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A Starred Cooking Class With a View


Excite all your senses as you enter the culinary kingdom of award winning chef Filippo Saporito. Legendary personality and incredible creativity combine to make your cooking experience with a celebrity chef something out of this world. You are welcomed into Filippo’s kitchen at his starred restaurant, La Leggenda Dei Frati, in the stunning grounds of Villa Bardini, where you become his partner for the day, designing and producing a unique private menu built upon your own personal taste and interests.

The true spirit of honest Tuscan cooking

Filippo Saporito and his wife Ombretta Giovannini are two Tuscan giants in Italian fine dining.  Together since meeting in culinary school, they share cooking experience, drive and success. Filippo opens his heart to you about his passion for Tuscan ingredients, his remarkable innovations and how he stays true to his commitment to Tuscan tradition.  Well known for his congenial and jovial approach, he is your perfect host, encouraging you to dive deep into his world of Tuscan food. Cookery courses with famous chefs are not difficult to find, but you will discover that Filippo brings a rare authenticity to his work and his philosophy of life...

Filippo Saporito and his wife Ombretta Giovannini are two Tuscan giants in Italian fine dining.  Together since meeting in culinary school, they share cooking experience, drive and success. Filippo opens his heart to you about his passion for Tuscan ingredients, his remarkable innovations and how he stays true to his commitment to Tuscan tradition.  Well known for his congenial and jovial approach, he is your perfect host, encouraging you to dive deep into his world of Tuscan food. Cookery courses with famous chefs are not difficult to find, but you will discover that Filippo brings a rare authenticity to his work and his philosophy of life. 

Discover Filippo’s love of high quality produce and game meats, and his attention to carefully selecting each raw ingredient.  His infectious spirit illuminates your plans for the unique personal menu you will build alongside him. Learn about the fruit, vegetables and wild herbs Filippo cultivates in the grounds of the villa and uncover the dedication behind the vegan concept area Filippo and Ombretta have developed in their kitchen.   Despite his years of cooking experience, Filippo shows you how simplicity and the true spirit of honest Tuscan cooking can be elevated to create an emotional and personally enlightening cooking experience with a celebrity chef. 

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Overlooking the River Arno

Villa Bardini is an opulent 17th century property elegantly perched on the misty terraces overlooking the River Arno and the city of Florence.  Named after Stefano Bardini, a flamboyant art collector who lived in the villa at the turn of the 20th century, Villa Bardini oozes bygone charm, combined with a contemporary flair. Described as “a decadent oasis of pristine beauty near the Ponte Vecchio,” the stunning villa is now home to rotating collections of art, photographs and haute couture. 

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Villa Bardini is an opulent 17th century property elegantly perched on the misty terraces overlooking the River Arno and the city of Florence.  Named after Stefano Bardini, a flamboyant art collector who lived in the villa at the turn of the 20th century, Villa Bardini oozes bygone charm, combined with a contemporary flair. Described as “a decadent oasis of pristine beauty near the Ponte Vecchio,” the stunning villa is now home to rotating collections of art, photographs and haute couture. 

Your visit will focus on the former stables, now home to La Leggenda Dei Frati, Filippo’s Michelin starred, widely acclaimed restaurant.  Hear the ancient tale of three monks living near Siena who collected herbs and grapes from their garden and whipped up a wonderful lunch with their bounty.  So great was the result of the meal that they sang and danced late into the night. Fellow monks were so disturbed that they locked their inebriated brothers in the tallest tower of the abbey, to no effect -- the three monks carried on dancing and singing for joy, drunk on the blessings of their land, the simple fare of Tuscan herbs, oil, bread and wine.  Legend says you can hear them still, and Filippo Saporito takes this story to heart in his kitchen. Witness his dedication to mixing history and humble, honest peasant dishes with modern creativity. You will hear the true love in Filippo’s voice when he talks about his restaurant and Villa Bardini. He will tell you, “It is a place that I feel is totally mine.  Welcome to Florence! Welcome to my home!” 

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Shoulder to shoulder with a chef

Gorgeous Villa Bardini is the setting for your unique cooking experience with a celebrity chef.  Filippo Saporito greets you as you set off on an unforgettable day behind the scenes in one of the most famous professional kitchens in Tuscany.  Beautiful formal gardens and impressive vistas from private terraces are the backdrop for your deep dive into the amazing world of award winning Tuscan cooking.  Become an active partner in the creative process as you inhale the rich aromas of a top notch professional culinary establishment in full swing...

Gorgeous Villa Bardini is the setting for your unique cooking experience with a celebrity chef.  Filippo Saporito greets you as you set off on an unforgettable day behind the scenes in one of the most famous professional kitchens in Tuscany.  Beautiful formal gardens and impressive vistas from private terraces are the backdrop for your deep dive into the amazing world of award winning Tuscan cooking.  Become an active partner in the creative process as you inhale the rich aromas of a top notch professional culinary establishment in full swing. 

Filippo throws open the doors to Villa Bardini and La Leggenda Dei Frati just for you, proudly introducing you into his private world.  Sit shoulder to shoulder with this engaging and passionate chef and work together to create a dinner menu based on your own personal preferences.  You will don an apron and work alongside Filippo and his sous chefs, chopping, simmering and stirring with your own hands, surrounded by the steamy, sizzling buzz of a serious kitchen at work.  Your preparation finished, relax with a private guided stroll through the luxurious formal gardens of Villa Bardini. Delight in an aperitivo on the centuries old terrace overlooking Florence below, and bask in the feeling that you could almost reach out a hand to caress the domes of the city, glowing golden as the sun sets.  Proudly dine with Filippo, enjoying the fruit of your labor as the meal you designed is served to you with timeless elegance. Your fabulous adventure in the world of an award winning chef draws to a close as Filippo presents you with your unique menu, signed by him, as a memento of this most unforgettable day. 

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