Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Rome
Reviewed by: SUSAN B, October 2015
It was a truly wonderful cooking class! It ended up being just myself and one other woman in the class besides the chef, and it made for a really fun time! We shopped for our ingredients, cooked, drank wine, and talked. I think having a small class made for a more relaxed environment, and gave us additional time to talk, laugh, and drink vino... I've taken three prior cooking classes in Italy, and this one, and the one in Mazzano were the best ones. The pasta we made was INCREDIBLE, and the BEST I've ever tasted! I don't know why, but every bite was like a symphony in my mouth!! Maybe it was the truffle oil drizzled on top, but whatever it was, it was truly great! Thanks so much for a wonderful day in Rome!
Reviewed by: Diane S, October 2015
The description of this tour didn't do it justice. Our cooking adventured started at a local restaurant where I thought after our shopping we would cook, but not so it was simply a meeting place to start our adventure. Paulo collected us and took us on an Italian cooking adventure. Our first stop was the vegetable stall at Campo de Fiori. We learned about the different Italian vegetables and fruits. Then it was over to the cheese and meat store with a little of everything else and then finally over to the baker for a square of roman pizza to snack on. Then we walked to the cooking studio. This walk was as good as many a guided tour I've been on. Here a historic thing, there a historic place. I think the most poignant moment is when we went through the Jewish ghetto and he showed us the medallions set into the streets at the doors of the people who were taken to Auschwitz and Dachau,
The cooking studio was actually on Tiberina island in the middle of the Tiber river. We had over 3 hours of slicing, dicing, and fun learning how to properly cook vegetables I now know why my eggplant was never right and my tomato sauce runny as well as make 2 types of pasta dough. I can now make a reasonable ravioli, pappardelle, and cavatelli pastas. We had 4 courses plus a lovely dessert. All created by our group. I would do this again in a heart beat.
Reviewed by: Erica F, September 2015
Shop, cook, eat and drink your way through Rome I great surroundings and with good company. What more can you ask of a tour? Paulo and Nicolette were wonderful. I am an Italian chef
Reviewed by: Liane S, September 2015
It was an awesome day of cooking five different dishes with a great chef! I booked this cooking class just a few days before, as I was looking for something to do other than museums and sights for a day. I'm so glad I did! It was just myself and another solo traveller in the class with chef Paolo, and it was perfect! The studio is gorgeous and the food was amazing! I definitely recommend booking this cooking experience for a day of awesome food and great company in Rome!
Reviewed by: Dawn C, September 2015
This was probably one of my favorite things we did! I would highly recommend this cooking lesson. The chef and his assistant were very nice and the food was awesome! They answered all of our questions and made the experience enjoyable. I would recommend wearing comfortable clothing and shoes as you are standing and walking a lot.
Reviewed by: Christine S, September 2015
Alfonso first brought us to the market where we bought fresh ingredients...then we all went to a studio to learn to cook the Italian dishes. AMAZING. He had us focus on the ART of cooking rather than just following a recipe. The atmosphere was beautiful and the experience was fantastic!
Reviewed by: Amy B, September 2015
I have been fortunate enough to have visited Rome several times, so this trip I was looking for a new experience. A fabulous cooking day indeed. We met in the morning at a café for coffee and then walked to the Campo di Fiore market where we bought everything for our meal. Fresh vegetables, fruit, cheese, meat, we purchased it all. From there a quick walk to the penthouse where we began to make 3 different types of pasta, chicken, potatoes and vegetables. Every dish was phenomenal. I left needing a nap! Our instructors, Paulo and Melissa were fantastic! This was such a fun and delicious day, I would highly recommend this to anyone who loves Italian cuisine.