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Make traditional handmade pasta from scratch with a local chef! provided by Bologna Gourmet

Make traditional handmade pasta from scratch with a local chef!

Make traditional handmade pasta from scratch with a local chef!
4.5
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Group size:
10
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Group size:
    10
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
It's not a demonstration, it's a real hands-on class of 3 or more hours where you will make and understand all the steps, guided by my 15-years experience in teaching. Handmade pasta is made using only the rolling pin (never talk with me about machines!) and it a real art, maybe not immediate but challenging and you will be really proud of your work.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English, Italian, French, Spanish
What to expect
  • We will make handmade fresh pasta and all the other dishes from scratch in a warm and professional real kitchen. It's not a demonstration, it's a real hands-on class of 3 or more hours where you will make and understand all the steps, guided by my 15-years experience in teaching. Handmade pasta is made using only the rolling pin (never talk with me about machines!) and it is a real art, maybe not immediate but challenging and you will be really proud of your work. At the end of the class you will have learned all the tricks of the local chefs so, when back home, you can astonish your friends with your amazing cooking. You can choose all the dishes we will make so PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BOOKING in order to decide together what we are going to prepare. We can make tagliatelle with ragù (bolognese sauce), tortellini, tortelloni with ricotta, ravioli, lasagne, starters, second courses and desserts. The classes are for very small groups, so everyone can try hands-on. We will work in a kitchen in a real warm Italian home. On request, before the class we can have a market tour to learn everything about typical products and make good shopping A minimum number of two persons is necessary
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Italian, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • We will make handmade fresh pasta and all the other dishes from scratch in a warm and professional real kitchen. It's not a demonstration, it's a real hands-on class of 3 or more hours where you will make and understand all the steps, guided by my 15-years experience in teaching. Handmade pasta is made using only the rolling pin (never talk with me about machines!) and it is a real art, maybe not immediate but challenging and you will be really proud of your work. At the end of the class you will have learned all the tricks of the local chefs so, when back home, you can astonish your friends with your amazing cooking. You can choose all the dishes we will make so PLEASE CONTACT ME BEFORE BOOKING in order to decide together what we are going to prepare. We can make tagliatelle with ragù (bolognese sauce), tortellini, tortelloni with ricotta, ravioli, lasagne, starters, second courses and desserts. The classes are for very small groups, so everyone can try hands-on. We will work in a kitchen in a real warm Italian home. On request, before the class we can have a market tour to learn everything about typical products and make good shopping A minimum number of two persons is necessary
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 177764P1
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Largo Respighi, 8, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
Departure details
  • Largo Respighi, 8, 40126 Bologna BO, Italy
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers

4.5
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Alois H
2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The cooking class with Ilaria made me understand cooking. I did not like cooking before. My girlfriend pushed me to the cooking class. With the help of Ilaria I understood that cooking is more than just eating fast. She educated me that cooking is more a philosophy. She told me a lot about ingredients and the simplicity of Italian cuisine. I really enjoyed it and, by this, planted a seed in brain to learn more about cooking.

Now, almost one year after, I did two other cooking classes in Germany and Israel. Moreover, I will do the pasta and ragu for the first meeting of my girlfriend‘s family with my family. I will cook for both families. I am excited but I will do it! Thanks to Ilaria!

P.S. I also highly recommend to do the market tour. Ilaria is a great guide with so much knowledge about food in general and also provides some tips for hidden gems in Bologna.
Written 6 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jacque
Archbald78 contributions
Sep 2019
We had a wonderful cooking class with Ilaria in September. We had many emails going back and forth and she was always so quick to respond. We planned this class with some friends who were in Bologna for the first time and we wanted them to have this experience. I'm so glad we chose Ilaria. She is funny and has a great personality - but she also takes her traditional cooking very serious. We had to practice using the rolling pin without dough until we got it correct. It was a very special day
Written 24 October 2019
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Jody P
South Kingstown, RI4 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
While traveling in Italy with friends we spent a delightful 2 days in Bologna with Ilaria, first cooking traditional Bolognese sauce with tagliatelle, meatballs (ground beef, pork and mortadella!) with peas, and learning the art of making pasta with the long rolling pin. The next day was spent touring the countryside with behind the scenes stops to learn about and taste Parmesan, prosciutto and balsamic. Ilaria made it a fun, informative and unique experience with her easy manner and obvious love and knowledge of the Bolognese culture. Definitely a 5 star experience!
Written 26 October 2018
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a p
New York City, NY17 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We had a great cooking class and learned quite a lot about Bolognese cooking with Ilaria at the kitchen of her B&B. Making pasta from scratch and rolling it to paper thin was definitely a new experience for us. We felt like we were invited to cook at an Italian family home - cooking & eating what they would be everyday and we loved it! It was exactly what we were hoping for! However, what previous reviews said about using frozen chopped veg and tomato sauce out of a jar are all true. That, could be acceptable since most of us might take the same short cuts at home. What was not acceptable was how often Ilaria wiped the rim of the jar, licked her fingers then repeat. It was one thing if she only did this w/ the raw ingredients for the ragu (the tomato sauce jar). Unfortunately, she also went for multiple "tastings" of cooked, fire of the stove off sauce with the same spoon over and over again. That's how diseases like Hep B is spread! We only continued on w/ the class b/c we had Hep B shots and it was past the third hour of a five hour class. Then one of the pieces of pasta sheets fell on the floor - she picked it up and threw it into the pot.. claiming boiling water will sanitize it. In two minutes? Nope, most things take at least 10 minutes to kill. And no, we were not allowed to use the bathroom after they were cleaned which was around 12:30 as stated in previous reviews as well. The class was from 10 am - 3:30pm and that was a long time to be w/out a bathroom...

