Cookery class in Lake Como

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the lovely Lombardy region of Italy looking for something fabulous to do – this post’s for you. It’s all about breaking the rules and cooking from the heart, to produce THE most delicious Italian dishes. And having a fab time all the while. Avanti, Chef Moreno of Ristorante Il Caminetto, Gittana.

A glimpse of the gorgeous Lake Como from Gittano
A glimpse of the gorgeous Lake Como from Gittana
Chef Moreno's house has been in the family for generations, as has the love of cooking
Chef Moreno’s house has been in the family for generations, as has the love of cooking

The day started with Chef displaying his driving prowess as he worked the seriously steep winding roads from Varenna ferry port to the the tiny mountainside village with a van-load of hungry passengers. We were a group of 14 people, aged from around 7 to 70.

Juicy cherry tomatoes that made up the ratatouille base
Juicy cherry tomatoes that made up the ratatouille base
Chef adding the fresh veges to the base
Chef adding the fresh veges to the base

Our arrival was followed by warm welcomes, tea, coffee, biccies, and then straight into the pasta making process – pasta dough which was eventually turned into plump cappilletti (little hats) filled with ricotta and freshly picked herbs.

Chef squeezing out the ricotta mixture to fill the cappiletti
Chef squeezing out the ricotta mixture to fill the cappilletti
The sous chefs (that was us!) shaping the pasta
The sous chefs (that was us!) shaping the pasta
The finished product, almost ready to eat
The finished product, almost ready to eat

The other dishes Chef cooked for us were saffron risotto and turkey breast with ratatouille. We helped with the preparation at times, watched and learned at others, chatted, drank vino and limoncino, and ate a lot of REALLY good Italian food.

Light, fresh and flavourful - turkey breast on a bed of ratatouille
Light, fresh and flavourful – turkey breast on a bed of ratatouille
Our risotto with ratatouille
Our risotto with ratatouille
And our plump and juicy cappilletti
And our plump and juicy cappilletti

The cookery class is 62 euros per person, including all food and drinks, and ferry port transfers.┬áIt was a delicious glimpse into an Italian chef’s kitchen, and a fantastico way to spend a day. xx

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