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Host: Pio

Bologna, Italy

USD
$86-$198 per person

Create your own homemade Bolognese pasta with a professional pasta maker

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Pio

Pio has always had a passion for cooking but Bologna is where he found his true love, pasta making, so much so that he abandoned his previous life as an accountant to become a full time artisan pasta chef. The word “sfoglia” means “large sheets of pasta” in Italian, and “sfoglina” refers to a female pasta-making woman who uses traditional techniques to make pasta. Pio considers himself a bit of an anomaly because he considers himself a "sfoglino", an Italian word that does not really exist. Pio considers himself very lucky to be able to make a living doing what he loves. He finds cooking to be very meditative and loves spending time with his daughter when they make pasta together.

Besides cooking and rolling pasta, Pio's big passion is American Swing dance. He enjoys dance gatherings in Bologna and if you join him at his home for an evening meal or lunch he may even show you a few steps!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-8 guests) Join Pio at his dining table and share traditional Bolognese cuisine, particularly fresh pasta dishes. You may enjoy dishes such as a classic tortellino in brodo and tagliatelle with ragù alla bolognese or his lasagne and passatelli in brodo. Pio likes to pay homage to his roots, and often includes traditional Pugliese dishes as well, such as orecchiette with turnip greens. Every so often he reinvents recipes by combining ingredients in different ways. Your meal will include a couple of fresh pasta dishes, a second course, dessert and coffee.

Cooking experience: (2-8 guests) Learn to make together with Pio in his kitchen, fresh Bolognese pasta, from tagliatelle to tortellini or passatelli. In your fresh pasta making lesson you will learn how to roll, cut and cook pasta for a delightful meal that may include a couple of dishes prepared in advance. The cooking portion of your experience will last about an hour before you sit down to enjoy the Italian meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (2-8 guests) Pio lives in a working class areas of Bologna, Bolognina, that is home to the authentic Albani market. Since the first place that Pio visits when he travels is the open market, he offers a fun market tour of the Albani market. Meet your host at his apartment and walk over to explore the Albani market with Pio and breathe in the local atmosphere. Watch as he purchases ingredients from favored vendors for his recipes. The Albani is a local market is a lively place, particular to the neighborhood. This market is attended mostly by locals living in the Bolognina quarter. They sell pretty much everything; fresh fruits and vegetables, household items, clothing, hardware, kitchen supplies and tools.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • An antipasto with parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, olives, crostini
  • Homemade pasta with Bolognese ragù: tortellini, tagliatelle, passatelli
  • Second course meat dish: the Bolognese cutlet or other with vegetables
  • Dessert: zuppa inglese or other
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Cooking with Pio is a wonderful experience, very casual and relaxed and not very formal at all. He loves music and likes to laugh as well. Makes people feel comfortable and welcomed in his home.

Carol, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (4)
This week, 4 days in our vacation and staying in Bologna we had our cooking class with Chiara. Picture driving from a city into rural mountain area and you go generations back in time. Chiara hosted us on their family house which was in the family for many generations. This was the first time we made pasta and we made right away tortellini. The teaching and the background from family generations on history and cooking made a huge impression on us. No fancy cooking class from a chef but going back to basics with grand mothers experience. After cooking our own meal sitting outside and having dinner, talking about family, culture and history is how family dinners should be, enjoying a good meal over good talks.
- Hornets1052 June 27, 2019
What an amazing experience this was. Chiara was an amazing host and cook. We felt like good friends at the end of the experience. The views from her estate is STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL. We had the opportunity to harvest vegetables from her garden, walk the estate grounds and cook with her beautiful Italian grandma. We had our toddler with us and he had such an amazing time it was perfect for our family.I would highly recommend it as it was one of the key highlights of our trip! Chiara, thank you for creating such an authentic and story filled environment. The meticulous restoration of your family home envelops us into a world that was just magical. Thank you for the heart and passion behind what you do. It was inspirational!Photos by Claudia Ho :)
- Donna C June 11, 2019
Pio was a great host and teacher... he obviously loves cooking and sharing it with others. My husband is a novice to the cooking... considering toast a huge culinary victory. I understand cooking and enjoy it but am by no means a master. Pio worked well with both of us. We got to his flat, which was easy to find on a major street. We took a taxi but found it simple enough to take a bus back. He had everything prepared for the class.We took time to watch his demonstration and then both mixed our own dough... we kneaded, rolled and stretched all with conversation and paced for our learning. I loved watching my husband learn to roll the tortellini around his fingers. We also made tagliatelle. We learned about other pasta shapes and sizes. While we cooked we learned more about Pio and the town. He showed us the ragu he had cooked prior to our arrival and explained the simple sauce of sage and olive oil he would use for our other dish. Dinner was a nice time with a simple starter and our pasta's... we were surprised by a main protein entree and then a great dessert. Pio sat and shared with us as our wine and conversation continued. All in all it was one of my favorite memories in Italy... I hope to see Pio again and I hope to share the pasta and sauces with friends here in Arizona. Thanks Pio!!!
- Elaine S August 26, 2018
Pio had a friend join him to help translate in English for us and both were so knowledgeable and fun. Pio has a slab that was made just for pasta and rolled it all out by hand. We learned the tricky business of tortelloni as well as tagliatelle. There were several dishes Pio made to show us local favorites- and we had dinner on his patio.
- Teri V December 19, 2017
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Pio

$86-$198 USD

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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $88 $86
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $144 $140
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $198 $192
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $88 $86
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $144 $140
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $198 $192
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 6:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 4:30pm-8:30pm

Meet Pio

Pio has always had a passion for cooking but Bologna is where he found his true love, pasta making, so much so that he abandoned his previous life as an accountant to become a full time artisan pasta chef. The word “sfoglia” means “large sheets of pasta” in Italian, and “sfoglina” refers to a female pasta-making woman who uses traditional techniques to make pasta. Pio considers himself a bit of an anomaly because he considers himself a "sfoglino", an Italian word that does not really exist. Pio considers himself very lucky to be able to make a living doing what he loves. He finds cooking to be very meditative and loves spending time with his daughter when they make pasta together.

