Take a Bologna cooking class and learn the art of fresh egg pasta. Bologna’s typical fresh egg pasta style that was invented in northern Italy. Bologna is the capital of the Emilia Romagna region, and it’s this region that can boast some of the worlds most famous pasta. Such as Tortellini and Tagliatelle.
If you’re planning a trip to Italy you absolutely must book a pasta making class in Bologna and learn how the dough is made by hand. Then you can take those skills away and make perfect, traditional egg pasta back home. Some classes offer more than just pasta making skills too. Bologna has so many great dishes, we wrote a full article and recorded a podcast episode on 37+ amazing dishes to try when you visit Emilia Romagna & Bologna.
Cooking classes in Bologna Italy are the perfect idea for your foodie vacation. Below is our list of 5 of the best the Bologna region has to offer you!
Bologna Cooking Class: Le Sfogline Bologna Italy. Cook With Monica.
This Bologna cooking class is focused 100% on Fresh Egg Pasta – the most important staple of Bolognese cuisine.
Monica from La Sfogline Bologna has taught authentic pasta making methods of the region to prestigious guests such as Nigella Lawson, Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein, Michael Portillo and now… us, Tommo & Megsy from FoodFunTravel.
In this class, you will learn the secrets of Le Sfogline – which literally translates as “The ladies who pull the pasta by hand”. You will learn how to create perfect pasta in the traditional style, including tagliatelle, Tortellini (Little pasta pie stuffed with meat) and tortelloni (larger and stuffed with ricotta). As well as some of the other cuts of fresh pasta.
But this Bologna pasta making class is more than just an exercise in the art of rolling pasta. It’s a fully immersive adventure into the life of Le Sfogline. As you roll pasta, Monica will share stories of life in Bologna. Customers come and go from the shop, buying their daily carbohydrate fix. You feel like you are taking part in the pasta community which has been rolling dough for hundreds of years.
This is our top pick for being the best Bologna Pasta Making Class. But, getting your place in the class is tricky. Monica runs classes in her tiny shop, Le Sfogline Bologna. It’s pretty much impossible to teach more than 3 or 4 people at a time, plus she is running her regular pasta business too. So she has limited time to teach classes. Monica’s pasta making course isn’t even advertised on her website.
With such a prestigious previous client list, Monica’s skills as a tutor are in high demand. So, make your booking way in advance.
The best way to get a class is to call direct and give an impassioned request that shows you are worthy of learning the art of Le Sfogline.
- You get to take all your pasta home, but will not be cooking any of it at the shop. Make sure you have access to a kitchen at your accommodation, or at the very least, a kettle!
2. Pasta Making Class Near Bologna: Casa Artusi
Taking a pasta making class or a cooking class at Casa Artusi comes with its own unique sense of being part of something bigger too.
Pellegrino Artusi is considered the father of modern Italian cuisine. In the late 1800’s he collected traditional home cooking recipes from all over Italy. In 1891 the first edition of La Scienza In Cucina – L’arte Di Mangiar Bene (The science in the kitchen and the art of eating well) was published. The cookbook contained 400 recipes. By the 15th and final edition in 1911, his book was filled with 900+ recipes.
Artusi’s book is still considered the bible of Italian cuisine.
Casa Artusi is located in a small town called Forlimpopoli, the town where Artusi was born. It’s less than an hour from Bologna by train. In 2002 a new cooking school and library was opened there.
The school’s philosophy is on training regular people in the art of home cooking. This is less a school for chefs and more a school for lovers of food and cooking. At Casa Artusi, culinary traditions of Italy are passed on to anyone wanting to learn. If you don’t have your own Italian grandmother to learn from, Casa Artusi is the place to find a surrogate.
Note: Being taught by a grandmother is not guaranteed, but being taught the cooking methods of a grandmother is 🙂
The cooking class options vary. Or you can book a private class and learn whatever takes your fancy.
Get in touch with Casa Artusi and book a class.
3. Cooking Classes In Bologna Italy’s Countryside – Farmhouse Cooking
Would you like to be whisked out to a country farmhouse to learn to cook traditional Bolognese food? Sounds pretty good, right?
If you are looking for a one of a kind experience, then a countryside cook up is probably the right choice for you.
After a private transfer, you will meet one of Bologna’s top chefs who will lead your pasta making class.
After getting your hands dirty, you’ll get to sit back in the atmospheric farmhouse with wine and enjoy dining on your creations.
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4. Bologna Cooking Class & Walking Tour – Take a home pasta making class
In this cooking class & food tour, you’ll join Luca on a walking tour of some of Bologna’s cobblestone street market areas. This includes visiting the herbs market where you’ll learn more about the connection between Bologna’s history and its food. Then you’ll take a home pasta making class followed by lunch at a 14th century trattoria (Small traditional restaurant).
5. Bologna Cooking Class At Home – Create A 3 Course Traditional Meal
This is a hands-on Bologna cooking class where you will make bolognese cuisine in the chef’s home.
More than just a pasta making class, you’ll learn how to make tagliatelle and tortellini but also appetizers and a main course as you create a traditional 3 course meal. You’ll even get dessert and wine, as well as peeking inside the life of a local Italian family as you dine in their home.
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