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“An epicurean delight!”

Enrica Rocca Cooking School Venice
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Owner description: Enrica Rocca runs a cookery school with a difference. “Born in Venice, Enrica is an Italian cook of note and a flamboyant and passionate chef and restaurateur. She has Italian cooking in her blood and a contagious zest for life and food…” David BakerFinancial Times
Redding, California
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“An epicurean delight!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2014

My day long experience with Enrica Rocca was not a class in cooking, but an epicurean delight! From the first moment of our meeting at the foot of the Rialto Bridge, I knew from her warm and embracing greeting that I was in for exactly why I chose to spend three weeks in Venice. To savor with all my senses all that "La Serinissima" has to offer.

It was a delight to walk with her as she shopped at only the best vendors of fresh produce, meats, fish, pasta, spices, cheeses, wines, and of course, dolci. She pointed out the produce that was in season, and why one vendor was better than the rest. I followed up on this by returning two days later to the same vendors to buy for my own cooking at the apartment I had rented. I knew I had passed my “class” when I received “thumbs up” from visiting Italian friends for the dinner I prepared for them. I could not have asked for a more welcomed accolade.

After shopping, and then stopping at a well-known and very friendly ‘baccaro’ for an ‘umbra di vino’ and some cicchette, we proceeded as if in a dream to what I also longed to see, a ‘secret garden’ behind high walls down a long narrow calle. I felt immediately “at home” in her enchanting abode filled with fine art work, Murano glassware, plus of course a large cooking area with many gas burners.

Preparing and cooking was not by measuring, but by learning how to instinctively combine ingredients and slow cooking to imbue the full flavor. I watched, I helped, I drank, I ate, and I was smitten!

Above all, it is Enrica herself with her warm and loving hospitality that I shall never forget. I knew I had arrived when on two follow-up occasions our paths crossed and I heard my name being called out across the campo. Grazie, mille grazie.

Robert Hyacinth Levrini aka Gia

Visited March 2014
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Enrica R, Proprietario at Enrica Rocca Cooking School Venice, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Google Translation
Caro Gia,

Grazie per aver condiviso la tua esperienza. Sono contenta che il corso ti sia piaciuto!
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Cleveland, Ohio
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161 reviews
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“Wonderful experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014 via mobile

Enrica is a gem! She puts on a delightful day of smells, sights and tastes. First we shopped north of the Rialto. What a treat to talk with her about all the ingredients and help plan out our menu with her. Then we went to a sommelier who went through regional wines and the variations of wine creation in the region.

Then off to her home and wonderful kitchen! Cooking together, eating and chatting for hours that went by so quickly. Unique recipes developed in real time, delicious wines and great conversation. We would go back in a heartbeat.

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Enrica R, Proprietario at Enrica Rocca Cooking School Venice, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Thank you so much for your kind words, I am so happy that my cooking course was a fun experience for you!
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Long Island City, New York
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“Enrica Rocca AAA+++”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2014

Wonderful evening with Enrica! Good food, good wine and a fabulous cooking class! Couldn't be any better. Heartwarming to see our teen enjoying it so much. Highlight of our Venice trip.

Visited March 2014
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Enrica R, Proprietario at Enrica Rocca Cooking School Venice, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
It is a true honor to be referred to as the highlight of your Venice trip. Thank you very much for your kind comment!
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London, United Kingdom
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“Enrica's kitchen: Venice's hidden jewel!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

Enrica's cooking course was an absolute pleasure. After a morning browsing produce amongst market stalls, where Enrica explained to us how to recognise fresh calamari and how to pick the best seasonal vegetables, and a stopover at a local bacaro for a "cicchetto", we ended up in her wonderful kitchen, where we spent the following 4 hours cooking, eating and drinking. Enrica is warm, passionate, fun and a patient teacher. When she speaks about food, she truly brings it to life. I am a fairly decent cook, but I certainly left knowing much more about cooking than I did when I arrived. Learning should always be as pleasant as this. I cannot wait to join another one of Enrica's classes!

Visited February 2014
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Enrica R, Proprietario at Enrica Rocca Cooking School Venice, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Dear Alberto,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience. It is great to hear not only that you had fun but also that my cooking course was a good learning experience for you!
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Port Chester, New York
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“Cooking on our Anniversary”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

Prior to our 10th wedding anniversary vacation I researched several cooking schools offering private cooking classes in Venice. Our concierge had heard good things about Enrica and suggested we contact her directly. Our trip stretched over Thanksgiving vacation, and Venice was one part of a 10 day visit. Enrica was more than accommodating and flexible. We were only able to carve out two days of the trip for the class and she was able to move things around to make one of them work out.

After a few emails we were set for our private class, on our actual anniversary day, and first day of the trip. We met at the Rialto Bridge and she took us on an exciting walk through the Mercato picking up our ingredients from the fish, meat and vegetable vendors. After our shopping excursion we stopped at All’Arco for a Spritz and some delicious ciccitti. We were so enamored with that spot we made out way back twice before we left.

We could not have been more pleased with the day, the food, the company and the class. Thank you Enrica for kicking off one of the most special vacations we've done together.

Visited December 2013
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Enrica R, Proprietario at Enrica Rocca Cooking School Venice, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
Thank you Maria for this really nice review!
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