Cook on the Lakes
Cook on the Lakes
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Cook on the Lakes is an Italian Cooking School on the Lake Maggiore, in the north of Italy. ALL COURSES HAVE HANDS-ON PHILOSOPHY! Every course has its own goals. We'll start to prepare the food all together as a group. We will know the recipes and their history, learn the basic skills, cook them. Usually all the lessons will start in the morning around 9 PM; we will work the whole morning until the food is ready and then we have lunch together; if your partners are around, they can join us for a small fee. When the course is finished, we will take pictures with your Italian cooking diploma and I'll give you a special souvenir to take home. Enjoy the location, totally surrounded by the nature and at the edge of the woods. On warm seasons the vegetables and other natural products will be available from my garden, and from the nearby local market place. If the weather is fine, we'll enjoy the food we cook outside in the garden and in the sun! See you soon!!! Francesca
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  • silverwings928
    Jacksonville, Florida124 contributions
    Wondeful Day Cooking with Francesca
    What a wonderful experience! You must cook with Francesca if you visit the Maggiore area. Francesca was most generous....with her time, expertise, sense of humor, and zest for life. She is passionate about cuisine and sharing her knowledge with students. 4 of us joined her to prepare (and eat!) the Piemontese regonal menu...dishes we would have never attempted on our own before this class. A wonderful time and terrific meal. For a minimal additional cost, Francesca arranged an early-day visit to a local cheeesmonge's caves, where we learned how cheeses are "raised" (by a raffinatore) in preparation for sale at their absolute peak condition. What a bonus that visit was. Francesca's class was the highlight of our trip to Maggiore/Como.
    Visited September 2021
    Written October 3, 2021
  • Marzina
    4 contributions
    Family cooking class
    My mum, my sister and I spent a wonderful sunday at Francesca and Giorgio’s house recently, we had a delicious cooking class together. Actually we went with my 4month-daughter too, who has been welcome with open arms. Francesca is a real cooking teacher, she loves her work and she’s able to make you learn easily. We adored their beautiful garden with a gorgeous sinergic vegetable section and obviously the meal we prepared. Giorgio helped us to drink the right wine and not to talk and distract too much. Although the pandemic time we felt safe, everybody was vaccinated so we could cook open air without masks, keeping correct distance. Price is fair, affordable. In the end we recommend cookonthelakes to everybody who loves cooking and wants to spend time friendly. We’ll certainly come back.
    Visited September 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2021
  • Joris D
    11 contributions
    Best Italian cooking class / Italian cuisine experience
    We very much liked the cooking class we did with Francesca. We prepared some delicious recepties while being surrounded by the beautiful nature of Italy and being guided very professionally by Francesca who is very knowledgeable and willing to explain a lot of background of the Italian cuisine. Francesca made us feel very much at home instantly and by taking this course we really got the insight in the Italian cuisine we were hoping for. In summary, we would very highly recommend this cooking class to everyone visiting the lago maggiore area (or Italy in general)!
    Visited June 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 27, 2022
  • Dreamer771535
    3 contributions
    There is no doubt that we will go cook with Francesca again!!
    There is no doubt that we will go cook with Francesca again!! We have wanted to cook with Francesca for so long and finally we were able to on our most recent trip. It was worth the wait and everything I had hoped it would be. Francesca explained the process of cooking our menu and she pointed out very important information so that we could prepare the dishes again. Since we took her class we have flown home and actually made everything that we did in class for a dinner party!! Everyone cleaned their bowls and said it was the best pasta dish they had ever eaten!! Francesca's home is very inviting, her garden is spectacular, and everything was perfect! The weather was rainy outside and so cooking inside was perfect. This is most certainly a must do experience. Our menu was perfect, everything we had hoped to learn and wanted to try!! Orecchiette home-made from scratch with a fresh tomato sauce and ricotta salata on the top. As aperitivo, focaccia from scratch to have with salumi and cheese from the area and tiramisu for dessert.
