On a recent vacation to Italy we had the good fortune to discover a one-day cooking class taught my Chef Moreno Maglia at his restaurant called Il Caminetto located in the small town of Gittana di Perledo, high above the shores of Lake Como. Chef Moreno was a delightful gentleman, fluent in English and with a wonderful sense of humor. His passion for his Italian origin and for the food he prepares was evident from the start. During the course of the day, we were taught the intricacies of preparing delicious paté and fresh pasta. If desired, it was possible to participate hands-on in the preparation of the food that we later devoured with gusto. This was one of the true highlights of our two-week stay in northern Italy.
In addition, after finding it difficult to secure accommodations in the larger town of Varenna on the shore of the lake, we learned that Chef Moreno and his lovely wife Rossella also operate a bed and breakfast (Ca' Noeva) located directly across the street from Il Caminetto. We stayed in these accommodations for three nights. The building itself is ancient but the rooms were spotlessly clean and the beds very comfortable. Each morning we crossed the street to the restaurant for a hearty breakfast. On the last evening of our stay we dined at Il Caminetto and enjoyed a multi-course feast that was superb. Transportation was graciously provided at no cost for trips down to Varenna and back. All in all this was a unique experience and we hope to have the opportunity to return for another meal at this out-of-the-way dining jewel.