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La Cuoca Calabrese

School Of Calabrian Cooking

Welcome to our humble cooking school, nestled in the serene, Chestnut tree-covered hills west of the city of Cosenza in the region of Calabria, Italy. Calabria is the southern=most region of Italy and occupies the "toe" of the Italian boot.

This land has a history of invasion and occupation going back to the Bronze Age.  Each culture left behind artifacts in the way of foods that they introduced from their home lands.  Over the many centuries, these food artifacts have woven their way into the traditions of Calabria.  The history of the land and its people can be explained through the foods the Calabresi eat to this day.


Here, we offer a unique culinary experience, where Calabrian grandmothers, with their time-honored traditions and authentic techniques, are the esteemed instructors of our cooking classes.

"La Cuoca (quo ka) Calabrese" is the feminized Italian name for "The Calabrian Cook"

Our recommended accommodations, Palazzo Conforti Treehouse Resort, are charming, cozy and comfortable, allowing you to relax and unwind during your stay. Visit their website at  To inquire about room availability for dates you may have in mind, contact the property DIRECTLY (do not use a booking service) info!  Mention "scuola" in your email.

During our hands-on cooking classes, you'll have the opportunity to learn from grandmothers who are experts in traditional Calabrian cuisine. From making fresh pasta by hand, to preparing delicious sauces, cheeses and indulging in decadent desserts, you'll learn the secrets of authentic Italian cooking that have been passed down through generations.

Our cooking school is a perfect destination for food lovers, culinary enthusiasts, and anyone seeking an authentic Italian experience. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced cook, our classes are tailored to suit your level of expertise, allowing you to learn at your own pace and gain confidence in the kitchen.



Looking for Authenticity in your travel experiences? 

There is NOTHING more authentic than a Calabrian Grandmother


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Welcome to our Calabrian cooking school in Calabria, Italy, where you will learn to cook traditional dishes while immersed in the region's rich culinary culture. Taught by grandmothers (Nonne Calabresi), our hands-on classes will guide you through the preparation of authentic Calabrian recipes using fresh, seasonal ingredients.

Come join us for an unforgettable culinary experience in the heart of Calabria, where the warmth of the people is matched only by the richness of the food.



Our grandmothers have a lifetime of culinary experience.  Each has secrets to her cooking and each is willing to share SOME of them with you. 

You'll also learn the history of how the iconic ingredients used in everyday Calabrian cooking,conquering cultures over 4,000 years of Calabrian history

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Welcome to our charming accommodation nestled amidst the chestnut tree-covered hills west of Cosenza, Palazzo Conforti Treehouse Resort.   This beautiful and historic property that comprises our headquarters, is the right place to relax and let the experience wash over you. Visit them at to see for yourself.



Our "Field Trips" are a special and highly valuable part of our teaching experiences. The more you learn about how Calabrian food gets on the table, the better understanding you have of the people responsible for it.




We are a Calabrian-based cooking school that is taught entirely by grandmothers, or “Nonne”. The school is located in the chestnut tree-covered hills west of Cosenza, in a small village or “borgho”, called Marano Marchesato. This area occupies the very toe of the Italian boot and is an ancient land with ancient traditions.

Our approach to teaching you about the many facets of Calabrian cooking is based on Seasonality. While Calabria is fortunate to have a long growing season, there are many products that shine their best at certain times.

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