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Cooking Class: Ligurian pesto and its uses

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Duration 3h

Max 8 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian and English

Cooking class: learn how to cook traditional & innovative Italian recipes from a local 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

    We will immerse ourselves in the preparation of classic Ligurian pesto, delighting in a delicious appetizer and a first course seasoned with this famous sauce, all in a charming historic home dating back to the 15th century. It will be a unique opportunity to learn the tricks and secrets of these three dishes that we will share during your lunch or dinner. I look forward to welcoming you and enthusiastically sharing this culinary experience!



    7 reviews
    My husband and I had an unforgettable afternoon at Ivan’s pesto-making class. We were welcomed into his beautiful home like old friends, and really enjoyed getting to know Ivan and his family. The class extended beyond pesto to include a delicious array of local dishes, each more delicious than the last, and we even got to try a homemade type of limoncello made from oranges in Ivan’s garden. The genuine conversations and shared stories offered a glimpse into the local lifestyle. I highly recommend this experience for anyone looking to savor authentic Ligurian flavors and hospitality. Thank you so much, Ivan, for your hospitality and for sharing your love of cooking with us!

    Stephanie - April 2024

    Fantastic! Do not miss the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful experience with Ivan! We were so fortunate to spend an afternoon with Ivan and his friend Carla, as well as his wife Paola, and son Federico. Ivan showed us how to prepare several Ligurian dishes in their gorgeous 15th century home, which we enjoyed for lunch with some delightful wine from sommelier Paola’s beautiful Enoteca “Monna Bianca”. (Also very much worth a visit!) Highly recommend. We will return to Ivan for another experience on our next trip to Italy!

    Yvonne C - February 2024

    Absolutely fabulous lunchtime experience. What a fantastic meal, beautiful house and most importantly, wonderful company. Ivan is a really great teacher and to top it all off his wife Paola runs the wine shop ‘Monna Bianca’ (via Dante, 56) below the apartment.

    Dave - February 2024

    Cooking with Ivan was the best part of our trip. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary as well as my wife's 60th birthday in Italy. Ivan puled out all the stops and make a birthday cake that was so meaningful and also delicious too. The whole experience will become a memory that we will keep forever. I would have given the experience 6+ stars.

    Specialk - November 2023

    We had the best experience! Ivan met us at the train station and he showed us the sites of Lavagna. Welcomed us into his home and we made the best lunch! The food was amazing! A must do!

    Mary shacklett - July 2023

    €117.00 per guest

    €59.00 per child

    You’ll receive the exact address after the booking
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    Cesarina from 2022Location: Lavagna    Languages: Italian and English
    "Mine is home cooking and typically Ligurian, made with passion and a great desire to improve. I love cooking above all risotto, BBQ meat, I like to experiment and change recipes with a touch of originality".
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