Cooking Lessons in Bologna

Cookery School in Italy - Fresh Pasta Making Classes in Bologna With Local Market Tour.

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If you decide to stay in Bologna for your holidays, it is a good idea to take one of our cookery classes that focus on the the local cuisine such as the art of egg pasta. The day starts as early as 9 am and the guests will meet the chef at a designated  point in the central Bologna. From there you will go to the the local market for a tour to buy the ingredients. We run the pasta making classes on most days (excluding Sundays and national holidays) and you can join an existing group or you can book the whole kitchen just for you, in the event that  you are travelling with your family or want to book an incentive activity for your company.

Once the group has purchased the ingredients , the chef will take you to his state of the art and brand new kitchen. Of course these classes are hands-on and all participants will prepare the dishes on the menu'. As Bologna is known world-wide for its fresh egg pasta such as tagliatelle alla Bolognese, the student will prepare these traditional dishes. So rest assured that you will have to mix egg and flour to obtain some springy dough that will end up cut in thin stripes.
The students will have lunch in the kitchen and of course you will be eating what you have been preparing that morning.

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Amazing food - Cook like a pro in Modena, learn fresh pasta and Balsamic vinegar, Cookery lessons for a day from 9 am till 1 pm.

learn how to make tortelloni

Special - Don't forget to come to Modena for some cookery lessons, Modena is a very pleasant town in Emilila Romagna only 20 minutes by train from Bologna. Modena is famous of course for the balsamic vinegar and the Ferrari super cars.

New - 3 gourmet food tour plus cookery lessons in Modena. The day start at 8.30 am from Modena or from 7.30 if you stay in Bologna.

An interesting addition in our activity holidays in Italy is the 3 gourmet food tour in Modena. The tour will start in the morning at 8 am with a Parmesan cheese production visit in English, after that the group will visit a Traditional balsamic vinegar producer for a tour and tasting. The day will continue with a mini cookery lesson that will focus on local dished such as, gnocco fritto (types of breads) and fresh egg pasta, as well as the cheese and the vinegar from Modena.

Food tour with Cooking Class in Modena

5 Dishes You Can Discover in Bologna

A trip to Italy is incomplete without visiting Bologna. From operas to some of the world's best restaurants to the world's oldest university, Bologna has it all. But Bologna is truly a paradise for food lovers and this is evident from the fact that Bologna has dishes named after it. The local fresh egg pasta is famous worldwide and while in Bologna you should definitely take up the chance to learn how it is made from a professional chef by joining our cooking school. Here are a few recipes of some traditional Bolognese dishes that you will always keep coming back to.

Italy and pasta have become synonymous in everyone's mind. Yes, pasta is available everywhere, but a true Italian pasta is a world away from the packaged ones you buy from the grocery store.

How To Make Fresh Egg Pasta Dough.

Making fresh egg pasta is a very simple process and there are five main steps you need to keep in mind - form a ball, knead, rest, roll, and shape. To form a ball, pile a mound of 4 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour on a work surface. Now, make a well in the middle of the mound using your fingers. In another bowl, mix together 6 large eggs, half a teaspoon of salt and half a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil with a fork. Pour this mixture into the well in the mound of flour and keep beating the mixture with the fork. As you beat the mixture, keep drawing flour from the sides into the egg mixture till it gets completely absorbed by the flour. If the dough feels tough, you can drizzle some warm water on it. After the dough is ready, you can clean the surface and your hands and then move on to kneading the dough.

To knead the dough, first out some flour on the work surface, then place the dough on the surface and stretch it away from you using the heel of your hand. Now turn the dough over and press into it with the knuckles of your hand, alternating both hands and continue doing this ten times. Keep stretching and kneading the dough till it becomes silky and smooth. This process will take about 10 to 20 minutes and you can keep adding more flour if the dough starts getting too sticky. You can make the dough into a ball, place it in a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap and leave it to rest for at least an hour at room temperature. Once the dough has rested, you need to roll it on the work surface. First, flour the surface and then roll the dough with a rolling pin. Keep turning the dough and add more flour if it gets sticky. Continue this until you have a sheet of the desired thickness. Now all you need to do is shape it as per your wish. The quantities mentioned here are for 6 servings of pasta.

Fresh Egg Pasta Shapes

Pasta comes in a variety of shapes and you can choose one depending on your taste and the type of dish you want to cook. Some of the common shapes of pasta are tagliatelle, tortelloni, ravioli, lasagna. Once you have the dough ready, making the different shapes is not that difficult. If you are making tagliatelle, roll the flattened dough into a pinwheel and cut strips of around 8 to 10 mm thickness. You can slightly flour and separate the strips. Tagliatelle is as simple as that. If you plan on making lasagna, you have to cut strips that are around 3 to 3.5 inches wide or into rectangles that are of the same width.  For a more artistic pasta, you can opt for tortelloni. To make tortelloni, you need to cut the sheet of pasta dough into 3.15-inch squares, place the desired filling in the center of each square. You can fold the squares into triangles and press the edges firmly to seal it. Now wrap the pasta around your finger and press the two edges together to get a tortelloni.

Making the Sauces.

