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Host: Chiara

Bologna, Italy

USD
$28-$98 per person

Local, regional Italian cuisine in a rural estate home

Host offerings
  • House
  • In-home meal
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Chiara

Chiara’s passion for cooking began as a young girl when she cooked with her grandmothers, both excellent cooks. She added to her culinary repertoire over time by working with a friend who owned a restaurant, and went on to fulfill her grandmothers’ dream of opening a restaurant! She is eager to showcase local produce and even has her own beehive, vegetable garden, and fruit trees, and grows ancient grain that she uses to make homemade bread. As much as possible, Chiara uses products from her farm. She enjoys using modern technology to experiment with new techniques of cooking and makes creative dishes using a sous vide machine and special freezer. Food allows Chiara to connect with her grandmothers – through cooking they shared a private vocabulary of care, love and passion. She loves cooking with herbs and wild flowers that she picks because she wants to share the beautiful aromas of her region in her food.

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: (1-10 guests) Meet your host Chiara at her family home, a traditional, 15th century stone farm estate that she restored and converted into a B&B. Enjoy a refreshing drink and hear the sounds of Italian music from the 20s before your host invites you to a tour of the ancient property and estate, during which you might pick a few herbs and flowers for your meal. You will then join Chiara at her dining table to enjoy a creative, regional Bolognese meal. Your meal will include an appetizer, pasta, vegetable side and dessert. Your menu may include dishes such as a crescentine (a typical fried bread only made in Emilia Romagna) or tigelle (fire-roasted bread) with parmeggiano reggiano or mortadella, tagliatelle with prosciutto di Parma and lemon zest or gnocchi with ragu, and a seasonal side vegetable like mangold (regional greens) cooked in olive oil and garlic. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of torta di castagne (chestnut cake) with zabaione (liqueur-flavored cream) or homemade ice-cream made from fresh, seasonal fruit.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join your host Chiara at her professional, stainless steel kitchen to learn to cook a creatively-inspired regional Italian meal from Monte San Pietro recipes passed down from her grandmother. Inspired by innovation in the cooking world, she is keen on assembling dishes with regional ingredients but changing their form to make them more exciting. Instead of the traditional peas and pasta dish, Chiara might make a cream of peas that is drizzled over her pasta. Your hands-on cooking will last about two hours. Learn to cook three dishes from scratch during your cooking experience; a pasta such as tagliatelle with prosciutto di Parma and lemon zest, a seasonal vegetable side such as cavolo nero from the garden with garlic and olive oil or a fennel and root vegetable gratinato, and a bread made from ancient wheat or dessert. Enjoy learning about creative ways to recreate regional Bolognese dishes before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Chiara.

Notes: Please note that all culinary experiences are available only from Mon – Thu because Chiara is busy with her B&B guests over the weekends.

Please meet Chiara at her home if you are driving. If you decide to take public transportation (bus #83), let Chiara know at least 3 days in advance and she will plan to pick you up from the bus station and drop you off after.

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.
  • Crescentine
  • Tagliatelle with prosciutto di Parma or gnocchi ragu
  • Regional greens or seasonal vegetables in garlic and olive oil
  • Torta di castagne (chestnut cake) with zabaione or homemade ice-cream

Traveler reviews

As soon as we met Chaira we felt welcome & at home. We enjoyed the stories of the history of her family's home & learning to make gnocchi with ragu was a fun & a rewarding experience. Sharing our food & wine with our teachers, Chiara, Franca, & Georgia was extra special. It was a highlight of our trip.
- Camille September 28, 2019

Our experience with Chiara was incredible! It was awesome to see all that she has done to restore the farmhouse of prior generations into a B and B and a cooking experience. Her skill in the kitchen is truly a talent. We picked the ingredients from her garden!! Her explanation of what to do and how to do it were superb. Can’t wait to host friends back home. And we made a wonderful new friend in Italy...Chiara!!! My daughter and I will never forget this magical day.
- Michelle O August 27, 2019

glad i booked this trip over all the others. totally lived up to what i had been expecting. personal one to one basis. loved the garden to plate approach. learnt a lot about regional cooking and in particular the history behind it. very relaxed and informal. thoroughly enjoyable and incredibly interesting. the home is beautiul set in lovely countryside. the host has a great respect for the land and cooking traditions. after visiting large scale production of local products, this for me was far more appealing, back to basics, with good ingredients cooked well. a fantastic day shared with like minded people. highly recommended!
- Heather July 25, 2019

