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Cooking Holidays in Italy

Perfect your cooking skills: book an Italian cooking holiday

It seems that in the last few years cooking has become more popular as a hobby. Everywhere you look there is a cooking program or a celebrity chef telling you how to season your lamb or make your own pasta. Some of them always use butter, some only use olive oil, and then there’s the odd one that mixes both on the same pan. But what is the right thing to do when cooking authentic Italian meals? Who can teach you to cook like a real mamma?

Now Cottages to Castles has the answer to your questions! We have teamed with a group of skilled cooks to offer you cooking activities during your holidays in Italy. Our carefully selected cooks will come to visit you in your villa this summer and teach you how to make a proper Italian meal with the freshest local ingredients (in some cases, if you are lucky, you might even be able to pick your own herbs or vegetables from the garden just outside your door!). Whether you’ve always dreamed of making your own ravioli from scratch or surprising everybody with a serving of tiramisù that leaves your guests speechless, there’s not a more enjoyable way to learn the secrets of genuine Italian cooking. Traditional cooking and recipes are passed on from one generation to another, as an indivisible part of their culture and national feeling. In our opinion, there is undoubtedly no better way to learn than from someone who has learnt to cook as part of their cultural heritage.  Just book one of our villas offering Italian cooking activities for your holidays, open the door of your villa and take in all the tips and advice from the experts!

Click here to take a look at the properties offering cooking classes in Italy!

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Italian Cuisine – Not Just Pizza and Pasta

Although it’s understandable that pizza, pasta or lasagna come first to mind when it comes to Italian cuisine, there is much more to be said to the subject. In Italy, the best food is considered to be homemade
Italian Seafoodby a mamma and it usually happens that people prefer to go home during their lunch break and enjoy a home-cooked meal instead of settling for a packed or canteen lunch. You might also be surprised when travelling to Italy by the size of the portions – they are smaller than what you would expect, but miraculously you will feel full after a meal. This might also have to do with the number of dishes you will be served – you will get antipasti, maybe a soup, a main meal and a dessert. Keep in mind that an Italian meal is like a symphony in the manner and order each dish is put forward, in the way the flavours follow and complement each other and in the overall experience that your taste buds will undergo.

Two features of Italian food go into explaining why it has rItalian Food Displayeached a probably unmatched level of appreciation all around the globe. The first relates to the quality of ingredients, of the production process and, not in the least, of display. There is an art going into the processing of the simple ingredients that make up an Italian dish and in the way it is laid on the table and plates, with sprinkles of basil, thin lines of olive oil, cherry tomatoes or dollops of mozzarella. The second feature of Italian cuisine, despite its sheer diversity, is simplicity. Made with good quality ingredients, the food often lets them speak for themselves. The famous bruschettas are nothing more than bread seasoned with garlic, olive oil and tomatoes. The traditional southern Italian caprese salad, again, contains only mozzarella, basil, oregano and tomatoes.

To be fair, there is no such thing as the Italian cuisine, for one can travel all over Italy Italian Food Plate and not experience the same taste twice. Curiosity will lead you to discover that different type of pasta are used in different regions, that pecorino doesn’t taste the same in Rome as in Sardinia, or that balsamic vinegar is less used outside Emilia-Romagna.

We want to discover together with you this amazing variety and the surprises that Italian cuisine presents. We’ll lure you in with recipes, tips and suggestions on how to choose ingredients, wine and desserts. And if you feel inspired, come and learn how to cook in Italy itself. We have some of the most beautiful properties that now offer Italian cooking holidays – in the comfort of your own holiday home.

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