On our last trip to Rome my husband planned and scheduled us a day of cooking class in Rome Italy with the well known Chef Fabio Bongianni (read more about Chef Fabio) . Really sounds exciting right? Honestly, strangely enough, I was not to thrilled at first. I mean of course I wanted to meet Chef Fabio (no girls he is not the Fabio with the long hair that adorned Romance novel covers) he is an amazing chef with great reviews. And I did want to learn about Italian cuisine. But… I can cook, I swear, but I don’t. In any case, Kevin does all the cooking. It’s not that I can’t, it is just that I have a husband who loves wine, great restaurants and to cook and took over the kitchen several years ago. Seriously, tell me what women would not allow this to happen too? However, I’m the baker in the family, at least I have that going for me. So when he wanted to go and take local cooking classes in Rome Italy I felt a little out of my element. But at least it was Italian food, that I know! I was definitely up to learn to cook Italian food in a group cooking lesson, especially to make pasta the authentic Roman Italian way.
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A Cooking Day In Rome Begins At The Roman Market
Our Italian cookery course day started by us meeting Chef Fabio Bongianni at his restaurant That’s Amore, one of the best places to eat in Rome. Chef introduced us to several people there as well as a couple from Texas, Christine and Scott Walker who would ultimately be cooking with us too. I was happy to see we would be a small group. Soon after introductions we headed to a local market to purchase the fresh food we would be cooking in our little Rome cooking class. I love going to the Italian markets, it so reminds me of the market in Rochester New York that my Grandfather used to take me to. Listening to the language of Italian even as they bargain and haggle, still manages to sound like beautiful music. At this point, Chef Fabio Bongianni asked us each what our favorite was…not a second was wasted on me saying “carciofo” (artichoke), love them! Arguably, you never had a really good artichoke until you had it cooked in a Roman kitchen.
The smell of Italian Cooking
Next we were off to the bakery to buy fresh Italian bread. When you think you have good bread in the states and there are good ones, once you have bread in Italy you learn on how it really is to be made. The smell in the bakery was so heavenly, I could of lived on bread and wine alone. Dragging ourselves out of the bakery we headed across the streets, through a few piazza’s, past a dozen fountains, to our destination to begin Roman cooking at one of the best cooking classes in Rome.
Its Time For Cooking School In Rome Italy Or Time Out?
As we approached a courtyard with it’s own fountains we headed up a beautiful staircase. This was a bit of a surprise, we were going to be having our cooking lessons in a home not an actual school. This made it seem so more personable and relaxing. Instruction began right away from Chef Fabio with his Roman food recipes. I can not remember everything he taught us, but learning to make the best pasta in Rome was the most fun. It was easier than I thought it would be, or at least Chef Fabio made it seem easy. On the other hand, not for some of us.
The funniest part was Christine in the pasta making class portion, learning to make the pasta seemed to be a bit of a challenge. I am not sure what she was doing but her’s was a complete, well lets say wet mess. The dough was stuck to her hands like paste. Chef Fabio warned us about this happening. At this point, he simply went over to Christine, grabbed her hands and placed them in a bag of flour. He then instructed her to not move and keep her hands there for 5 minutes. We all couldn’t help from laughing at her expression and especially when her husband Scott said “haha you just got put in Chef Time Out”. Lesson one- we learned to make pasta in a Rome cooking school? Your dough too sticky? Put your hands in flour for five minutes and voilà (yes I am injecting a little French here) magic happens.
Here’s What We Made With The Delicious Roman Recipes!
All things considered, the rest of the in Rome cooking experience went pretty smooth. No more “time outs” occurred thankfully. Just how do those Romans cook their food so good? As a matter of fact, we learned a lot about amazing Italian food courses and how to make them at our one day cooking classes in Italy. Here’s what we made for our Italian meal with a great wine pairing too:
- Tomato sauce
- Handmade pasta dough
- Cavatappi w/ broccoli finished with butter and grated parmigiano reggiano
- Spinach & zucchini ravioli with tomato sauce and basil
- Carciofi (artichoke) ala romana
- Spinach & zucchini tortilini
- Baked eggplant with tomato and basil
- Bruschetta w/ fresh tomato and basil
- Strawberries w/ balsamic
Here Are Some Useful Tools To Make Your Own Pasta
Having the right tools for making pasta is important. However, I loved watching my Grandfather make gnocchi only with potatoes and with his hands. He used to say it was all in the press of the thumb to make the gnocchi. Speaking of my heritage, read here for how I went looking for ancestors in Italy.
Would You Like To Learn To Cook In Italy?
No doubt, attending cooking classes in Rome with Italian Chef Fabio Bongianni was a great experience and I would do it again in a heart beat, I highly recommend everyone should learn to cool authentic Italian. In my opinion he has the best cooking classes in Rome. Therefore, on your next trip to Rome and if you are interested in taking Rome cooking classes in Italy look into Chef Fabio’s class, you won’t regret it! In my opinion, one of the best parts was making new friends with Christine and Scott. For this reason, we end up spending the entire day with them roaming the streets of Rome. One day hopefully we will meet up with them again on another adventure! Maybe even on another couples cooking classes, try some food tours or even better learn another popular Roman cuisine; Pizza making!
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