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Cooking class: Gnocchi & Pesto in Riomaggiore

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Duration 3h

Max 8 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian and English

Cooking class: learn how to make homemade Gnocchi and Genovese Pesto, then take a seat to taste what you have cooked, and enjoy fresh fruit or a dessert made by your Cesarina

Shared Experience

In a shared experience, other guests may be added, up to the maximum number of people that the host can accommodate. Therefore you may have the opportunity to share your passion for good food and cooking with other people from all over the world!

Your experience
  • Gnocchi & Pesto alla Genovese
  • Traditional desert or seasonal fresh fruit

Learn to prepare gnocchi and Pesto alla Genovese in a picturesque olive grove, overlooking the sea in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre. In this 3-hour cooking class, you will discover the art of creating fluffy homemade gnocchi and authentic Genovese pesto, prepared exclusively with mortar and pestle. My husband and I carefully select local and high-quality ingredients: fresh basil, pine nuts, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Pecorino Sardo. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere of our olive grove as you savor your creations paired with local wines, and enjoy fresh seasonal fruit or the traditional dessert we have prepared for you!


50 reviews
Barbara and Stefano were excellent teachers and hosts. They gave us feedback every step of the way and sat us down at their dining table to eat our creations with Barbara’s special touches added. Was most enjoyable!

Brett and Karrin - May 2024

This was an incredibly fun time and one of our favorite experiences in Italy. Barbara and her husband made us feel like family and we learned (and ate) so much!

Lisa Bowers - May 2024

Barbara and Stefano are the warmest, kindest and entertaining couple you’d meet! They welcomed us into their home and shared their knowledge and passion for cooking! The food and the company was exceptional! Do not miss this experience!

Kathy and Bob Janlonowski - May 2024

We had a wonderful pesto and gnocchi cooking experience with Barbara and Stefano! It was a pleasure to get to learn how to prepare pesto alla genovese, gnocchi, and a delicious tiramisu dessert the Lingurian way, as well as taste homemade minestrone (perfect in the rain and cold) and the best bruschetta I've ever had (that Stefano demonstrated how to make for us). We were also grateful that they were able to accommodate our dietary restrictions - including my friend who is a celiac (no gluten) and neither of us drinking alcohol. Barbara is a very knowledgeable about food and was able to accommodate all these things seamlessly, and we loved experiencing her passion and energy. It was wonderful to learn about her and Stefano's long histories and connections with food (and each other) and to see the beautiful teaching kitchen that they have built high on the hill above Riomaggiore. My one head's up for anyone with mobility issues is that the kitchen and vineyard are up or down quite a steep path (especially if there has been lots of rain, like on our visit). All in all my friend and I had a wonderful experience and would highly recommend it to others!

Alison - April 2024

Barbara and Stefano were great hosts who made us feel right at home and had us laughing all night. Barbara was very knowledgeable when it came to making bruschetta, tiramisu and pasta. Everything we made and tasted was delicious!! They catered for gluten intolerance so well. The only feedback I would give is more wine! We had one glass with dinner as well as a pre-dinner aperol spritz, but it would’ve been nice to have some wine as we were cooking and waiting for our food.

Courtney - April 2024

€179.00 per guest

€89.50 per child

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Cesarina from 2022Location: Riomaggiore    Languages: Italian and English
Hi there, I'm Barbara!
 I was born in the Gulf of Poets, to a Sardinian mother and a Genoese father, and spent my childhood with my beloved grandparents. I like to think of myself as a citizen of the world, but I have a strong connection to my land and its traditions, as does my husband Stefano. Together, we want to share our passion for cooking and our roots with other enthusiasts and curious minds. Since I was a child, I developed a strong passion for cooking, thanks to my grandmother who taught me to experiment and taste new flavors. I have always been adventurous and have tried all the original recipes from different countries around the world, but Ligurian cuisine remains my favorite. We decided to open the doors of our house, located on the terraces of the Cinque Terre above Riomaggiore, to share our passion for cooking and local culture. For us, cooking is the best way to tell the story of our land and pass on the true Ligurian tradition to others. We are excited to share this culinary journey with guests from around the world!
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