Cesarine: Home Cooking Class & Meal with a Local in Bologna

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Private cooking class at a Cesarinas home with tasting in Bologna

From $154.85

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover the secrets to Bolognese cuisine in a local’s home with this half-day private cooking class. Learn how to prepare fresh stuffed pasta including tortellini and tortelloni during this hands-on class. After the pasta workshop, relax over a meal to sample what you prepared alongside local red and white wines.
  • Go inside a local’s home for a private cooking class
  • Learn how to make fresh stuffed pasta like tortellini
  • Watch a master at work and get tips for recreating the dishes at home
  • A hearty meal complete with local wines is included

Sample Menu


Seasonal starter


Fresh Pasta

Sample dishes: Tortellini or Lasagne or Tortelloni or Tagliatelle or Gramigna or Strichetti or Balanzoni


Bolognese Dessert

Sample dishes: Torta Tenerina or Zuppa inglese or Tiramisu or Torta di Riso or Raviole or Salame al cioccolato

What's Included

  • Hands-on cooking class
  • Learn and taste 3 Italian recipes (starter, fresh pasta and dessert)
  • Alcoholic Beverages

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Bologna
      Bologna, Bologna, Province of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna

      This experience will be held in a local's home. For privacy reasons, you will receive the full address of your Cesarina host after you have booked. We will contact you by e-mail after you've booked to match you up with your ideal host based on what you are looking for.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Operated by Cesarine

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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    Featured review
    What a great experience. My daughter and I loved our lesson with Margarita. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves Italian food. We learnt how to cook a frittata, totelino and tiramisu. It was delicious