Chiara welcomed us very warm. We went to her garden to pick some fresh vegetables for the dish. She showed us her house and told us something about the history. It was very interesting. The house is decorated very lovely. Afterwards we began to the Menu. We made Foccacia, Tortelloni and a typical bolognese cake. We learned a lot about the Bolognese kitchen and especially how to make Pasta. All the products were from highest quality. We had so much fun! The meal was so delicious. Can t wait to cook it at home again. We hope to come back someday!
- Axel July 29, 2019

Chiara made an excellent feast for us at her home and it surpassed our expectations! She walked us down to the garden, cut some supplies for dinner, and gave us a tour of the property where all of the ingredients for the dinner were harvested. The landscape is indescribable. You are in the middle of rolling green hills without other houses in sight; it is truly amazing. We had traditional breads and appetizers from the region. Chiara's adorable aunt, Franca, helped out with making Maltagliati that had fresh asparagus and zucchinis. We had DELICIOUS meatballs with spring peas. To round it out for dessert there was Paradise Cake. The food was amazing, but the experience you are getting is all about the location itself and Chiara's infectious personality. My only regret is not being able to stay there for longer. A word of advice: if you are more than 4 guests, I highly recommend renting your own car as the ride out there is pricey and requires you to be on a strict schedule. We wound up not making it out to the farm until much later than we would have liked and had to cut our time short because the driver had other commitments.
- Casey May 10, 2019

Imagine staying in a restored medieval farmhouse cooking traditional Italian food from grandma’s recipies. Now add ingredients like ancient grains grown in Chiara’s fields, honey from her hives, jam from her peaches and melons, seasonal herbs and veggies from her garden. This was our amazing experience cooking with Chiara all while drinking deliscious wine from her vineyard. Chiara shared her love of food and exceptional ingredients to create an unforgettable experience for my son and I in her families ancient and lovely home. I highly recommend Casa Vallona and look forward to my next visit!
- Seth April 04, 2019

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Chiara

$28-$98 USD

per person
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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
$42 $34 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $80 $80
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$42 $34 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $80 $80
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm

Meet Chiara

Chiara’s passion for cooking began as a young girl when she cooked with her grandmothers, both excellent cooks. She added to her culinary repertoire over time by working with a friend who owned a restaurant, and went on to fulfill her grandmothers’ dream of opening a restaurant! She is eager to showcase local produce and even has her own beehive, vegetable garden, and fruit trees, and grows ancient grain that she uses to make homemade bread. As much as possible, Chiara uses products from her farm. She enjoys using modern technology to experiment with new techniques of cooking and makes creative dishes using a sous vide machine and special freezer. Food allows Chiara to connect with her grandmothers – through cooking they shared a private vocabulary of care, love and passion. She loves cooking with herbs and wild flowers that she picks because she wants to share the beautiful aromas of her region in her food.

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: (1-10 guests) Meet your host Chiara at her family home, a traditional, 15th century stone farm estate that she restored and converted into a B&B. Enjoy a refreshing drink and hear the sounds of Italian music from the 20s before your host invites you to a tour of the ancient property and estate, during which you might pick a few herbs and flowers for your meal. You will then join Chiara at her dining table to enjoy a creative, regional Bolognese meal. Your meal will include an appetizer, pasta, vegetable side and dessert. Your menu may include dishes such as a crescentine (a typical fried bread only made in Emilia Romagna) or tigelle (fire-roasted bread) with parmeggiano reggiano or mortadella, tagliatelle with prosciutto di Parma and lemon zest or gnocchi with ragu, and a seasonal side vegetable like mangold (regional greens) cooked in olive oil and garlic. Your meal will conclude with a dessert of torta di castagne (chestnut cake) with zabaione (liqueur-flavored cream) or homemade ice-cream made from fresh, seasonal fruit.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Join your host Chiara at her professional, stainless steel kitchen to learn to cook a creatively-inspired regional Italian meal from Monte San Pietro recipes passed down from her grandmother. Inspired by innovation in the cooking world, she is keen on assembling dishes with regional ingredients but changing their form to make them more exciting. Instead of the traditional peas and pasta dish, Chiara might make a cream of peas that is drizzled over her pasta. Your hands-on cooking will last about two hours. Learn to cook three dishes from scratch during your cooking experience; a pasta such as tagliatelle with prosciutto di Parma and lemon zest, a seasonal vegetable side such as cavolo nero from the garden with garlic and olive oil or a fennel and root vegetable gratinato, and a bread made from ancient wheat or dessert. Enjoy learning about creative ways to recreate regional Bolognese dishes before you sit down at the table to share the meal you helped prepare with Chiara.

