cooking class fresh pasta bologna



Do you wish to have your hands-on? If you like to live an authentic culinary experience and spend few hours having fun and learning some secrets about Italian food in a real Italian kitchen, come and cook with us.

Join me on this one of a kind Italian cooking experience in Bologna. From market to plate, you’ll learn how to cook a traditional Italian dinner from scratch. The best part of it all? You’ll get to eat your dinner after you made it!

We will start at the Mercato delle Erbe or similar depending on the season, a lively local market, where we’ll shop for fresh seasonal ingredients. You will have the opportunity to talk to the local vendors and farmers and learn about their organic products. Then we will head to my house where the cooking will take place. As food in Italy is a social activity we will be chatting and sipping a glass of wine while I’ll share with you the secrets of my cooking!

Finally will be time to eat, we’ll sit down to enjoy the fruits of our efforts! Nothing better to finish an Italian meal that a small cup of strong coffee. After the meal, I can take you back to the starting point if you wish so.

My menus can be adapted to accommodate any food preferences or allergies, and I include a variety of traditional Italian dishes. They change according to the season as I only use the best quality products available at the time.

If you have a passion for cooking or even just to eat if you are looking for a truly authentic experience in Bologna make sure you don’t miss out this culinary adventure with me.

I’d love to have you over to my place.

Activity Reviews

A fantastic experience to have in Bologna

5.0 rating
19 November 2018

My friend and I recently spent 10 days in Bologna. Neither of us had been there before so we decided to take advantage of some guided tour activities, which we hardly ever do while in Italy. The first was a cooking class that included a guide, a shopping trip through the market and the class at a local woman’s home. It was so much fun to learn about the traditional foods we were making as well as making them. We had so many laughs along the way. We sat at the dining table and enjoyed our meal as friends. I am looking forward to making this meal for my family. Our second activity was planned for the very next day. A drive to the area of Modena to experience the process of making parmiagiana cheese and balsamic vinegar. I would recommend this organization, Like Locals in Italy, as a great way to experience Bologna.


Wonderful memories of Like Locals in Bologna!

5.0 rating
29 October 2018

My friend and I, two women over fifty, enjoyed two activities with Like Locals in Bologna, both organized by a charming and knowledgeable leader named Maddalena. The first was a cooking class in the home of Marisa and her two daughters. We made tortelloni, mortadella mousse, and a dessert like tiramisù- all delicious. We drank the traditional wine of Bologna – Pignoletta – laughed and learned the techniques of an Italian kitchen. We ate together in Marisa’s beautiful home where we felt welcome and like part of the family. I am not usually interested in tour type activities, but I couldn’t have been happier with these choices. We left with an understanding of the region and the Bolognese people that would have been impossible without Like Locals. I highly recommend this organization and the memories I have through their efforts.


Highlight of our stay in Bologna

5.0 rating
20 September 2018

My Girlfriend and I went for the Cook like Locals experience with Maria and Anna and it was a delightful experience throughout. It felt more like a visit to a friends place and we felt so comfortable and had a lot of fun learning more about bologna, the food and the culture. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves while shopping for ingredients and preparing the dishes, learning a lot through the process. Maria and Anna were wonderful hosts and made our trip in bologna an enjoyable and unforgettable one. Looking forward to seeing them again.

Shaun C

Get to know Bologna through food and conversation

5.0 rating
16 July 2018

Maria and Maddalena were amazing hosts for a one of a kind experience! I come from an Italian background and I learned so much about food and how it’s prepared with them. My husband and I spent the first night of our honeymoon making authentic Bolognese dishes and drinking authentic Bolognese wine. No better way to learn about a place than break bread with the locals and become fast friends.

Jeanette C

Happy times, delicious homemade pasta

5.0 rating
23 May 2018

We had the ultimate cooking experience with Maria. It was everything perfect from start to finish – the booking process was smooth, the cooking class both instructive and amusing and the food delicious. Maria guided us through each step (we even went together the ‘Mercato delle Erbe’ to pick all the ingredients) giving us plenty of tips to make the greatest fresh pasta! Thanks Maria, we love making pasta for our friends in Dublin – No one can believe we learnt that much in just one session. I couldn’t recommend Like Locals more.

Valentina P.
  • An English-speaking local foodie expert
  • Food and drinks
  • Authentic grocery shopping experience in a local market

Approx. 4 hours

Mercato delle Erbe in front of main entrance

From Monday to Friday at 5.00 pm 

Saturday at 11.00 am

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