One of the best experiences you can have in Italy is to take a tasty & informative cooking class in Rome — a city that is, of course, famous for its food. Take this chance to go behind the scenes to learn how to make authentic pizza, pasta, or a traditional four-course Italian meal, consisting of antipasti, pasta, secondi & dolci.
Here we've gathered the best of those culinary adventures — a cooking class in central Rome, in a small village with a castle, using a wood-fired pizza, and our favourite — learning how to make Fettuccine Alfredo at the restaurant that invented it. All classes end with a sit-down lunch or dinner where you get to enjoy your delicious creations. Along with a glass or two of wine, ovviamente!
"Wherever I go, I am Italian. The way I talk, the way I eat, the way femininity is important to me. The way I love Italian food."
– Monica Bellucci
In a private kitchen in Rome, you and your small group learn how to make a complete 4-course Italian meal.
It all starts with a trip to a lively food market, where you shop for the best ingredients under the guidance of your food-expert guide. Meet butchers, bakers, and farmers selling cured meats, artisan bread, regional cheeses, and just-harvested vegetables. Learn how to spot top-notch Italian ingredients as well as the secret art of bartering for the best price.
Shopping bags filled, head to la cucina and let the cooking begin! Learn how to prepare three different kinds of fresh, homemade pasta, and a special main course — chef's choice. The finale is sitting down to the table and enjoying the Italian meal you've created, with great local wines, naturalmente! The small-group cooking class is limited to 8 people.
Our chef Paulo is clearly a talented chef and was a great teacher. The three experienced cooks in our group all picked up many new skills and ideas and the meal we helped to prepare was among the best I have had in my month in Rome."
– 5-Star Review
We know you love Italian food, so get out of town!
On this day trip + cooking class, you travel to the small village of Mazzano Romano in the Roman countryside, just 21 miles from the city. There, in a well-equipped kitchen, you spend the day with a professional chef who demonstrate how to prepare a traditional Italian meal, step-by-step.
Like the previous tour, the first thing you do is to visit the local market to shop for all the ingredients you will need to create a perfect Italian meal — regional vegetables, seasonal fruits, fresh herbs, free-range eggs, and local meats. Then, under the guidance of Chef, you prepare a classic four-course Italian meal, from appetizer to dessert.
An important part of any Italian meal is wine. So of course you learn how to match each dish with regional red or white wine. Gathered around the table, you sip the wine and savour the Italian meal you prepared. Includes round-trip transportation to your Rome hotel.
This was a first-class tour. Our host and chef, Francesco, drove us to Mazzano Romano, a 1,500-year-old castle north of Rome. He was very friendly and informative. We stopped to shop at a butcher shop and vegetable shop before heading to a villa in the old fort. What a great experience. The class was informative and fun. We chatted, cooked and ate in the charming villa. It was a first class day."
– 5-Star Review
"Everything you see, I owe to spaghetti,"
– Sophia Loren
What better place than Rome to master the art of making pasta? In a kitchen near the Pantheon, chef Paolo Di Stefano will show you how to make tender, authentic pasta. You learn to create lasagna, cannelloni, and ravioli, using a few modern twists to make old favourites updated.
The class also covers fettuccine, spaghetti and some of the fun ones with hilarious names — "priest stranglers", "little ears" and gnocchi. You also get tips and recipes so you can make authentic pasta at home.
To make good pasta it's important to know about Italian flours and wheats, the doughs, how to knead correctly, cut different shapes, and, most importantly, the right cooking time to make the perfect al dente pasta. You learn all that and more. At the end of your hard work, enjoy a relaxed, sit-down meal with wine. Chef Paolo only uses fresh and seasonal ingredients from his farm just outside Rome.
"Amazing! My favorite part of our trip to Rome! Hands-on learning with delicious three-course meal at the end of the class. Food was incredible! Teachers were incredible! I highly recommend taking this class — a true Roman experience."
– 5-Star Review
This is special. Learn how to cook pasta at the legendary Ristorante Alfredo alla Scrofa in the heart of Rome. No joke, this Roman restaurant — still family owned — opened its doors in 1907 and invented the creamy, delicious classic pasta dish we know as Fettuccine Alfredo, named after the original owner, Alfredo di Lelio.
First you cook, then you sit down and feast on antipasto Alfredo — salami, sausage, grilled vegetables the Roman way; followed by fettuccine Alfredo (of course). You even get a to-go package of Fettuccine Alfredo to with you and a certificate of participation.
This was a great experience! We loved learning to make pasta and the Chef was charming. Lunch was the best part, the food was great and the surprise during lunch (no spoiler alert) was VERY COOL. We felt like we got to be a part of the Alfredo history. I recommend this for foodies and those just wanting to do something different. This was a great bonding experience for my son and I. Grazie!"
– 5-Star Review
In 1914, Alfredo di Lelio was trying to cook something to please his pregnant wife. He made a sauce from copious amounts of grated parmesan cheese and butter and smothered it over freshly-made fettuccine. Did you know that February 7 is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day?
You're in Italy, the birthplace of pizza. So you simply must learn how to make authentic homemade Italian pizza, and do it under the supervision of two Roman chefs. It's a fun class and the chefs even include round-trip Metro tickets. Chef Giuseppe meets you at the station and leads you back to their Roman kitchen.
The wood-fired, stone pizza oven will already be glowing as you start your pizza adventure. Ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, and plump garlic will go into making your appetizer of bruschetta. You follow a traditional Neapolitan recipe to make the best pizza you've ever tasted!
Chefs Giuseppe & Eva also have a few extra treats for you — a grappa tasting, fine Italian regional wine, buffalo mozzarella, and for dessert, homemade tiramisu and espresso.
Highlight of our time in Rome. Great host & inviting atmosphere!! Highly recommend. It was like having a relaxing dinner at the neighbors."
– 5-Star Review