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Marilee’s Cooking Class in Rome with Market Visit | Private


Private
4 hrs
Piazza Sempione
Refundable booking

LivTours Private Cooking Class in Rome is perfect if you have always wanted to learn how to cook Italian food! With this engaging experience, you will get a full private cooking class in Rome. Along with your nonna, Italian for grandmother, you will shop for ingredients at the local market, learn how to make pasta by hand, and, best of all, you get to eat your homemade feast afterward!

Most would argue that Italian mothers are, without a doubt, the prized chefs of Italian cuisine and in this case, Marilee is no exception. Marilee, originally from California, has been living in Italy for over 35 years accumulating an insider’s knowledge as the wife of an Italian and mother of two.

Wonderfully charismatic and warm Marilee is always happy to share her tips and tricks in Italian cooking. Enjoy an afternoon cooking a traditional Italian meal with a pinch of passion and love!

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  • Experience an authentic Roman open-air market and buy seasonal ingredients
  • Enjoy learning how to cook Roman specialties with an Italian grandma in her kitchen
  • Savor a 4-course meal in a real Italian home and share tips and anecdotes
  • Immerse yourself in Italian culture and make your very own Italian meal from scratch
  • Receive all the recipes from the day and cook them back home for your friends
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Your LivTours Private Cooking Class in Rome starts when you meet Marilee right in the center of a picturesque residential area of Rome few tourists know, called Città Giardino (city of gardens). You will experience a true Roman market with an abundance of fresh veggies and meat products. Your private cooking class in Rome begins here, where you will shop for the ingredients you will use to prepare your meal.

Once you have bought the ingredients, take a stroll with Marilee to where you will be cooking your meal – her private home! For the next few hours, Marilee will guide you through the preparation of her favorite dishes as you learn about the rustic origins of how Roman cuisine came to be while you prepare your afternoon feast!

The class starts with learning how to roll dough. This basic skill will be essential for your meal and is fun for the whole family! You will begin with a typical Neapolitan dish called Pizzelle., an antipasto. With your private cooking class in Rome, you will feel at home as you nibble on snacks and sip on wine as you continue cooking. Marilee will teach you how to roll out and cut handmade pasta, as your dough rolling skills will be called into action!

Once the pasta is ready to be cooked, you will learn how to cook pasta like an Italian – al dente! Now it is time to enjoy a few sips of wine as you prepare to eat the first course you have prepared. Relax into Italian hospitality and learn the customs and traditions that go into cooking Italian food.

After enjoying your pasta the cooking class continues with the preparation of a typical Roman secondo or second-course meat dish. The simple cooking method will amaze you and it will be super easy to make it again once you are back home. After savoring your main course you will finish off the meal with Italian biscotti and espresso on the terrace.

LivTours private cooking class in Rome is a unique and truly local experience. Take time away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded city center and relax into this authentic and thoughtful meal. You will leave this experience with the best souvenir of all – a new set of cooking skills and recipes that you can use time and time again.

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  • Visit to local Roman market
  • Prepare the appetizer, pizzelli
  • Learn to make fresh pasta
  • Local Italian wine
  • Roman meat dish
  • Italian biscotti and espresso
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  • The market is closed on Sundays.
  • This experience is for up to 8 people.
  • We can accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian or gluten-free. Please specify your food needs under “Additional Notes” after booking.
  • Due to these unprecedented times and ongoing safety and regulation changes, some sites may have limited accessibility if the venue can not guarantee social distancing which may lead to unforeseen tour modifications. Thank you for your understanding.
  • LivTours’ is and always has been based on sustainable travel and especially in these new times, we are proud to be at the forefront of innovation, change, and challenges that are presented to us during this post-pandemic time. At the moment, due to Covid-19 safety regulations, museums and sites visited on this tour require wearing a mask while on site. Please bring one for every participant over 6 years of age.
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When you book a LivTours Private Tour or Experience, you are guaranteed a dedicated, expert guide that allows you the flexibility to start your tour at a time which is convenient for you, making planning easy. Our private tours ensure that you will get a tailored experience to meet all your needs so we go at your pace, perfect for families with younger children, elderly, or individuals with accessibility needs. Please be advised that all private tours begin at a base price starting at two people*. Prices are inclusive of entry tickets where applicable.

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Make your day even more unique and comfortable by upgrading your tour with a customizable LivTours optional add on!

Roundtrip Transfer option
Marilee's neighborhood is located in Montesacro, about 20-25 minutes bus ride from the city's centre. If inexperienced with public transportation, we strongly suggest our round-trip chauffeur service. Door to door service: guaranteed stress free!
starting from 90 €
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Covid-19

All of our tours and experiences are in compliance with the latest local Covid-19 safety protocols. More information can be found in the voucher you will receive upon booking your tour/s.
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A lovely day! A fun (and delicious) class

"This was one of the highlights of our trip -- especially for the kids (8 and 11). We met Marilee in the piazza and she immediately connected with the kids, asking them questions and asking about their impressions of Rome. As we walked through the open air market to get various ingredients for the class, she was great about pointing out some of the stranger items on the fish and meat stands that the kids (and adults too) had never seen before. Needless to say, the kids were enthralled. A short walk brought us to Marilee's lovely appartment and with matching aprons on, we dove right into the preparation of a huge Italian meal. Marilee made it about the kids but my husband and I were definitely workers too and we all loved sharing and laughing with her throughout the day. We were stuffed at the end but very happy we had booked this class."

Katie - USA


Delicious meal made by us!

"We have taken cooking classes in other places around the world but this was certainly one of the most enjoyable! It's a hands-on class -- not a chef doing and explaining while you watch -- but held in a private home with a lovely and very friendly host. We were up to our elbows in flour and other delicious ingredients while sipping prosecco and making the 5 course meal that we then sat down and ate out on Marilee's lovely terrace. We will definitely do this class again, if we ever return to Rome. Highly recommend."

Kerry and Joe - USA


A great family day

"We came to Rome with our 3 kids (ages 7, 9 and 11) and one of their favorite things that we did was the cooking class at Marilee's apartment. She was born in the USA but has lived in Rome for nearly 40 years and has some of the most entertaining stories to tell. She was great with the kids and really made it all about them, which was just perfect. We all had our hands in it, though, so the time really flew by. And, boy, did we eat everything that we had made. 5 courses and all really delicious!! A great day for all!"

Jody - USA


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