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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 experience
  • Market visit

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: (2-6 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: (2-6 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: (2-6 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: Spanish, English

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

Traveler reviews

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

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Pio

$86-$198 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
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: (2-6 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: (2-6 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: (2-6 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: Spanish, English

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

Traveler reviews

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

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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