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Address: Via G Modena, 40127 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 347 155 0839
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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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Best day in Bologna

Of the two weeks we recently spent in Italy, our day of cooking in Bologna with Maribel was one of the brightest spots. My college age daughter and I both love to cook, but had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of the two weeks we recently spent in Italy, our day of cooking in Bologna with Maribel was one of the brightest spots. My college age daughter and I both love to cook, but had zero experience crafting pasta. A few nights before the class, we had savored a delicious tortelloni with sage and butter sauce at a favorite restaurant.... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I signed up for the Supreme Traditional Bolognese Pasta cooking lesson with market tour with Maribel. We met in the market, where she gave us a tour highlighting all the local produce and goods. We decided what our menu was, shopped for our ingredients, and then when back to her lovely kitchen. She shared fantastic tips and tricks to succeed... More 

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Salzburg, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We signed up for the supreme pasta making class with Maribel and what an eye-opening experience it was! We first met Maribel in the market where she showed us where some really wonderful food shops were and where she shared her personal insights and knowledge with us. The ingredients were bought on the spot and we went back to her... More 

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted some authentic activities in Italy and this is just what we were looking for. Mirabel took us to some local markets and showed us how to buy produce and meats like the locals. We went to her apartment for cooking in a real Bologna home kitchen. The food we made was wholesome, simple, and delicious. I loved the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a brilliant day. The session wasn't too big and the dishes prepared were excellent with a wide range and a very talented host. Every effort was made to be helpful and the time spent there was thoroughly enjoyed. Maribel was friendly and after the event she sent on recipes that could be saved.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016

While in Bologna we took a pasta class with Maribel which turned out to be a highlight of our trip. We met Maribel and started our day by shopping through the local markets for the needed ingredients. This was a fun experience. We then went to Maribel's home where we cooked and laughed, thoroughly enjoying the afternoon. We learned how... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016

It was a great day to learn how to make pasta like a traditional Italian, with ingredients sourced from the local markets. Maribel was very knowledgable and good company and so were the other 3 members of the class. You cook plenty to eat and drink afterwards, so allow enough time to enjoy your hard work.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

First, Bologna is a great place to visit - very little tourism - very authentic! Maribel is knowledgeable and her English is flawless. Her understanding of the local markets and produce, meat and cheeses for cooking is endless. We had a great time on the market tour and we met a lovely couple and had a super time cooking in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

We visited Bologna for our 20 year anniversary, and this class was a gift for my husband who loves to cook. I am not a huge fan of cooking, but I LOVED this experience! my favorite part was the market tour and learning about the different foods, regions and about the shops. We were able to visit the market later... More 

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West Covina, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Maribel gave us an amazing memory for a lifetime. She teaches small groups so it was just the four of us and we cooked food we don't normally eat and loved it! She will email you menu options so you can choose your meal or be like us and just let her pick! Admittedly, I wasn't too sure about this... More 

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