When visiting Naples, most people have one dish on their bucket list: Neapolitan pizza.
And for good reason – Neapolitan pizza is one of Naples finest and most popular global exports, and the city itself is regarded as the birthplace of modern pizza.
In 2016, cousins Lucia and Francesca founded Le Cugine to help tourists discover, cook and eat authentic Neapolitan pizza in Naples.
Inspired by their grandmother, who was a mother of seven and grandmother to over 20 grandchildren, Lucia and Francesca wanted Le Cugine to reflect the welcoming spirit of their grandmother’s kitchen and showcase delicious Neapolitan cuisine to the world.
Currently, Le Cugine offer two pizza-making classes: one in Naples inside a traditional Neapolitan pizzeria and one in Sorrento, which is held inside one of the city’s most famous and historical pizzerias.
The art of pizza-making in Naples has even been awarded with UNESCO heritage status, which paid tribute to the preservation and passing down of Neaopolitan pizza through generations of pizzaioli (Italian for “pizza chef”).
In addition to their pizza-making classes, Le Cugine runs cooking classes and food market tours based around the cuisine of Neapolitan home cooks and families. This ensures each class is authentic and genuine, and allows guests to truly experience family life in Naples.
“Carefully choosing ingredients and cooking with others is what makes us happiest. Cooking for us is always an act of love and the family is the maximum expression of love.” — Lucia & Francesca, Le Cugine
All cooking classes focus on simple yet delicious Neapolitan dishes, so guests can easily replicate the recipes and flavors when they return home.
One of the best moments Lucia and Francesca experienced with Le Cugine was when two Italian-American sisters rediscovered the scent of their Italian grandmother’s kitchen during a cooking class. It’s these types of unique moments that are truly rewarding.