The cooking class takes place in the city of La Spezia, very close to the Cinque Terre. You can get there easily, as it's just one short train stop from Riomaggiore. The program will start with a stroll in La Spezia and a visit to the colourful local market.
I absolutely love this market. Amazing olives, pesto, cheese, ham, anchovies, homemade fresh pasta, and of course seasonal fruits and vegetables. A visit to this market is one of the best foodie experiences around here.
I always enjoy the walk among the fish vendors with the fresh fish, clams, prawns and all kinds of different seafood. Most Cinque Terre restaurants get their fish at this market as well. I can't wait to fill my basket with juicy tomatoes, artichokes, green asparagus in the spring and aromatic mushrooms in autumn.
With your chef, you will buy the fresh ingredients for your seafood meals. Then you will continue your walk to the beautiful little restaurant where the course will take place. Your chef cooks following the ideas of Slow Food so she prepares typical local dishes using fresh, simple, good quality ingredients with little environmental impact.
The results are – needless to say – delicious! At the end of the course, you will enjoy a nice lunch and eat what you have just prepared.
You'll be cooking in a small group, maximum 6 participants. If you are travelling alone, it's a good opportunity to meet other travellers, but this cooking class is also ideal for couples. A private cooking class is also available on request, price will depend on your group size.
Price includes: 4-course cooking class, visit to the local market, lunch with drinks and the printed recipes.
As for the Cinque Terre cooking class, it was a fantastic day, and I would highly recommend it to any of your clients! I loved the entire experience! An assistant, Warren, from Osteria met me promptly outside the train station. The visit to the market to buy all of the ingredients was very good, because I was able to see the local products, ask questions and get a lot of information from Warren and from Andrea, the restaurant manager. Once at the restaurant for the cooking, I was fully involved in the preparation of 3 different seafood dishes and received individual attention from Chef Silvia and Warren. It was a bonus for me that I could speak some Italian with the chef, but the experience would have been very informative and enjoyable for anyone, regardless of language. Warren is Canadian so he speaks perfect English. Andrea and Chef Silvia speak some English. Everyone treated me like an honored guest! Also, I think the price of the class was appropriate to the experience.
Check out a selection of Cinque Terre cooking classes, pesto courses, wine tours and wine tastings on my "Food and wine" tour page.