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“some cooking tips and a big bill” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Private Cooking Lesson with chef Luigi Gandola

Private Cooking Lesson with chef Luigi Gandola
Via per Lecco, 33, 22021 Bellagio, Italy
+39 031 950535
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Ranked #4 of 12 Activities in Bellagio
Type: Cooking classes, Food & Drink, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: Cooking Lessons Private Cooking Lesson with chef Luigi Gandola.10.00 am: Meet chef Luigi in your hotel lobby in Bellagio or from Bellagio ferro station and transfer by private vehicle to his restaurant the “Salice Blu”.Enjoy a cup of coffee with Luigi before visiting his Herb Garden (with its 40 different aromatic herbs) behind the restaurant’s kitchens.The cooking lesson begins at 10.30 and you can assist Chef Luigi in making home made pasta, risotto and ravioli using fresh local products from the market. Enjoy these delicacies for lunch.Following lunch, Chef Luigi will give you a diploma as well as an English translation of the recepies.Apron With Himalaia sign And. Little present of italian foodTransfer back to your hotel at 2pm. ( time can change)
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“some cooking tips and a big bill”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

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.

Visited August 2013
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Lugano, Switzerland
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“Cooking with Chef Luigi Gandola!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

From start to finish, it was a superb experience. As I was running late for my weekend class, considered normal in Italy, Chef Luigi was setting up his kitchen for another busy day at Salice Blu. When I arrived, a glass of refreshing prosecco, pasta dough, pots and pans were waiting for me. The dishes we prepared were colorful, delicious and had a great presentation.
Chef Luigi is a true expert in local cuisine and uses the freshest ingredients from his garden. For many years, he used to cook for celebs at Villa D'Este hotel, including the one and only, George Clooney. Highly recommend to experience cooking with the Master.
Happy cooking!

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“A fun cooking lesson”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our cooking lesson with Luigi. It was enjoyable from the moment Luigi picked us up from our apartment in his van, till the time he dropped us back there at the end. He is a natural entertainer, both in the kitchen and out of it. On arriving at the venue (the restaurant which Luigi and his family run), we had coffee then viewed the flourishing kitchen garden. We had fun making stripy pasta and helping Luigi with other tasks preparing our lunch. Then we sat down with the other students and had a delicious feast in the restaurant. We received aprons and a recipe book to take home, plus some local olive oil and risotto rice. Luigi has recently released a cookbook, which is available to buy online. Our day with Luigi was one of the highlights of our stay in Bellagio.

Visited May 2013
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“A must for foodies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Based on the reviews on TA we booked a private cooking lesson with Chef Luigi Gandola at his restaurant , Il Salice Blue, near Bellagio. The experience started in the restaurant's garden where we picked ingredients to be used in the dishes we were preparing. We made fresh pasta, gnocchi, ravioli & risotto. Chef Luigi is a very accomplished chef & it was so much fun to work with him in his kitchen. But the best part, of course, was enjoying the meal on the restaurant's terrace. This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip to the Italian Lakes.

Visited July 2013
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“Fantastic experience!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Chef Luigi Gandola runs an Italian cooking class in his family-run restaurant just out of central Bellagio. The class includes transfers from Bellagio, a tour of Luigi's herb garden, hands-on pasta making, observation of Luigi making risotto and creme brulee, wine and lunch. Thoroughly enjoyed this lesson! Be prepared though; Luigi picks you up at 10am but you don't get back till almost 3 pm!

Visited August 2013
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