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From Gourmet restaurant to Picnic in the Vineyard
Villa Mangiacane offers a myriad of dining options to its guests by providing a plentiful range of options, from personal in-room meals to feasts in our exclusive restaurant. You may enjoy a fresh breakfast served on the outdoors in fine weather overlooking the Tuscan countryside or a refreshing light lunch around the pool, where you'll listen to the hum of the bees hard at work in the surrounding flowers and vineyards. For dinner, you may choose the elegant restaurant or dine al fresco amidst the herb gardens. For a more intimate setting enjoy the cozy environment in our Vinoteque or private wine cellar. In winter you may enjoy the feeling of a home cooked meal around the fire in the main villa's Olive Oil Kitchen.

If the incurable romantic in you takes over, our unassuming staff will set up intimate, candle-lit meals on request, anywhere on Mangiacane's property. All of our dining areas encompass the spirit of Villa Mangiacane in a historic setting incomparable to any other.

Cooking Classes

PHILOSOPHY
The objective of our cooking lessons at Mangiacane is to experience the heart and soul of Tuscany through food, history, and culture. Our cooking lessons are about much more than a list of ingredients and how to cook them. Food and wine should be enjoyed with gusto, and that can begin with the preparation of a meal. We wish to introduce this philosophy into the cooking experience at Mangiacane for a memorable and valuable cooking lesson.

Although some ingredients are basics in cooking: olive oil, butter, flour, and eggs, these ingredients are not the same in every country! Vegetables are different not only from country to country but can even change from village to village. Italy has many varieties of artichokes that cannot be found in other parts of the world. Tomatoes will vary from northern Italy to Southern Italy and even from garden to garden.

It is true that it is often not easy to recreate the same recipe using the same ingredients, but the aim of this course is to show guests how to cook certain recipes that, in the end, translate into extraordinary meals no matter where you apply the techniques and no matter where the ingredients come from. Our private Chef will provide suggestions on how to approach food, and use techniques that that will help in the making of many recipes, not only those chosen for the lesson. Our lessons are totally interactive so questions are welcome and our techniques shared by our chef.

PROGRAM
Depending on the weather and season, the Chef greets guests in the Olive Oil Kitchen or in the herb garden where you will begin by selecting fresh herbs that will be used during the lesson. Cooking lessons begin at 11.00 and last for approximately three hours. This includes enjoying the lunch that participants have prepared. Guests will enjoy the hands-on experience of their preparations with the Chef and therefore have the possibility to understand each and every step: from the selection of certain ingredients through the entire cooking process, culminating in the presentation of the final dish.

RECIPES
The dishes and accompanying lessons are based on seasonal ingredients. Some preparations are standard: handmade gnocchi or risotto, vegetables side dishes or appetizers, or traditional meat or fish recipes.
   

About the Chef

Villa Mangiacane’s private Chef has a passion for food, flavor, and creativity, designing regional specialties with an international twist.  Meals can range from a simple three courses to a complex tasting menu of seven.  Our Chef mixes the freshest local ingredients to present meals that will surely satisfy.  He capitalizes on Tuscan ingredients such as traditional Bistecca alla Fiorentina, T-bone steaks from possibly the best butcher in Tuscany, to a more simple handcrafted spaghettoni with tomatoes and basil plucked from the garden.  If your inclination is for fish, he could prepare Sicilian king prawns in honey crust on lentils and ginger sauce, accompanied by a fennel carpaccio.  And, if you are curious to learn more, join him in a private cooking class where he will lead you through the steps to create your own Tuscan feast.  From simple to sophisticated, our Chef has the ability to deliver an extraordinary meal in a spectacular setting.