My family and I are looking to take a 2-4 hour cooking class (pasta making in particular) this summer (2013) in June. We will be based in Verona but will be visiting other nearby towns for day trips. All of the cooking classes that I've found on the web are wildly expensive. Does anyone know of any reasonably priced classes? Thanks.
I had an amazing cooking class with the woman who owned the b&b I stayed at in Venice, don't know if that's too far for you but I can get her info to you if you want?
Define "reasonable" in euros and you'll get better responses.
Will you have a car? There's a great, inexpensive cooking class at Il Caminetto near Varenna, on Lake Como. I think it was 45€ per person; he picked us up in Varenna around 10 am and delivered us back around 5 pm, after a day of instruction and lots of great food and wine. It was really fun, but may be too far for you to travel.
Bethanne, I would love info on Venice- where you stayed and contact info on the cooking class. I will be in Italy for about 6 weeks and plan to head to Venice for a couple days of it.
LaVee, I'll message you the info. :)
I loved taking the class at Il Caminetto, but I think it's a bit far from Verona. If you do decide to go to the Lake Como area I would highly recommend the class.
I agree with Simon - Manuela's classes in Florence are excellent.
I don't know about Verona, but if you decide on a detour to Florence (about 1hr 50mins on the train) then take a class with Manuela at Cook Eat Italian. She is an exceptional teacher. We took the classic Italian home cooking class: she may also do pasta making. The price was reasonable compared to some others, under 100 euros per person. http://www.cookeatitalian.com
Katie, we enjoyed an awesome cooking class in the Casanova di Pescille just outside San Gimignano. There were four of us which I think is their maximum, we made our four course lunch then ate it and enjoyed a bootle of their Vernaccia. We did make our own pasta, from scratch, which we still do at home. Definitely a worth while experience. I cannot remember the exact cost but it was most reasonable. By the way I am talking about May 2012. Even if you have to make a special trip to get there, believe me, it will be worth it! Good luck, Bill.
Last year we took a pasta making class in Padova with Mama Isa: http://isacookinpadua.altervista.org What a fantastic experience we had, it was terrific fun and an ideal birthday present for someone who loves Italian genuine and traditional food and in particular fresh homemade egg pasta. We had a really great time and all mixed in really well.... can't recommend it highly enough. Isa is a tremendous teacher and really made it seem easy! About the price it was very reasonable compared to other local cooking classes!