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Taste of Italy

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Address: Via G Modena, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 347 155 0839
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Description: Italian cooking lessons in an Italian home! We are happy to teach you how...
Italian cooking lessons in an Italian home! We are happy to teach you how to prepare authentic Italian dishes and although we are friendly, we are also quite serious about teaching you the right way to make these dishes and ensuring that you will be able to replicate these back home. Your success back home is our objective. We are professional and experienced but not stuffy or arrogant. Our specialty is pasta making, the old fashioned way; the way the Italian grandma's still make it (with a wooden rolling pin and board)! You will make several pasta shapes and sauces and won't miss anything! We also teach how to cook with local specialties like Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Bologna Mortadella and Prosciutto from Parma. We cook with fresh seasonal produce, meats, and seafood. Lessons are personalized and held in small groups (1-3, up to 6 if related or close friends) to assure plenty of one-on-one attention. Our hands-on cooking lessons are held in a home setting. No surcharge for single participants or private lessons. Discounts for children. Lessons available in English, Spanish or Italian.
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Shopping for lunch made the event that much better!

Maribel was so prompt and easy to communicate with before the day of the event. She answered all my questions (and I had a lot)! We met Joanna at the cafe that Maribel had given... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Redwood City, California
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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Maribel was so prompt and easy to communicate with before the day of the event. She answered all my questions (and I had a lot)! We met Joanna at the cafe that Maribel had given me in the instructions. We had a coffee and then went shopping! Joanna had asked us what dishes we wanted to make and offered many... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

First - I was traveling solo around Italy by car and sent an email to Maribel at "Taste of Italy" on the odd chance to get a cooking lesson the day after... Maribel managed to squeeze me in a lesson with Joanna. Grazie! Second - The day was a pleasure, the group was great, Joanna is a delight to shop... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I emailed Taste of Italy just a week before arriving, and an opening was available. I am so glad for it! Joanna and I walked through the market while discussing what we wanted to make, then brought everything back to her place to get cooking! After entertaining myself for a few days during my husband's business trip, I appreciated both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

If you are looking for an authentic, friendly and relaxed food experience... This is it! The Taste of Italy tour is a great way to learn the art of bolognese cooking, and experience the wonderful food and Bolognese way of life in an authentic and welcoming way. We had a wonderful day in Bologna thanks to Joanna and the Taste... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We emailed just the day before (for a Saturday lesson) on the off-chance, and were very pleased with the service and efficiency with which Maribel got back to us. And the lesson was fantastic! The service from Joanna was just the right mix of friendly, approachable, and knowledgeable; she put us completely at ease and was willing to answer all... More 

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Glasgow, Scotland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

This is one of the best experiences that I had on any holiday. The tour guide Fabio was really In depth with his knowledge, history and explanation of the foods of Modeno whilst being engaging and funny. The amount of food that I consume was tonnes and I'm a chunky guy who loves his food ! You never will go... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We truly enjoyed our cooking class with Maribel. Loved the market to table approach, picking out our food to cook. We bought, prepared cooked and ate our entire meal and learned a lot along the way. Everything was delicious. Thinking about the stuffed zucchini flowers and the fava bean and pea appetizer on crostini makes my mouth water. We enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

My family and I really enjoyed the whole cooking class with Maribel. The class started with a market tour in which we had a chance to know more about the fresh ingredients and food made in Italy. After that, Mariel conducted the cooking class in her home kitchen. It's really fun and detailed in learning how to make pasta dough... More 

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We made a special trip to Bologna for this class based on previous reviews, and it was worth it. Joanna was wonderful. We met her near the market, and it was really interesting to tour the shops and stalls to select our fresh ingredients. It was a fun lesson about food and culture, and it was a cool old part... More 

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Melbourne Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Five stars and a "Bravo" to Joanna & Maribel of Taste of Italy for offering a very pleasant casual cooking experience in the heart of Bologna. My wife and I and 2 teenage boys were in Bologna for just two days towards the end of our 12 day tour of Italy. We thought, what better way for our Italian-American family... More 

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