Cooking Lessons

Beautiful Tortelloni
Want to learn how to make fresh egg-pasta, the specialty of this food-loving region? Then take a lesson with us: you will learn how to prepare Bologna's fresh homemade pasta the old-fashioned way, with rolling pin and board!

Because the Bolognese specialties are home-cooked, you should learn to prepare these the way Mammas and Grandmas in Bologna do: in a home kitchen. Nonna was able to make delicious meals without having to go to culinary school, so can you!
Fresh egg pasta!

Taste of Italy offers traditional, "nonna" style Italian cooking in a cozy home setting where you'll learn the secrets, curiosities and traditions related to the dishes we will prepare together. Taste of Italy opened its doors to gastronomes and Italian food enthusiasts in early 2007 and since then, people all over the world take a little of Bologna back home with them.

WHAT TO EXPECT
  • You'll make your own dough from scratch, no machines. The Bolognese are able to tell the difference between hand rolled and machine rolled just by looking at it. We will show you how to tell the difference. 
  • You make the sauces; these are not pre-made. 
  • You receive the recipes of the dishes you've made for free. At other places you have to take notes or buy their cookbook!

Our courses are divided between Classic and Supreme cooking lessons. Below you will find a summary of our class offerings. If you would like additional information, please write us an email at the address at bottom of page.

Classic Pasta lessons last about 4 hours including meal. You will prepare the pasta, make 2 pasta shapes and their accompanying sauces. Does not include the market tour but it can be added. 120€ per person.
    The Supreme lesson includes the market tour and is a longer lesson as we prepare a few extra dishes; possibly including another pasta dish, antipasto and/or dessert. The lesson may last up to 6 hours. This lesson  includes the market tour. Because you want to know all there is to know. 170€-180€ per person depending on lesson.

    Discounts available for children and groups of 4 or more.

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    Pasta
    • TRADITIONAL BOLOGNESE PASTA You learn how to make Bologna's famous cheese stuffed tortelloni as well as tagliatelle al ragu'.
    • VEGETARIAN TRADITIONAL FRESH PASTA Sauces with seasonal ingredients. 
    • MOSTLY VEGETARIAN FRESH PASTA sometimes a bit of pancetta, prosciutto or speck can make a dish even better.
    • THE TORTELLINO You make the filling, broth, pasta dough and the tiny tortellino shape!
    • TRADITIONAL COLORED PASTA Colored pasta is a Bolognese tradition that looks and tastes good. You will prepare several different, natural colored dough.
    • GLUTEN-FREE PASTA Delicious egg pasta is within reach for everyone. 
    • CULINARY STUDENT LESSON - its all about pasta. For Chefs or professional cooks. 

    Not only pasta 
    COOKING WITH PARMIGIANO-REGGIANO CHEESE DOP
    Did you know that this excellent cheese varies flavor, color and use according to its aging? You will prepare a menu based on this marvelous regional specialty made up of 3-4 courses. Can opt to make pasta or risotto in this lesson. Easy.

    COOKING WITH MODENA'S TRADITIONAL BALSAMIC VINEGAR DOP
    Italy’s black gold is a precious and artisanal ingredient that can be used in many different ways. You will prepare a menu based on this magnificent regional specialty made up of 3-4 courses. Can opt to make pasta or risotto in this lesson. Easy lesson.

    VEGETARIAN COOKING, ITALIAN STYLE 
    Italian produce is incredibly varied and each season offers wonderful produce. Let the seasons be our guide to prepare dishes that are both easy and tasty; guaranteed to be a success among non-vegetarians! You will prepare a menu that will include 4 or 5 dishes, depending on the complexity of each dish.

    RISOTTO
    Risotto is perfect for cool weather and there are many versions of this marvelous dish. Available only from October through April.

    GNOCCHI - Its all about gnocchi. We make several types of gnocchi. Not available in June or July (too hot!)

    Other Information
    • All lessons are organized upon request
    • May through October are very busy months, please contact us as far in advance as possible to get the date and lesson you desire. An 48hr advance notice is greatly appreciated. 
    • The meal includes all the dishes prepared in class plus water and 1 bottle of wine per cooking lesson. Additional bottles are available at an extra cost. 
    • To reserve or request availability, please write an email to: info AT taste-of-italy DOT com (Use an @ in place of the AT and a . in place of the DOT)
    The Parmigiano Reggiano cooking lesson spread. :)