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Cooking Classes

Traditional Ligurian Cuisine Classes

Host Anna

$90.67 per guest

At a glance

Start time

Every day, week ends included, either at 9.00 or at 15,30


3 hours + final meal

Group size

from 2 to 8 participants

Class language

English or French or Italian

Meeting point

Lavagna train station


Anna is pleased to entertain the guests in her own kitchen on the hill of Lavagna, overlooking Portofino and the Tigullio Gulf, and practically involve them in cooking Ligurian style. Local fresh ingredients will be provided along with lots of herbs as per the local culinary tradition. Three hours workshops will be followed by a full meal (dinner or lunch) based on the dishes prepared during the workshop.
Home made fresh pasta, seafood and vegetables dishes are the average courses which Anna proposes, leading the participants to put their hands on and to move around the kitchen as in a typical Ligurian house, then creating a very friendly atmosphere. Her fluency in English and easy going teaching method will make you feel at home, also with the complicity of a glass of a good local wine. Learning how to make a dish of Pansotti with walnut sauce, or baking a popular Pasqualina pie or "messing around" to put together a rich sea food salad or soup won't be so difficult for you then!


The Ligurian cuisine is mostly based on simple dishes with few ingredients each but wisely combined to fulfill either the stomach and the eyes.
During her cuisine classes Anna usually proposes a first course based on home made fresh pasta, such Pansotti with walnut sauce or Lasagne with Pesto sauce or Green noodles with mushroom sauce, followed by a second course based on vegetables and meat dish, such as Cima genovese with seasoned green beens or mixed vegetable salads, or meet rolls with stewed wintery leaf vegetables, or roasted poultry with potatoes and more.
As alternative dishes Anna can also offer to teach how to make different types of focaccia, vegetables pies, and sea food salads.
As final touch a light dessert based on fruit is also offered to end the meal enjoyed all together after the class in Anna's cozy garden overlooking the sea.


Anna's location for her cuisine classes is strategically situated in Cogorno village where she lives, a typical Ligurian village overlooking the gulf of Tigullio, east of Genoa, including the beautiful Portofino bay.
From her garden the view over Portofino mountain and bay is stunning, especially at the sunset when the sky is often coloured in different shades of pink and orange.
The green hills surrounding the gulf, covered in olive groves and dotted by country side churches picturesquely blends into the blue sky and sea.
From Portofino to Sestri Levante following the coastline belonging to the Tigullio Gulf, you can come across Santa Margherita village, Rapallo, Chiavari and Lavagna, all of them offering the spoilt of choice for outdoor sports, shopping, historical, cultural and culinary trips and excursions.

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Ligurian cuisine & traditions

Italian from Milan, settled in Liguria, east of Genoa, for 15 years, mastering the local traditions





We had the most wonderful cooking class experience with Anna. She welcomed us so warmly and she cooked together with us a delicious, authentic Ligurian meal, which was absolutely not like standard Italian dishes. With a beautiful sunset we were able to enjoy dinner. We learned so much during her course and are now so much richer in experience. A cooking class with Anna is more than recommendable!

Julie Tortorici

Julie Tortorici


Anna was great! We had a wonderful time. Anna is very knowledgeable. Would do it again.

Laura Hibbard

Laura Hibbard


Anna’s cooking class was amazing and far exceeded our expectations. She is very knowledgeable about all things Italian including its history, food, and any cultural questions we had. We spent 5 hours with her and it went by so fast. She initially sent us a few menu options before hand when I first booked the class. We made pesto by hand with basil she grew, then made the pasta. It was such a full experience and such a deal for everything we made and ate. At the end we ate with appetizers, the pasta we made, a octopus potato salad, and an incredible Italian ice cream dessert. We had a lot of leftovers as someone didn’t show up, and she sent us home with all of them so we had 2 extra meals! I highly recommend Anna’s class.




from Falun

We loved every minute we spent with Anna in her home in the village of Cogorno. Anna is av very good cook and teacher and the Ligurian dishes we cook we will try again when we get home. Making gnocchi was especially fun and also fried zucchini flowers, a dish we only tasted once before. We wanted the lesson to be in Italian to improve our language and Anna was extremely patient and a good teacher in that area as well. Thank's again Anna. This was by far the best day of our time in Chiavari, Liguria.

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