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CIBO Culinary Institute of Bologna

Bologna, Italy
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About CIBO Culinary Institute of Bologna
CIBO is the longest running real Cooking School in the city center of Bologna. It is a licensed real restaurant (not someone’s apartment), with permanent highly qualified English speaking Chefs with the legal security of a stable employment contract and permitted professional and safe cooking equipment. At Cibo Employees and Clients are legally insured. Classes are not demonstrations. At the Culinary Institute of Bologna(CIBO) you receive a true hands-on Italian cooking experience; you actively participate in the class and learn by actually cooking the dishes we prepare. Learn authentic Bolognese dishes from our professional chefs who are employed at local Emilia Romagna restaurants and trattorias. You will work with authentic recipes that have been handed down for centuries. You will perform cooking techniques. Prepare authentic Bolognese cuisine and then enjoy a wonderful meal that you created with great local Wine. CIBO loves amateurs, professionals, students and foodies. At Cobo
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Jenna218 wrote a review May 2020
Boston, Massachusetts4 contributions1 helpful vote
I booked several classes with Chef Stefano - I had to put down a substantial security deposit. I then cancelled my classes within his 30 day policy and have not received my refund almost 2 months later. I emailed him several times and he has not returned any emails. I called him via whatsApp and he answered - saying he was "in the garden" and that he would call me back. He never did, and hasn't returned any phone calls since. I work in the food and beverage industry and was laid off from my job so I wanted to be especially considerate of Chef Stefano and his business during COVID so that we could come up with options for me to still come to Italy. I realize how important support of small business is. However he has clearly decided to just steal his customer's money - so stay far away! There are countless other cooking experiences in Bolonga that you can do!!! DON'T BOOK!
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Rasmus S wrote a review Nov 2019
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Great learning about Italian food and wines. The host was amazing. We even had our own jazz band. Will go again next we are i Bologna
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Date of experience: September 2019
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R. LeBlanc wrote a review Nov 2019
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I hope Stefano will forgive my wife and I for taking SO LONG to right this review, but when I saw the TripAdvisor ad for Bologna, it brought back to mind an exceptional day in our lives! We visited Bologna in 2012 (the date of our "visit" is incorrect for this review) for a business meeting my wife was attending, after which we were going to have a day off before returning to the States. I searched through the brochures and internet for something to do that wasn't just "run-of-the-mill" tourist stuff, and I came across an ad for CIBO. It sounded like just what I had been searching for, so I called the number and spoke to Stefano himself. At first, he almost turned me away because they were planning on not having the cooking class the next day because he a local TV program doing a piece about CIBO, Stefano, and his two restaurants. After explaining this, he ended by saying that if we didn't mind having the TV crew interrupting our cooking lesson, he would go ahead and book us for the day. I grabbed the offer. The following day, my wife and I arrived at the restaurant to be greeted by Stefano and shown the way to the kitchen. He introduced us to a very nice young assistant chef who would be spending the day with us, with Stefano popping up regularly as he also needed to run the restaurant. Before all that, though, he took us to the local market to choose our day's groceries. Then back to the restaurant. With our assistant chef, we were shown how to make fresh, hand-made pasta (we made fettuccine), bolognese sauce, and even home-made tiramisu! It was fantastic, and pretty good tasting, too! The day was split into a morning class when we prepared our own lunches, then several hours break before returning around 3:30-4:00 pm to prepare our dinner. Around 10:00 am, the local TV show came around and our "15 minutes of fame" came and went! Seriously, though, it just added a bit of spice to an already great time. In the afternoon, Stefano spent much more time with us, and even joined us for the dinner, with much wine, laughter, and good conversation! The entire day was spectacular for both of us, from start to finish! Both my wife and I would enthusiastically recommend this program to anyone, so much so that we plan on taking another class the next time we make it to Bologna. Grazie, Stefano!
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Patricia W wrote a review Oct 2019
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Stefano does an amazing job of making it both fun and educational. We learned to make pasta and Bolognese and from that we made both lasagna and tagliatelle with ragu. And we also made a vegetarian lasagna and baked eggplant parm. In addition to making an amazing meal, we learned a ton about the region and the food approach in Emelia Romagna. We also met some amazing foodies in the class too. We ended up staying two extra hours enjoying the wine and the conversation. This was a real highlight of the trip!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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pappaskjøkken wrote a review Sep 2019
Oslo, Norway38 contributions27 helpful votes
The week I spent at the Culinary Institute of Bologna, is nothing but a mental and physical charge. Chef Stefano is an energized multitalented friendly chef, who involves you in everything from buying meat and discussing with the butcher, picking out the vegetables, smelling the cheeses -and getting everything ready to cook. And of course, on your way back from the morning round of the dive into the fantastic italien pallet of ingredients- you stop for coffee. And when strolling back with Stefano in the beautiful streets of Bologna - his hometown- you can say hello to a neighbor, a restaurant owner or the landlord of a B&B. Not just “Buongiorno” (Good morning) but “Buona giornata” (Have a nice day). At some point you want to pinch your arm to check if you have done a travel back to the times when people were more friendly to each other, or is this reality? In his kitchen you are invited into his world going back to the roots of the Emilia–romagna kitchen. And no offense- you will find out there is much more to the Italian kitchen than what you see in most Italian style restaurants filled with pasta, tomatoes, garlic, chili and olive oil. Why it is so? You would have to sign up to find out. In the course of the week I spent with Stefano, we talked about sources of food, production methods,nutrition, sustainability, history, music and various aspects of life. If you want to have a break from probably your too busy daily life, sign up for of course with Stefano and you will not be disappointed. Let go, listen carefully, be precise in execution and on time. This is much more than making ravioli. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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