City Guide: Rome

By bitesee editors

Cook in Rome with a Nonna

If you're going to learn to cook in Rome, why not learn from an Italian grandmother?

Eating Italy offers probably the best food tours in Rome and the one experience that is an opportunity of a lifetime: learning to cook with an Italian grandmother. This authentic cooking class takes place in a Roman apartment where guests spend four hours with a true Italian grandmother to learn her personal recipes and techniques of cucina romana.

Students prepare a 4-course menu that includes dishes like: Seasonal Roman pasta and gnocchi which you will learn to make by hand; Classic Saltimbocca, veal cutlet topped with thinly sliced proscuitto and sage leaves; and Italian basics like polpettine (meatballs) or pollo peperoni (chicken with peppers and wine). Under the guidance of your adopted nonna you'll also prepare contorni (vegetable side dishes) and end on a sweet note with a classic Italian dolci—tiramisu or crostata di ricotta, a couple of likely candidates.

Each class menu varies slightly, but if in Rome during the height of spring's artichoke season, expect to prepare carciofi alla romana—stuffed with a garlic mixture and sautéed in plenty of olive oil and white wine. While in summer cross your fingers that zucchini blossoms are in nonna's kitchen.

UPDATE: This class is temporarily unavailable, but continue to check Eating Europe's website or call them directly to find out upcoming dates.
Must try:
Cooking With Nonna
Authentic / Once-in-a-Lifetime
Reservations: Required
Hours: Check website for new dates / Not offered Sundays, Italian National Holidays and approximately 10 days in mid-August
Location: Local Roman Apartment in Garbatella
Address: N/A
Phone: From US: +1 215 688 5571; From Italy: +39 391 358 3117
Ideal for:

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