In the historic university quarter of Bologna’s majestic city you can learn to cook the best Italian meal your hands will have ever created. Your 'Cucina Italiana' experience will be under the guidance of professional chef, Rita Mattioli, a multi-generation Bolognese who is passionate about her stunning medieval town and its food. Extremely well known in Italy, Rita is also in demand by other famous chefs including Britain's celebrity chef, Rick Stein and Australian Master Chef judge, Guy Rossi.
Rita will teach you the special techniques that make Italian food one of the most desired in the world. Your experience, however, begins long before you turn on the stove. With Rita as your guide, you will explore the labyrinth of food stalls in the medieval markets, shopping for the day’s meal the same way the Bolognese have done since the Middle Ages. Wild asparagus, glossy eggplants, firm artichokes, ripe red tomatoes all vie for your attention as you hand pick the freshest vegetables for your menu. Follow the scent of the bakery to choose crunchy Italian focaccia, stand under hundreds of kilos of hanging prosciutto to chose your meat; the choices are truly endless in a town as passionate about food as Bologna.
The cooking class is held in Rita’s family kitchen and once you enter her elegant, stone floored 15th century home, right in the centre of Bologna’s old town, you feel as if she has invited you to dinner. The twist is, you get to cook. Under her expert guidance and thankfully, her excellent English, you will create fresh handmade pasta and a range of mouth-watering regional specialities that you savour at the end of the class. Whatever your level of culinary skills, Rita is more than happy to accommodate. Undoubtedly, you are in the best of Italian hands.