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Florence, Italy: The Best Pizza & Gelato Class in the City!
Time to make some serious pizza!
Florence, the Medici, passion and intrigue in one stunning novel.
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie...
Getting ready to make gelato!
Liquid nitrogen gelato
Looking for a unique experience in Florence?
This is it. If you love food but don't want to participate in an elaborate cooking class (or simply don't have the time), this Pizza & Gelato Making Workshop may be perfect for you.
Nestled among lush olive groves in the Tuscan hills is the Walkabout Estate, boasting stunning views. There is an outdoor seating area to enjoy meals, a professional "dream kitchen," and guest experts who come to share their passion- a pizzaiolo and a gelatiere.
We met at the Walkabout office on Via Vinegia 23 R, then drove cute little vintage Fiat 500 cars to the estate, which is located about 15 minutes away. Once there, we enjoyed a glass of wine with a bruschetta and began making the gelato.
Our gelatiere (gelato expert) explained the complex science behind the creation of gelato in a way that was easy to understand. After selecting the flavor we each wanted to make (there's a wide variety to choose from), we carefully measured out the ingredients and began making our very own gelato!
When we had finished, the gelatiere surprised us by donning gloves, a pair of steampunk goggles, and opening a silver container full of liquid nitrogen. He then whipped up a gelato consisting of pear, pecorino cheese, and liquid nitrogen. We tasted it on the spot- extremely cold and delicious.
Next, we went outside where we discovered the secret of a good quality pizza and the proper method for making the dough. Our pizzaiolo was funny, personable, and made learning the technique easy. Some of us had no problem tossing the pie into the air and catching it (without breaking it).
We "decorated" our pizzas with choice ingredients like fresh zucchini flowers, meaty black olives, artisan sausages, creamy mozzarella (is your mouth watering yet?).
The wood-fired oven outside was so hot that the pizzas were fully cooked in less than 2 minutes. The crust was crunchy on the outside, delicate on the inside, soft in the middle. Perfect.
When we finished eating our pizza, our gelato was served and we were allowed to personalize the flavors by mixing it with other things like smoked sea salt, which was heavenly when combined with pistachio. Crushed sage in lemon gelato was refreshing, and black pepper with basil in the strawberry gelato was surprisingly good.
The class is fun, informative, and the setting is perfect for an outdoor adventure in the late afternoon. Since the tour runs from 4pm to 8pm, we enjoyed the changing colors in the sky. For more information, go to www.walkaboutflorence.com. Thank you for reading!
C. De Melo