day with an optional guided walk through the Italian countryside, then sit down for breakfast before we begin. Time’s built into each day for rest and relaxation, bocce ball tournaments, swimming and leisure. Each evening we’ll dine together at long, candlelit communal tables under the stars.
Beginners and expert alike will learn the fundamentals of open hearth cooking while learning traditional Mediterranean recipes. Prepare and eat delicious meals exploring the variety of open hearth dishes including; roasted meats, fish, vegetables, soups, pizza, breads and desserts.
You’ll return home ready to confidently cook for family and friends.
The Refrattari Valoriani Factory, manufacturer of our open hearth ovens, is located in the nearby town of Regello. Owner Massimo Valoriani will take us on a private tour of his artisan factory and show how these ovens are constructed and talk about their history.
A short distance from the cooking school is the century’s old estate of Tenuta di Bonsi. We’ll stroll along the picturesque country road and partake in a private tour of their communal olive press facility followed by a tasting of their exquisite artisan extra virgin and Laudemio olive oils.
Food and culture lovers will enjoy the picturesque Chianti Classico town of Greve and its famed piazza. Shop for local ceramics and artwork, olive wood specialty items, wine, hand embroidered linens or linger over a cappuccino in an outdoor café. We’ll stop at Antica Macelleria Falorni, which specializes in local prosciutto, salumi and Pecorino cheese.
Venture to Caseificio Mesina where this local cheese maker raises his own herd and makes an array of Pecorino cheeses. Enjoy a demonstration of this artisan process and taste the delicious results.
A visit to Tuscany wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the hilltop town of Panzano and Antica Mecelleria Cecchini to experience the world of famed Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini. This shop is a one of a kind treat. We’ll see Dario in action and enjoy his charming hospitality, then go upstairs to savor a lunch of the shop’s specialties such as cosimino, tonno del Chianti, porchetta and more.
For wine lovers, our visit to Greve also offers the chance to taste a vast selection of Chianti Classico’s, Riservas, Super Tuscans, Brunello’s and many other Tuscan wines.
NOTE: Taxis and private drivers are available for other destinations.