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Host: Gioia

Venice, Italy

USD
$240 per person

Learn to cook with a Venetian in the heart of Venice

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

Meet Gioia

Gioia is a proud, native Venetian whose family has lived in Venice for generations. Gioia learned to cook watching her mother in the kitchen. She remembers how her mom never bought a single vegetable from a supermarket - she always bought from farmers. Continuing her mother's tradition, Gioia is very particular about her ingredients and only purchases it from farmers and local sellers. Even on days when she is tired she can't bring herself to buy a bottle of tomato sauce and instead prepares it from scratch herself. Gioia is a private chef and also teaches cooking classes professionally. She is passionate about cooking and an experience enjoying her food on her peaceful terrace surrounded by plants is a great way to escape the touristy part of Venice.

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: (2-2 guests) Join Gioia on her peaceful terrace for an authentic Northern Italian meal. Your healthy, homecooked meal prepared mostly from organic ingredients might include dishes such as seafood risotto, garlicky Venetian style artichokes, cod in a pesto sauce, eggplant and green beans stewed in Italian tomatoes. Your meal will be accompanied by white wine or prosecco and conclude with Venetian cookies and fruit for dessert.

Cooking experience: (2-2 guests) Learn to cook everyday Italian dishes at home with Gioia in her kitchen. Using the freshest of ingredients, Gioia will teach you to cook three dishes that may include risotto, pasta or gnocchi, Italian style vegetables, and tiramisu. The cooking portion of your experience will last about 2 hours before you enjoy the meal you helped prepare in courses.

Notes: Please note that wine is included in the cost of your meal.

Languages spoken: English, 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.
  • Home made fresh pasta from scratch with home made sauce
  • Seasonal local vegetables and cheese
  • Tiramisù dessert
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

A culinary experience with Gioia on her outdoor terrace is an oasis of calm in the maddening crowds that can be Venice. A truly local experience with a serious cook, Gioia enjoys serving healthy food cooked from natural and regional produce. It was such a pleasant break from the touristy restaurants in Venice. Her Venetian style artichokes were absolutely delicious. Gioia is also a great person to get recommendations for where to find good quality olive oil and wine in the area.

, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

4.0 (2)
My kids, 5 and 8, wanted to learn how to do Italian pasta. That was the main thing for them in Venice and Gioia made it a great and fun experience for the whole family!!! The lesson was great and the food was superb! I really do think I can do it at home and I’m leaving Venice with a pasta machine in tow! Totally great experience!!!
- 265irisv January 24, 2018
- sean October 17, 2017
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Gioia

$240 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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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
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $240 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $240 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-2:00pm

Meet Gioia

Gioia is a proud, native Venetian whose family has lived in Venice for generations. Gioia learned to cook watching her mother in the kitchen. She remembers how her mom never bought a single vegetable from a supermarket - she always bought from farmers. Continuing her mother's tradition, Gioia is very particular about her ingredients and only purchases it from farmers and local sellers. Even on days when she is tired she can't bring herself to buy a bottle of tomato sauce and instead prepares it from scratch herself. Gioia is a private chef and also teaches cooking classes professionally. She is passionate about cooking and an experience enjoying her food on her peaceful terrace surrounded by plants is a great way to escape the touristy part of Venice.

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: (2-2 guests) Join Gioia on her peaceful terrace for an authentic Northern Italian meal. Your healthy, homecooked meal prepared mostly from organic ingredients might include dishes such as seafood risotto, garlicky Venetian style artichokes, cod in a pesto sauce, eggplant and green beans stewed in Italian tomatoes. Your meal will be accompanied by white wine or prosecco and conclude with Venetian cookies and fruit for dessert.

Cooking experience: (2-2 guests) Learn to cook everyday Italian dishes at home with Gioia in her kitchen. Using the freshest of ingredients, Gioia will teach you to cook three dishes that may include risotto, pasta or gnocchi, Italian style vegetables, and tiramisu. The cooking portion of your experience will last about 2 hours before you enjoy the meal you helped prepare in courses.

Notes: Please note that wine is included in the cost of your meal.

Languages spoken: English, 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.
  • Home made fresh pasta from scratch with home made sauce
  • Seasonal local vegetables and cheese
  • Tiramisù dessert
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

A culinary experience with Gioia on her outdoor terrace is an oasis of calm in the maddening crowds that can be Venice. A truly local experience with a serious cook, Gioia enjoys serving healthy food cooked from natural and regional produce. It was such a pleasant break from the touristy restaurants in Venice. Her Venetian style artichokes were absolutely delicious. Gioia is also a great person to get recommendations for where to find good quality olive oil and wine in the area.

, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

4.0 (2)
My kids, 5 and 8, wanted to learn how to do Italian pasta. That was the main thing for them in Venice and Gioia made it a great and fun experience for the whole family!!! The lesson was great and the food was superb! I really do think I can do it at home and I’m leaving Venice with a pasta machine in tow! Totally great experience!!!
- 265irisv January 24, 2018
- sean October 17, 2017
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $240 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $240 Not offered
Alcohol
$0 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
9:00am-2:00pm
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