One of the highlights of our time in Varenna was a cooking class with Moreno at Ristorante Il Caminetto. At 10AM a van arrived at our hotel to whisk us up the hill to the restaurant. We were greeted by Moreno and took in the most amazing view of the lake before stepping into the charming restaurant. Moreno and his wife Rossella bought the restaurant from his grandparents who ran a tavern in the same location since the 1930’s!
After a quick espresso we got right to cooking! Well, more like Moreno got right to cooking, we really just observed.
First up, pork loin wrapped in rosemary and lardo and risotto with saffron “Moreno style”.
As a intermezzo to “wet our whistle” we snacked on meat and cheese and local white wine.
Our crew got a little rowdy so we had to step outside 😉
Back inside, our lunch was waiting!
For our second course, we made fresh tortelloni with ricotta and herbs in a cherry tomato sauce, YUM! This is where we really got involved rolling and pinching the tortelloni, I’m an expert!
Our maestro of a truly epic meal, it was such a fun day cooking Italian classics. I can’t wait to try these recipes at home!
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