Cooking Vacation Amalfi Coast: Luxury Cooking Course at Don Alfonso
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Don Alfonso
Sant'Agata sui Due Golfi

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About the location: Your amazing Amalfi Coast culinary vacation will take place at the renowned restaurant and relais of Don Alfonso, located in the charming town of Sant Agata sui due Golfi, between the bay of Naples and the bay of Sorrento. This Relais & Chateaux property and Michelin honored “1890 Restaurant” are of the highest quality and known worldwide. Your home during your cooking holiday in Italy is a place of elegance and beauty nestled in the small, charming town, with just eight elegant and luxurious suites and junior suites, abundant gardens and flowers, situated around a lovely pool. And, imagine, there are 40 service people between the restaurant and relais to take care of your every need and desire during this deluxe cooking holiday.

This is a truly rarified experience with incredible top-level service. The wine cellar must be mentioned, as it is unique not only for its extensive collection of some of the greatest wines in the world, but also for the rooms that house them. The cellar descends vertically (and, yes, it is a challenging walk down and up!) from vaults that were built at the turn of the last century, with origins into the Roman era. The value and scope of the wines in the cellar is astonishing.

About the lessons: The cuisine of Don Alfonso is based on the principles of Mediterranean style, which you will explore during your hands-on cooking lessons. The origins of the cuisine are steeped in the traditions of the Campania region, combined with the creative interpretation of the Iaccarino family. They bring a contemporary ethos by using not only extra virgin olive oil, fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, fresh fish or low fat meats, but also incorporating the most up-to-date cooking techniques. But the essential building blocks of the cuisines is the availability of the highest quality raw materials. They have dedicated themselves to producing their own fruits and vegetables, olive oil and lemon liqueur on their own farm near the restaurant. And, what they cannot produce, they buy from the best local artisanal food producers in the region. The Italian cookery classes are in the beautiful teaching kitchen that was completed in 2008, a colorful and inviting space outfitted with every necessity and modern convenience.

Don Alfonso Itinerary

Day 1 - Tuesday

  • Arrival at the relais and check into your accommodation. (Transfers can be arranged on request for an additional cost. Please inquire for details.)
  • Dinner tonight on your own.*
(*Two dinners are included during the 6-night itinerary and can be scheduled for any night Wednesday through Sunday.)

Day 2 - Wednesday

  • Following breakfast, meet for your first cooking class around 9:30 am.
  • After an introduction to the cooking philosophy of Don Alfonso, a class will follow on the preparation of seasonal vegetables, with a tasting at the end of the lesson.
  • This afternoon will include a visit to the farm owned and operated by the Iaccarino family for the opportunity to see the fresh products that are grown exclusively for use in the restaurant.
  • Evening free.

Day 3 - Thursday

  • Breakfast and your next cooking class from about 9:30 am to 1:00 pm, based on fish selection and preparation.
  • A tasting will follow.
  • In the afternoon, a visit to a pasta factory to see how traditional regional pasta is made.
  • Evening free.

Day 4 - Friday

  • Breakfast, followed by a visit to an artisanal mozzarella cheese producer to see how this wonderful local cheese is made.
  • On your return, around 11:30 am, a cooking lesson on homemade pasta, with a tasting to follow.
  • Evening free.

Day 5 - Saturday

  • Breakfast followed by a cooking lesson on the selection and preparation of meats.
  • Tasting to follow.
  • Free time to relax in the afternoon.
  • Evening free.

Day 6 - Sunday

  • Breakfast, followed by your final cooking lesson on Neapolitan pastry.
  • Tasting to follow.
  • Evening free.

Day 7 - Monday

  • Breakfast and check out. (Departure transfers can be arranged on request for an additional cost.)