Paul and I are now master Italian chefs! We took a 6 hour cooking class on our last day in Lake Como and are ready to wow everyone back home with our mad cooking skillz!
Okay, so that might be a slight exaggeration.
On Thursday, Chef Moreno Maglia picked us up from a piazza near our hotel at 10am. By 10:30, we were at his restaurant, Il Caminetto, enjoying cappuccinos (have I mentioned yet that the cappuccinos in Italy are amazing?) and cookies. By 4:30, he dropped us back off at the piazza. So, maybe not 6 full hours of cooking, but a long day nonetheless.
|Chef Moreno smushing the potatoes for the gnocchi|
The class wasn't overly participatory, so the only hands-on experience we got was rolling out and cutting up gnocchi dough. Paul and I both gave it a try:
Chef Moreno showed us how to make three dishes:
1. Gnocchi with a creamy zucchini sauce:
We also had a simply amazing pumpkin gnocchi dish at a restaurant in Lake Como the other day that I will be very tempted to try to replicate. It's clearly a lot of work to make homemade pasta, but where gnocchi is concerned, it's completely worth it. The homemade gnocchi we've had is many times better than that which you can purchase in a store in the US.