    Visited July 2021
    Written July 14, 2021
  • Kirsten
    4 contributions
    Wonderful experience
    It was a great experience to cook with Francesca- she has a beautiful place in the woods and her knowledge about cooking and baking is incredible. We learned a lot and had much fun. It seemed like cooking with a friend or family. There was no problem to follow the Covid-19 regulations. We will definitely come back! Kirsten and Carla from Freiburg, Germany.
    Visited June 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written July 4, 2020
  • Lin
    3 contributions
    Excellent!!!!!!!
    Francesco is a a wonderfull host. She combines het coooking experience with a personal approach while teaching you the finesses of the Italian kitchen. She, and her husband, make you feel at home in their beautiful house and garden. We chose the regional recipes and Francesca included our special wish for a soup. Francesca, thanks a lot for a magnificent and tastefulll experience. If you are on a holiday near Lago Maggiore or Lago d’Orta you should really take a cooking class at ‘Cook on the lakes’! By the way, we felt very safe because she took all corona measures seriously.
    Dear Linda and Gerard, thank you very much for coming and for the amazing words!! Hope to see you soon! We stay in touch! Big hug to both of you!!
    Written August 21, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2020
  • Harald W
    Wessling, Germany3 contributions
    great again !
    our family had a lovely day with Francesca again. 5 years ago we learned the first time how to make real pasta at Cook on the lakes. The atmosphere at "cook on the lakes" is very relaxed, the food is delicious. Francesca is not only an excellent teacher but can also be very entertaining. Since everybody was vaccinated, Covid was not a topic.
    Visited September 2021
    Written September 14, 2021
  • giuliaelisabetta
    Milan, Italy13 contributions
    amazing cooking experience in a wonderful place
    My husband and I went to Cook on the Lakes yesterday for a nice sunday out of town. The cooking experience was amazing. Francesca, a very experienced chef, guided us through some very nice cooking techniques and recipes and, in the end, we were able to cook some amazing truly Italian dishes (vitello tonnato, orecchiette with a special sauce made of dry tomatoes and almonds and then also an exquisite focaccia). I was amazed: I am definitely not a cook!! We then ate what we cooked, all together with some good Italian wine. All the above in the middle of a wonderful garden just above the lake. I can only recommend this experience!
    Visited May 2021
    Written May 24, 2021
  • Ashley H
    1 contribution
    Incredible Authentic Italian Cooking Experience
    Francesca warmly welcomed us into her home and offered us a true Italian culinary experience. Everything from her cheerful and lively spirit to her cozy kitchen made us feel comfortable. Francesca's homegrown knowledge coupled with her culinary training provided the perfect blend of expertise. She taught us the history and fundamentals of pasta making like a local, while explaining the chemistry in the process - super interesting and helpful tips. After a morning of making and cooking our pasta, we enjoyed eating our delicious creations, which Giovanni paired with beautiful wines from the area. We could not have had a more enjoyable experience. We highly recommend "Cook on the Lakes" and can’t wait to visit again for another class.
    Visited October 2022
    Written January 7, 2023
  • André P
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands48 contributions
    Amazing and delicious day!
    Francesca is friendly, easy going and absolutely a good teacher. On this day we had 3 recipes: PIZZA , FOCACCIA and PANZEROTTI. I found very interesting particularly to learn about the the types of wheat and how they influence the dough. It was for sure a great experience that I’ll help me to bake much better pizzas in the future. Thank you very much for the amazing Sunday. I recommend fro everyone that is looking to improve their cooking skills and enjoy a nice day in Novara.
    Hi Andre!! Thank you so much for your amazing review! The focaccia you made is amazing! Keep in touch if you need some advise!
    Written February 18, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 2, 2020
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Dreamer771535
3 contributions
Jul 2021
There is no doubt that we will go cook with Francesca again!!

