Today’s tour takes you behind the scenes in one of Italy’s top four kitchens for a master class in cucina amalfitana. Join the chefs from Don Alfonso to transform their farm-fresh ingredients into a feast fit for a king!
Alfonso Iaccarino is a Michelin-starred chef and fourth-generation hotelier in the charming village of Sant’Agata sui due Golfi perched atop the Sorrento Peninsula. Sitting pretty in pink within a lush park, his renowned restaurant Don Alfonso 1890 has perfected the art of transforming traditional cucina amalfitana into modernist masterpieces that look as good as they taste. Join your chef/instructor in this prestigious kitchen to find out what it takes to turn quality raw materials – most of which are cultivated in their own organic farm – into a Michelin-starred feast. The menu varies with the season and the weather, and focuses on the traditional dishes that have put Campania on the gastronomic map, like fresh-off-the-hook fish in Acqua Pazza, handmade scialatelli pasta and desserts flavored with sun-kissed lemons. You’ll have the chance to sample your dishes as you cook, before venturing down into the pre-Roman wine cellars. Carved out of the tufa rock by the Etruscans centuries ago, you’ll find 25,000 of the finest vintages aging under perfect conditions at the bottom of these ancient stairs, along with the best cured meats and cheeses of the region. And no visitors to Don Alfonso go home empty-handed: along with the happy memories, your farewell gift includes Alfonso’s famous pasta and tomato sauce and an educational, entertaining booklet on local recipes and the Mediterranean diet.