In conclusion, as much as the food was fabulous and Ilaria's instructions are wonderful, her unsanitary practice triggers my OCD enough for me to not want to go back again. 8-/
Written 2 October 2014
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Hi Seagruuk, I am sorry about this review but I have to say that not everything is true. What it's true is that I use frozen vegetables (and I explain why) and tomato sauce in a jar because it's the best tomato I can use for the sauce. It is true that I clean the rim of the jar with a finger but I NEVER do it again, the jar is put back in the fridge. What it's false is that I always taste the sauce with the same spoon because I am very careful in these kind of things. If I have to do it I use a clean one (but generally I never taste it). About the bathroom, if it's not possible to use the bed&breakfast one we always use the one in my apartment that is on the upper floor. No one ever had to keep it in his pants! But anyway I am glad you had Hep B shots...
Written 3 April 2018
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Jacqueline B
Everett, WA1 contribution
Oct 2012 • Solo
In October 2012 I had the great pleasure to both stay at Casa Ilaria B&B as well as take the cooking class and tours of Bologna, Modena, and Parma with Ilaria. Two big thumbs up for everything! I arrived early on a train from Padova where I was staying. I checked in to my AMAZING room then rushed off to met Ilaria. We immediately headed out into Bologna for a walking tour which had a focus on the foods of the region. Bakeries, pastry shops, salumificio's, cheeses and then best for me was the fresh fruit and vegetable market. After picking up a few items we headed back to Casa Ilaria for my cooking class. On the menu was a fresh pasta (not as easy as you would think), a nice basic ragu' (those of us not from Bologna call it a Bolonese sauce, and an absolutely decadent flour-less chocolate cake. I learned that rolling a good pasta dough is VERY hard. You really need to pay attention and it does take practice. I am no where near as good as Ilaria, but I have been practicing and I am getting a bit better (Ilaria you would be proud of me I can now roll my pasta out WITHOUT any creases or tears, AND I can even manage to keep it in the right shape). Once we completed making the meal we sat down with a good bottle of wine and enjoyed the meal and each others company.
The next morning we were off bright and early for a personally guided tour of a Parmesan cheese producer. What a great time that was. We were the only people there (other than the employees). I can't tell you how nice it was to NOT be surrounded by hundreds of other tourists. We experienced the same exclusivity when we went to Salumificio La Perla and got schooled on the Parma Prosciutto making process. After that we stopped at a fairytale of a castle nestled on a lush green hillside. The views of the Parma countryside from the ramparts were positively breathtaking. Our next stop was one of the oldest aceto balsamico producers on the area, Acetala Malpighi. There we had again an exclusive tour followed by a tasting of all their produtcs. The experience was both educational and a gastronomic pleasure! Ilaria and I then zipped back to Bologna where sadly it was time for me to head back to the train station.
Ilaria is a great host! I felt like I had known her all my life. She was fun, knowledgable, and a true professional in the kitchen. I would HIGHLY recommend all three experiences, 1. Staying at Casa Ilaria, 2. Cooking classes with Ilaria at Bologna Bourmet and 3. A gourmet tour of the Emilia-Romagna region. Thank you Ilaria!!! Can't wait to see you again Ciao
Written 29 November 2012
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About the operator

This experience only has a few reviews, but you can read what other travellers have to say about the operator.

By: Bologna Gourmet
Janice C
Janice C
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Market tour and pasta-making class
Spending half a day with Ilaria was the highlight of my time in Bologna. Ilaria brought me around to several shops
steveandgerry
steveandgerry
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Happy Holiday in bologna
Ilaria collected us from our hotel at 9am and we went round the market, bought our ingredients and went back to pre
Nick B
Nick B
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Bologna pasta making class
We had a great day making tagliatelle (with ragu) and tortelloni (with mixed ricotta and parsley filling). We were
Ian C
Ian C
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Great pasta class!
My wife and I loved our private cooking class with Ilaria! It was the highlight of our trip through Italy. We start
Luce1893
Luce1893
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Absolutely fantastic
If you want a real, authentic cooking class this is the best option. She worked so hard to fit me in, and despite n
Joella K
Joella K
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Market tour and cooking class
My husband and I booked a late afternoon class with Ilaria, beginning with a market tour. We were glad to have anot
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Cooking in Bologna!!!
My wife and I met Ilaria in the morning. She showed us how to shop for our ingredients. Then we went to her kitchen
Naomi G
Naomi G
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Pasta making cooking with Ilaria in Bologna
I had a great half day with Ilaria learning all about the cooking traditions of Bologna and my very first time maki
Grace X
Grace X
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Don’t forget the food tour!
We only had limited time in Bologna so we have to gave up the cooking class and booked a 2-hr market walk tour with
Polywotsit
Polywotsit
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Superb Pasta Cooking Class
Having done the class and read the reviews, we felt it was only right to recommend this lovely cooking experience t
Brenden M
Brenden M
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Amazing cooking class!
My wife and I LOVED our class with Ilaria. We'd recommend it to anyone looking for private cooking lessons in a Bol
Susan A
Susan A
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An amazing and delicious experience
We stayed at Casa Ilaria and the owner, Ilaria, gave us an amazing and fun filled experience in making traditional
Cliff B
Cliff B
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Excellent Experience
My wife and I took Ilaria's Boulogne see cooking class. We learned how to make pasta by rolling pin, Bolognese sauc
eveme
eveme
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Classical Bolognase Cooking with Ilaria
Lasagna was the first "special" dish I learned to make. Lots of garlic, lots of tomato sauce, cottage cheese, and a
john r
john r
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a splendid place
great choice and quality,the variety was great and everything was fresh and tasty,very friendly staff well worth th
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