Cooking in Magical Molise - NEW
About the location: Molise, located on Italy's central southeastern coast, is one of the country's lesser-know regions, a land untouched by tourist hordes and still pristinely keeping with traditions that seem almost unchanged over the centuries. It is mainly an agricultural region, where miles of fields boast grains, vegetables, and vines, orchards are heavy with fruit and olives, and livestock graze on the rich green vegetation. All this means a food-lover's paradise, a land of wine, olive oil, fresh produce and herbs, locally cured meats, and artisanal cheeses. Like Abruzzo, its neighbor to the north, the cuisine is hearty and flavorful, and you will explore it during your hands-on cooking classes and your gastronomic visits to local food producers.
Your accommodations will be on a lovely old "Masseria," or farmstand-turned-hotel, that has been in the same family since the start of the Eighteenth Century. The Moccia family still runs the farm, but two of the hilltop buildings were converted into a hotel surrounded by the fields, vineyards, and olive groves of the farm, as well as by the nearby 80-hecatre forest. It is located just a little over a mile from the nearest town, and about 10 miles from the Adriatic Coast, and the views from the hilltop encompass both the blue waters of the sea and the imposing Apennine Mountains. The hotel has 9 double rooms and one suite, and all of the rooms are spacious with en suite bathrooms. They also feature TV, safe, phone, hairdryer, and refrigerator. The Masseria offers a pool, bar, library, and restaurant for your enjoyment.
About the cooking classes: Your classes will be led by Chef Claudio Florio, who has been on the Italian cooking program, "La Prova del Cuoco," a famous Italian reality cooking show. Chef Claudio will teach you the secrets of Molisana cuisine, making sure you will be able to replicate the dishes at home. La cucina molisana is a peasant cuisine, with hearty pastas and sauces and an abundance of fresh produce, and you will also enjoy a special pizza making class.