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Taste of Italy

Via G Modena, 40127 Bologna, Italy
+39 347 155 0839
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Highlight of our visit to Bologna

My time with Maribel was the highlight of my time in Bologna. I had some experience going in, but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jim N
Houston, Texas
via mobile
What could be better than food and family

While we had visited and shopped in the market for several days, touring it with Maribel let us see... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kelly C
Seattle, Washington
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Italian cooking lessons in an Italian home! We are happy to teach you how to prepare authentic Italian dishes and although we are friendly, we are also quite serious about teaching you the right way to make these dishes and ensuring that you will be able to replicate these back home. Your success back home is our objective. We are professional and experienced but not stuffy or arrogant. Our specialty is pasta making, the old fashioned way; the way the Italian grandma's still make it (with a wooden rolling pin and board)! You will make several pasta shapes and sauces and won't miss anything! We also teach how to cook with local specialties like Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar, Bologna Mortadella and Prosciutto from Parma. We cook with fresh seasonal produce, meats, and seafood. Lessons are personalized and held in small groups (1-3, up to 6 if related or close friends) to assure plenty of one-on-one attention. Our hands-on cooking lessons are held in a home setting. No surcharge for single participants or private lessons. Discounts for children. Lessons available in English, Spanish or Italian.
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“market tour” (47 reviews)
“pasta making” (27 reviews)
“from scratch” (22 reviews)
Via G Modena, 40127 Bologna, Italy
San Donato
+39 347 155 0839
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My time with Maribel was the highlight of my time in Bologna. I had some experience going in, but Maribel helped me to understand the dough process that will forever change the way I make pasta. She is kind, patient and enthusiastic about students having...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While we had visited and shopped in the market for several days, touring it with Maribel let us see it in a whole new light. Who knew learning about food could be as fun as eating it? Back in her kitchen, Maribel was a patient...More

Thank Kelly C
TasteofItaly, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Kelly! It was a great pleasure to spend time explaining to your curious and motivated group. I hope you'll enjoy the extra recipes I sent you. All the best, Maribel

Reviewed 2 December 2017

My husband and I spent 2 weeks visiting Italy and this was one of our favorite parts of our trip. We met Maribel in the morning and she took us to the market and talked to us about some options for dishes we could make....More

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TasteofItaly, Proprietario at Taste of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 December 2017

Thank you Gina <3, that is an awfully sweet review by a super sweet couple like you & your husband. I am always glad to help because I know it is challenging to travel in a country you where one does not know the language...More

A TripAdvisor Member
Miami, Florida
Reviewed 23 November 2017 via mobile

What a great way to spend a day in Bologna! I highly suggest going on the market tour with Maribel. You’ll never look at your local market the same way. Maribel’s easy instructions helped my wife and 11 year old daughter become excellent pasta makers....More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017

My wife and I just returned from an incredible 2 weeks in Italy and one of our absolute highlights was the day we spent with Maribel (Taste of Italy). I am a private chef in New York City and I was looking to refine my...More

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TasteofItaly, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

ChefJamie, what an amazing review, thank you so much! I really enjoyed meeting and cooking with you and your wife and thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with you. Thank you once again.

Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

We had perfect day with Maribel. I knew how to make pasta bir on Turkish style I just want to learn difference between to ways.I knew the taste differance of course . 5 years ago my daughter came to Bologna and that time she took...More

Thank Ulker Y
TasteofItaly, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2017

Thank you. it was lovely to meet you this time with your friend. I do have a feeling we will meet again, either again in Bologna or in Turkey, we have so much in common! we will stay in touch.

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

My cooking class with Maribel was one of my favorite parts of my trip to Italy! Maribel met me at the market and we spent some time shopping for our ingredients. She was very informative while teaching me about the different meats, cheeses, vegetables, and...More

Thank Shaylyn F
TasteofItaly, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

oh thank you Shaylyn! I really enjoyed meeting and cooking with you - I hope you practice and send me photos of the pasta you make at home. Take care, all the best!

Reviewed 1 October 2017

I booked to come to Bolonga in July and with it being known as the 'food capital' of Italy I knew I had to do a cooking class while I was there. I booked with Maribel and was in a small group with only 3...More

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TasteofItaly, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Thank you Caris for your review. I am glad you enjoyed the market tour and cooking lesson. I think it is important to understand the variety of ingredients we have and why we use one type over another. Thank you for your curiosity an good...More

Reviewed 19 September 2017

I spent four weeks in Italy this past summer and meeting Maribel and taking her cooking class was by far one of the highlights of my trip. She is extremely knowledgeable, welcoming, and accommodating, and truly tailors your experience to the dishes that the group...More

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TasteofItaly, Owner at Taste of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 24 September 2017

Thank you "SPS3" for this review! I am happy that you enjoyed cooking and food shopping with me. If you do come back to Bologna, be sure to remind me you've been here so we will prepare other dishes. :)

Reviewed 13 September 2017

I planned my trip to Italy specifically to take a cooking class after visiting Tuscany. The cooking class with Maribel did not disappoint and I thoroughly enjoyed the Market tour and purchasing the fresh ingredients that we would use to snack and cook during the...More

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Wayne B
10 March 2017|
Response from TasteofItaly | Property representative |
it is always best to write an email listed on the site instead of writing on a forum as TA does not send notifications when someone does write on the forum.
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10 November 2016|
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Response from TasteofItaly | Property representative |
Ciao Teumachri, I am teach the lesson in English or Italian. For all other languages, I can get you an interpreter,at your expense. Please write an email to obtain more details about Taste of Italy's lessons. Ciao Maribel
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28 June 2016|
Response from MB_Cioni | Property representative |
Hello! lessons begin at ten am so for last minute participation it is best to call on the mobile phone you will find on the website. I won't bother putting either here as Trip will not allow those to be seen. Most... More
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