Looking for something fun do to with our kids we took a private lunch lesson with CHef Luigi for 3 adults and the 3 teens.
Yes ,he has a small garden but over looks to what appears to be a junk yard , it was still interesting and fun. The so called pasta lavoratory / kitchen is in the basement, passing thru a type of night club. It is clean , his friendly kitchen staff are part of the show and the uniforms impecable.
The reason why the lesson is all about making and decorating pasta is he doesnt have a working kitchen were the lesson is conductued. The staff runs around some where else in the building to cook the fresh pasta. The sauces are not made by you and that is shame. The one dish he cooked in front of us was a risotto, done on the burner of a portable grill.
If you are not interested in making fresh pasta at home do not waist your time or money on this course. If you are it is a good usefull experience. He is good at it and very technical , you would learn a few tips. The pasta is excellent , very good , specially the gnocchi but he kills it on the presentation. Less is better!
The delicious rissotto with fresh zucchini flowers from his garden was served on a piece of baked pasta imitating a dish. Baked pasta is like eating card board, no good. Too fancy not even at Villa Este the plates are that ornate.
Once they brought the fancy plate of only carbohydrates we were left alone on the table. We had to pour our own wine. Service was not as fancy as the plates. There were delicious plates of fish passing by for the locals having lunch. Chef Luigi was not interest in us as much as he was on his regular customers having lunch. He added 35 euros extra to our bill for his cooking book and that was just the icing to the cake. We thanked him, paid and left ...never to come back or suggest anybody to go there for a cooking class.
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