Italian food is arguably the world’s best cuisine throughout Italy and also in many other countries of the world. What could be better than sitting down for a homemade meal by an Italian grandmother (nonna) at a big table with the whole family? Learning to prepare the meal with her.
If your dream of coming to Italy includes sitting down at a family dinner table and breaking bread while consuming wine produced in the family’s orchard, then we have got the perfect activity for you. We’ve made friends with a warm Italian family in a nearby village on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. They have a very special place on the mountainside overlooking the Gulf of Salerno where they grow the famed Amalfi lemons used to make limoncello and to sell in the local markets. They also grow nearly all of their own food that the family consumes.
The grandparents of this family live in the old house a little lower on the mountain just down the street. It’s there where they still gather for weekly family dinners at the rustic antique wooden dining table that sits up to at least 12 people. The kitchen where the nonna prepares the meals in the old house is original too.
The family has opened their farm and home up to us on Inspiration Trips. We can organize a tour of the family farm to see how they cultivate the terraced gardens which are particular to the coastal mountains and take in the panoramic views. Afterwards you’ll go down to the house to help Nonna prepare your meal and learn her recipes. You’ll also learn how to preserve fresh vegetables to use throughout the year.
Finally, you’ll sit down at the table and enjoy some homemade wine, appetizers, oven-baked pasta, or whatever else you’ve cooked up according to the season.
But watch out if you sit next to the nonno (grandfather)! He kept my wine and dinner plate full during the whole meal. “Mangia, mangia!” He obviously thought I was too skinny but wanted me drunk. I look forward to going back. 😉
Contact us to book your evening with this beautiful family. You’ll have an opportunity to practice your Italian in an authentic setting and maybe learn a little Napoletano too. Don’t worry if you don’t know either language, the daughter-in-law who will be your hostess speaks English and can translate for you.