Besides cooking and rolling pasta, Pio's big passion is American Swing dance. He enjoys dance gatherings in Bologna and if you join him at his home for an evening meal or lunch he may even show you a few steps!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (2-8 guests) Join Pio at his dining table and share traditional Bolognese cuisine, particularly fresh pasta dishes. You may enjoy dishes such as a classic tortellino in brodo and tagliatelle with ragù alla bolognese or his lasagne and passatelli in brodo. Pio likes to pay homage to his roots, and often includes traditional Pugliese dishes as well, such as orecchiette with turnip greens. Every so often he reinvents recipes by combining ingredients in different ways. Your meal will include a couple of fresh pasta dishes, a second course, dessert and coffee.

Cooking experience: (2-8 guests) Learn to make together with Pio in his kitchen, fresh Bolognese pasta, from tagliatelle to tortellini or passatelli. In your fresh pasta making lesson you will learn how to roll, cut and cook pasta for a delightful meal that may include a couple of dishes prepared in advance. The cooking portion of your experience will last about an hour before you sit down to enjoy the Italian meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (2-8 guests) Pio lives in a working class areas of Bologna, Bolognina, that is home to the authentic Albani market. Since the first place that Pio visits when he travels is the open market, he offers a fun market tour of the Albani market. Meet your host at his apartment and walk over to explore the Albani market with Pio and breathe in the local atmosphere. Watch as he purchases ingredients from favored vendors for his recipes. The Albani is a local market is a lively place, particular to the neighborhood. This market is attended mostly by locals living in the Bolognina quarter. They sell pretty much everything; fresh fruits and vegetables, household items, clothing, hardware, kitchen supplies and tools.

Languages spoken: English, Italian, Spanish

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • An antipasto with parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, olives, crostini
  • Homemade pasta with Bolognese ragù: tortellini, tagliatelle, passatelli
  • Second course meat dish: the Bolognese cutlet or other with vegetables
  • Dessert: zuppa inglese or other
PERSONALLY VETTED REVIEW
A Traveling Spoon ambassador visited this host. Here is their personal review.

Cooking with Pio is a wonderful experience, very casual and relaxed and not very formal at all. He loves music and likes to laugh as well. Makes people feel comfortable and welcomed in his home.

Carol, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Traveler reviews

5.0 (4)
This week, 4 days in our vacation and staying in Bologna we had our cooking class with Chiara. Picture driving from a city into rural mountain area and you go generations back in time. Chiara hosted us on their family house which was in the family for many generations. This was the first time we made pasta and we made right away tortellini. The teaching and the background from family generations on history and cooking made a huge impression on us. No fancy cooking class from a chef but going back to basics with grand mothers experience. After cooking our own meal sitting outside and having dinner, talking about family, culture and history is how family dinners should be, enjoying a good meal over good talks.
- Hornets1052 June 27, 2019
What an amazing experience this was. Chiara was an amazing host and cook. We felt like good friends at the end of the experience. The views from her estate is STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL. We had the opportunity to harvest vegetables from her garden, walk the estate grounds and cook with her beautiful Italian grandma. We had our toddler with us and he had such an amazing time it was perfect for our family.I would highly recommend it as it was one of the key highlights of our trip! Chiara, thank you for creating such an authentic and story filled environment. The meticulous restoration of your family home envelops us into a world that was just magical. Thank you for the heart and passion behind what you do. It was inspirational!Photos by Claudia Ho :)
- Donna C June 11, 2019
Pio was a great host and teacher... he obviously loves cooking and sharing it with others. My husband is a novice to the cooking... considering toast a huge culinary victory. I understand cooking and enjoy it but am by no means a master. Pio worked well with both of us. We got to his flat, which was easy to find on a major street. We took a taxi but found it simple enough to take a bus back. He had everything prepared for the class.We took time to watch his demonstration and then both mixed our own dough... we kneaded, rolled and stretched all with conversation and paced for our learning. I loved watching my husband learn to roll the tortellini around his fingers. We also made tagliatelle. We learned about other pasta shapes and sizes. While we cooked we learned more about Pio and the town. He showed us the ragu he had cooked prior to our arrival and explained the simple sauce of sage and olive oil he would use for our other dish. Dinner was a nice time with a simple starter and our pasta's... we were surprised by a main protein entree and then a great dessert. Pio sat and shared with us as our wine and conversation continued. All in all it was one of my favorite memories in Italy... I hope to see Pio again and I hope to share the pasta and sauces with friends here in Arizona. Thanks Pio!!!
- Elaine S August 26, 2018
Pio had a friend join him to help translate in English for us and both were so knowledgeable and fun. Pio has a slab that was made just for pasta and rolled it all out by hand. We learned the tricky business of tortelloni as well as tagliatelle. There were several dishes Pio made to show us local favorites- and we had dinner on his patio.
- Teri V December 19, 2017
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $88 $86
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $144 $140
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $198 $192
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $88 $86
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $144 $140
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $198 $192
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:30pm-9:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 6:00pm-10:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-2:30pm 4:30pm-8:30pm
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