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Host: Roberta and Aurelio

Modena, Italy

USD
$38-$116 per person

Authentic pasta Bolognese in the heart of Modena

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

Meet Roberta and Aurelio

Roberta and her son Aurelio love to cook and entertain for guests at their apartment in the heart of Modena’s historic city center. Roberta learned to cook from her mother, an excellent cook, and her mother-in-law. She loves to cook because she loves to eat and gets joy from feeding family and friends good food. Roberta is passionate about showcasing food from her region of Modena and enjoys hosting together with her son Aurelio who is also an avid cook (and illustrator). Roberta has fond memories of her son cooking, from the day when she returned home to the dining table completely covered in the handmade tagliatelle that Aurelio had prepared, to the time when he made so much liver pate that it didn’t fit in their fridge or freezer! A lovely duo, Roberta and Aurelio look forward to meeting new people and sharing their culture and cuisine with travelers from around the world.

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: (1-6 guests) Meet your hosts Roberta and Aurelio at their traditional apartment located in Pomposa Square, where locals often meet at any of the several bars and cafes in the area. Join your hosts at their traditional dining table to enjoy a regional and authentic homemade Italian meal. Your meal will include an antipasto, a pasta, a side and a dessert. Your seasonal menu might include dishes such as a platter of Parmigiano-Reggiano with balsamic vinegar, Parma ham, and olives, homemade tagliatelle al ragu (pasta alla Bolognese) in spring or pasatelli in brodo (extruded pasta in chicken broth) along with pollo salsa verde (chicken in a parsley sauce) in the winter, and a vegetable like carciofi ripieni (stuffed artichokes with cheese and parsley) or finocchio gratin (fennel gratin). Your meal will conclude with a dessert of zuppa inglese (a trifle-like dessert), tiramisu, or crostata di amerene (traditional regional sour cherry tart).

If you choose the optional alcohol add-on, you will be served 2 glasses of the regional Lambrusco wine.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join your hosts Roberta (or her close friend Laura) and Aurelio at their small but charming traditional kitchen to learn to cook a typical Modena meal from recipes that Roberta learned from her mother. Your hands-on Bolognese cooking class will last about 2 hours. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Enjoy learning about the tips and techniques involved in making a typical Bolognese pasta from scratch, a side and a dessert before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Roberta and her sons. Since ragu (Bolognese sauce) takes time to cook, Aurelio may have some of the ingredients for your ragu prepared in advance.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Meet your host Aurelio at his home and walk 2 minutes to the local farmer’s market held in the Pomposa square on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. This is an open-air organic market where locals shop for organic produce and is a fun place to be! Walk through the market and explore with your host local and regional produce sold by her farmers in the region. You will purchase a few ingredients that you will use during your cooking class after the market tour. Your market tour will last about 45 minutes.

Notes: On days that Roberta is not available, Aurelio hosts with his mother's close friend Laura who is also an expert cook!

Languages spoken: English, Italian, French

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.
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano with balsamic vinegar and Parma ham
  • Pasta Bolognese
  • Carciofi ripieni (stuffed artichokes) or finocchio gratin (fennel tart)
  • Tiramisu, zuppa inglese or crostata di amerene

Traveler reviews

My friend and I had a great time with this cooking experience during our short stay in Modena. Roberta and Aurelio were really fun to cook with and talk to. Aurelio did most of the talking, as Roberta mostly speaks Italian, but that was part of the awesome experience! We went through everything step-by-step, with them showing and explaining to us in detail what exactly we were doing along the way. Aurelio even helped me type out a list on my phone of everything we did at the end of the evening so that I would be able to take it home with me. We sat and talked for a good while after we all had our super delicious meal, just learning more about Italian cuisine and talking about their culture. I definitely recommend taking this class with them. They are great to talk to, and they definitely know what they are doing because that handmade bolognese pasta is the BEST I’ve ever eaten!
- Kevin June 07, 2019

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Roberta and Aurelio

$38-$116 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • 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
$58 $44 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$116 $88 Not offered
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $44 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$116 $88 Not offered
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm

