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
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.
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!!
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!
So much fun and so much food! Very delicious and great easy recipes to make at home!
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!
Federico was our chef for the day. He was an excellent teacher - explained well the theory behind what we were doing to help us understand the concepts behind the food we were making.
The day started with a tour of the local markets to buy the ingredients for our menu. The markets were colourful and filled with delicious, fresh ingredients.
We then returned to an apartment nearby to begin cooking. We began with preparing the tomatoes for the base sauce. Next we made two types of pasta dough - one with semolina/water the other with flour/egg.
There was a choice of red or white wine that was plentiful.
Federico made the sauces, all the while explaining what he was doing and why. I found it really interesting and gained some great tips.
We ate three different pasta/sauce dishes, veal with a lemon sauce ending with fresh strawberries with balsamic and mint.
This was a really fun day. Federico is entertaining and knowledgeable. His assistant did a great job behind the scenes. Thank you so much to both of them.
I'd highly recommend this tour as something different from the traditional Rome experiences.
GREAT experience and the food was incredible! can't wait for the recipe's to arrive! Federico was excellent ant the location was also!
This was an absolute fantastic experience. It has been on my wish list for a long time and never disappointed. Frederico was a really good teacher, funny and very knowledgable. I would recommend this for anyone visiting Rome. It was great being able to select your own produce
Fantastic! Our chef Monica was brilliant in her teaching skills in making the novice and experienced cooks on the group successful in making three types of pasta dishes, a meat dish and a dessert. I would do this again. No problems at all were encountered. A great day.
Spectacular.....Federico was everything you could have wanted. Knowledgable, entertaining and patient. Cannot recommend this experience more. We went with our 13 yr old grandson who loved it.
We ended up only have 4 people in the cooking class, so it felt like a private lesson! Fabio met us at the Campo di' Fiori outdoor market, and took us to his preferred vendors to select fresh vegetables, meats and breads for our class. He then took us on an unexpected short walking tour of the neighborhood...where he seemed to know everyone we bumped into! The cooking class was held at his gorgeous two-story with rooftop deck apartment, within 5 minutes walking distance from the market. We made three types of pasta, bruschetta, broccoli and zucchini and strawberries with balsamic dressing for dessert. DELICOUS meal! The only reason I gave it four stars instead of five stars was because we did not get to actually cook any of the food only preparation...Fabio had a kitchen staff for cooking. Additionally, we only shared one bottle of wine during the meal. It would have been nice to have wine during the preparation process also. However, Fabio was a fabulous cook and host, and we had a great time! Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a local, unique experience while visiting Rome. Be warned that it will take up your entire day though...9am-3pm.
One of the most fun experiences we have ever had on a tour. Chef Fabio showed us how to make the best Spinach and Ricotta ravioli I have ever tasted!
My favorite activity of my entire 3 week tour. Frederico is an amazing chef and teacher. Highly recommend this!
Outstanding. The instructor was amazing and cant wait to take all I learned and cook - Outstanding
I recommend this to everyone. It was so much fun. Picking out the items for the meal, then learning how to make pasta and sauce while enjoying a glass of wine. It was perfect.
This was totally worth the time and money. I learned some valuable tips and techniques. The small group made it much more fun. The chef and his sous chef were warm, personable and professional.
I highly recommend this tour. It was lovely walking through the markets to collect our ingredients. Chef Fredriccio was knowledgable and funny. Even my husband was there making pasta!
We had a very interesting and enjoyable cooking class with Frederico and Nicoleta his assistant. Great group of people. We learnt a few new tricks and enjoyed making the pasta which we had not tried before. Would thoroughly recommend this experience to everyone who would like to learn some interesting cooking skills in a terrific environment. A lovely day.
JONATHAN P United Kingdom
Such a great experience, and learnt so much about Italian cooking and their love if wine. The best tour we did in time. Would highly recommend.
Wonderful - learning from the beginning with getting fresh ingredients from the market to making pasta from scratch to having a great meal! Federico and his assistant made it fun. He was so great at showing and explaining the process and we were able to get our hands dirty also - as it is easier to learn if we did the work also!
The cooking class was great. The direction from Frederico was great and the food we cooked was fabulous. I would recommend this class to everyone.
Fantastic day! I would do it again 1000 times. Fun, interesting, hands on brilliance. It was very well presented and a delicious result.
I would have liked a recipe booklet to bring home though. And paying €15 for a used apron was a bit much too.
Fabio and his wonderful assistant were FABIOLUS!
Would highly recommend. The chef was very interactive, informative, and had a great sense of humor. The food was delicious and well worth the price.
It was really a lot of fun. Our chef, Frederico had a great sense of humor, was very engaging and informative. A great way to spend a rainy day in Rome!