A pasta dish is incomplete without a good sauce. Ragu is a tomato based sauce that is made by braising the meat with crushed tomatoes. The sauce does take time to prepare but the result is worth the wait and you can always make extra and store in the freezer for future use. One of the key ingredients of a good ragu is the meat. To get maximum flavor, you should use different cuts of meat from beef and pork and it should be minced coarsely.  Start by sauteing diced carrots, onions and celery in some olive oil. Now add the minced meat to the pan. Pour some red wine into the pan till the meat is covered, cover the pan and braise the meat till the meat becomes soft. This should take around 2 hours. This is the time to add the tomatoes. You can either add tomato puree or fresh, chopped tomatoes or crushed tomatoes or even a combination of these to get a sauce that a unique texture. Continue braising the meat and tomato mixture for another 2 to 4 hours. You can get the most flavorful ragu sauce by cooking it for a long time on low heat, but just keep an eye on it to ensure that it doesn't dry out. Mix some of the sauce with the pasta that you cooked to get a very tasty first course. 

Cooking a Second Course.

Straccetti all'aceto balsamico is another classic Italian dish which will completely revamp your home-cooked meals. The dish is very simple and consists of only a few ingredients. For one serving of the sauce, you will need around 200 gms of beef that has been sliced thinly. Saute these thin, short strips of beef with a little olive oil. Continue sauteing till the raw color is lost from the beef and it is cooked. Now, you can season the meat with salt, pepper, and some balsamic vinegar as per your taste and turn off the heat. You can serve straccetti all'aceto balsamico with some rocket as a fancy side salad. Not only is this a very tasty dish, it is also one of the easiest to make. You can cook a good Straccetti all'aceto balsamico in a couple of minutes and this can be a good weekday dinner option or a good second course for a family dinner.

And Finally a Dessert: Italian Classic Panna Cotta.

No meal is ever complete without a dessert. And one of the best Italian desserts is pannacotta. Not only is it easy to make and it takes only a 20 minutes or less to cook. Start by heating 4 cups of half-and-half or heavy cream with half a cup of sugar in a saucepan till the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Take 6 tablespoons of cold water in a bowl and sprinkle 4 teaspoons of gelatin over it. Let this mixture stand for 5 to 10 minutes and pour the warm pannacotta mixture into this bowl and stir till the gelatin gets dissolved. The cooking of pannacotta is finished and all that is left is to pour the mixture into molds and let it chill it in the fridge till the pannacotta has become firm which can take around 2 to 4 hours. Once the pannacotta has set, you can unmold it by running a knife along the edges of the mold and place the pannacotta on the serving plate. One of the best things about a pannacotta is that it is a very versatile dessert. You can pair it up with fruit compote or jam or fresh fruit. Just use whichever fruit is in season and you will always a delicious, easy to make dessert.

These are 5 dishes that you can discover in Bologna and learn to cook from our school that will forever stay with you even after your visit. There is comething magical about cooking in Italy and having some of the truly legendary Italian dishes. You can continue preparing these traditional Bolognese delicacies at home and you will always have a part of Italy with you.



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by Radovan on Emilia Delizia
Very Nice Morning.

I visited the Food Tours with my wife, we were looking forward to this some time ago and I can state that this tour bring to us very interesting time and experience in spite of the fact that we departed from Milano by morning train at 5,50 am. Our guide was young man and we enjoyed all morning together talking not only about the parmazan, balsamic and parma ham. I really appreciate it. He was very communicate, his driving was safety, very polite. Parmazan farm - amazing, balsamic farm -

by Alyssa on Emilia Delizia
Wonderful Foodies Tour!

My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the Foodies Tour, which included stops at producers of cheese, balsamic vinegar and cured meat. Paolo was an amazing tour guide – he's extremely knowledgeable, kind and a great communicator. We learned so much! It was really nice to be in a smaller group and most of the producers we visited were small so we were able to get a close up view of the processes. We'd highly recommend Emilia Delizia as this tour was truly authentic and a highlight of our trip!

thank you for the kind review

by Peter jacob on Emilia Delizia

The tour of the Parmesan Reggiano cheese dairy, Balsamic Vinegar farm, the Parma ham and lunch at the organic vineyard was thoroughly enjoyed by our family of 4. Paolo was a gracious and knowledgeable host for the day and provided us with insights to the production of the cheese and balsamic vinegar which was enhanced due to his chemistry background. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to those interested in the specialities produced in the Modena region.

by Janice on Emilia Delizia

We had a wonderful tour, best part about visiting the Modena region!

by Bing Liem on Emilia Delizia
Emilia Delizia

The tour was perfect. I think Paolo would be a splendid ambassador for Italy in the EU. He knows how excellent Italian food and eating together can solve many major problems, and can stop aggressive behavior. Not the hunt for more money, but the well being of family and friends counts. Paolo shows us the products of ages of civilization and he did this like an artist. So after the tour we really love Italia more and we'll come back. We will call you Paolo, Thanks!

by Avihai on Emilia Delizia

Following two tours with your guides this week I would like to express my thanks for some wonderful experiences.
Monday we did the tour of cheese making, balsamic and Salami which was very good and the guide Paolo was very knowledgeable.
The truffle hunt tour today was absolutely amazing, the guide Stefano is pure gold and the tour was built with much thought. Our best experience so far, by far.

Looking forward to more tours and fun next time we are in Italy.

by Johnathan on Emilia Delizia
Super food and super cars

The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.

Thank you!

by Susan on Emilia Delizia
Lovely food tour and cooking class

Hi Gabriele:

I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.

Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge

by Simone&Vasco on Emilia Delizia
Food tour in Modena

The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.

We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide

by Kimie on Emilia Delizia
Fantastic Tour!!

It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.

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