Roman Holiday™

Pasta Making Class ~ 1 Day


Join Chef Barbara in Rome for an exclusive fresh pasta making cooking class in her Palazzo in her private kitchen in the heart of Rome.   In this one-day cooking class, you will learn the Roman tastes and traditions in the heart of Rome.

Chef Barbara welcomes each guest to her private palazzo and kitchen in the heart of Rome.  You’ll learn to mix the flour and farm-fresh eggs, roll out the delicate pasta, then stuff and twist into beautiful shapes.  Learn how to prepare seasonal sauces while discovering techniques and immersing yourself into the art of Roman pasta making.

Chef Barbara shares her family recipes in making delicious Roman pasta while spending the day in her Roman palazzo cooking, enjoying cuisine of the Eternal City.

During your hands-on pasta making class, you will learn how to mix and roll out fresh pasta that will be used to make lasagne, ravioli and gnocchi with seasonal sauces.  You’ll also learn the history and technique of ancient Roman foods as you slice, dice and cook with Chef Barbara.  Learn to cook delicious Roman pasta while immersing yourself in the food, wine and culture of Rome.

Following each 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.

Chef Barbara’s unique cooking style is hands-on while offering tips and techniques that will have you cooking like a Roman!  A recipe book is included. Recipes vary depending on the seasons, so we encourage each guest to bring a notebook to the kitchen.

Transfers to the kitchen not included. In each cooking class, food allergies are carefully respected and gluten free menus are available upon request.

History of Pasta

Pasta has been an Italian tradition for hundreds of years. To passionate Italians, pasta is poetry. They’re so devoted to their national dish, there’s even a pasta museum in Pontedassio, Italy, filled with antique pasta-making implements and dried specimens of pasta dating back 100 years.

Marco Polo, has been given credit for introducing pasta to Italy. However, there’s evidence that the ancient Etruscans in Italy were eating pasta at least 1600 years before Marco Polo was born. Not to mention the Chinese, who were eating noodles in 3000 BC. The Ancient Greeks and Romans had discovered the simple delights of pasta long before Marco Polo. In fact, Greek mythology suggests that the Greek God ‘Vulcan’ invented a device that made “strings of pasta dough.”

There is a book dedicated to the very many pasta of Italy – these are just a sample!


From spaghetti to maccheroni, pastas are infinite. Italy’s pasta list includes:

  • Sedani-a long tube shape
  • Route-little wheels
  • Mezze penne-small tubes cut on an angle
  • Cannelloni-large tubes and filled with cheese
  • Orecchiette-small little ear-like shapes
  • Maccheroncini-small narrow tubes
  • Malloreddus-rolled little shells
  • Farfalle-butterfly shapes
  • Bucatini-thick spaghetti
  • Caserecci-narrow thin folded-over twists
  • Cavatelli-thin narrow boat-like shapes
  • Garganelli-coils
  • Conchiglie-small snail-like shaped shells
  • Fusilli-short twisted strips
  • Ditaloni-fat tubes
  • Conchiglioni-large shells – great for stuffing
  • Trofie-thin twists, pipe-curved plump tubes
  • Pappardelle-long wide strips
  • Linguine-thin strips
  • Pizzoccheri-short cut strips
  • Reginette-ridged edge wide strips
  • Vermicelli-rounded spaghetti-like
  • Bavette-flat thin strips 

Program Includes:

  • Cooking class in Rome includes the hands-on preparation of two types of fresh pasta with two seasonal sauces to accompany the pasta recipe.
  • Lunch follows and everyone enjoys the food that was prepared in the cooking class with a toast of local red or white wine.
  • Recipe book with compilation of 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 people.  Classes start at 10 am or 7:30 pm.

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 classes start 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.