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Sardinia & The Costa Smeralda™

Cooking Classes Sardinia With Chef Risi ~ 6 Day

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Join Chef Risi on the island of Sardinia for hands-on cooking!  Shop with the chef, tour the outdoor marketplace and taste the local flavors of sunny Sardinia!

Islands often have a touch of mystery about them and Italy’s beautiful Sardinia is no exception. With its gorgeous white beaches, exclusive resorts and Mediterranean climate, Sardinia is a must for healthy living and cuisine.  Whether you would like to visit Sardinia’s unexplored most beautiful areas that are tranquil spots far from the famous Costa Smeralda or the cities of Sassari or Cagliari-the island offers something for everyone.

Cooking and culture reign in an authentic cooking tour that takes you on an unforgettable journey to the village of Riola Sardo near Oristano and a beautifully restored historic residence that will be your home away from home.  Here you will be cared for by your extraordinary hosts, our family and Chef Risi.  During your stay we welcome you to our kitchen where you will discover the secrets of local Sardinian cuisine.  Learn how to make velvety homemade pasta and delicious sauces, vegetable antipasti and local fish and meats.  And if vegetarian is your menu choice or gluten free, we accommodate any and all food allergies.

Imagine the fun of cooking up a delicious fish soup directly on the beach with seasonal local produce along with the island’s local wine. When you are not touring, we visit local archeological sites and ancient Nuraghic settlements.  You will also enjoy an excursion to the quaint town of Bosa, or sail in the marine park of the Sinis peninsula or onto the island of Maldiventre where you will learn more about wonderful modern Sardinian wines.  Excellent hands-on cooking classes, local cuisine, splendid weather, warm-hearted hosts and long white beaches are just a few of the things we love of Sardinia!

Cooking Classes In Sardinia

Welcome to our kitchen with Chef Risi on the island of Sardinia. You will discover the secrets of local Sardinian cuisine while making antipasti, homemade pasta, sauces, vegetarian too, local fish, meats and dessert. Excellent hands-on cooking classes, fine Sardinian wines and local liqueurs are included.

Our cooking tour is hosted at Chef Risi’s kitchen. His knowledge and enthusiastic attitude will soon get you excited about local cooking. He grew up in the center of Sardinia where his family reared their own chickens, rabbits, and pigs, so he is very particular for his sourcing of quality organic ingredients. Therefore, foods vary according to the seasons using the local organic ingredients.

You will learn to prepare fresh pasta, such as lasagne, ravioli, tortellini and tagliatelle. Fresh fish is a key ingredient on Sardinia making zuppa di pesce, the local fish soup a specialty. Additional fish and seafood are included and you will learn how to clean, cook and know correct cooking times. He will also teach you how to fillet, salt and grill both fish and meat

One of the highlights of the week long cooking tour is the cooking class on zuppa di pesce, the local fish soup that takes place on the beach. It starts with cleaning the fresh fish on the rocks by the sea with valuable tips on how to recognize when fish is truly fresh. You will then move to a small sea house where you’ll cook the soup and all the appetizers and enjoy the foods made in class. Dinner follows and includes the foods prepared in your cooking class and includes fine Sardinian wines and local liqueurs to conclude.

 

Sardinia

The second largest island in the Mediterranean, Sardinia is as famous for its as its wild mountainous inland areas as it is for its long stretches of white beach along the coasts. All over the island you’ll find the ruins of thousands of Nuraghi – the ancient megalithic stone fortresses of Sardinia’s first inhabitants, the Nuraghic people, along with countless other archeological treasures.  Over the centuries, Sardinia was invaded by Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans, and was later colonized by Pisans, Spaniards and Austrians all of whom left their mark, if not in terms of architecture, then in terms of customs or gastronomy. The island boasts mile upon mile of unspoiled countryside, both highlands and coastline, and there are numerous nature reserves where you’ll find herons, flamingoes, wild pigs, deer, Peregrine falcon, golden eagles and griffin vultures.

Town of Oristano

The land surrounding Oristano was originally inhabited by the island’s Nuraghic population, but was then colonized by the Phoenicians. It was the capital of the reign of Arborea until the late 1400s when the Catalans took over the Island of Sardinia. Some of the medieval town is still intact within the historical center. The fortified walls are no longer standing, but there are still several important monuments in the old town: the tower of St. Christopher, the cathedral of Santa Maria, the church of St. Francis. Nearby, there are many fascinating archeological ruins to be visited, numerous white sandy beaches, and those visiting in February or March will be able to enjoy the unique Sartiglia festival with its colorful costumes and masked horsemen who participate in an ancient jousting-type tournament.

Sardinia Accommodations

As soon as you see your residence, you realize it’s a well-loved house. Entering the large wooden door is like stepping into the past, where you’ll immediately feel the elegance of the ancient culture of this rural area of Sardinia. Just a quick glance and you’ll notice that nothing in this house has been left to chance. The open fireplace that greets you as you enter, the wine cellar with its barrels of Vernaccia wine and the seven double rooms with their amazing bathrooms will all convey the love and the passion with which this villa has been kept. And what to say of the gorgeous Mediterranean garden whose forms, colors and scents were specially chosen to echo the natural beauty of the surrounding Sinis peninsula.