Meet Roberta and Aurelio

Roberta and her son Aurelio love to cook and entertain for guests at their apartment in the heart of Modena’s historic city center. Roberta learned to cook from her mother, an excellent cook, and her mother-in-law. She loves to cook because she loves to eat and gets joy from feeding family and friends good food. Roberta is passionate about showcasing food from her region of Modena and enjoys hosting together with her son Aurelio who is also an avid cook (and illustrator). Roberta has fond memories of her son cooking, from the day when she returned home to the dining table completely covered in the handmade tagliatelle that Aurelio had prepared, to the time when he made so much liver pate that it didn’t fit in their fridge or freezer! A lovely duo, Roberta and Aurelio look forward to meeting new people and sharing their culture and cuisine with travelers from around the world.

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: (1-6 guests) Meet your hosts Roberta and Aurelio at their traditional apartment located in Pomposa Square, where locals often meet at any of the several bars and cafes in the area. Join your hosts at their traditional dining table to enjoy a regional and authentic homemade Italian meal. Your meal will include an antipasto, a pasta, a side and a dessert. Your seasonal menu might include dishes such as a platter of Parmigiano-Reggiano with balsamic vinegar, Parma ham, and olives, homemade tagliatelle al ragu (pasta alla Bolognese) in spring or pasatelli in brodo (extruded pasta in chicken broth) along with pollo salsa verde (chicken in a parsley sauce) in the winter, and a vegetable like carciofi ripieni (stuffed artichokes with cheese and parsley) or finocchio gratin (fennel gratin). Your meal will conclude with a dessert of zuppa inglese (a trifle-like dessert), tiramisu, or crostata di amerene (traditional regional sour cherry tart).

If you choose the optional alcohol add-on, you will be served 2 glasses of the regional Lambrusco wine.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join your hosts Roberta (or her close friend Laura) and Aurelio at their small but charming traditional kitchen to learn to cook a typical Modena meal from recipes that Roberta learned from her mother. Your hands-on Bolognese cooking class will last about 2 hours. You will learn to cook three dishes from scratch. Enjoy learning about the tips and techniques involved in making a typical Bolognese pasta from scratch, a side and a dessert before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Roberta and her sons. Since ragu (Bolognese sauce) takes time to cook, Aurelio may have some of the ingredients for your ragu prepared in advance.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Meet your host Aurelio at his home and walk 2 minutes to the local farmer’s market held in the Pomposa square on Tuesday and Saturday mornings. This is an open-air organic market where locals shop for organic produce and is a fun place to be! Walk through the market and explore with your host local and regional produce sold by her farmers in the region. You will purchase a few ingredients that you will use during your cooking class after the market tour. Your market tour will last about 45 minutes.

Notes: On days that Roberta is not available, Aurelio hosts with his mother's close friend Laura who is also an expert cook!

Languages spoken: English, Italian, French

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.
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano with balsamic vinegar and Parma ham
  • Pasta Bolognese
  • Carciofi ripieni (stuffed artichokes) or finocchio gratin (fennel tart)
  • Tiramisu, zuppa inglese or crostata di amerene

Traveler reviews

My friend and I had a great time with this cooking experience during our short stay in Modena. Roberta and Aurelio were really fun to cook with and talk to. Aurelio did most of the talking, as Roberta mostly speaks Italian, but that was part of the awesome experience! We went through everything step-by-step, with them showing and explaining to us in detail what exactly we were doing along the way. Aurelio even helped me type out a list on my phone of everything we did at the end of the evening so that I would be able to take it home with me. We sat and talked for a good while after we all had our super delicious meal, just learning more about Italian cuisine and talking about their culture. I definitely recommend taking this class with them. They are great to talk to, and they definitely know what they are doing because that handmade bolognese pasta is the BEST I’ve ever eaten!
- Kevin June 07, 2019

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$58 $44 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$116 $88 Not offered
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$58 $44 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $72 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$116 $88 Not offered
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
1:00pm-3:00pm 7:00pm-9:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-3:00pm
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