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Olta Giulia

Cesarina from 2023

I live in: Riomaggiore

Spoken languages: Italian and English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

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My cuisine is deeply connected to the primary ingredients of my region. Simple pairings yet with a unique flavor where each ingredient is highlighted. When I step into the kitchen, I am happy; my dishes are a combination of memories and flavors from when I was young, when it was my grandmother and my mother cooking, to today, where I am the one cooking for my family. For my loved ones, I often make fresh pasta and also condiments like pesto or walnut sauce depending on the season. I also enjoy making desserts, from tiramisu to apple cake and sweet rice cake.

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6 reviews
It was a wonderful morning with Giulia in her apartment with beautiful views of the town. Lovely small group (4 people) and Giulia made it such a relaxed environment. There were plenty of snacks, wine and coffee. The pasta making was almost therapeutic. The teramisu was simple yet delicious. Would highly recommend. We left with a full stomach and smile on our faces. Thank you Giulia!

Kate - July 2024

Giulia was an amazing instructor, who taught us how to make multiple dishes from family recipes as well as recipes from her professional experience. She communicated well ahead of time, and even shared the recipes with us afterwards. Highly recommended to anyone curious about making local dishes with an expert from the area.

Wyatt C - July 2024

One of the best cooking classes I have ever gone too. It was such a fun time with a lot of involvement. Olta is so lovely and a great teacher, I highly recommend taking this class!

Group of 4 - July 2024

Giulia was an amazing host! Our train to Cinque Terre was delayed 2 hours and she made sure we were still able to participate even though we were late to the class. She was so nice and the class was a great time. The food was delicious!!! We will be making these dishes often. Highly recommend doing this class on your trip to Cinque Terre. It’s well worth the money and was an experience we will never forget. Thank you, Giulia!!

Andre - July 2024

Our pasta and tiramisu class with Giulia was literally the highlight of our trip to Italy. It far exceeded our expectations and left us feeling inspired and grateful for the experience. Here are 7 reasons why: 1) The setting was special. Giulia teaches her class in a lovely apartment with a breathtaking view of Riomaggiore. It was easy to find, well-appointed, and the perfect space to learn her techniques and cooking approach. 2) We were warmly greeted by Giulia and her husband Alessandro, who offered us drinks and appetizers (zucchini quiche, crostini, marinated tomatoes, salame)—all freshly prepared and absolutely delicious. The appetizers alone were a cut above anything we were served at local restaurants. 3) Giulia and her husband are former restauranteurs, so they are experts in their field. You could taste their expertise in our results. 4) The spinach/ricotta ravioli and tagliatelli we made under Giulia's supervision were literally the best meals we ate on our entire 2.5-week trip. Giulia indicated her recipes were in the traditional Ligurian style, and we could taste every ingredient. 5) Giulia's teaching style was warm and precise. She let us watch her first, showing us every step of the pasta-making process, then let us take over, giving us tips along the way. We could not have had a more skillful teacher. 6) I have to mention the tiramisu, a dessert I usually don't like--until now. In the US, the tiramisus we've tried have been clouded with alcohol and wildly inconsistent in flavor. Giulia's recipe had no alcohol and was deceptively simple--but the flavors were complex and incredible. I couldn't stop eating it, and now it's one of my favorite desserts. It's amazing how much a talented chef can change your perspective on a single dish. 7) We left our class feeling energized and inspired, almost like we had been shown the secret formula for creating landmark Italian dishes better than most restaurants can provide. We couldn't recommend this experience more highly. It was unique in every way, resulting from Giulia's formidable talents as a chef/teacher and a very-well-thought-out process in which we felt absolutely welcome and confident from beginning to end. On a scale of 1 to 10, this was easily a 12!

Ralph Jackson - June 2024

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