    39 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
    Reviews by Viator travelers.
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    Don’t miss this. I’m a...
    Michael_A, Sep 2023
    Don’t miss this. I’m a foody, and I loved it Seriously worth your time. Such nice people! And the view from a top the house was worth the price of admission
    A wonderful evening in Bologna
    Emma_G, Sep 2023
    A wonderful way to spend a night in Bologna. Cesarine was incredibly warm, welcoming and personable. The class was more than an opportunity to learn how cook. It was also an excellent way to learn how locals live through good conversation and dinner together at the end of the night. I highly recommend this activity for anyone interested in upskilling in the kitchen, learning more about the Italians and anyone missing a home cooked meal.
    Best cooking class!
    Deeksha_L, Aug 2023
    A very memorable experience. We had a great evening and learnt a lot. We also really enjoyed the dinner! Our host was very welcoming.
    An afternoon with a family friend!
    Tejal_R, Jul 2023
    Oriana opened up her home and was so great with the kids. The cooking lessons were amazing which if course resulted in one of the best meals I’ve eaten. We also discussed history, politics, travel and family! We all really enjoyed it.
    Fabulous experience
    Rebecca_A, Jun 2023
    What a great experience. My daughter and I loved our lesson with Margarita. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves Italian food. We learnt how to cook a frittata, totelino and tiramisu. It was delicious
    A genuine experience of Italy
    Mi_Y, Feb 2023
    Oriana was a great host. Amazing view from the apartment and we had a great time making all different types of pasta, appetizer and a unique tiramisu. We are definitely going to make those again at home. But I think the best part was interacting with her family during dinner because it gave us an authentic Italian family experience, which we loved. Talked and laughed a lot. Really recommend.
    Italian Cooking Class in Bologna!
    Bernadette_M, Sep 2022
    I loved the entire experience. The hosts we wonderful and I felt like I was having a meal with my family and friends.
    Rosa - you are the BEST!
    Ann_T, Aug 2022
    We LOVED learning and cooking with our host Rosa! Rosa was super welcoming, friendly, and passionate about cooking! She introduced us to her very cute cat, and followed up over email with recipe details. We had an amazing time with memories to take back home! Our only (minor) frustration was with the directions provided by the parent company (Cesarine). We arrived ~10 minutes early to the address provided, but waited 40 minutes until we were able to find someone (a helpful neighbour) to help us find our host. Cesarine did not provide a "buzz code" or apartment number, so both host and guest were unable to find each other. Thankfully it all worked out!
    Private cooking class
    richard_s, Aug 2022
    We were matched with Valentina through Viator / Cesarine and we had a wonderful time learning 3 new recipes. Tagliatelle al Ragu Bolognese, Tiramisu and an antipasto dish (crema di mortadella). It was a fabulous experience learning these techniques in someone's home. Valentina was a fun and accommodating hostess, she brought her personal experience, and charm to the table (no pun intended). We ate together "family style" with her daughter and sister joining us. It was the perfect way to cap our last night in Bologna.
    Amazing experience
    James_L, Jul 2022
    We had the most amazing experience with Alessandra! There was 8 of us (her biggest group) and she made everything so organized for us and made sure everyone got a part in making food. We made the most delicious meals and loved every minute of it. We can’t thank her enough.
    Excellent cooking experience with a terrific local host
    Michael_B, Jul 2022
    Cristina cooking experience was excellent. She hosted us in her bed and breakfast. We had two adults and two 9-year old twins. She was amazing. We made 3 local treats: Tigelle, Tagliatelle and Tiramisu. She was excellent at instruction, was patient with the twins and the experience was fun. The class was truly like a home stay experience where we made local food, interacted with local, friendly people and eat excellent food. She has 20+ years of bed and breakfast experience and it was evident. Definitely recommend the cooking class and make certain you ask for Cristina! You can also stay at her bed and breakfast, which was very nice
    Brigid_R, Jul 2022
    We had a fantastic time learning how to make delicious Italian food from the Bologna area. We learned a lot and ate well!
    Worth doing
    Brian_D, May 2022
    We went over Alessandra's home who was amazing at guiding us, especially me with no experience. The food was delicious and she made sure to help out when needed. She was also a great host and easy to communicate with. Was overall a very personal environment that was both educational and fun
    Outstanding hosts and cooking experience in Bologna
    Susan_G, Oct 2019
    Our hosts went out of their way to provide a perfect day of cooking and conversation! They were so knowledgeable and gracious. We felt Ecompletely at home in their home, and came away with as my husband will tell you an experience that has changed us. Never again will a box of store bought noodles again be purchased!
    linds202, Aug 2019
    Our expectation was to learn how to make pasta and taste the dishes and the reality was so much more. Simply put this is one of the strongest memories we take away from our holiday thanks to Oriana and her family. So welcoming, amazing to see how people live in Bologna, felt part of the family eating lunch together. Food was fantastic and lots of secret tips. First day back back home made pasta! And will do so again and again. A course like this adds a different dimension to any holiday, learning more about local life and cuisine. First time and will book again. Thanks a million Oriana!
    First time in Italy
    Diana_N, Jul 2018
    The cooking class was great! Our instructor was fun and informative and incredibly entertaining. Would highly recommend this class to anyone.
    A Must!!
    Melinda_A, Jun 2018
    Making traditional food from Bologna with Oriana & her mother in Oriana's beautiful home was the best part of our whole trip. Fun, gracious, delicious and absolutely better than we could have imagined. Lovely morning & afternoon in Bologna!!
    Waren eine Gruppe von 8...
    Gabriella_M, Oct 2022
    Waren eine Gruppe von 8 Personen. 8x144Euro ist viel Geld für ein eine Vorspeise ein Teller Pasta und ein Stück Kuchen! Ich erwarte bei einen Kochkurs, dass alles was wir essen auch selber gekocht wird. Gemäss Buchung sollten die Getränke inklusive sein!Waren sehr erstaunt das nicht mal ein Kaffee zum Dessert serviert wird! Würde es niemals weiter empfehlen !!! Sehr enttäuschend es war ein Geburtstag Geschenk!
    Response from Host, Oct 2022
    Dear, Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion with us. It is always important to listen from our customers in order to improve our service. Here at Cesarine, we're proud of our Italian culinary heritage. Therefore, we always try to do our best in order to provide unfrogettable experiences. We sincely apologize that your experience did not meet our high standards. You are right to require the best from Cesarine and we're sorry that you didn't have what you expected. I understand your feedback, let me just point out that the Cesarina was actually one of the best we have and she provided a complete cooking class where you cooked all the three courses as described in the event, with the best regional recipes. Our mission is indeed to safeguard and share the knowledge of local traditions, recipes and hospitality. Of course beverages are inclueded, also coffee if the guests want it :-) She also provided candles for the dessert, as it was the birthday of one of the guest. Anyway, I do appreciate your feedback and thank you very much for your patience, we hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Italy. Warm Regards

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