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La Cuoca Calabrese



Accommodations near our cooking school are amazing.  Palazzo Conforti and Treehouse Resort.  Charming, comfortable, and historic. The graciousness of the hosts, Francesco and Achille Conforti,  allows you to relax and unwind during your stay. Each overnight stay includes a cooking class and a tour of the local area, where you can immerse yourself in the rich culture and culinary heritage of Calabria.  Learn more about the lodging at

During our hands-on cooking classes, you'll have the opportunity to learn from Authentic Calabrian grandmothers (Nonne Calabresi) who are experts in traditional Calabrian cuisine. From making fresh pasta by hand to preparing delicious sauces and indulging in decadent desserts, you'll learn the secrets of authentic Calabrian 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 travel experience.  Remember, nothing nis more authentic than a Calabrian grandmother.


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.

Please note that airfare and airport service to our property are ONLY included in our Classic Package.. Exceptions must be discussed in advance with the Director.


What To Expect 

First, a family-owned 400 year-old Palazzo turned B&B and an adjacent treehouse village nestled in the olive trees. This is the lodging component for our school.  Take a peek at palazzoconfortiand


Next, we have the chef of a popular ristorante, Marcella Scornavacca which is only open in the evening, as our lead instructor and grandmother wrangler. This gives us full access to her incredible professional kitchen and dining room during the morning hours.

Finally, our translator and guide, is certified by the Italian government and is our highly-respected bridge between the non English speaking grandmothers and our North American students.

Our desire is to teach the history of Calabria through its iconic foods. Many of these were brought to Calabria via thousands of years of invasion and occupation. Using grandmothers (nonne) to help us tell the origin stories of traditional Calabrian cuisine. While tourist don’t go to Calabria…travelers do. And, it’s to these people, our school provides what they seek. Authenticity. There is nothing more authentic than a Calabrian grandmother.

What's Included

  • Transfer from major transit points in Calabria: Lamezia Airport (SUF) and Paola train station.

  • Lodging at Palazzo Conforti and Treehouse Resort w/breakfast 6 nights

  • 20 hours of instruction in typical and traditional Calabrian cooking. Pasta’s, breads, pork specialties, fish, vegetables. 4 hours per day x 5 days.

  • Lunch after each class.

  • Tours of farms, vineyards, markets and specialty producers.

  • Sunday night welcome/aperitivo

  • Monday night aperitivo plus in old Cosenza

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Dinners


Marano Marchesato

Day To Day


  • Arrival/Check in – All Day

  • 1800 hrs - Benvenuto/Apertivo (Welcome/Happy Hour)

  • 2000 hrs – Cena (Dinner) Ristorante Macrito. Meet Marcella.



  • 0700 – 0830 hrs – Colazione (Breakfast) at Palazzo Conforti.

  • 0900 hrs - Class Begins.

  • 1100 hrs - Break.

  • 1115 hrs - Class Resumes.

  • 1300 hrs - Class Dismissed and Pranzo (Lunch) Begins.

  • 1430 hrs - Tours of Vineyards, Farms, Markets and Shops.

  • 1730 hrs - Return to Palazzo Conforti

  • Dinner on your own.


  • 0700 – 0830 hrs – Colazione (Breakfast) at Palazzo Conforti

  • Free Day! (But, We Have Suggestions)



  • 0700 – 0830 hrs – Colazione (Breakfast) at Palazzo Conforti.

  • 1100 hrs – Check Out


20 Hours of Course Instruction Plus Tours


For group pricing, cooking classes only or accommodation booking info please email us



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