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Cooking On Lake Como in Bellagio™

Chef Mauro’s Kitchen On The Lake ~ 4-Day

Join us in Bellagio on luxurious Lake Como in a splendid hands-on cooking experience with Chef Mauro.  Tie on your apron and transform fresh and local ingredients into delicious fare.  Set against the backdrop of dreamy Lake Como, this authentic food and wine experience will have you cooking like a pro!

With the Bellagio boat port just a few steps away, sail away on a boat ride.  Learn about and taste lavarello fish caught daily paired with wine from the Val d’Essina and Vassassina Valleys.  Shop for local artisan products – such as silk scarves, hand-made leather goods, jewels and ceramics – in Bellagio’s center. This unique combination of stunning landscapes, delicious food and wine set the mood on Lake Como!!!

Lake Como Cooking Classes

The Grigna, Resegone and Legnone Mountains hug the eastern shores of the lake, as soft breezes blow over the cool blue waters.  Here, pike, fresh-water shrimp and Lake Como’s most famous fish, lavarello are plentiful.  Delicious seafood of Lago di Como is paired with corn-based polenta or risotto, however the traditions of Italy remain with handmade tagliatelle pasta kneaded into thick-cut shapes, and thin-crust pizza featuring fresh mozzarella and tomatoes from the valleys.

Leading you in the kitchen is Chef Mauro. He shares his cooking skills. leads you in simple and fun recipes that can be prepared in your home kitchen.  Under his expert guidance, you’ll slice and dice and cook up a storm.  Start with garlic bruschette; next handmade pizzoccheri pasta that pairs perfectly with local cheeses, risotto with vegetable, fish or seafood, and creamy polenta served with ragù, or mushrooms and cheese.  For main courses – freshwater fish – flash-fried or in a sweet & sour style according to local tradition.  Then, mix, create and bake dessert such as tiramisù, torta paesana, a chocolate bread pudding with amaretto macaroons and semi-freddo.  Following each cooking class everyone enjoys the food that was made in the class with a toast of local wine, included.

Lake Como

Dreamy Lake Como!!!  Film stars, explorers, food-lovers and historians have flocked to Lake Como since the Roman Times.  The unique inverted Y shape of the lake caused towns to pop up on both the southwestern and eastern legs, each with their own unique take on all that the lake has to offer.  Set in the center of Lake Como is Bellagio, a hub for boat travel and beauty.  Its central location is ideal for exploring the lake and the ancient villas that dot the lake’s perimeter.  Visitors often hire a boat or hop on a boat taxi sailing the emerald waters and visiting the many villas.  Along the Bellagio shores is Villa Serbelloni, now owned by the Rockefeller Foundation. The hotel is still in use today, and is a beautiful addition to the Bellagio waterfront with its yellow walls, neoclassical roof and arched windows. Past Bellagio and across the lake is Villa Cortona, now preserved as a 17th-century garden with century-old sequoias and cedars, ancient camellias and Rhododendron woods.

Bellagio and her the nearby towns are luxurious vacation spots for Italians and foreigners alike.  Take a swim in the lake, partake in kayaking or relax on the shore. Hiking is also available in the nearby mountains.  And when you’re not sailing or shopping, delve into any one of the excellent Bellagio restaurants!

Lake Como Accommodations

Your hotel is set on Lake Como just a short walk to the Bellagio Ferry Port. This family-owned property – in its third generation – offers charming rooms each with a private ensuite bath.  Comfort bedding, smart design and decoration add to the setting along with a view onto the lake from your room.  Each room also features complimentary wifi, internet, satellite television, hair dryer, air-conditioning, phone and mini bar.  Breakfast is served daily including traditional cakes, artisan bread, fruits, cereals, coffee, tea and fruit juice.

Itinerary: 4 Days, 3 Nights

Day 1 Arrival & Check-in

  • Arrival and check in. Relax and Prosecco toast.
  • A Chef’s welcome dinner featuring a tasting menu with local wine is included. Additional beverages, wine, coffee, espresso, are available at a surcharge and payable on site.

Day 2 Market Tour – Shopping With The Chef & Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, join the Chef Mauro on a guided tour of the local market. Learn how to shop like a chef choosing local seasonal produce.
  • Return to the property and get ready for your first cooking class.  You will prepare antipasto fresh pasta and sauce, risotto, main courses and dessert.
  • Lunch follows and includes the food that was prepared in the cooking class.  Local wine is included.
  • Afternoon free.  Our suggestion – take a stroll and explore the beautiful Gardens of Villa Melzi situated Bellagio’s waterfront.
  • Dinner on your own.  Suggestions included in your welcome bag.

Day 3 Cooking Class 2 & Lake Como Boat Trip

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Following breakfast, join Chef Mauro for your second hands-on cooking class. Prepare an antipasto, fresh handmade pasta or risotto, main course and dessert.
  • Lunch follows and includes the food that was prepared in the cooking class.  Local wine is included.
  • In the afternoon, meet at the Bellagio Port for a private boat tour on Lake Como. Your captain sails along showing the shore.   Sit back and relax while soaking up the views including Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, Villa del Balbianello and Villa Cassinella in Lenno.
  • Evening free and dinner on your own.

Day 4 Check-out & Arrivederci

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check-out & arrivederci!

Program Includes

  • Four days, three nights in a superior room with lake view onto Lake Como.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Welcome dinner, featuring a chef’s tasting menu with three courses, local wine included.  Additional beverages, wine, coffee, espresso, are available at a surcharge and payable on site.
  • Market Tour with your Chef.
  • Two hands-on cooking classes, guided by your expert chef.
  • Lunch follows and includes the food that was prepared in the cooking class.  Local wine is included.
  • Boat Excursion around Lake Como – tour is 2 hours. From the boat, you will see Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo, Villa del Balbianello & Villa Cassinella in Lenno.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron and recipe booklet.
  • Private transfers from Milan are available upon request.
Program Prices

$1,695 per person, based on 2 guests.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

Check Availability

2021 Dates: This program is available from March to November. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.