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Abruzzo Cooking: Abbondanza Abruzzese

Check the back panel on premium imported Italian pasta packages, the best come from here. Utilizing simple, ancient tools of the trade, every class will learn to make hand-rolled, egg pasta known as ceppe, formed around a special wooden stick and chitarra, rolled across brass strings similar to those of a guitar. Pasta is made from flour ground from actual stone mills, mountain cheeses are ripened in caves and chestnut harvesting techniques go back centuries. In fact, all farming in Abruzzo is done through organic cultivation perfected ...
Abruzzo - Civitella del Tronto
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Ticket Information

Ticket Price $1,500.00 per person (single occupancy)
$1,250.00 per person (double occupancy)
Max participants: 8
Days of the week: Tuesday afternoon to Saturday morning year round.
Alternate dates may be arranged for groups of 8 or more. Please call.

What's Included

  • Four nights stay at the historic Hotel Zunica in a superior double bedroom with private bath, satellite television and panoramic views
  • Three days of cooking classes, conducted in English
  • All class materials, instructions, recipes, Zunica chef's hat and apron
  • Four breakfasts, three lunches and four dinners. All wines and beverages included
  • Three Guided Tours with transportation, based on seasonal events and harvests
  • Easy to follow directions


Tuesday Afternoon
  • Arrive at the Abbondanza Abruzzese Cooking School in Civitella del Tronto. Check in and enjoy the superb views from your room or the picture-postcard town square outside the front door. Relax, tonight the two chefs will cook in your honor.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
  • After a hearty breakfast, the day begins with lessons on the importance of ingredients by visiting the area's best producers. Spring or summer sessions visit a highly rated, organic farmstead or cheese producer. Fall classes are more likely to stop at vineyards or an extra virgin olive oil fattoria. All participants enjoy a trip to the farmer's market and a guided tour of Ascoli Piceno with a special treat at Caffè Meletti, a historic cafĂ© renown for their aperitifs. Lunch, depending on the day trip schedule is either taken picnic style or at a local trattoria.

  • Afternoons are reserved for hands-on instruction in the kitchen as you perfect each recipe. Copies of every recipe are available in English to take home. The courses focus on: creative antipasti, first courses of hand made pasta, succulent main dishes and out of this world desserts. Each session revolves around the freshest seasonal products available at the moment of your arrival.

  • The evening meal is a feast you helped create, accompanied by fine wines and aperitifs. During the Friday night Gala Dinner, participants are presented with their chef's hat and apron, and the most promising apprentice is awarded the distinction of becoming "Abruzzo's Next Chef". This festive evening, weather permitting, is celebrated in the main square with traditional folk music.

Saturday Morning
  • Breakfast & departure. (Perfect timing to embark on a Parker Villa rental for the coming week armed with recipes, shopping tips and lots of insider knowledge.)

Booking forms

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