My wife and I will be in Sorrento for 5 days in Oct 2014. She's interested in a local cooking class. I've seen several online that are hosted in upscale hotels with notable chefs. My wife is more interested in a more homey humble environment. I'd be glad to hear if anyone has had success in Sorrento with such a cooking class. Thanks.
There's not a specific cooking class we recommend for Sorrento, although I'm sure you have some options if you make your way to a local tourist information office or ask your hotelier upon arrival. We do recommend a gelato making class in Sorrento however. Here's the listing:
Gelato: Near the train station, Gelateria David has many repeat customers (so many flavors, so little time). In 1957, Augusto Davide opened a gelateria in Sorrento, and his grandson, Mario, proudly carries on the tradition today (the gelato is still made on-site). Before choosing, sample Profumi di Sorrento (an explosive sorbet of mixed fruits), “Sorrento moon” (white almond with lemon zest), and lemon crème. They also serve sandwiches at fair prices (daily 9:00-24:00, shorter hours in spring and fall, closed Dec-Feb, a block below the train station at Via Marziale 19, tel. 081-807-3649). Mario also offers gelato-making classes for a behind-the-scenes look at Italy’s favorite dessert (€10/person, 5-person minimum, 1 hour, call or email ahead to reserve, firstname.lastname@example.org). Don’t mistake this place for the similarly named Gelateria Davide, in the town center--owned by a distant relative, but not as good.