Gastronomic afternoon in Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast

The last item you will be thinking of packing when getting ready for your yacht charter on the Amalfi Coast is of course an apron. You might want to reconsider after learning about this unique opportunity to be a chef for an afternoon in a stunning villa in Sorrento.

The typical Sorrento family atmosphere

Palazzo del Barone, set among lush citrus groves and centuries old olive trees, is the ideal place if you are looking for an elegant and quiet location for a personalized gastronomic experience with your loved ones. Everyone has their favorite Italian dish and here you will learn how to excel at yours! Sorrento cuisine is known for their gnocchi alla Sorrentina, Caprese salad and for the century old debate about who has the best pizza in Italy, Naples or Sorrento.

Today you will be able to participate in this discussion and cast your vote. Completely restored in 2017, Palazzo del Barone enjoys a stunning view of the Sorrento Bay, the Gulf of Naples, the majestic Mount Vesuvius and the island of Capri with its Faraglioni rocks. You will feel right at home when welcomed by the typical Sorrento family atmosphere.

 

 

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The ingredients sourced directly from their garden

The Sorrentine and Neapolitan cuisine of Chez Barone is characterized by passion, attention to detail, imagination, good taste and genuine top quality ingredients. The estate has its own organic kitchen garden and during the gastronomic adventure you are about to begin, you will use ingredients sourced directly from their garden, to fully savor its authenticity and taste. The staff of Chez Barone themselves takes care of the vegetable garden, the olive grove, the vineyard, the fruit trees and the citrus grove on a daily basis, from sowing and planting to the final harvest.

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Extraordinary location

Your chief stewardess will make sure all of your favorite dishes will be on the menu. How about discovering the take of the traditional local cuisine on ravioli? Or learn all the family secrets about their recipe for the perfect pizza? You will be able to handpick your herbs while strolling through the gardens before class starts, kicked off by a chilled glass of champagne to cleanse the palate.

The staff of Chez Barone has access to the freshest fish supply there is, as the local fishermen are good friends of them and provide them with a daily fresh catch.

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Secrets of the traditional recipes

The chef will show you the ultimate way to make homemade ravioli. Between kneading and resting the dough, rolling the long silky sheets of pasta, assembling the layers, encasing the filling, sealing, cutting and serving, these heavenly parcels of joy are worth every step. A true labor of love, but with the small bites that are offered during the process, time will fly while you are having fun with your friends and family. Is anyone trying to master the Gnocchi alla Sorrentina recipe, with a fresh tomato sauce and topped with Treccia cheese and some fresh basil? While learning the techniques and secrets of the traditional recipes, the staff will make sure you will not miss any of the tasting samples of their own high quality wines.

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The limoncello making process

As the famous Limoncello di Capri will be on the menu later, you will be introduced to the limoncello making process. Only certified local heirloom lemons are used. This variety of lemon is large, shaped like an oval, has an bright yellow peel, and is particularly aromatic.

The fruit is prized for its juicy, acidic quality. The trees that produce this lemon are wrapped in plastic or cotton sheeting to protect the fruit from cold temperatures and rain, allowing it to mature later in the season for a more intense flavor. The lemons are harvested from February until October after being cultivated according to traditional farming techniques.

Did you know that only the peel of the lemon is used to produce limoncello? Just the first one millimeter layer of yellow zest from the fruit is used, thus leaving the bitter white inner pith behind. The zest is where the fruit´s limonene is located, a pungent essential oil that gives limoncello its famous scent. The lemon zest is left to macerate in pure 95% alcohol for about a week, after which the infusion is filtered and the zest, which has in the meantime lost all its aroma, is discarded. The infusion is mixed with cold purified water, and a sugar solution is added.

After this final step, which takes about an hour, the limoncello is ready and is currently being chilled for you to enjoy later!

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Relax and enjoy

While the homemade bread is getting ready in the oven and the salad with fresh ingredients from the garden is being tossed, the table for your party will be set in one of the most stunning settings you can imagine. All you have to do now is sit down, relax and enjoy all the dishes prepared by you and your loved ones under the expert eye of the chef. The staff will make sure the courses are paired with the perfect local wine while you marvel at the sights of the Amalfi coast as the sun is setting.

Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! The Limoncello tiramisu is the perfect ending to this perfect dinner and will of course be served with some homemade fresh limoncello on the side.

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The unforgettable memories

The staff has one final surprise for you when you say goodbye, a book with today’s recipes to remember your gastronomic adventure in Sorrento forever. When your driver takes you back to your yacht you might be able to spot as you get closer to the port, you will vow to yourself to come back here soon. Back onboard, the chef will be thrilled to hear about your new favorite dishes so he can treat you to some of them in the coming days.

Why not order those matching aprons for you and your loved ones to bring to your yacht charter on the Amalfi coast! It will make for great pictures when touring the olive tree grove and organic garden of Palazzo del Barone!

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