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Cook Italy

Via Marsala 16, 40126 Bologna, Italy
+39 349 007 8298
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Ranked #3 of 63 activities in Bologna
Type: Classes/Workshops, Educational Sites
Owner description: If you love Italy and Italian food, come cook home-style dishes in my kitchen-with-a-great-view right in the heart of Bologna: beginner cooks and... more » Owner description: If you love Italy and Italian food, come cook home-style dishes in my kitchen-with-a-great-view right in the heart of Bologna: beginner cooks and professional chefs equally welcome! I have been offering market-to-table classes since 1999 and love to share my knowledge of the wonderful produce and products in the market, and of the gastronomic and social history behind the dishes we make. It's not just about the recipes, though you get plenty of cooking and presentation tips. The classes are hands-on cooking for one person or in tiny little groups of 2, 3 or 4 at most (but up to 6 if family or friends travelling together and by the way I especially enjoy cooking with children.) It is all very relaxed, informal and enjoyable and I do my utmost to give you a memorable day and a great culinary experience. I teach all the classes personally and never run two groups at the same time! Take one class or several classes, as your time allows, and for groups of 4 or more, my customised 3 night residential classes in the countryside are a fun way to spend quality time together. I also offer shorter half day cooking classes, and an inexpensive budget class. And if your travelling partner/s don't fancy cooking, I offer a morning market food tour ending in a light lunch to introduce you to Bologna, its history and its food. Email me for more information and thanks for reading all of this! « less
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Darwin NT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was the highlight of my trip to Bologna! I had a wonderful time with Carmelita. She is so knowledgeable and I thoroughly enjoyed learning the tagliatelle pasta making technique unique to this region. She developed a wonderful menu for me and we sat in her lovely apartment with the breathtaking view of the church while eating lunch and drinking... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW via mobile

When I think about my vacation in Bologna, my thoughts wander to the hours spent with Carmelita. It was the best experience of all my Italy visits. My friend and I booked the short morning class. We started with a coffee and a tour of the market area. Carmelita is happy to tell you which shops you should visit and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We booked a private food tour of Bologna with Carmelita and are so glad we did. We started with coffee in town and the rest of the day included local markets, tips on local bars, where to and not to buy meat and cheese and a great lesson on real balsamic. One of the highlights was having a hand selected... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Carmelita's apartment is nestled in the heart of Bologna's medieval center and only a few minutes walk from the main square Piazza Maggiore. Walking into her apartment, I was struck by the lovely view of a church and small square from the large picture window in her kitchen. Carmelita welcomed me warmly and spread out the cooking tools, ingredients, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My daughter and I recently took the market tour + cooking class with Carmelita and enjoyed it quite a bit. I would strongly recommend including the market component if possible, as Carmelita gives quite a bit of info on not only what are the good places to buy things, but also why and what to look for when shopping for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I am a chef from Australia who has come to Italy to further my skills and increase my knowledge on the Italian cuisine. I came across Carmelita's cooking class through trip adviser and decided to do her class as her reviews were excellent! I was definitely not disappointed! Her knowledge is plentiful and I thoroughly enjoyed discussing produce as we... More

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Westbury, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The best restaurant we went to in all of Italy was Carmelita's apartment. I'm not exaggerating. We had a lot of great food in Bologna and in other cities, but our favorite meal was the one we had after Carmelita's fascinating walking tour of the markets. It wasn't just buying ingredients and learning how to spot quality tortellini and balsamic;... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I had a very pleasant morning learning how to make some simple yet delicious sauces and pastas. Carmelita was very friendly and explained why Italian food is the way it is. She even took me for gelato afterwards on a short walk about around the city!

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Carmelita, Owner at Cook Italy, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your class with me, I appreciate it. Happy you enjoyed it and hope you enjoyed Bertionoro too. Best from me, C More

Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Ok, not really, but not far off the mark! Our day long class with Carmelita was one of the highlights of our mother-daughter trip to Italy. We started by spending several hours in the market area both purchasing ingredients and learning about the principal food products from the area - especially parmigiano-reggiano, pastas and balsamic vinegars. She was wonderful about... More

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Carmelita, Owner at Cook Italy, responded to this review

I thank you warmly for this descriptive review and for recommending me to your family and friends, and a special thank you for also posting photos. I am glad you thought your money well spent and that you feel you learnt a lot, that you and your mother enjoyed the market, the conversation and company, as well as the learning... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Started at 8.45am with an insiders tour of the local marketplace, cooked two pasta dishes and then guinea fowl with a marsala sauce, then didn't stop talking until 5pm. You learn as much about Bologna and the local traditions as you do about the cuisine. Highly recommended! Andrew and Rhonda

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Carmelita, Owner at Cook Italy, responded to this review

Time flies when you're having fun! That guinea hen dish was spectacular, it got a lot of likes and comments on Facebook, and I think we made a chocolate dessert too right? Many thanks Andrew and Rhonda, and happy cooking! More

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