Small-group Tortellini Class at a local's home with lunch or dinner in Bologna

Bologna, Italy

From $148.68

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


Bologna is famous for its luscious tortellini, so there’s no better place to learn how to make these stuffed morsels of fresh pasta. Join a local in her home kitchen to try your hand at kneading and rolling out dough and hand-shaping each tiny round bite with a small group. Then gather around the table for a family-style meal featuring the tortellini you’ve made together followed by authentic tiramisù.
  • Connect with a local home cook and learn to make traditional tortellini
  • A welcome “aperitivo” to break the ice with Prosecco and snacks
  • A small-group experience for personal attention during the lesson
  • Lunch or dinner featuring tortellini, tiramisù, and local wines

Sample Menu



What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Aperitif with nibbles and prosecco
  • Dessert: Tiramisù

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • Bologna
      Bologna, Metropolitan City of Bologna, Italy

      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 after you've booked to match you up with your ideal Cesarina 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    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.
    8 reviews
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    Wonderful experience
    Helia_C, Dec 2022
    The tortellini of this region is unlike anything I had ever tasted and I was dying to learn how to make it, in order to recreate the amazing experience at home. While many pasta classes are offered, I sought out tortellini specifically and ending up booking quite last minute - the afternoon before. I am so glad it did as it will give me the ability to recreate this trip for many, many years to come. I had the fortune of having a class by myself. While for some, this may seem awkward, Cristina Rossi, my host and teacher, put me at ease immediately. I felt the warmth of being invited into someone's home and was offered snacks and drinks immediately. I made the mistake of having quite big, late lunch, so we jumped right into the cooking. First we made tiramisu, which was far simpler than I could have imagined (but turned out better than any I've ever had). On to the tortellini! Tortellini is not a simple dish you make on a quick whim. It takes effort and planning and lead time. However, Cristina showed me it's nothing to be intimidated by! We went through each step and she was methodical at providing clear instruction, tips and an understanding of what to expect. She would demonstrate each part and then watch me as I repeated. She was quick to provide encouragement and was a great teacher. Anyone can follow a recipe on paper, but Cristina gave me the tools to understand how to make tortellini with love! We we continued to make tortellini, the conversation flowed across multiple topics. Cristina's husband Enrico joined us after work and helped us complete the tortellini. We ended with an amazing meal of the tortellini and tiramisu. Distracted by the conversation, I stayed longer than the allotted class time, but I left with a full heart and full belly. Having been on a trip to Italy solo, it was wonderful to feel the warmth like old friends and it was a perfect way to end my trip. I am now obsessed with recreating the meal at home to cement everything I learned. I highly recommend this experience for anyone that wants to be able to have a piece of Italy at home!
    Cooking and laughs
    JaneMarie_D, Oct 2022
    Had a fabulous experience. Felt welcomed like old friends, the class was fun and the food and drinks abundant and delicious
    Authentic Bolognese Experience for Foodies or Adventurers
    Kent_G, Jun 2022
    Margherita was an incredible and welcoming instructor! The food we made together was simple but unforgettable!
    The best lunch in Bologna
    Tina_P, Oct 2021
    Paola is an awesome cesarina! I was very fortunate to have had a private lesson with a wonderful hostess. We started out by making the pasta and then we used a dough that had already been rested. She had made the filling but she shared the recipe with me so I know how to make it. The hard part was actually making the tortellinis, which is not as easy as it looks. However, Paola is a very patient teacher and she worked with me until I got it right. Once we had them all assembled, we had a glass of wine, an antipasto, and a wonderful conversation. Then she showed me how to cook the tortellinis and prepare a parmesan cream sauce to serve with them. They were delicious! I finished the meal with her homemade tiramisu, another recipe that I can't wait to try. I look forward to returning to Bologna for more cooking lessons!
    The Best Cooking Class You Can Get
    Sandra_S, Oct 2019
    Perfection from start to finish. Perfect host, perfect food--a day to remember. Paola was the best teacher/hostess we could have hoped for.
    Good Class
    Kimberly_T, Jun 2019
    The name of the class is "small group" however the class turned into a private class with just my nephew and myself. Although I appreciate the offer, I was really expecting (and wanting) a small group. I was traveling with my 18 year old nephew and thought it would be great to be in a group rather than one on one. The class was hosted at the chef's (Alessia) private apartment which was very messy. Once we got past the one on one and the mess, we had a great time. We learned a great deal about making tortellini and really enjoyed the food and wine.
    Hyggelig formiddag hos god vært
    Hans L, Nov 2019
    Vi var alle rigtig tilfredse med dette fine lille kursus hos en privat italiensk familie, værten var dygtig og hjalp os godt igennem Tortellini og teramisu