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               WHAT TO EXPECT

Our school is nestled in the chestnut tree-covered hills west of Cosenza, the very small village of Marano Marchesato. 

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.

Next, we have cadre of "Nonne Calabresi" or Calabrian Grandmothers who will share the histories of the foods they cook and how they came to cook them.  Each day of the week, a different Nonna will she her secrets to making pasta, sauces, cheeses, salami and the myriad of preserved vegetables that lasts a Calabrian family throughout the winter months.

What you'll learn how to make depends on the season and the grandmother.  Got a special request?  Let us know.


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.

Each class comes with a "field trip" where we your local farms, vineyards, specialty shops, markets and food/beverage manufacturers.  These Field Trips are included in your tuition fee.  You don't have to go. but they will be part of what you p[ay for.  We want you to spend at least one FULL day with us.  A 4 hour class doesn't come close to teaching the lessons that need to be taught.

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​​ in the Classic Package

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

  • Lunch after each class. Wine is included.

  • "Field Trips" to local farms, vineyards, markets and specialty producers.

  • Translator/Certified Guide

  • Driver and Van (when applicable)



What's Not Included

  • Airfare

  • Transfers from Lamazia Airport

  • Dinners (there may be exceptions, but they are few)



Marano Marchesato, Provence of Cosenza, Region of Calabria, Italy

Itinerary - 5 day 



  09:00 Brief staff introduction and overview of classes (Taglieri)

  0930 hrs - Class Begins.  Traditional Calabrian Appetizers

 12:30 hrs - Intermezzo

 13:00 hrs - Lunch - that you helped make

 15:00 hrs - Departure for aftercamigiatellonoon Field Trip to I Giganti d'Sila

 18:00 hrs - Visit to the town of Camigliatello (Sila) and Aperetivo att Fattoria Bio Products1 1730  19:00hrs - Return to Palazzo Conforti

 Dinner on your own.


 09:00 hrs - Brief overview of the days lesson (Primi)

 09:30 hrs - Class Begins.  "His Majesty, Pasta". Traditional pasta doughs, shapes & sauces.

 13:00 hrs - Lunch

 15:00 hrs - Depart for Field Trip to hilltop villages of Rende and San Fili.

 18:00 hrs - Return to Palazzo Conforti

 Dinner on your own


 09:00 hrs - Brief introduction to the day's lesson. (Secondo)

 09:30 hrsCalabrian Salumi and typical meat dishes. learn what cuts are used.

  13:00 hrs - Lunch

 15:00 hrs - Field Trip to the "Agrota" farm.  Learn the history of the Calabrian Black Pig

 17:00 hrs - Visit to Cosenza Antica (Old Cosenza) 

 18:30 hrs - Aperetivo at Bistrot Antica Salumeria.  Calabrian meats, cheese and preserves.

 20:00 hrs - Return to Palazzo Conforti


 09:00 hrs - Brief overview of the day"s lesson (Secondo d'Mare)

 09:30 hrs - Calabria da Mare e d'Amore.  Main courses from the sea.  Holidays and beyond.

 13:00 hrs - Lunch

 15:00 hrs - Visit to the Tyrrhenian Coast from Paola to Amantea.

 18:30 hrs - a stop in Amantea at Gelateria Sicouli, a renowned gelato-lovers parlor.

 19:00 hrs - Return to Palazzo Conforti

 Dinner on your own


 09:00 hrs - Brief overview of the day's lesson (Dolce)

 09:30 hrs - Calebrian Sweets. learn what sweets are traditional to different holidays

 13:00 hrs - Lunch

 15:00 hrs - Field trip to the vineyards and winery of Serracavallo in Bisignano

 17:00 hrs - Aperetivo.  Wine tasting and Tanglieri (cutting boards).  In France its "charcitrie

 19:00 hrs - Return to Palazzo Conforti

 Dinner on your own


 10:00 hrs - Visit Tropea an sample Tropea Sweet Red Onion Preserves.   

 13:00 hrs - Lunch

 15:00 hrs - Return to Palazzo Conforti

 Dinner on your own


* Saturday can be a "free day" meaning it can be unstructured, allowing you to roam. 



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