Romantic Italian Cooking Class on the Amalfi Coast
In May of 2016, I took an incredible trip out to Italy for my best friend's wedding on the Amalfi Coast. For those of you who may not have heard of the Amalfi Coast, it's about a 50 kilometer stretch of coastline on the Southern Edge of Italy's Sorrentine Peninsula. It's an Unesco listed site known for it's rugged and steep cliffs, small beaches, colorful fishing villages, villas, terraced vineyards, and cliffside lemon groves. You can visit the little towns along the coastline and of the few, Positano is probably the most recognizable one there. Needless to say the Amalfi Coast was gorgeous and I wanted to do as much as possible while I was out there. And of those things, taking a cooking class was one of them. Cooking class for a chef? Yes, it's one of my favorite things to do when I travel to foreign countries. Of course you have to be selective and not find a super touristy class that teaches you crap cooking. You want to find something authentic, small, usually done by locals or a family. If I learned anything from having an Italian Boyfriend for 6 years in the past, it's that the best recipes always come from the family. Home cooked Italian meals will beat a meal at a restaurant any day, especially if it came from Nonna:)
So after some digging around and people's recommendations, we went with the Amalfi Lemon Experience. It sounded perfect to me as it killed two birds with one stone. We get a tour of a family owned Lemon Grove along the cliff, learn about it's history, and then finish the tour in their beautiful outdoor dining room/open kitchen with lemon groves surrounding us. The class is taught by the family and after we finish cooking with the vegetables and lemons they grow on site, we sit down with the family and eat with them. Doesn't that just sound amazing? So without further do, allow me to share our cooking experience with you. Truly memorable!
We started with a pretty simple dish, rolled eggplant filled with smoked mozzarella, tomato from their garden and fresh basil
The entire meal was phenomenal. The freshness of all the ingredients they grew on their land, from the tomatoes, to the herbs, and lemons that were used throughout the courses made the whole cooking class that much more special. And finally to sit down with the family and enjoy the fruits of our labor amongst the lemon groves, cool breeze, sunshine, and birds chirping. It gives you a sliver of what life would be like if you lived in the Amalfi. It really doesn't get better than this.
If you visit the Amalfi Coast, be sure to take a cooking class and the lemon tour with the Amalfi Lemon Experience! Link below.