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Cooking Classes at Amy’s

Join us for a genuine Italian cooking class!  We offer beginner’s cooking classes in the art of pasta making. The class is hosted by Amy in her “casa di epoca”, a beautiful, vintage, Italian home, walking distance to the center of Como. Amy is an American, but has lived with her Italian husband in Italy for over 14 years.  She has a passion for the Italian lifestyle, and would love to share it with you!

The hands-on class will teach you how to  make different kinds of pasta with delicious sauces. The pasta and sauces will be based on whatever is in season, and can easily be replicated on your own.

Once you have made the pasta, you then sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor!  Lunch is served in Amy’s beautiful dining room with your fellow students, where you can enjoy a beautiful meal, including wine, water, dessert and coffee.

Sign up for the class if you are traveling by yourself, a couple or a group. It is a great experience to share with family and friends while in Italy!  We can modify the class according to your group needs.


Who is Amy?

I am an American from Chicago and I moved to Italy over 14 years ago with my Italian husband and 2 boys. I am from a big Irish family, and my husband is from a large Italian family, and our boys are a great mixture of both cultures!

Living in Italy has been such a wonderful experience, and food has been a big part of that.   Over the years, I have learned so much from all kinds of Italian cooks, and it is amazing the simplicity and freshness that is the base of all Italian cooking. I decided to host these classes so you too can have a unique Italian experience. It is a fun, hands-on class, in my Italian home, which I am sure you and the people you are traveling with will enjoy. It is also great way to meet other fellow travelers from all around the world!

I am also very passionate about living in Como, and I would love to share my knowledge with you about the area, and my personal experiences of what it is like to live here!



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What our guests say about us

“Absolute Italian highlight”

Amy La Via is a consummate host. She opens her stunning apartment on the shores of Lake Como to groups of four or more for hands-on cooking classes. Guests learn the art of making pasta, lasagne, ravioli, risotto, tiramisu… depending on what’s available at the market on the day… and then sit down to enjoy the fruits of their labour in the dining room. It’s a rare and privileged slice of life in an Italian home and may just be the best value 50 euros a head you will find in the whole country. – Kirsty

Read Kirsty’s full article published in Australian Country Magazine.


“Must do! Such a delight and fun activity in Como.”

I found Amy’s Cucina on TripAdvisor and how glad I am I did. My husband and I signed up for her class and it ended up being perfect for the very rainy few days we had while in Como. Amy is a wonderful host and her home is absolutely beautiful. Ale was fun and full of information. My husband and I can’t wait to put our new cooking skills to use, now back at home. Thank you Amy and Ale for a great experience! – Rachel


“Wonderful time at Amy’s Cucina; a must-do in Como!”5 of 5 bubbles

We were so thankful we stumbled upon Amy’s Cucina on tripadvisor. We were in Como when it had been raining for several days and were looking for an indoor activity. We could not have been more pleased. Firstly, the meal we prepared ruined the rest of our meals in Italy. It was by far the best meal we had. And amazingly we had helped prepare it! Amy welcomed us into her beautiful home, we met other friendly travelers and enjoyed learning how to make pumpkin ravioli and risotto from the chef. I strongly recommend! – Elizabeth

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