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We are a culinary tour company offering small group immersions into the Italian way of life, via the discovery of its amazing food, wine, culture and history. Please see our website for dates and pricing Gina no longer offers single day cooking...more
Siena, Italy
+39 321 412 2011
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Reviewed 21 October 2018

My wife and I have traveled extensively covering 5 continents and included numerous trips to Europe and in particular Italy. This was by the far the best trip we have ever taken because you had a person in Chef Gina Stipo you had lived and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank 13Hooty13
Reviewed 12 October 2018

Mary and Gina provide an exquisitely orchestrated week. The accommodations at Montestigliano, in a fully renovated villa, were incredible. The grounds, pool, walking paths around the estate were simply gorgeous. Gina lived in the area for many years, is fluent in Italian, and knows many...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank nylady21
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This cooking class trip to Italy was one of the all-time best trips that I have even taken! Gina, Mary and Michael are great hosts/hostesses and I would recommend their cooking class/tours/wine tastings week to anyone! The restaurants that they took us to were wonderful,...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Carolyn S
ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Carolyn Thank you so much for the lovely review! We all had such a fabulous time! Mary and I love sharing our favorite corners of Italy and fun, interested clients like you really make it worthwhile! Hope to see you again in another region, or...More

Reviewed 11 June 2017

I heard about Ecco La Cucina from local friends in Plano, Tx who knew Gina Stipo and her sister Mary Stipo Potter. They had raved about the Cooking classes and wine tours that the Stipo sisters do two times a year in Italy. My friend...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 13 June 2017

Thank you for sharing how much you enjoyed our time together in Italy! We love sharing our favorite spots w fellow travelers!

Reviewed 14 August 2015

In June, my mother and I traveled to Tuscany to celebrate my 50th birthday. It has been a dream of mine forever and this trip lived up to every expectation. We chose a week long tour with Chef Gina so we could really experience Tuscany....More

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Mary Beth B
Reviewed 3 July 2015

My 2 days with Gina and Mary were so perfect that it's hard to find the words. But I'll try my best! Accommodations + Transportation: The villa we stayed at was so beautiful, spacious, and full of Tuscan charm. I found myself waking up early...More

Date of experience: June 2015
2  Thank Sarah D
Reviewed 23 June 2015

If you are considering attending Gina Stipo's cooking class please know that in addition to cooking, you will be transported to a magical world of sights, smells and experiences that will leave you in awe of the Italian culture. If you decide to spend the...More

Date of experience: June 2015
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ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2015

Thank you so much Nancy for your kind words! Both Mary and I thoroughly enjoyed the week we spent with you all and I have many fond memories of that big kitchen with the gorgeous view of the cypress and olive trees, as well as...More

Reviewed 8 January 2015

we had so many memorable meals in Siena and the surrounding countrysideThis was an .an epicurean delight.One cannot pick out indiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiividual places to eat sine they are all good and much depends on ones particular tase.The prices were reasonable,service everywhere friendly and helpful .WE WERE...More

Date of experience: October 2014
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Reviewed 24 July 2014

My family of 6 ( my husband, myself and 4 children ages 12,13,16 and 18 years old) experienced a one day cooking class with Gina Stipo at her 900 year old mill outside of Siena proper. The location itself was exactly what we had dreamed...More

Date of experience: July 2014
13  Thank VAFamily6
ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

That was such a lovely day together! I made some yummy plum jam with all the plums we picked and then made another jam tart! Thanik you so much for the review, I wish you and your beautiful family all the best and have some...More

Reviewed 1 July 2014 via mobile

Most amazing trip! This is our 2nd time on this tour and recommend it to everyone! Gina Stipo and Mary Potter, thank you!

7  Thank Kim C
ginastipo, Owner at Ecco La Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2014

Thanks so much for coming with us on our Palio tour! It was lovely to see you both again and share yet another aspect of Tuscany with you! Best wishes, Gina

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13 October 2016|
Response from ginastipo | Property representative |
Sorry, I never saw your question. There are too many channels in social media to track! I no longer live in Italy, I opened a restaurant in Louisville KY and only go to Italy when we take culinary groups in tour. Thanks!