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Cesarina from 2022

I live in: Lavagna

Spoken languages: Italian and English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

Hi from Ivan!

"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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My specialities
  •  Lean capon
  •  Crostone with anchovy in salt and oregano
  •  Stuffed Vegetables alla Genovese
10 reviews
Words cannot describe how amazing our time with Ivan truly was. The food, wine, and hands on cooking was the experience of a lifetime for me and my family. The greatest thing however was Ivan’s warm personality, kindness, and him being a man who values his family and guests. The pesto was out of this world and overall it was stellar! Thank you again!!

Lane Lytle - June 2024

An amazing experience! Ivan and his family were amazing hosts. We learned how to make pesto traditionally and gnocchi as well. He has everyone engaged in helping make the dishes and then treated us to a beautiful lunch on his home in the garden area. There were 4 courses total, each was exceptional. What a wonderful experience sharing a meal with folks from around the world and having someone open their home for us to experience. I cannot recommend this enough - a must do if you are near Rapallo area!

Shannon D - June 2024

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

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