Hi! I'm Monica.

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wilmaCesarina from 2020
My speciality: Potato gnocchi with Larian cheese fondue
I speak: English, Spanish, Italian

Good to know...

I offer vegetarian alternatives

“I love to write, and to read, in fact, books fill my house. I am mindful of the quality of food; I like to cook what I eat; and share the pleasure of the table with other people, friends, and guests. I am involved in the recovery of food surpluses for social solidarity purposes with the Food Bank of Lombardy Onlus in Como, where I live. I try to hand down recipes that are simple, and easy to learn by everyone, and that are connected as much as possible to the tradition of the Larian territory.” 

My specialities

- Bruschetta bread with caramelized onions

- Potato gnocchi with Larian cheese fondue

- Ravioli with herbs and ricotta

- Miascia cake (made with bread and fruits) typical from Lake of Como

- Rocket pesto

- Soft tart with seasonal fruit

- Seasonal vegetable ragu

- Pizzoccheri

- Flan with Amaretto di Saronno

- Cheese focaccia

Clean and safe

Our hosts are updated on the latest hygiene and social distancing protocols

At your service

Our team of Culinary Guides are there every step of the way to provide assistance

Safe purchases & Cancellation policy

Guaranteed payments and free cancellation up to 24h before the start

Reviews from our guests

Find out what people thought of their experience with Monica

Monica was a fabulous host! She welcomed us into her beautiful home and gave us a brief history of Como and how the culture has changed over the years. We prepared parmesan cups with zucchini pesto, ham ricotta and swiss chard stuffed ravioli, and personal sized tiramisu. Monica was charming and patient with each of us as she encouraged each of my family to practice our skills. After cooking we sat down for a family style meal to enjoy our efforts with plenty of wine. A truly wonderful experience thanks to Monica.

Brittany

May 2022

We had the most amazing time making pasta and tiramisu with Monica. Her home is so lovely and she is wonderful to cook with. Would absolutely recommend!

Heidi

May 2022

Monica was an absolutely wonderful hostess. She made us feel welcome in her beautiful home. We learned how to make homemade tiramisu, parmesan baskets with fresh zucchini pesto, and ravioli filled with greens and ricotta. It was all delicious and we learned a lot about the local cuisine and fresh, seasonal ingredients. Monica was a great teacher and did a fantastic job of explaining how to do each step, showed us how to do the tricky parts and was so encouraging the entire time. She not only shared her time and cooking skills with us, but also told us about her life, her city of Como, and recommended places to visit nearby we would not have seen otherwise. At the end of our experience Monica even packed up the leftovers to send home with us for a meal the next day which was such a lovely extra step that she did not have to take. We had SO much fun learning from, cooking, and spending time with Monica. This was a 10/10 experience!

Emily R

April 2022

Our dinner with Monica was delightful! She shared with us some history of her artist father and the work he did around Como. The food was all delicious! The conversation we had with her was very stimulating!

Collin walter

April 2022

We had such a great time! Monica was so friendly and fun. We made 2 types of pasta and tiramisu 😊. We were in Como for our mini-moon and this was such a memorable experience!

Megan & Sulabh

November 2021

Monica's food was excellent! Heathy, fresh and looked beautiful. The dinner we had was fantastic!

Yi Triplett

August 2021