I booked a lesson here at the last minute, and when I arrived discovered I was the only pupil! The setting of the garden of the Villa Ida is pure bliss - hydrangea flowers, lemon and orange trees, herbs. Your welcome is a to sit amongst the flowers, sipping the best fresh orange juice I have ever tasted (fruit grown in the garden), nibbling on home made cake and drinking an espresso. The welcome from cousins Roberta and Merida was effusive and warm. I felt a bit self-conscious being the only person there, but they immediately put me at my ease. I spent the morning cooking - not observing, but hands on experience, guided by the girls, making a four course lunch: courgette flower fritters; ravioli caprese; aubergine parmigiani; limoncello tiramisu. I gather that at some of the cooking lessons offered by the restaurants in Sorrento, which might be a bit cheaper, you observe rather than take part. I had arranged for my husband and father, with whom I was travelling, to join us for the lunch (at an additional charge). They were also privileged to join me on Roberta's father, Carlo's tour of his wine cellar of home made natural wine. What a hoot! A great raconteur - passionate and humorous. We ended up eating a very nice lunch of the things I'd made, supplemented by Carlo's wine, mozzarella made by a friend of his who has 3 cows, and foccaccia made by the girls. We left feeling that we had been welcomed into the warm, hospitable embrace of an Italian family. A unique experience and wholeheartedly recommended.
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