Lake Como

Cesarine: Home Cooking Class & Meal with a Local in Como

Badge of ExcellenceComo, Italy
Private cooking class at a Cesarinas home with tasting in Como
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From USD 155.91

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Learn to create classic dishes of the Lombardy region with a private cooking class in Lake Como. A member of the acclaimed Cesarine network of chefs will welcome you into their home for a lesson in Milanese-style cuisine as you help prepare a 3-course menu featuring northern Italian favorites like polenta, risotto, meatballs, osso bucco, and tiramisu. When the cooking’s done, sit down with your host to enjoy the homemade meal with wine pairings.
  • Savor a homemade meal with an interactive cooking class in Lake Como
  • Learn secrets of the Italian kitchen you can take back home
  • Enjoy a multi-course menu along with red and white Lombardy wines
  • Receive an official Cesarine apron and shopping bag as a souvenir

Sample Menu


Seasonal starter


Fresh Pasta

Sample Regional Pasta: Ravioli or Risotto or Gnocchi


Como dessert

Torta miascia or Cutizza pancake or Tiramisu or similar typical desserts

What's Included

  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Learn and taste 3 Italian recipes (starter, fresh pasta and dessert)
  • Alcoholic Beverages

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Como
      22100 Como, Province of Como, Italy

      This experience will be held in a local's home. For privacy reasons, you will receive the full address of your Cesarina host after you have booked. We will contact you by e-mail after you've booked to match you up with your ideal host based on what you are looking for.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Operated by Cesarine

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    Featured review
    This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Cesarine Anna was so friendly and thoughtful. She helped make the experience so much more amazing. The food was “belissimo!” And was so much fun to learn how to make. She also taught us some history of the food we were making and about the different wines we drank with the meal. If you are going to be in Como, we would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone!


