The Barbara & Stefano Cooking Class in Cinque Terre


Indulge in a culinary journey like no other with “The Barbara & Stefano Cooking Class” in Cinque Terre, where the art of Italian cooking meets breathtaking views of the sea from a charming terrace. Immerse yourself in the flavors of the region as you learn to prepare traditional dishes under the guidance of expert local cooks, known as “Barbara & Stefano” who have perfected their craft over generations.


Barbara & Stefano’s Cooking Class in Cinque Terre offers a unique opportunity to delve into the heart of Italian cuisine while savoring the beauty of one of Italy’s most iconic coastal regions. Nestled along the Ligurian coastline, the picturesque Cinque Terre is renowned for its stunning landscapes, vibrant colors, and delectable culinary traditions.

One of the highlights of this cooking class is the magnificent terrace that overlooks the sparkling sea, providing a truly enchanting setting for your gastronomic experience. As you step onto the terrace, you’ll be greeted by a gentle sea breeze and panoramic views that extend as far as the eye can see. This idyllic backdrop serves as the perfect inspiration for your culinary creations.

Under the expert guidance of Barbara and Stefano, you’ll discover the secrets of Ligurian cuisine and its unique flavors. With their extensive knowledge and passion for cooking, they will introduce you to traditional recipes passed down through generations. From the famous pesto sauce made with fragrant basil and pine nuts to the delicate seafood dishes that showcase the region’s abundant coastal treasures, each dish will be a celebration of local ingredients and time-honored techniques.

Barbara and Stefano are not just instructors; they are warm hosts who will make you feel like part of their extended family. They will share personal stories, anecdotes, and insights into the history and cultural significance of the dishes you’ll be preparing. As you chop, sauté, and simmer alongside them, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the culinary heritage that has shaped the region.

The hands-on experience is designed to be interactive and engaging, allowing you to actively participate in every step of the cooking process. Barbara and Stefano will guide you through essential techniques, such as pasta-making or preparing the perfect focaccia, ensuring that you develop the skills necessary to recreate these dishes in your own kitchen.

Once your cooking masterpiece is complete, it’s time to sit back, relax, and savor the fruits of your labor. You’ll gather around a table on the terrace, surrounded by the captivating scenery, and indulge in the dishes you’ve prepared. Each bite will be a taste of Cinque Terre’s rich culinary heritage, paired with carefully selected local wines that complement the flavors.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a beginner in the kitchen, Barbara & Stefano’s Cooking Class in Cinque Terre promises an unforgettable experience. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the traditions and flavors of this captivating region, all while enjoying the breathtaking beauty of the terrace overlooking the sea. So come, join Barbara and Stefano, and let them guide you on a culinary adventure that will leave a lasting impression on your taste buds and your memories.

What to expect

“Pesto making Class”  € 70 per person

As we take in the stunning view of the sea from the vineyard, I’ll begin the class by sharing the fascinating history of our pesto from Spezia.
I’ll explain the traditional system of using the best basil plants and carefully selecting high-quality ingredients to ensure the best flavor.
Then, I’ll demonstrate the two methods of preparing pesto: using a mortar and pestle or an electric blender. I’ll also give you tips on how to properly store the pesto to keep it fresh for as long as possible. After we’ve made our pesto, we’ll package it up for you to take home and enjoy. You can savor the fruits of your labor either when you return home or on a rocky cliff overlooking the sea. The class lasts about two hours, and we’ll provide you with water and wine from the local Possa winery.

“Mani in pasta Class”  €100 per person

The experience includes: 

  • (I) Aperitif
  • (II) Cooking class and preparation of:
    • recipe of stuffed fresh pasta typical of the tortelli area
    • 1 recipe of typical fresh pasta
    • 1 dessert recipe For the cooking lesson, plan one workstation per person, with all the necessary ingredients and utensils, so that guests can get their hands on the dough and prepare all the recipes.
  •  (III) Lunch or dinner with prepared recipes and drinks included: unlimited still and sparkling water, 1 bottle of wine for every 2 guests, coffee 

“Mani in pasta Class 2” €100 per person

  • 1 appetizer recipe
  • 1 typical fresh pasta recipe
  • 1 dessert recipe

    Guests will have to prepare all the recipes (by putting their hands in the dough and having all the ingredients and utensils necessary for preparation available). There is at least one workstation for every 2 guests, it would be preferable to have 1 workstation per person. At the end of the preparation, there will be a tasting of what the guests have prepared for lunch or dinner based on the course timetable.

    Drinks included: unlimited still and sparkling water – 1 bottle of wine for every 2 guests – coffee

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