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La Cucina Sotto L'Arch (the kitchen under the arch) is in the ancient centre of the village of Vittorito in Abruzzo.

Chef's Ezio and Maria cook with passion. They both speak English and will guide you through the ancient cooking processes still used in this historic area.  You will be cooking, not watching the Chef!  Five four hour classes.  Small groups, personalised attention.

The locals will come into the kitchen and teach their specialties.   Cook, taste and enjoy.


"The cooking school was a great way to experience local food, local knowledge and local sights.  Gail and Wayne were excellent hosts, showing us the local winery, near by villages with great  markets and incorporating us into their afternoon.  We even had a beer on the Adriatic Coast and watched the sun set.  Maria was an excellent teacher and fun and laughter was had.  I especially liked the low key style and because everyone spoke English made it easy with out missing the essence of Italy.  We were no where near the tourist route which was a bonus and added a lovely balance to our holiday.  I could highly recommend this package of English speaking hosts, tour guide, Italian culinary teacher, with a little bit of history thrown in, all out in the country which I loved.  They even have push bikes and a swimming pool."  
Cath and Bill from Waiuku



  • accommodation
  • Daily breakfasts prepared on site - choice of continental and/or cooked
  • 5 morning Cooking School classes
  • A glass of wine with a delicious lunch prepared in your morning class
  • Pre-dinner aperativo and wine with dinner (beer & seasonal fruit juice also available)
  • Afternoon activities
  • Complimentary apron and book to record recipes and preparation methods
  • Evening meal prepared with the help of local villages - al fresco dining


Pastas: Ravioli, Tagliatelle, Gnocchi, Lasagne, Pizza and Calzone, secret sauces and much more
Sweets (Dolce): Amaretto, Pannacotta, Torta
Antipasta: Bruchette, Arrosticini, Mozereline fritte



After your morning cooking class and a lunch time siesta the fun continues in the afternoon with visits to the little gems around this special areaThese will differ depending on the time of year, but below is an example of some of the activities you could experience during your stay:

  • Wine & cheese at the oldest vineyard in Abruzzo
  • Visits to historic sights
  • Filigree jewellery and lace making
  • Ancient flour mills and olive presses
  • Visit the local market on Friday morning to buy produce for dinner
  • Visit local artists
  • Take part in local activities        


The B&B Via San Rocco 34 is a charming historic home with amazing views over the valley, situated in the centro storico (old centre) in the medieval village of Vittorito, just below the castle.  This old casa has a beautiful outdoor living area, where breakfast, dinner and aperativo can be savoured in a social setting. There are also several quiet spaces where you can read a book, or just stare out across this lovely valley.  There is a small pool to keep you cool.

  • Double or twin share for six guests
  • Shared facilities (a mixture of 4 per bathroom when B & B full)
  • Depending on cooking school registrations, some accommodation may also be in the village
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