Learn to Cook like a True Italian

Cena cooking school offers small intimate classes and on-site accommodations…

Antonio Pisaniello has opened a cooking school, Cena, featuring the characterful cucina of this verdant landscape of the Amalfi Coast.

The medieval hill town of Nusco is about an hour inland from the Amalfi Coast, but it seems a million miles from that fabulous stretch of touristy beaches. Here, locals make cheese in small family dairies and hunt for wild mushrooms and black truffles in the surrounding woods; and a few years ago, a talented young chef named Antonio Pisaniello earned a Michelin star for the authentic, delicious cuisine served at his tiny restaurant, La Locanda di Bu.

Now Pisaniello has opened a cooking school, Cena (cenaschool.com), featuring the characterful cucina of this verdant landscape. Courses are tailored to students, from novice to professional, and last from a day to more than a week. Curricula might include preparing handmade pastas and local vegetable and meat dishes, as well as visiting award-winning local wineries and artisanal food makers. The facility includes a professional kitchen accommodating a maximum of 16 students and a contemporary restaurant beside it for dining. For those who prefer a full immersion course, six simple bedrooms offer breathtaking views of the countryside beyond. 

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