Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Rome
Reviewed by: dtalain, August 2015
I highly recommend this activity if you love to cook, hate crowds, have seen all the sights of Rome already, and want to experience something different. This class gave me the chance to take home a little bit of Rome that will last forever.
Length: 5.5 hours
Difficulty: Easy, but does involve a bit of walking from market to kitchen. Be prepared to walk about 15 minutes. Stairs are involved.
Included: Food and wine. Can cater to vegetarians too! Take notes!
Max participants: 8
Fulfilled by: Fabiolous Cooking Day
Our chef was Chef Federico Alessandri and his assistant Nicoletta. We started the morning by going to the market in Campo de' Fiori. Federico taught us how to pick the best vegetables and tomatoes. We then went to a cheese shop and butcher shop for more ingredients, then headed off to a private kitchen on Tibur Island.
Once in the heavenly air-conditioned apartment, we donned our aprons and started chopping. He gave us so many tips and tricks about cooking including how to prepare tomatoes, cook garlic properly, and blanch vegetables. We created two kinds of pasta -- semolina/water and flour/egg. We created and kneaded the dough ourselves including stuffing and rolling the pasta. Chef Federico and Nicoletta did all the actual cooking, but Federico taught us how to do it all ourselves.
In the end, we dined on 5 amazing courses -- Spaghettini with tomato sauce over seared tomatoes, topped with fresh mozzarella and basil Cappelletti pasta filled with zucchini, ricotta, and lemon zest, finished with a parmesan white sauce and red wine reduction Strozzapreti in a creamy broccoli and cheese I think pecorino, can't remember sauce
Reviewed by: Oliver, August 2015
What a fantastic way to submerse yourself into the rich culture of Rome. Chef Federico was superb and made the entire day an amazing experience! Highly recommend this cooking class if you're looking to learn more insights about Italian cooking whilst enjoying a fantastic lunch, and all the while being in great company.
Reviewed by: Alison H, August 2015
Fabulous cooking tour with our host chef Federico. Gave us real insight to Italian cooking and food culture. Federico was great - very engaging, patient and entertaining. If you are looking for a break from the standard Rome site seeing tours then I thoroughly recommend this tour.
Reviewed by: frank, July 2015
This was one of the best times I had while I was in Rome. Federico was great and very funny. Both he and Nicoleta really made this a great time. I would highly recommend. I can't wait to go back!!
Reviewed by: Hillary S, July 2015
Incredible experience!!! Chef Federico is funny and incredibly talented. I LOVE to cook and this was the absolute highlight of my dream trip to Italy. Could not recommend this experience more highly! Will remember this experience for the rest of my life!
Reviewed by: Amanda M, July 2015
So much fun and so much food! Very delicious and great easy recipes to make at home!
Reviewed by: Lucas, July 2015
FANtastic!!!! Chef Federico was awesome! I knew my wife would love this but so did I. Federico was entertaining, informative and the food was excellent. We made it sort of like he did when we returned home. It was really neat to see the markets where they bought the food. Great experience to bring your family. Well worth the money. Unrelated to the class, I was displeased with the front office who told me to be at a different place than the meeting place. When I called they said if we didn't show up at 9:15am 9:30am start they would leave us behind we had a bus show up 30 minutes late. We did make it on time 9:17am and they weren't there. We called and they said they would be there in 10 minutes so it's ok for them I guess. However, Chef Federico and his assistant Nichole were looking for us and spotted us searching. They said they would have waited for us no problem. So long story short, front office was a mess but do this anyways because Chef Federico made it all better!