Learn to cook like an Italian in these four culinary hotspots

From making 'real' Neapolitan pizza in Naples to whipping up a squid ink risotto in Venice, these four cooking experiences will help you on your way to mastering Italy's world-famous cuisine.

By Julia Buckley
Published 23 Oct 2020, 08:19 BST, Updated 12 Mar 2021, 12:23 GMT
Pizza in Naples

Four-hour courses in making the perfect Neapolitan pizza are available to amateurs in Naples.

Photograph by Francesco Lastrucci

1. Make pizza in Naples

The Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana exists to promote and protect ‘real’ Neapolitan pizza. As well as training professionals, it also offers four-hour courses for amateurs. Make the perfect pizza, then eat your handiwork. €84 per person (£73). 

2. Street food in Genoa

Genoa is the home of street food favourites like focaccia and farinata (chickpea pancake), which you’ll learn how to make at food blogger Enrica’s immersive market-to-table class. From €110 per person (£100), minimum two people. 

3. Fish in Venice

Take a private class with Venetian chef Marco Scarpa, who’ll walk you through creating a seafood feast, including cicchetti (traditional bar snacks) and mains such as squid ink risotto. €300 (£273) per group (max 4). experience. 

4. Spice in Calabria

Calabria is known for its chilli-infused cooking. At Cantina Masicei, you’ll be taught how to make dishes including Tropea’s famous red onions in sweet-and-sour sauce, courgette blossom fritters and frittata with nduja. From €69 per person (£63).

Love food and travel? Get to know Italian cuisine at the National Geographic Traveller Food Festival, our immersive culinary event taking place on 17-18 July 2021 at London’s Business Design Centre. Find out more and book your tickets.

Published in the Sept/Oct 2020 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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