Honeymoon Day Four: Mamma Agata Cooking School

There was so much anticipation with this day as we had booked this activity in January! We got the recommendation to try this cooking school from my good friend’s older sister who had attended a cooking class with her husband. The reviews on Trip Advisor were nothing short of amazing and we were really excited to go. 

We woke up early and managed to get breakfast right when the terrace in our hotel opened up. The entire terrace was covered in ashes from the fire and the planes and helicopters were still making the trips to collect the water. We ate breakfast quick and cached the bus to Amalfi. Unfortunately, the bus didn’t run at the exact times we needed and knew we would be cutting it a little close; however, we thought it was worth it as the bus only cost 7 Euro and a car service was 100 Euro each way. We made it to Amalfi, but had just missed the bus. So, we decided to take a taxi (50 Euro) up to Ravello to make it to the cooking class on time (it started at 10:30am). We arrived in the main piazza and had to walk about 10 minutes down the hillside to Mamma Agata’s house. 

Upon arriving, her daughter Chiara greeted us with a huge hug and welcomed us into her family’s home. We took 10 steps down to the terrace and were overwhelmed by the most beautiful views of the Amalfi Coast. We were introduced to the other guests participating in the cooking class and enjoyed a cup of coffee and Mamma Agata’s famous lemon cake. It was the perfect way to kick off a cooking class….by eating! 
 The view from Mama Agata's terrace
 Chef Tyler ready to go
 So excited for the day to begin
This view was absolutely stunning!

Promptly at 11am, we were guided into the kitchen by Chiara where we met Mamma Agata and began the cooking class. We learned so many tips and tricks and got to sample everything! It isn’t your typical hands-on class, but rather is all about understanding the techniques and art of selecting the right food and preparing it perfectly. We cooked until about 1:30pm (and took several wine and food breaks in between) before taking a longer break to explore the family’s garden. The coolest part of the cooking school is that Mamma Agata and her family grow all their own vegetables and raise their own animals on the hillside. The garden was so impressive and really made us want to garden one day! After our break, Chiara, her husband Gennaro, and their son Mario (11 years old and precious), served us the lunch we had cooked: the most amazing Eggplant Parmigiana, Sausage and Red Pepper Pasta, Farmer’s Spaghetti, Lemon Chicken, and Coccolis (fritters). It was seriously the best Italian meal we have ever had!!!! 
Mama Agata's famous Lemon Cake
 Tyler and me with Mama Agata
 Mama Agata showing us her secret to making Eggplant Parmigiana
 The best Eggplant Parmigiana...Tyler even loved this and he doesn't eat eggplant!
 The spread for our first snack break
 Enjoying the scenery from the terrace
 Making the Farmer's Table Spaghetti
Shed for all of the tools
 Onions and scallions cultivated from the garden
 Exploring the garden
 Tyler's favorite....making fritters
The spread for lunch
 Farmer's Spaghetti
Sausage and Pepper Pasta...Out of this world!
 After a long meal, we ended the day with one last slice of lemon cake, said our good-byes, and walked down the 1,000 feet (stairs) to Amalfi. We walked around Amalfi for about one hour before taking the ferry (8 Euro per person each way) back to Positano. It was the perfect way to end the most AMAZING day. We were both too full from our meal that we decided to hang out on our terrace, write postcards, and take in the beautiful scenery.
 Gorgeous walk down from Ravello
Church in Amalfi

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