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“Cooking Vacations in Positano was a great experience that I would recommend 100%.”

Cooking Vacations Italy
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Owner description: National Geographic hails Cooking Vacations, the leaders in culinary tours, hands-on cooking classes, food market visits & cultural adventures in Italy. At Cooking Vacations we bring you the best hands-on cooking classes & cultural tours in Italy’s 20 Regions. You will learn to cook traditional Italian recipes with excellent Chefs, local expert cooks, Nonnas, pastry artisans and bread & pizza makers. Our Italian culinary holidays are original, authentic, and include market visits, vineyard tours & cultural landmarks. We are Italian and share our love for cooking in our culinary vacations with you. Through Tuscany’s vineyards to truffle hunting in Bologna, making pesto in Cinque Terre to pizza-making in Sorrento, peeling lemons for limoncello making in Positano to rolling cannoli in the shadow of Mount Etna, Sicily, we welcome you to our Italy. We welcome you to our Kitchen in sunny Italy.
Lexington, Kentucky, USA
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“Cooking Vacations in Positano was a great experience that I would recommend 100%.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2010

The Secret Garden Cooking Vacations program in Positano, Italy was a great experience. We enjoyed the cooking classes as well as the day trips to Pompeii, Capri, Amalfi Town and Ravello and the guides and drivers ensured that we didn't have to worry about getting around and navigating the area ourselves.

The chefs were knowledgeable and experienced and taught us many new recipes and techniques. Walking shoes are a must in the staircase that is Positano, as is a good camera to capture all the sights and experiences.

I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to see a different side of Italy from the hustle and bustle of the big cities. Positano is the destination for you if you enjoy relaxing on the beach, doing a little shopping, a little cooking and a lot of eating while exploring a very charming seaside town.

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Buffalo, New York
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“best vacation ever”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2010

Lauren's Cooking Vacation in Positano was perfect. The most perfect setting and fun!

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Oxford, North Carollina
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“Cooking Vacation with Rafaelle Mandara, a fun and great learning experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2010

Unbeknownst to us, we ate lunch at the same restaurant the day before we had our cooking class and had fabulous wood fired pizza and pasta alle vongele. We realized this when we headed for the class the next day. We were surprised to find it was at the same restaurant. Chef Rafaelle Mandara was a great teacher, allowing all six in our group to participate, as he instructed. It was a very fun time, as he is quite a character. The instruction was super. We made basic tomato sauce, eggplant ptarmigan, ravioli capresi, sea bass in crazy water and lemon delight. After completing all the dishes, we sat down and were served everything we made and were all proud of our accomplishments. A must do, if you love to cook. You will not go wrong with Chef Rafaelle at Valle dei Muilini. Ciao.

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East Aurora, NY
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“Interesting, but an educated consumer is a good customer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2010

Classes ran the gamut from fantastic (Il Ritrovo, Tre Sorelle) to adequate (Mulini), where the chef's command of English was far below what was sold. Classes at Il Ritrovo and Tre Sorelle were really great. Caution, however, because some outside class participants were charged a lesser amount (50 Euro/person) for the same class by paying cash, a fact not publicized at all. Questions to the administrator were met with surprising intense anger and threats of "getting kicked out." I would recommend, but with definite reservations.

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positanoitaly, Director of Sales at Cooking Vacations Italy, responded to this review, September 16, 2010
We are happy to know you enjoyed your culinary hands-on cooking program with Cooking Vacations. We are sorry you misunderstood pricing. One day cooking classes vary and start at $95 per person with various pricing accordingly. There are no cooking classes for 50E, in fact as an American Company we do not accept Euros, but credit cards only. Hope this cleared up any confusion on your part, and we do hope you continue to use our recipes. Happy Cooking Maria Birmingham, Cooking Vacations.
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Montreal, Canada
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“Great food, great new friends, great hosts”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2010

Cooking vacations is a great way to combine new cooking techniques with sightseeing. You are greeted at the top of Positano by Melody or Lauren who provide a detailed agenda and recommendations for the week to come. The schedule is like clockwork and transport is very well organized. You will visit unbelievable places like Anacapri and Ravello, and if you are brave enough to enter the ceramic shop on the way to Amalfi, you might end up buying a hand painted table for your home.
The chefs greet you in their own restaurants and teach you how to make the typical foods of the Amalfi coast, including ingredients like lemons, basil, tomatoes and fresh hand-made pasta. And the desserts!!!!! You will also learn how to make mozzarella cheese and taste their delicious limoncello.
I was lucky enough to be in Positano during Ferragosto, the national holiday in Italy and see magnificent ceremonies and fireworks. If you like more tranquility, that week might not be your first choice as the town was booming and the beach was very crowded.
The vacation revolves mostly around lunches, so expect to be on your own for dinner. There are plenty of restaurants to chose from and the food is delicious.
The guests are mostly families (at least when I was there) and come from all over the world, which made it quite pleasant!
All in all a very good trip and good memories of very gracious hosts.

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