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Russell B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

A wonderful morning and afternoon! This was the highlight of our 3 week vacation -

Esperanza G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2016

This was a fun class even if you do not do much cooking. Learning how to make pasta and homemade tomato sauce was easier than I thought. If you have already seen the highlights of Rome and want something different, this cooking lesson is for you.

George S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

Really did this for wife but thoroughly enjoyed it. It was lots of fun and chefs were great. I highly recommend this and found it well worth the money . To me it was a great surprise and definitely a learning experience. It is very memorable .

Abrar A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2015

It was amazing! I truly enjoyed it, we learned how to make 3 kinds of pasta, steak and tiramisu.
They made us eat so much we couldn and #39;t walk after the class!
We walked through the farmers market, butcher and visited the oldest bakery in town.
Thank you for the wonderful experience! ❤️

Debra S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Exceeded expectations by a mile! Chef Vittoria customized the menu to my tastes and we cooked and ate excellent food. Not to mention the trip to the markets and Chef's tips and observations along the way. Without reservation, I would recommend this experience to anyone who loves food! Ten stars!!

Maryann K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Fantastic class in lovely loft. Lots of good tips for cooking.

Kathleen A P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was the most AMAZING cooking class I've ever taken. It far exceeded my expectations. The chef was so awesome and helpful. We learned how to cook 4 different pasta dishes in addition to eggplant parmigiani and tiramisu. The 2 other students in the class with me were also blown away by the chef and his teaching and cooking techniques. I can't wait to go back to Italy again next year and sign up for another class. If you do anything in Rome, you MUST take this class. It is so worth the time and money. Trust me, you will not regret it. If anything, you will regret not taking it. Loved, loved, loved it!!!

Derrick C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

It was a really good experience from start to finish. The only complaint I have is we were told we would be sent the recipes for the dishes we made and nothing has been emailed to us yet. We really want to recreate the experience back home, but it may only be in our memories.

Jeffery H USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

This was are second class and we were not disappointed. Paolo was excellent and the food was great. Just us and another couple.The kitchen is located on Tiber Island and what a place! Highly recommended.

Bobby B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Awesome experience

Elaine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2015

Paulo was charming and knowledgeable. The class was fun and easy to follow and also delicious. I would definitely recommend this tour!

Lisa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

My husband and I wanted to do something different as we are in Rome pretty frequently. I took the liberty of booking this Cooking Lesson since I love to cook and it was super easy to book online. It was a wonderful experience in which we learned some new things, and had a wonderful lunch on a rooftop with the most incredible view of Rome I have ever seen. Vittoria was lovely. If you are considering this lesson, just book it!

Melanie M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Instructor was excellent - informative, interesting, great sense of humor! Activity including going to the market, visiting a butcher shop/bakery prior to actual cooking lesson. Lessons were paced for the ability level of the participants. Small class allowed for hands-on with all sharing food preparation duties. Dishes varied and very tasty. Being able to sit down at the end of the meal to enjoy the fruits of our labor made it a most memorable experience!

Robert R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

Had a great time

rseifert

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2015

It was a fantastic experience and chef Paulo was very friendly and very informative. The size of the group and the kitchen were ideal and the food that we prepared and ate was excellent. I am still waiting for them to send me the recipes as they promised but am sure eventually they will send them.

SUSAN B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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!

Diane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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.

Erica F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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

Liane S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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!

Dawn C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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.

Christine S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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!

Amy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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.

MIGUETTE MEG M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

this cooking class was truly a joy. The chef Paulo and his sous chef Nicoletta were fantastic! Highly recommend! The food was delectable, I learned lots and had fun, and we all left happy and satiated. Would definitely do it again!

lloyd h

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
September 2015

Went shopping for the food in various markets and then went to Fabios apartment to cook. It was a wonderful experience for someone who likes to cook and someone who is just interested in how to make certain dishes. We cooked a big meal and then sat down to eat.

dtalain

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
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

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