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A touch of Italian Cuisine and culture

Cogorno, ItalyPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Anna

6.5 hoursHosted in English and French
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Ligurian cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Up to 7 people
Includes food

What you'll do

In Anna's kitchen you will be invited to cook Ligurian style the old way, using mortar and pestle to make pesto sauce and other traditional sauces. Even more you will be taught how to make fresh pasta like Lasagne or Pansotti and dress them with typical sauces. Vegetables pies, seafood and a colorful variety of focaccias Ligurian style will be the extra choices for making up your favourite workshop menus. Anna is fluent either in English and French and will lead you into the genuine Ligurian culture and traditions through her recipes. Local wine and a final meal will be offered in the cozy garden overlooking the gulf.
In Anna's kitchen you will be invited to cook Ligurian style the old way, using mortar and pestle to make pesto sauce and other traditional sauces. Even more you will be taught how to make fresh pasta like Lasagne or Pansotti and dress them with typical sauces. Vegetables pies, seafood and a colorful variety of focaccias Ligurian style will be the extra choices for making up your favourite workshop menus. Anna is fluent either in English and Fre…

What's included

  • Food
    3 courses local meal prepared during the cooking lesson with the guests!<br...

Meet your host, Anna

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 23 Reviews
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After many years running my B&B around Portofino area, and cooking for my guests from all over the world, I love sharing my passion for cooking traditional Ligurian style with travellers. It has always been my favourite way to make them feel at home.
Now that the B&B has closed down I 'm glad to receive them in my private kitchen, in my new house on the hills. I've been mastering the Ligurian cooking since the time of the B&B, researcing the original recipes from the past, among tips and stories old local ladies are willing to tell me.
Sometimes I cook with them learning their techniques, some other times I experiment recipes by myself in my kitchen before proposing them to my guests. In my area I'm also requested as private cook by residents and tourists who need meals prepared by expert hands for their special events.
After many years running my B&B around Portofino area, and cooking for my guests from all over the world, I love sharing my passion for cooking traditional Ligurian style with travellers. It has always been my favourite way to make them feel at home.
Now that the B&B has closed down I 'm glad to receive them in my private kitchen, in my new house on the hills. I've been mastering the Ligurian cooking since the time of the B&B, researcing the original recipes from the past, among tips and…
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Where you'll be

Gulf of Tigullio is a coast line starting from Portofino Mountain and ending in Sestri Levante town. Anna's kitchen and private house is located on the hill above the village of Lavagna dominating the entire gulf. Visiting Anna is then a great opportunity to visit this corner of liguria with its coast and characteristic, well popular villages such as Portofino, Santa Margherita, Rapallo, Chiavari and Lavagna.
Janosch
September 2020
The cooking course was an absolute highlight. Anna is a very friendly, welcoming and nice teacher and story teller. We got alle recipes afterwards and she made fotos of us so we didn't have to take our smartphones out. The food we made where regional specialities and absolute tasty. 6/5 Stars
The cooking course was an absolute highlight. Anna is a very friendly, welcoming and nice teacher and story teller. We got alle recipes afterwards and she made fotos of us so we di…
Katharine
August 2020
This was one of the better experiences we have ever had. We were a family of four with kids 8 and 10 years old. Our 8 year old likes cooking and our 10 year old doesn’t. They both adored the experience! Anna was phenomenal with the kids. They left feeling a huge sense of accomplishment. Our 10 year old (who likes very little not on a screen) said the experience was so much fun! Anna is an incredible cook, but was uniquely focused on making sure we were getting a new experience. She had personalized menus for our family and worked with us on likes/dislikes. She also explained a lot about Ligurian history and the basis for many of the recipes. Her home is in one of the most beautiful spots, and she had great space for cooking. It felt so authentic! Her English is excellent and she took the extra step of picking us up at the train station, because we would absolutely have gotten lost on our own. Anna’s 86 year old mother was visiting, and she was such a neat lady, adding a fantastic layer to the cultural experience. And, also, the food was incredible and we ate in her garden after the work was done! We can not recommend this enough.
This was one of the better experiences we have ever had. We were a family of four with kids 8 and 10 years old. Our 8 year old likes cooking and our 10 year old doesn’t. They bot…
Claire
August 2020
Expérience incroyable avec Anna, qui était aux petits soins avec nous . Le menu était adapté à nos régimes alimentaires, nous avons pu faire ensemble des plats typiques de Ligurie, merveilleusement bons ! Anna a énormément de culture et nous avons pu discuter en français de cuisine et d'histoire italienne ! Le repas s'est déroulé avec sa maman sur la terrasse qui possède une vue dont vous vous souviendrez longtemps. Merci pour cette expérience unique qui restera gravée dans nos mémoires ! (J'ai déjà refait le dessert à des amis, succès garanti !) Encore merci 😊😊
Expérience incroyable avec Anna, qui était aux petits soins avec nous . Le menu était adapté à nos régimes alimentaires, nous avons pu faire ensemble des plats typiques de Ligurie,…
Pranjal
October 2019
Anna's cooking class was great! She has an amazing view overlooking the water. The class was fun, very hands-on and the food turned out delicious! We really enjoyed spending the day with Anna and hearing stories and learning how to make authentic Italian dishes.
Anna's cooking class was great! She has an amazing view overlooking the water. The class was fun, very hands-on and the food turned out delicious! We really enjoyed spending the da…
David
September 2019
We had a fantastic evening with Ana and her sister! The location was beautiful and we learned from someone who clearly cares about cooking and spending time with people. It was a once in a lifetime experience filled with moments we will remember forever.
We had a fantastic evening with Ana and her sister! The location was beautiful and we learned from someone who clearly cares about cooking and spending time with people. It was a o…
Lisa
September 2019
I had a great time cooking with Anna, her sister, and another couple taking the class. Anna and her sister were very friendly and encouraging, and made this a great experience. The highlight for me was the pesto lasagne!

Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Vegetarian
Tree nut allergy
Gluten-free

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.