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The Unplugged Collection - Ischia™

Ischia Island Mediterranean Cooking ~ 1 Day

Join Executive Chef Giò for our Cooking Vacations Ischia tour experiencing hands-on cooking classes.  Learn the simplicity and technique from Chef Giò in small group cooking classes on Ischia where you will be preparing antipasto, fresh pasta, risotto, main courses and desserts.  Learn to prepare local fish, farm-to–table recipes and the Island’s signature wild rabbit recipe!

During your stay, discover Ischia’s award-winning winery and cantina for a wine tour and discussion with tastings. Ischia is a volcanic island noted for its natural springs and medicinal treatments. Visit the natural spa, Negombo where you may indulge in temperature-controlled swimming pools, saunas and ud baths.  The wonderful micro-climate of Ischia makes for the perfect recipe for cherry red tomatoes, basil, lush vegetables & fruits, fish and wine!

Ischia Cooking Classes

Experience the culinary delights of Executive Chef Giò and his team of sous chefs while learning how to prepare traditional local cuisine.  His philosophy is based on simplicity, “You must taste the flavor of each ingredient on its own,” he says.

Traditional recipes are prepared with farm-to-table island products and a modern interpretation by this young, dynamic Executive Chef team.  On the menu is coniglio all’ischitana, a wild Ischia rabbit recipe, the island’s most famous prepared with white wine, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and chilli pepper.  There’s sgombro, local and wild mackerel; calamari, squid, stuffed, flash-fried, grilled and in a salad and alici, small white bait fish, grilled on lemon leaves.

Chef Giò use aromatic herbs, basil, oregano, sage, parsley, rosemary, and chilli peppers, along with fresh fruits and vegetables grown in his garden.  He uses  lemons zested on fresh pasta, fish and meats and made into marmalade, baked in biscotti, and used in limoncello.  Local cuisine is always paired with Epomeo wine whose grapes grow in the rich volcanic soil.  There’s also Forastera and Biancolella, and the reds, Piedirosso and Guarnaccia.  Following each cooking class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the class with a toast of local wine included.

Program Includes:

  • One hands-on cooking class with Executive Chef Giò with everyone enjoying the food that was prepared in the cooking class following with a toast of wine included.
  • Recipe book included.

Program Price:

$415 per person, based on 2 guests.

2022 Dates: This program is available April 1 to November 2. 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.