Authentic Abruzzo Cooking
From the beautiful coastline of the Adriatic Sea to the peaks of the Appenine Mountains, the region of Abruzzo encompasses a variety of stunning landscapes. There is also an untouched, undiscovered, magical feeling about the area due to the three national parks and more than 30 natural reserves that protect Abruzzo’s natural wildlife and vegetation. Experience all that this Italian region has to offer through this culinary vacation that includes visits to an olive oil mill, fishing trobocco, local farmers market, candy factory, and several favorite hilltop towns.
About the accommodations: The organic agriturismo in the heart of Abruzzo was originally a shepherd’s house and stable that has been restored. Your hosts and the proprietors of the property, Marino and Elide, raise bees, pigs, sheep, and chickens, and grow all sorts of vegetables in their garden and fruits in their orchard. The entire property provides a rustic and relaxing atmosphere with plentiful nature walks within reach for when you are not on an excursion or in the kitchen learning from your hosts. And for anyone looking for an especially unique one-with-nature experience, know that Laperegina also offers a room built in an almond tree. All other accommodations on the beautiful property are simple but practical.
About the cooking classes: The cooking lessons take place in the main kitchen and feature ingredients grown at the agriturismo or nearby local markets. Your hosts lead the hands-on lessons, and the menus are inspired by Marino's time cooking with his grandparents and traveling through the old villages and taverns of the region. The traditional home cooking highlights some of Abruzzo's rural traditions, and you may also take part in making sauces, jams, and liquors. By the end of the week, you will know how to make an Abruzzo inspired three-course meal, as well as traditional pizza and bread.