The highlight (and without doubt the biggest bargain) of our recent visit to Lake Como was a brilliant cookery lesson at ristorante Il Caminetto in the tiny village of Gittana (about 3km up a windy mountain road from the beautiful lakeside town of Varenna).
This traditional restaurant has been run by the owner Moreno's family for nine generations and he has a fantastic passion for food which shines through in his cookery classes.
The five-hour lesson is a combination of cooking demonstration and hands on learning. We made our own pasta (both tagliatelle and tortelloni), we ate lots (the aformentioned pasta, a stunning mushroom and apple risotto, local salami and gran padano cheese), we drank lots (Moreno ensures the wine keeps flowing), we listened to Moreno's fascinating stories, and we met new friends. All of this for the bargain price of 45 Euros!!
Then there's Moreno and his wife Rosella's beautiful neigbouring B&B (Ca'noeva) with unbelievable views of lake Como for just 65 Euros a night (which is almost unheard of in Lake Como), and their generous hospitality in providing us with unlimited free drop-offs and pick-ups in Varenna, and their fantastic recommendations of local castles and friends restaurants to visit. The list goes on...
Who needs expensive lakeside hotels and fine dining, when you can have a much more memorable experience for a fraction of the price!
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