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“Fabulous Italian Cooking Class near Cinque Terre” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Antica Hostaria Secondini

Antica Hostaria Secondini
via montalbano, La Spezia, Italy
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Ranked #71 of 286 Restaurants in La Spezia
Price range: $24 - $32
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
San Jose, California, United States
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Fabulous Italian Cooking Class near Cinque Terre”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

This is the first review that I have ever written on a website. I felt compelled to share the details about the wonderful cooking class that we took with Simona. My mother, daughter and I were picked up by Simona at the train station in La Spezia, and driven to her family's charming restaurant in the hills of La Spezia. Simona and her husband were very inviting and friendly. She taught us how to make pasta, pesto and meatballs. We had the most wonderful experience that we will cherish forever. After making the meal, she then graciously served us on the patio, offering us wine and the homemade bread to complete our lunch. When I say that the food was delicious, it is only because I cannot find a stronger word to describe how truly great it was. I cannot wait to teach my friends her techniques, and look forward to using her recipes for my family forever. Ciao and grazie to Simona!!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Incredible experience, wonderful food, Italian cooking master class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012 via mobile

After returning to our hotel and loosening our belts we felt complelled to let everyone know of our wonderful afternoon and evening with Simona and Andrew. We were picked up at La Spezia station by Simona and driven to a charming restaurant in the hills of the town, there we prepared scrumptious bread, pasta and pesto all while sipping on some lovely regional white wine. The food was amazing! We will need to climb the 382 steps a Coniglia a few times tomorrow to burn it off though. A true sense of holiday adventure! We loved it!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Evans, Georgia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic Place to go if you visit the Cinque Terre.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011

For a few brief hours my two sons (18) and I where part of a traditional Italian family that had had this resturaunt for generations. We took a cooking class. We where welcomed by Simona, the fabulous chef, who picked us up at the train station. She drove us to her restaurant. Then taught us how to make sgabei, pasta and pesto. When we finished cooking, she treated us to course after course of fabulous Ligurian dishes. Her 90 year old grandmother still comes by to peel and cook potatoes and her husband tends the dinning room. It is truly a family run business. We felt so welcome and had some of the best food we had had our entire trip. The restaurant sits on top a hill just above the coastal part of La Spezia.

  • Visited June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“THE BEST PLACE FOR RAVIOLI...AND MANY OTHER FOOD THINGS!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2011

The authentic recipe plus fantastic variations on the main theme can be tasted at this old "Trattoria" on the hills of La Spezia
Really a must not to be lost when touring Cinque Terre Riviera
and why not taking a cooking class with Chef Simona - every Tuesday (other days on request) Cookery School for learning the secrets of Ligurina Cousine
and meals,,,just delicious
after ravioli, ravioli and ravioli, great "stoccafisso", "trippa", "coniglio" and fantastic desserts
the canteen is well manged by Endrio, owner and Simona's husband
Really a treat!

  • Visited March 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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