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My mother and I have always loved to cook authentic recipes of Abruzzo. Family and friends often gathered around our table full of all kind of goodness, eating and drinking a glass of good local wine. Every meal was rigorously infused with the passion for our tradition. A while ago I decided to extend this experience to all visitors and travellers from around the world. Cookingwithrosy was born to offer the unique experience of a full immersion in our genuine and authentic cooking tradition while surrounded by a family atmosphere. Come in Abruzzo, my mother and I will teach you how to cook our best recipes as well as every tips and tricks that we learned over the years. We promise to transform you in best cook-version of yourself. We look forward to meet you!


My name is Annabella Cermignani. I was born and raised in Abruzzo. I’m a mother of three children and a happy grandma of four beautiful grandchildren. Since I was a child I loved cooking, especially the traditional recipes of my region. My cooking is loved by friends and family.

My secret? My mother! Her name was Iole and she was born in Teramo, a city well known in Abruzzo for its strong culinary traditions. I’m lucky to have such a precious mother. She taught me every secret that she learned from her mother, and I loved every moment we spent together in the kitchen.


Hiii! I’m Rosaria Mastrodicasa, daughter of Annabella and mother of one of her 4 grandchildren. I spent a significant time of my childhood witnessing the art of cooking both my mom and my grandma. Believe me, they used to create real magic in our family kitchen. They often cooked all day long for the family, for fun or just to celebrate the weekend!

We spent many lovely days cooking together and then seated around our table sharing family stories and funny stories. I was 9 when my mother encouraged me to approach the stove for the first time. My first job was to prepare coffee with our traditional moka. It went well and I felt so proud of myself. That emotion still swells in my heart every time I make coffee or I cook for someone!

Nonna Iole was the best cook in the family, then my mother took her place and now it’s my turn to slowly take the lead of our kitchen. I always do my best to maintain our traditions and perpetuate the crazy, noisy spirit of my family. You will see how I sprinkle my family’s magic spirit in the air every time we prepare food together. Or when or we sit around the table to share the fruit of our work, while making jokes, laughing, and drinking good wine!

My Reviews

My daughter and I had an amazing experience with Rosaria and her mom, Annabella. What a wonderful way to spend a day. We learned how to make chitarra pasta and ravioli and some fabulous bread dumplings (there was an Italian name for these, but of course I cannot remember what it is !)….To finish it off, Anabella made some delicious biscotti that we enjoyed with coffee and limoncello. Not only was the cooking experience fantastic, but Rosaria and Annabella have a true love for family and for their region in Abruzzo. They welcomed us into their home and shared it with us as if we were their family as well. Their happiness was infectious. We felt welcome from the first moment we met them! I feel as if I have made lifelong friends! If you have an opportunity to enjoy a day with them, please do so. You will not be sorry! You will leave with a full tummy, great new recipes, and new friends!

Lorraine (Anastasia) and Kendall Davis

We loved the cooking class with Rosaria this summer!!! We took our kids (4 and 6 years old) and they also enjoyed the time we spent at Rosaria’s home. Rosaria is so nice, funny and special! We learned a lot about authentic Italian cooking and everything was so very delicious! Wow! The wine, the houmous, the pasta and the gnocchi! I recommend this experience to everyone who loves the italian food. We still use the recipes of Rosaria at home. Especially the biscotti are favourite with our friends and family. We hope to come back again but also try to get Rosaria to our county once to give cooking classes to the dutch people.

Judith En Ruben

Buonasera a tutti, mi chiamo Luca e lavoro nella ristorazione da oltre 20 anni, attualmente Reataurant Manager all’Hilton di Abu Dhabi, quindi posso permettermi di giudicare i miei colleghi e, francamente, ho trovato questa esperienza veramente di alto livello, vera cucina tradizionale in ambiente molto piacevole, alta professionalità, cortesia e qualità… insomma assolutamente da provare. Altamente consigliato!

Luca Barba

Warmly welcomed home to Anna and her husband to learn how to cook chitarra with polpetti, gnocchi and biscotti! Fantastic food and the meeting with the family was a fun way to learn Italian culture and language! A lot of laughter which made us stay for almost 6 hours! A must do!

Sara K

Never has learning been so much fun. A day with Rosaria and her mother Annabella (queen of the kitchen) is filled with laughter, skill, and wonderful taste sensations. You will learn lots, including little tips and professional secrets to take your skill to a new level. And at the end, you get to sit and enjoy the food you have cooked together, in an atmosphere of conviviality and friendship. Truly excellent!

Mair Stratton

This is the most exceptional experience, the biggest highlight of my trip to Italy. Many thanks to our new Italian friends Annabella, Rosaria, family and friends for an truely traditional Italian experience that I will continue cooking and teaching my family and friends in SA. With much love xxx


I have had the pleasure of dining with Rosy several times. I cannot say enough fabulous things about Rosy and her culinary skills. My favorite dish she makes is pasta on the La Chitarra (handmade spaghetti) with her tomato sauce. So simple and SO delicious. I always have seconds. Whenever I bring friends over to dine with Rosy they always leave happy and wanting more! I highly recommend Rosy and her cooking skills!


I have been fascinated with Italian food for some time. Last year we did a food tour of Pescara with Anna, which we enjoyed, so she seemed the ideal person to ask to arrange a cookery lesson for myself and my sister-in-law when she arrived for a short break.

I am so glad I did ! I have attended a number of cookery lessons in Italy, but this was by far the best. Lively, fun and very informative. The lesson was full of useful little tips that you only discover after a lifetime spent watching your grandmother, preparing traditional recipes for your own family and sharing those traditional skills with future generations.

My first impression was just how organised everything was. Rosaria met us in the main piazza in the village and guided us to the house where we met Annabella. Both were incredibly friendly and welcoming. Both spoke English and I am sure they were equally fluent in other languages.

There were a range of tasty homemade snacks and a glass of wine waiting for us, but there were also two workstations with all the equipment we would need and aprons for us to wear. Everything was spotlessly clean and everything you needed for the lesson was exactly where you would need it to be.

We soon discovered that both Rosaria and Annabella were expert teachers, with an infectious enthusiasm for Abruzzese cooking. Always ready with a laugh and a joke and helpful guidance but at no point did they ever make you feel inept. My main memory of the lesson is one of continual laughter, so it was easy to miss how seamlessly they worked together.

In what seemed like no time at all, my Sister-in-law and I produced a 3 course meal including making two types of fresh pasta from scratch. I say we, because this was no mere demonstration. This was a real “hands on” cooking experience. In fact the actual lesson, including a break for sangria lasted all morning.

A normal lesson would last considerably longer, because it would include eating the lunch you had prepared with the family. Unfortunately, we had other commitments, so we skipped lunch, but Annabella gave us plenty of food to take away. ( and it was still delicious sometime later)

I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It was great meeting Rosaria and Annabella ( and other members of the family) and I was amazed how many tips and ideas I gained from just listening to two real experts in their field




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