Ask any foodie what their favorite cuisine is and more often than not you’ll hear “Italian!” followed by a list of their top, drool-worthy recipes; so it stands to reason that every budding chef will have dreamed of perfecting a professional-level pasta-rolling technique. And while buying Massimo Bottura’s cookbooks is a great start, it’s no replacement for the real thing…
If you’re a true dreamer when it comes to food, don’t just Google ‘pasta making course near me’ – follow our BUCKiTDREAM guide to becoming a master of the greatest cuisine on the planet.
Head to Emilia-Romagna Every Italian will claim that their grandmother’s cooking is actually the greatest example of their native cuisine, but when you have a region that gives you Parmesan, Parma ham, bolognese and balsamic vinegar, it’s not a bad starting point.
All Roads Lead to Food But you’ll want to take the Via Emilia, a short 260-kilometer highway that leads you around the beautiful Emilia-Romagna region, with exciting foodie-related detours at every turn.
It’s All About the Ingredients If you’re serious about becoming an expert then before you learn how to create the perfect dish, you’ll need to know the history and manufacturing process of where the ingredients come from.
Ham, it Up Like Pavarotti Many visitors will organize a tour of large Parmesan and Parma ham producers with Explore Emilia but if you want a true insider look, fly solo and visit smaller, local producers such as Prosciutto di Parma who will show you the intricate details behind the aging process of the finest ham in the world.
It’s Oh So Cheesy Over There And here’s how to taste it like a local. Get in touch with Parmigiano Reggiano and arrange a visit to a dairy farm where you’ll see the whole process that creates the sweet, nutty cheese that tastes SO DAMN GOOD.
Sharpen Your Taste Buds with a Sip of Vinegar This one is only for those who really want to go off the beaten track; make an appointment for a tasting at the mansion of Acetaia di Giorgio, a family-run business that creates some of the finest vinegar in the region and therefore the world.
If All You Want to Do is Wine, Wine, Wine…You might as well do it in style. To sample some of the local Lambrusco wines and learn about flavor-pairing, head toEnoteca Fontana on the Via Farini to rub shoulders with the locals. And if you’re up for an adventure, stop off at the rural Stoppa Winery on the way to Milan airport and cram your suitcase full of the sweet, fruity nectar before heading home.
Rolling it All Together Now it’s time to put everything you’ve learned to the test; but don’t worry, the friendly chefs at Cooking Classes In Bologna will be on hand to help! CIBO offers guests the opportunity to learn short pasta courses, half-day, one-day and multi-day cooking classes, and the best part? You get to eat everything at the end.
Now you know exactly how to learn the ropes as a true Italian chef, it’s time to put that plan into action! See if any other BUCKiTDREAMER shares your dreams of mastering Italian cuisine by sharing your plans on the app; don’t forget to check out The Top 6 Historical Monuments To Visit In Italy and 5 Of The Most Visit-Worthy Jamie Oliver Restaurants In The World