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Learn the secrets of the Italian kitchen with this 3-hour cooking class in La Spezia. Led by an expert chef, begin at the local market to select fresh seafood and vegetables for your dishes. Then, bring your ingredients to the kitchen of a nearby ‘osteria.’ Receive hands-on training in your small group as you craft three courses of delicious Ligurian cuisine, sitting down to feast on your creations afterward. Numbers are limited to four people to keep the experience intimate.
  • 3-hour Italian cooking lesson in La Spezia
  • Visit a local marketplace and shop for ingredients
  • Prepare the meal in a small and friendly local restaurant kitchen
  • Learn the secrets behind making Ligurian cuisine
  • Sit down to an authentic, freshly prepared Italian meal with drinks
  • Small-group experience with a maximum of 4 people ensures personalized attention
Begin your day at La Spezia Centrale railway station, just a few minutes ride from Cinque Terre, where you’ll join up with your instructor and small group.
Stroll through the charming streets until you reach the bustling atmosphere of the local market. Follow your guide through the stalls brimming with bright produce, cheese and seafood. As you meet the vendors, learn how to select the perfect mussels, freshest fish and top-notch regional vegetables, with occasional sampling along the way. Equipped with some insider’s tips, help your guide pick and choose the ingredients for your lesson.
Materials in hand, head to the town center. Step inside the kitchen of a quaint Italian restaurant, roll up your sleeves and throw on an apron to get started.
Your chef will discuss the philosophy behind the slow food movement while you take a look at your recipes and ask any questions you may have. (A sample menu can be found in the Itinerary section below.) Then, under the watchful eye of your instructor, get cooking, chatting with your fellow chefs as you go.
Afterward, feast on the fruits of your labor as you enjoy your 3-course lunch. Toast to your success with some complimentary wine, as well as water and soft drinks.
After a relaxed day of cooking, eating and good conversation, your lesson will conclude. Leave with some printed recipes of your meal so you can take a piece of Liguria home with you.


Sample Menu:

First course:

• Fried anchoviesSecond course:

• Spaghetti with musselsThird course (choice of one):

• Sea bream with potatoes
• Anchovies filled with parsley, garlic, breadcrumbs and eggsDrinks:

• White wine (one bottle for every three people)
• Coffee
• Water
Please note: menu subject to change without notice


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, Jun 2018

This was some of the best food that we ate while we were in Italy. Silvia's restaurant is state of the art, clean, and the food is fresh and delicious. We loved going to the market with Silvia to select the food we were going to cook. Each dish was perfectly thought out and rich in flavor. The cooking instructions were well described, challenging enough to be interesting, but not difficult. Worth every penny.

, Oct 2017

We recently took a Best of the Western Mediterranean cruise with Celebrity Cruises. Our first stop was in La Spezia and there were many choices for excursions including Florence, Pisa and several different Cinque Terre options. We have been to Florence and none of the Pisa or Cinque Terre options really interested us in the time we had to spend in port, but we ran across this activity and given our love for Italian food and cooking, felt that we would give it a try. What a great experience! We could not have been more pleased. We were met at the train station by the chefs husband who took us and one other couple to the open air market to shop for ingredients for our meal. Afterward, we went to a charming local restaurant and were greeted by the chef and her team and immediately went to work preparing our lunch. There were four of us and we each felt that we had the full attention of the staff even though we were there right before their busy lunch time. We prepared stuffed mussels, seafood risotto and sea bass. The chef and staff were very welcoming and patient with our questions and gave many opportunities for photos while we were prepping and cooking. We all felt that we were given an authentic experience. After our food was prepared, we were seated in the restaurant and served our food with a wonderful local wine. We never felt rushed at all and afterward we were given a printout of the menu and each person also received a can of risotto to take home. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip and we would highly recommend this to anyone who desires an intimate, small group authentic Italian cooking experience in a charming, working restaurant.

, Oct 2017

Andre and Silvia hosted the cooking class. Andre took the market tour where we bought our supplies. We returned to their restaurant, and led by Silvia the chef we cooked three seafood courses from scratch in her commercial kitchen. It was fun, interesting and we learned a lot. The restaurant is very modern and stylish. We then were given a table and served the food we had each prepared. This was followed by the house desert plate which was sensational. Wine, water and coffee were also provided for the table. We took a day out from walking the trails of Cinque Terre and were so glad we did. It was by far the best cooking class I have done. The hosts were open and warm and made us feel very welcome. The food was delicious! Highly recommend to people who love seafood. This is not your usual pasta/pizza cooking class. Thank you so much Andre, Silvia and team. Shelley and Pete

, Aug 2017

Chef Silvia and her husband have an absolutely gorgeous restaurant, with a spectacular kitchen and staff. We absolutely loved our visit to the market - so much beautiful and fresh produce and seafood! In the kitchen we learned to prepare three separate courses - and learned a lot. Silvia is a true professional and you can tell her team is proud of their work. Once we were seated for lunch to enjoy the fruits of our labors, the restaurant completely filled with the lunch crowd. We loved watching the kitchen team in high gear - and Silvia still had time to make a special gnocchi course as a surprise. This restaurant's attention to detail is unparalleled. We had an absolutely marvelous time!!!

, Jan 2017

This tour was amazing!

, Oct 2016

The trip to the open market was both educational and fun. Alessandro is very kind and allow me to participate and selection of the ingredients and menu. Sonya, the chef and his wife, was just wonderful too! I learned some great techniques with seafood and risotto. Enjoyed every minute of my lesson, and eating the results I MADE! The other staff at the restaurant were so lovely and kind also. I thoroughly enjoyed this private lesson with them, and would recommend!

, Sep 2016

What fun! It was the 1st time I ate mussels and enjoyed them. The trip to the market was interesting and educational. Cooking and eating what we cooked, was divine.

, Jun 2016

It was fabulous. We loved the Chef and owner of the restaurant - she was a great teacher and her choice of recipes were perfect to bring home and replicate - although we will never in the states have such great mussels. I can't say enough good things. We were met at the train station as planned, taken to the market to buy some of the food for the meal and after preparing our dishes were served what we had made with experience for anyone who enjoys cooking. Bravo!!!!

, Jun 2016

This rewarding and engaging experience was a true delight. From our trip to the market with Andres to watch him select and purchase the ingredients for the dishes we would be making to our time in the kitchen with Silvia, learning recipes and techniques for three delicious dishes, to sitting down in the dining room and being served the meals we had prepared, as well as an additional treat Silvia prepared for us, along with all the wine we requested and a tasty desert surprise, this was an incredible experience that we will treasure for years to come.

, May 2016

Loved it. Both Chef and staff were friendly, food was of course good. A very good experience for me, the only student!

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