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“Learned Valuable Basics of Italian Cooking”

Cooking class at Hotel Buca di Bacco
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

This was a very enjoyable day of hands-on cooking instruction, under the Guidance of chef Giuseppe, assistant chef Joe and translator Raphael.

We made eggplant lasagna, linguine with fresh pesto, gnocchi with cherry tomato sauce and profiteroles. I leaned many Italian kitchen tips and techniques, which I'll take home and use regularly. The staff were very friendly and attentive and we prepared all the food ourselves, with their guidance. Our glasses of prosecco were kept topped up constantly and the whole class had a wonderful time.

After the class, we sat at a window table in the restaurant, overlooking the (dark and stormy) sea and ate what we'd cooked.

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Reviewed 11 June 2014 via mobile

We attended cooking class last Friday with advice and guidance from Giuseppe, the head chef and Luigi. Really enjoyable and informative class and we had the pleasure of eating our lesson afterwards accompanied by lots of wine! A great afternoon - thank you Giuseppe and Luigi.

Thank conora56
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Reviewed 7 June 2014 via mobile

We had a really enjoyable afternoon - one the highlights of our honeymoon trip to Italy in fact.

Chefs Luigi, Giuseppe and GiGi were great fun, and were really keen to share their passion for food and cooking with our group of 6. We prepared (and Giuseppe cooked) our dinner of fresh linguine style pasta with fresh pesto, a parmigiana melanzane, fresh gnocci with the delicious local Sorrentina style tomato & cheese sauce, and profiteroles with lemoncello cream.

The complementary apron, cookbook, gnocci making tool, and chef hat, not to mention the prosecco and wine served throughout, helped make it a great experience, but in particular we loved that we will be able to repeat all the recipes at home.

Definitely recommend it.

Thank freetimespentwell
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

The cooking class at Hotal Buca di Bacco was our favorite activity of our 16 day Italian adventure. Head Chef Andrea & assistant and translator Luigi were the primary reason it was our favorite. They were so helpful and such fun, plus they made us feel like we were the best class they ever had. Not only that but we ran into Andrea the next day when we were having trouble with a train reservation and he made a call & made sure that we got excellent assistance from the internet cafe close by. That is above & beyond! Thank you Andrea.

My two girlfriends and I have been traveling for 20 years so we decided to splurge on this trip to Italy & a cooking class. When we arrived they were waiting for us with wine, aprons, cookbooks & other fun stuff to take home. We were surprised at how many dishes were included in a two hour class. We made from scratch; pesto, gnocchi, pasta, tomato basil sauce, eggplant parmigiana, and puffs for lemon cream puffs. All the ingredients were prepped for us so we immediately started preparing the food. Under Andrea and Luigi's direction we made the entire meal in two hours with plenty of time for tips and secrets. The first lesson of great Italian cooking is fresh and local ingredients. The menu is designed to use what is best for the season. So I am waiting for a new crop of y
Yukon gold potatoes here in the NW so I can make my family a delicious gnocchi. My daughter & husband are both big fans.

We knew we would have a tasting of the food we prepared but we were not expecting the beautiful meal that was waiting for us. We were seated at the best window seats in the restaurant looking out on the water. The service was excellent as we leisurely enjoyed all the dishes that we had just finished preparing. Copious amounts of wine flowed while we chatted with our classmates. What a fabulous afternoon and evening. The three of us all agreed that this was our favorite activity. Thanks again Andrea, Luigi, and Buca de Bacco!

Thank Elaine K
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

We were lucky to take an amazing cooking class at Hotel Buca di Bacco. From the moment we arrived, we felt special. A cloth bag with goodies and a glass of Prosecco (continually filled) awaited us. We put on our chef's hats and aprons, ready to go! There were four of us with chef Michele De Martino and wonderful interpreter and chef himself, Raphael. We embarked on creating a fresh tomato sauce that simmered throughout the lesson and was used in ensuing recipes. We made fresh pasta, pesto, ravioli pasta, eggplant parmigiano, gnocchi and profiteroles filled with lemoncello cream. The directions were wonderfully given in Italian and interpreted into English. We were right in the restaurant kitchen with monster gas burners, large stainless work service and a constant supply of necessary cooking tools. We were given a cookbook with the recipes we were creating to take notes in. Raphael continually used our cameras to record many aspects of our experience. Best of all, we were able to enjoy our meal in the dining room looking out to the sea. We were given delicious wine and coffee to complement the meal. We look back fondly at the experience and wear our aprons proudly here in California. Our compliments to the chefs and to a well organized class!

Thank cbp205
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