The seven rooms in the hotel are furnished with unique pieces from the nineteenth century that have belonged to the family for generations. Each room is different and each bears the name of an herb or plant growing in the garden. Like the rooms, all the bathrooms are different too: some have large showers, some a bathtub, and one has a Jacuzzi. All rooms have air-conditioning, telephone, minibar, satellite flat screen television and safe. The suite boasts a double bedroom with bathroom and a very special large living room where the ancient stone grain wheel has become the table and the wooden oil press mill still in its original position. The wine cellar hosts a wide variety of Vernaccia wine in chestnut barrels as well as a selection of bottled wines from the best cellars of the island, ranging from structured red wines to fresh and young whites, ideal for an aperitif or for a nice glass at sunset.

Itinerary ~ 6 Days, 5 Nights

Day One: Arrival & Welcome

  • Transfer to residence from Cagliari airport or train station.
  • Arrival & Check-in.
  • Relax and unwind in the gardens with a welcome aperitivo.
  • Welcome Dinner, local wine and liqueur included.

Day Two: Cooking Class 1 & Visit Bosa

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning guided visit to the charming medieval town of Bosa. Inhabited since ancient times, Bosa is Sardinia’s only   riverside town and its relatively isolated position has kept this town quiet with its authentic charm. Visit the ruins of the Castello Malaspina and the fifteenth-century cathedral, and take a stroll down to Bosa Marina with its wide sandy beaches where you can pick out a little restaurant to enjoy a relaxed lunch.
  • Return to hotel.
  • Afternoon: gather in the kitchen for your first Sardinian cooking class with Chef Risi. All lessons start with the chef proposing a few ideas then students helping decide which local dishes to cook with the ingredients available. Your first lesson will cover fabulous fresh pasta, so get ready to knead, roll delicious lasagne, ravioli, tortellini and tagliatelle.
  • After class, enjoy a short break to freshen up.
  • Dinner is served at the table with some fine Sardinian wine and local liqueurs served to conclude.

Day Three: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served
  • Morning free to head to explore the surrounding countryside. Why not visit the nearby archeological ruins of the Phoenician-Roman town of Tharros, or take in Nuraghe Losa, to see how ancient local populations lived before the arrival of the Romans?
  • Free for lunch (packed lunch available on request).
  • Afternoon: head to the beach for your unforgettable lesson on fish soup. Here, he will give tips on cleaning and preparing fresh fish, explaining how to recognize when it is at its freshest. Then move to a small sea house where you’ll cook the soup and all the appetizers, then dine on your efforts. Local wine and liqueurs included. A truly dreamy experience.

Day Four: Sail To Maldiventre

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning: Set out for a day trip on a sailing boat in the marine park of the Sinis peninsula and to the island of Maldiventre. Sit back and soak up the sun as you sail along the coast, keep an eye out for all the various marine life and enjoy lunch on board.
  • Late afternoon return to hotel.
  • Free for dinner. Suggestions available on request. (Staff can also prepare salads and mixed dishes of cheeses, salami and hams for anyone wishing to enjoy a light meal in the garden.)

Day Five: Cooking Class 3 & Wine Tasting

  • Breakfast is served
  • Early morning free to spend a few hours at the beach or take a short hike.
  • Midday: gather in the wine cellar for the beginning of a wine tasting on the premises. Learn about the aging process and different types of wood used, then enjoy your tasting in the garden. Begin by sampling a sparkling wine, then three white wines, three reds and finally three superior reds or some dessert wines. The tasting is accompanied with a small serving of bread and cheese.
  • Afternoon – tie on your apron for your third and final cooking lesson. Today you’ll create some of the island’s best-loved meat based dishes, from antipasti to pasta and secondo.
  • After class, enjoy a short break to freshen up.
  • Dinner is served at the table with some fine Sardinian wine and local liqueurs served to conclude.

Day Six: Check-out & Arrivederci

  • Breakfast is served
  • Check-out & Arrivederci

Program Includes:

  • 6 days, 5 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy. Click to view!
  • Daily Breakfast.
  • Welcome dinner, local wine and liqueurs included.
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes with the chef. Dinner follows with the foods prepared in class, local wine and liqueurs included.
  • Guided visit to medieval town of Bosa.
  • Day trip on sailboat in the marine park of the Sinis peninsula and to the island of Maldiventre. Lunch on board included.
  • Wine tasting with light appetizers included.
  • Aprons and recipes provided for cooking classes.
  • Round-trip transfers to Cagliari airport or train station.
Program Prices

$2,795 per person, based on double occupancy. Includes all taxes and Italian VAT.
$790 Single Supplement, based on minimum 2 people in the program.

 

Check Availability

2019 Dates: This program is available April to October. 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.