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    Fun, informative and delicious
    Jeannine_W, Sept 2023
    Loved the recipes and expertise of our teachers. The history of the towns and our host family were charming. Carolina and Simone were such gracious hosts. If my trip was longer I would take another class.
    The beat
    Peggy_B, Sept 2023
    This family was so kind. They helped us make this fantastic meal. We enjoyed the adventures they have traveled that we where able to share. I would recommend this to anyone who really want to learn how to make a true Italian meal.
    A Fantastic Experience
    Robert_M, Sept 2023
    My two adult children and myself took the cooking class with Simona and Carolina, daughter and Mom at their home in Cantu' Italy. In a nutshell, it was a fantastic experience that brought back memories of my Mom and Grandmother who were both great Italian cooks. Simona and Carolina are not only expert cooks and teachers but also gracious hosts who made us feel comfortable throughout the time we spent with them. After preparing an appetizer, pasta and desert we had sitdown lunch with our hostesses at a lovely dining room table.
    Must do - take a cooking course
    Wendy_R, Sept 2023
    Our cesarine Damiano was absolutely fabulous. He is not only a great chef but also warm and personable. It was a very memorable day. The only negative is the communication with Viator was poor. My international phone service wasn't working properly and I thought the meet up place was his home. Luckily we did communicate. Viator should find additional ways of communicating like email between customer and cesarine.
    Great cooking class with Vincenzo
    Dominique_P, Sept 2023
    Really enjoyable class, we made a bolognese ragu with fresh pasta which Vincenzo showed us how to make into different shapes and a lemon custard dessert. Vincenzo also made us bruschetta with burrata and sun dried tomatoes as an entree which was delicious! Wine was also provided. We had a great view eating the food on his balcony. Highly recommend!
    A must do experience
    Georgia_C, Sept 2023
    Valentina was a wonderful teacher! She taught us three yummy traditional, seasonal recipes handed down from her nonna. All very delicious and easy to remake back home. Her home, family, and adored dog were beautiful - my mum and I felt very welcome the whole time. I wish I could do another evening with Valentina 😊
    A Honeymoon Must!!
    Devin_G, Sept 2023
    One of the most memorable experiences on our honeymoon! Anna made us feel right at home in her charming house that is tucked in the mountainside. The views were breathtaking, the food was delicious, and the company was the best part!
    Food, friends, fun!
    Karen_Z, Sept 2023
    Cooking in Debora’s home was like visiting a friend and making memories in addition to creating a delicious meal! She was so kind in helping us find our way to her spectacular home as we got off at the wrong bus stop. The cooking lesson was informative about more than just the ingredients, and included facts about the region, wine, and Italian music! And the view was breathtaking. We made a new friend!
    It was such a fun...
    Sophia_A, Sept 2023
    It was such a fun experience, and our host was incredible! I would highly recommend this class to anyone who is looking to learn about Italian cooking while enjoying great company and views of the lake.
    Nice Experience, Not worth the expense
    Diane_B, Sept 2023
    We enjoyed the evening because we love being together but it was not worth the expense. Four of us had a meager dinner and the only cooking experience was making pasta, which most of us had already done and custard for the dessert which was not remarkable. Save your money, go to a nice restaurant!!!
    Fantastic Experience
    Megan_D, Sept 2023
    We had a fantastic time making homemade pasta (plus an appetizer and dessert) with Debora! She was a delightful and warm host and teacher, and her house is gorgeous (especially the garden!). One of the best things we did on our trip to Lake Como. Highly recommend!!
    Cesarine Anna is awesome!!
    ALAN_Z, Aug 2023
    This was definitely one of the highlights of our trip! Cesarine Anna was so friendly and thoughtful. She helped make the experience so much more amazing. The food was “belissimo!” And was so much fun to learn how to make. She also taught us some history of the food we were making and about the different wines we drank with the meal. If you are going to be in Como, we would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone!
    Devra is what’s Cooking in Como!!!
    Jim_R, Aug 2023
    Debra was simply fabulous!! What a great personality and such great patience for teaching different ways to cook fantastic dishes!! This more than worth the experience!
    Perfect experience
    Niema_Q, Aug 2023
    AMAZING experience. Debora was the perfect host - warm, hospitable and a wonderful chef. The views when we had our dinner were spectacular and the food delicious. Seriously, could not be more perfect!
    Wonderful cooking and cultural experience
    Donna_B, July 2023
    Fabulous! This family provided a wonderful cooking and cultural experience. Highly recommended experience.
    Best tour of our trip!
    Todd_S, July 2023
    Our host was wonderful. She was very charming and engaging as she taught us her family secrets to cooking the items we prepared.
    Cooking with Cesarina Roberta is a wonderful experience!
    Heather_W, July 2023
    My review is specifically for Cesarina Roberta, not necessarily my entire experience as I had issues with customer service. I absolutely loved the time we got to spend cooking with Roberta in her home! She was incredibly kind, accommodating, and thoughtful and made the experience feel as if we were friends she welcomed into her home. She’s a wonderful person and I truly enjoyed the time we spent learning from her and swapping stories and conversation. The food and wine were delicious and I highly recommend this experience to anyone visiting Como! As an added bonus, she also shared the recipes from our class after we arrived home so we could try them on our own. Thanks again for everything, Roberta! :)
    Delicious home-cooked tasting experience for the whole family.
    Cristina_L, July 2023
    We are a family of four traveling on our first trip through Northern Italy, trying to learn about the Italian culture in Lake Como. My daughter Bri came up with the idea to do a cooking class, and fortunately we had a rental car to make the drive to the neighborhood about an hour drive from where we stayed in Nesso. When we got there, we were greeted by a friendly Simona; the friendly daughter of the chef Carolina. They had a giant wood block set up in the kitchen perfectly with all ingredients evenly split into 4 portions for our family. We learned to make homemade pasta all different shapes and sizes and a delicious tiramisu. After everything was cooked to perfection, we sat at the dining room table, drank wine and ate together. We had a fantastic time and Carolina and Simona were wonderful hosts, they made us feel like family. I highly recommend this tour for anyone who is looking for a unique and tasty experience.
    Great cooking class for friends!
    Megan_F, July 2023
    This was such a great experience, felt super comfortable with Roberta and loved learning to make all the dishes. Absolutely recommend this experience!
    Friends for Life!
    Stacie_P, July 2023
    This had to be our best experience of the trip! The family who hosted and taught us were absolutely delightful, and in addition to learning new cooking techniques and enjoying a beautiful meal, we had lively conversations about a range of topics and my family left feeling like we made friends for life.

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