A traditional Umbrian home cooking class in Assisi with lunch or dinner
We’re all so caught up in seeing places and finding the most interesting itineraries that we forget to slow down and really understand what it means to live in the place we’re visiting. We need to experience more. We should all embrace being travellers instead of just mere tourists.
I took the train to Assisi this past weekend and met a lovely couple of Americans from Kansas. They asked me about the must-see places in Assisi and I started listing all of them: Eremo delle Carceri, Basilica of St. Francis and so on and so forth. Then it suddenly dawned on me, Assisi is so much more than this. It’s a Medieval town with amazing traditions. How can someone really get under Assisi’s skin and experience it like a local?
Which got me thinking: one of the best things about Umbria is the food. From homemade tagliatelle and stringozzi pasta to truffles and delicious cured-meats, Umbria is a food lover’s paradise. Every time I visit Assisi I love sitting in my aunt’s large kitchen, warmed up by the fireplace, opening a bottle of red and eating bruschette with hand-cut prosciutto, tagliatelle with truffles and cookin’ up some salsicce. Eating is really a way to immerse yourself in the local scene. And hey, who doesn’t like to taste delicious food?
If you’re like me, you really need to book a cooking class. But not just any cooking class, a cooking class in a traditional Umbrian home in Assisi. With Unforgettable Umbria, that’s what you get. Enter inside a characteristic Umbrian home in Assisi boasting wood-beamed ceilings, a chimney, terracotta floors and a cozy atmosphere. Learn how to cook up Umbria’s tastiest recipes and afterwards, have lunch or dinner in the great company of the hosts. And if you’re a wine lover, there’s plenty of wine to go around. All this in the heart of Assisi!
My experience with Unforgettable Umbria’s cooking class in Assisi
First I was welcomed into the home which literally made my jaw drop. Such a cozy and charming atmosphere! Then we had a welcome prosecco to get to know each other before we received our aprons and started to cook! My favorite part was making pasta. As an Italian, I’m supposed to know this, but I’ve never actually done it … until now! It was so much fun! I also loved all the tips they gave us while we were making it! Of course, cured meats couldn’t be missing, we had hand-cut prosciutto from Norcia which was sublime! But if you’re a vegetarian, don’t worry, they also make customised menus for vegetarians, and there’s plenty to learn! The wine was also great, and if you really want to dive deep into Umbria’s wine scene, you can also have a wine pairing along with your lunch or dinner, one of the hosts is also a sommelier!
After cooking, we were seated at the table and I fell in love with the fancy table set! Wine corks all around, beautiful wine glasses, rustic china, it was really something! We sat down and ate and had such a blast talking and meeting the locals of Assisi. I truly recommend this experience! But hey, if you don’t want to cook, you can also book a dinner with the menus they offer, for each dish there is a wine pairing! Send them an email for more information and bookings!
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