Join a Secret Italy

 Subscribe to our FREE Newsletter

Italian Cooking Courses

I get a lot of requests from people asking me which is the best Italian cooking course to do or which is the best Italian cook book to buy.

This page shares some of the courses that Maria (my wife and personal chef) and I feel confident about recommending.

All these courses are run by genuine people with a great love for Italy and Italian food.

They share their love for food with a passion and the dishes that come out of their kitchen's will leave you astounded and your mouth watering!

Particularly wonderful is the warm and bubbly Mamma Ledi (photo and more info further down the page).

First of all the easiest and cheapest way to learn how to cook like an Italian is through books. Maria has put together her Italian cookbook guide which should get you started.

Recommended too are the courses in New York run by Viviane Bauquet Farre - I have written a little about her previously and you can read my article here. If you live in the area and can’t make it over to Italy this is a superb alternative.

Viviane is a quite remarkable chef and offers some excellent Italian style courses.

Recommended Cooking Schools

Centro Culturale Conero

Italian Cooking - Mamma Ledi

This is a fabulous place to learn to cook in the traditional Le Marche (Marchigiana) way.

The cooking courses taught by Mamma Ledi are legendary.

All the courses are very hands-on and not at all expensive.

A word of warning though, you need to have a big appetite, Mamma Ledi expects you to eat everything afterward and accepts NO excuses.

Mamma Ledi unfortunately doesn’t speak much English but this really is not a problem as the courses are very easy to follow and she is so enthusiastic that you really do understand everything.

Her passion is catchy too.

Visit the Centro Culturale di Conero site if you would like more info.

Scuola Italia in Urbania

Lasagna

Scuola Italia offers a short 12 hour course, over four days, that is ideal for those on holiday.

The school is located in one of the loveliest parts of Le Marche and courses start from only 150 Euros. More details are available from the Scuola Italia website.


  1. Home
  2. Italian Cooking Courses

You might like these

  • The Finest Italian Food Online

    Gourmet Italian food sourced exclusively from traditional producers -many endorsed by the Slow Food Association. Ensuring you a genuine taste of Italy.

  • The Perfect Italian Itinerary

    Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.

  • Food in Sardinia

    What can I say about the food in my Sardinia? Often tourists assume that because Sardinia is an island, most of its food, would be fish based. That is not correct. This is the real food in Sardinia...

  • Home Baked Amaretti Biscuits in the tradition of zia Angelina

    My aunt, zia Angelina, baked for weddings. Back in the 1970’s, as a child, I'd help out. My role: I'd put the almond on the amaretti biscuits before they went into the wood oven. I still remember the taste of those biscuits & this recipe brings the memories flooding back.

  • Italian Recipe and Cooking Guide

    Which is the best Italian recipe? Well actually we've around ten perfect Italian bucket list recipes for you. Get that taste of heaven while still here on earth...

  • A Great Anchovies Recipe - Anchovies with Salsa Verde

    Discovered, the best anchovies recipe! Authentically Italian this recipe for salsa verde piemontese is so very good. You will never find better.

  • Best Piedmont Restaurants - L’Osteria del Vignaiolo

    Many of the best Piedmont Restaurants are to be found in the Langhe wine country and the L’Osteria del Vignaiolo is one of the very best. This review expains why.

  • A Guide to the Best Italian Food Books

    Which are the best Italian food books? I have lived in Italy for ten years, my wife is Italian and a great chef. Together we have put together a list of essential reading. Llove Italian food? Click.

Please Book with Us...

Like us? Why not support me and Maria.

All you need do is book via the search box below, or any of the hotel links elsewhere on the website. It can be for travel to Italy... or anywhere else on earth.

You'll get the best deal available and the income we receive helps us to:

  • Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
  • Never have to accept money from hotels directly - meaning that we can share only those we genuinely love.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. Walks and Hikes in Tuscany - Experience Tuscany like a Local

    Aug 04, 20 09:39 AM

    Walks and hikes in Tuscany can only be wonderful: with cypress-lined lanes, quaint villages and picturesque farmhouses. So… lace up those walking shoes, pack your back-pack, and don’t forget the sun c…

    Read More

  2. Subscribe to A Secret Italy

    Jul 31, 20 06:22 AM

    Become a part of the Secret Italy Club. Membership is open for a short while longer and we'd like you to be a part of the family.

    Read More

  3. Our Italian Newsletter

    Jul 30, 20 06:15 AM

    Our Italian Newsletter is packed full of great insider tips about Italy, from Venice to Piedmont and much more in between - and it is all for FREE.

    Read More

  4. I Love This!

    Jul 26, 20 01:15 PM

    Read More

  5. Beautiful Rome

    Jul 17, 20 09:09 AM

    Rome is the most beautiful city in the world. This gallery of photos, taken by a Roman, proves it.

    Read More

  6. The Perfect Italian Itinerary

    Jul 05, 20 06:20 AM

    Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.

    Read More