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Host: Laura

Venice, Italy

USD
$60-$108 per person

Cooking class in central Venice with a fun loving local

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Laura

Laura is a true-blue Venetian - born and raised in Venice, she lives in a beautiful apartment in the city center. Laura is a social worker and works on women empowerment projects. In her spare time, she loves to travel, watch movies, go to the market and of course, cook! She first learned to cook watching her mother in the kitchen and went to experiment with different recipes from cookbooks. Laura truly enjoys cooking for friends and family!

“During my travels in South America I discovered the home-cooking experience and fell in love with the concept! I would love to share the food and culture of my city with travelers, especially in Venice, where it is so difficult to connect with locals.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Laura lives in a cozy home located in a lovely neighborhood, only a 20-minute walk from the city center. The neighborhood is very local with not many tourists so you will get to experience a real Italian suburb. Laura learned to cook traditional dishes from her mother and she likes to serve local dishes from Veneto. She only uses fresh and organic ingredients from the local farmers. Laura is also an expert in vegetarian food, as she was a vegetarian for 10 years (but not anymore!). A few dishes that you might share with Laura at her dining table include polenta with creamed cod, fresh pasta or tortelli with organic vegetables and local cheese. End your meal with a dessert of tiramisu and coffee.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Laura in her small but well-equipped kitchen to discover the secrets of Veneto cuisine over local wine and crispy parmesan chips. During your 1-hour hands-on cooking class with Laura, you will learn to make a seasonal, creamy risotto and a decadent tiramisu dessert. Learn how to prepare the mascarpone cream for this rich dessert and create your own portion of tiramisu. As you cook, hear as Laura regales you with stories about the history and origin of the dishes you are preparing.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Meet Laura at her home and walk together to Venice's local market. On Monday mornings, you will visit the Santa Marta market, which is a 5-min walk from her home. On remaining days of the week (Tue - Sat), walk 20 minutes to the Santa Margherita market, which is located about 20 min by foot from Laura’s home. Laura loves visiting markets and is excited to help you explore these local gems and discover locally grown produce. She will introduce you to her favorite vendors as you stop at a few shops to purchase ingredients for your cooking class.

Notes: Please note that Laura can offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals on request. Please indicate your preference when creating a booking online. On occasion, Laura's friend and roommate Ilaria, another native Venetian in her thirties might be present during your experience.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Welcome Drink
  • Polenta with creamed cod
  • Risotto or fresh pasta
  • Tiramisu
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Laura is very friendly and welcoming. Very easy and interesting person to talk to. It was a very interesting experience. Besides that, she is a great cook and she knows how to make delicious food. You can really taste the goodness and freshness in her food. Laura’s home is located in an area which is very local with not many tourists, so you will get to experience a real Italian suburb. Cooking Veneto food with Laura is a great experience. You will learn a lot about the food, how to cook some new dishes and also you will have a pleasure being part of Laura’s company.

Pauline, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

Thank you Laura for a Fabulous time today. Laura was a wonderful host, a lot of fun, and I learned a lot. Everything we made was delicious. Best experience of my whole vacation!
- Gale October 25, 2019

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Laura

$60-$108 USD

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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$80 $60 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $80 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $90 Not offered
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$80 $60 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $80 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $90 Not offered
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-1:30pm

Meet Laura

Laura is a true-blue Venetian - born and raised in Venice, she lives in a beautiful apartment in the city center. Laura is a social worker and works on women empowerment projects. In her spare time, she loves to travel, watch movies, go to the market and of course, cook! She first learned to cook watching her mother in the kitchen and went to experiment with different recipes from cookbooks. Laura truly enjoys cooking for friends and family!

“During my travels in South America I discovered the home-cooking experience and fell in love with the concept! I would love to share the food and culture of my city with travelers, especially in Venice, where it is so difficult to connect with locals.”

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-4 guests) Laura lives in a cozy home located in a lovely neighborhood, only a 20-minute walk from the city center. The neighborhood is very local with not many tourists so you will get to experience a real Italian suburb. Laura learned to cook traditional dishes from her mother and she likes to serve local dishes from Veneto. She only uses fresh and organic ingredients from the local farmers. Laura is also an expert in vegetarian food, as she was a vegetarian for 10 years (but not anymore!). A few dishes that you might share with Laura at her dining table include polenta with creamed cod, fresh pasta or tortelli with organic vegetables and local cheese. End your meal with a dessert of tiramisu and coffee.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Laura in her small but well-equipped kitchen to discover the secrets of Veneto cuisine over local wine and crispy parmesan chips. During your 1-hour hands-on cooking class with Laura, you will learn to make a seasonal, creamy risotto and a decadent tiramisu dessert. Learn how to prepare the mascarpone cream for this rich dessert and create your own portion of tiramisu. As you cook, hear as Laura regales you with stories about the history and origin of the dishes you are preparing.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Meet Laura at her home and walk together to Venice's local market. On Monday mornings, you will visit the Santa Marta market, which is a 5-min walk from her home. On remaining days of the week (Tue - Sat), walk 20 minutes to the Santa Margherita market, which is located about 20 min by foot from Laura’s home. Laura loves visiting markets and is excited to help you explore these local gems and discover locally grown produce. She will introduce you to her favorite vendors as you stop at a few shops to purchase ingredients for your cooking class.

Notes: Please note that Laura can offer vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals on request. Please indicate your preference when creating a booking online. On occasion, Laura's friend and roommate Ilaria, another native Venetian in her thirties might be present during your experience.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Welcome Drink
  • Polenta with creamed cod
  • Risotto or fresh pasta
  • Tiramisu
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Laura is very friendly and welcoming. Very easy and interesting person to talk to. It was a very interesting experience. Besides that, she is a great cook and she knows how to make delicious food. You can really taste the goodness and freshness in her food. Laura’s home is located in an area which is very local with not many tourists, so you will get to experience a real Italian suburb. Cooking Veneto food with Laura is a great experience. You will learn a lot about the food, how to cook some new dishes and also you will have a pleasure being part of Laura’s company.

Pauline, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

Thank you Laura for a Fabulous time today. Laura was a wonderful host, a lot of fun, and I learned a lot. Everything we made was delicious. Best experience of my whole vacation!
- Gale October 25, 2019

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$80 $60 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $80 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $90 Not offered
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$80 $60 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $80 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$108 $90 Not offered
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-1:30pm
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