Roman Holiday™

Rome Cooking Class ~ Roman Traditions ~ 1 Day


Join Chef Barbara in a one-day hands-on cooking class in her professional kitchen in the heart of the Eternal City, Rome. Learn how to prepare and taste traditional Roman cuisine, artichokes, fresh pasta, main courses, pizza and desserts, and how to select the ingredients at the market too with our chef – known as one who loves to cook and to eat.

Traditional Rome Cooking Class

Chef Barbara welcomes each guest to her private palazzo and kitchen in the heart of Rome.  You’ll learn to cook traditional Roman classics from antipasto to fresh pasta and sauces, main courses and desserts with farm-to-table ingredients from the nearby outdoor market.

Chef Barbara shares her family recipes in making delicious Roman recipes with experience and techniques that Chef Barbara has gained through years of experience.  She shares her knowledge of selecting the finest local seasonal ingredients at the market, then transforming them into Roman antipasto, fresh pasta, sauces, main courses and desserts.

In the traditional cooking class, you will create a full course menu featuring Roman fare with delicious stuffed artichokes and eggplant, carbonara – pasta served in a sauce with crispy guanciale, cured pork cheeks, tangy pecorino Romanocheese and eggs; griciacarbonara without eggs; amatriciana pasta with tomatoes and cream; cacio e pepe, pasta served in a creamy pecorino and spicy black pepper sauce: and coda alla vaccinara, oxtail stew cooked in tomatoes and wine with cloves, black pepper, pine nuts and raisins.  Roman desserts are always delightful and include crostata ricotta e visciole, an open pie filled with a cherry filling, tiramisu, and creamy gelato.

Following class, everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the kitchen with a toast of wine included, and soft drinks for children.  Weather permitting, everyone dines on the terrace for a beautiful view overlooking the city of Rome.

A recipe book is included with compilation of Chef Barbara’s creations; recipes may vary depending on the seasons, so we encourage each guest to bring a notebook to the kitchen.

Menu may include such traditions as:

Bucatini All’ Amatriciana ~ Bucatini are a long pasta, similar to spaghetti, but with a hole that runs the length of each strand. This traditional dish is said to come from Amatrice, a small town in Lazio, and has a base of guanciale and tomato, topped with grated Pecorino Romano cheese.

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe ~ Spaghetti served in a creamy white sauce of sheep’s milk, Pecorino cheese, and black pepper. This is one of the few Italian dishes that calls for black pepper in abundance!

Pollo Alla Diavola o Alla Romana ~ roasted chicken served ‘devil-style’ or Roman-style

Porchetta ~ Roman-style roasted pork tenderloin

Carciofi alla Romana o alla Giudea ~ Roman-style or Jewish-style artichokes

Program Includes:

  • Cooking class preparing a full course Roman menu.
  • Lunch follows including the foods prepared in class with a toast of local red or white wine.
  • Recipe book with compilation of Chef Barbara’s creations; recipes may vary depending on the seasons, so we encourage each guest to bring a notebook and camera into the kitchen.
Program Prices

$225 per person, based on minimum of 2 guests.

Cooking class starts at 10am.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

* Please note: One-day cooking classes do not include transportation, accommodations, or any other excursions.  If you would like to add on transfers to and from your hotel or cruise ship port ~ please let us know your group size and we will be happy to provide a price and reserve the transfer(s) for you.  If you have a non-cooker who would like dine, but not cook, please let us know and we will also send you pricing.

Check Availability

2024 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week. Cooking class starts at 10am. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.