Notes: Please note that all culinary experiences are available only from Mon – Thu because Chiara is busy with her B&B guests over the weekends.

Please meet Chiara at her home if you are driving. If you decide to take public transportation (bus #83), let Chiara know at least 3 days in advance and she will plan to pick you up from the bus station and drop you off after.

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.
  • Crescentine
  • Tagliatelle with prosciutto di Parma or gnocchi ragu
  • Regional greens or seasonal vegetables in garlic and olive oil
  • Torta di castagne (chestnut cake) with zabaione or homemade ice-cream

Traveler reviews

As soon as we met Chaira we felt welcome & at home. We enjoyed the stories of the history of her family's home & learning to make gnocchi with ragu was a fun & a rewarding experience. Sharing our food & wine with our teachers, Chiara, Franca, & Georgia was extra special. It was a highlight of our trip.
- Camille September 28, 2019

Our experience with Chiara was incredible! It was awesome to see all that she has done to restore the farmhouse of prior generations into a B and B and a cooking experience. Her skill in the kitchen is truly a talent. We picked the ingredients from her garden!! Her explanation of what to do and how to do it were superb. Can’t wait to host friends back home. And we made a wonderful new friend in Italy...Chiara!!! My daughter and I will never forget this magical day.
- Michelle O August 27, 2019

glad i booked this trip over all the others. totally lived up to what i had been expecting. personal one to one basis. loved the garden to plate approach. learnt a lot about regional cooking and in particular the history behind it. very relaxed and informal. thoroughly enjoyable and incredibly interesting. the home is beautiul set in lovely countryside. the host has a great respect for the land and cooking traditions. after visiting large scale production of local products, this for me was far more appealing, back to basics, with good ingredients cooked well. a fantastic day shared with like minded people. highly recommended!
- Heather July 25, 2019

Chiara welcomed us very warm. We went to her garden to pick some fresh vegetables for the dish. She showed us her house and told us something about the history. It was very interesting. The house is decorated very lovely. Afterwards we began to the Menu. We made Foccacia, Tortelloni and a typical bolognese cake. We learned a lot about the Bolognese kitchen and especially how to make Pasta. All the products were from highest quality. We had so much fun! The meal was so delicious. Can t wait to cook it at home again. We hope to come back someday!
- Axel July 29, 2019

Chiara made an excellent feast for us at her home and it surpassed our expectations! She walked us down to the garden, cut some supplies for dinner, and gave us a tour of the property where all of the ingredients for the dinner were harvested. The landscape is indescribable. You are in the middle of rolling green hills without other houses in sight; it is truly amazing. We had traditional breads and appetizers from the region. Chiara's adorable aunt, Franca, helped out with making Maltagliati that had fresh asparagus and zucchinis. We had DELICIOUS meatballs with spring peas. To round it out for dessert there was Paradise Cake. The food was amazing, but the experience you are getting is all about the location itself and Chiara's infectious personality. My only regret is not being able to stay there for longer. A word of advice: if you are more than 4 guests, I highly recommend renting your own car as the ride out there is pricey and requires you to be on a strict schedule. We wound up not making it out to the farm until much later than we would have liked and had to cut our time short because the driver had other commitments.
- Casey May 10, 2019

Imagine staying in a restored medieval farmhouse cooking traditional Italian food from grandma’s recipies. Now add ingredients like ancient grains grown in Chiara’s fields, honey from her hives, jam from her peaches and melons, seasonal herbs and veggies from her garden. This was our amazing experience cooking with Chiara all while drinking deliscious wine from her vineyard. Chiara shared her love of food and exceptional ingredients to create an unforgettable experience for my son and I in her families ancient and lovely home. I highly recommend Casa Vallona and look forward to my next visit!
- Seth April 04, 2019

Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$42 $34 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $80 $80
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$42 $34 $28
Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $80 $80
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:30pm-2:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-2:30pm
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