We have wanted to cook with Francesca for so long and finally we were able to on our most recent trip. It was worth the wait and everything I had hoped it would be. Francesca explained the process of cooking our menu and she pointed out very important information so that we could prepare the dishes again. Since we took her class we have flown home and actually made everything that we did in class for a dinner party!! Everyone cleaned their bowls and said it was the best pasta dish they had ever eaten!! Francesca's home is very inviting, her garden is spectacular, and everything was perfect! The weather was rainy outside and so cooking inside was perfect. This is most certainly a must do experience.

Our menu was perfect, everything we had hoped to learn and wanted to try!!

Orecchiette home-made from scratch with a fresh tomato sauce and ricotta salata on the top. As aperitivo, focaccia from scratch to have with salumi and cheese from the area and tiramisu for dessert.
Written July 14, 2021
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Kirsten
4 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
It was a great experience to cook with Francesca- she has a beautiful place in the woods and her knowledge about cooking and baking is incredible. We learned a lot and had much fun. It seemed like cooking with a friend or family. There was no problem to follow the Covid-19 regulations. We will definitely come back! Kirsten and Carla from Freiburg, Germany.
Written July 4, 2020
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Lin
3 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
Francesco is a a wonderfull host. She combines het coooking experience with a personal approach while teaching you the finesses of the Italian kitchen. She, and her husband, make you feel at home in their beautiful house and garden.
We chose the regional recipes and Francesca included our special wish for a soup.
Francesca, thanks a lot for a magnificent and tastefulll experience. If you are on a holiday near Lago Maggiore or Lago d’Orta you should really take a cooking class at ‘Cook on the lakes’!
By the way, we felt very safe because she took all corona measures seriously.
Written August 20, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Dear Linda and Gerard, thank you very much for coming and for the amazing words!! Hope to see you soon! We stay in touch! Big hug to both of you!!
Written August 21, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Harald W
Wessling, Germany3 contributions
Sep 2021
our family had a lovely day with Francesca again.
5 years ago we learned the first time how to make real pasta at Cook on the lakes.
The atmosphere at "cook on the lakes" is very relaxed, the food is delicious.
Francesca is not only an excellent teacher but can also be very entertaining.
Since everybody was vaccinated, Covid was not a topic.
Written September 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

giuliaelisabetta
Milan, Italy13 contributions
May 2021
My husband and I went to Cook on the Lakes yesterday for a nice sunday out of town. The cooking experience was amazing. Francesca, a very experienced chef, guided us through some very nice cooking techniques and recipes and, in the end, we were able to cook some amazing truly Italian dishes (vitello tonnato, orecchiette with a special sauce made of dry tomatoes and almonds and then also an exquisite focaccia). I was amazed: I am definitely not a cook!! We then ate what we cooked, all together with some good Italian wine. All the above in the middle of a wonderful garden just above the lake. I can only recommend this experience!
Written May 24, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ashley H
1 contribution
Oct 2022
Francesca warmly welcomed us into her home and offered us a true Italian culinary experience.

Everything from her cheerful and lively spirit to her cozy kitchen made us feel comfortable. Francesca's homegrown knowledge coupled with her culinary training provided the perfect blend of expertise. She taught us the history and fundamentals of pasta making like a local, while explaining the chemistry in the process - super interesting and helpful tips. After a morning of making and cooking our pasta, we enjoyed eating our delicious creations, which Giovanni paired with beautiful wines from the area.

We could not have had a more enjoyable experience. We highly recommend "Cook on the Lakes" and can’t wait to visit again for another class.
Written January 7, 2023
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André P
Amsterdam, The Netherlands48 contributions
Feb 2020
Francesca is friendly, easy going and absolutely a good teacher. On this day we had 3 recipes: PIZZA , FOCACCIA and PANZEROTTI. I found very interesting particularly to learn about the the types of wheat and how they influence the dough. It was for sure a great experience that I’ll help me to bake much better pizzas in the future.
Thank you very much for the amazing Sunday. I recommend fro everyone that is looking to improve their cooking skills and enjoy a nice day in Novara.
Written February 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Hi Andre!! Thank you so much for your amazing review! The focaccia you made is amazing! Keep in touch if you need some advise!
Written February 18, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lane S
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
Spending time with Francesca and her husband was the number one highlight of our trip. Her enthusiasm for cooking is unparalleled and she did an incredible job teaching our family about making pasta and Italian cooking in general. It was a treat to have an authentic Italian meal at her quaint house which is nestled in the mountains above Lake Maggiore. My kids are still talking about it.
Written July 19, 2021
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Thomas A
Paris, France1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
My family and I had a wonderful experience cooking and learning from Francesca. We had the chance to choose our menu and she welcomed us in her beautiful garden home. Our menu was a mix of regional specialities including risotto and tiramisu. Francesca shared her recipes and her knowledge about the history of the food. She is a very kind and inspiring chef and we would recommend her class to anyone.
Written May 12, 2022
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Thomas thank you very much for your review! It was very beautiful to meet all of you and cook together!! Hope to see you soon again! A big hug! Francesca
Written May 14, 2022
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Gabriela W
2 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
I had the most wonderful time learning and cooking with Francesca! She is incredibly welcoming and friendly, and her knowledge of food, fresh ingredients, and cooking techniques was presented in such a clear and easy to understand way. Her experience and passion for what she does radiated throughout the day. Enjoying the fruits of our labor at the end was such a treat, and I cannot wait to return for another class! I highly recommend taking the trip up the mountain for a cooking class here, for anyone living in or visiting the area!
Written July 17, 2022
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