Marilee’s Cooking Class in Rome | Private

5 hrs
Your hotel
Refundable booking
rome cooking class

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 with luxury round trip transfer. Along with your nonna, Italian for grandmother, you will 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!


  • Round trip transfer from your local Rome hotel in a luxury vehicle
  • 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 at your local Rome hotel when you are greeted by your chauffeur in a luxury vehicle. You will then be whisked to meet Marilee at her beautiful local Roman home and begin to learn about the fresh Roman ingredients that will make up your meal. 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.


  • Luxury round trip transfer
  • Prepare the appetizer, pizzelli
  • Learn to make fresh pasta
  • Local Italian wine
  • Roman meat dish
  • Italian biscotti and espresso

  • Please let us know if you have children with you who may be required by Italian law to have a car seat.
  • 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.

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  • Fantastic day

    We had an amazing time during this cooking class. We chose it mostly because we thought it would be fun for the kids (ages 7, 10 and 13) and a welcomed change from museums and monuments. We couldn't have been more pleased. Marilee made the class about them and had their hands busy from beginning to end. They loved it! AND were so proud of what they had made. We left with hugs and smiles and very full tummies... and lots of great memories!

    - Lindsay
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cooking class in Rome

    My partner and I love to cook so to take a cooking class in Rome sounded like a fun way to learn new recipes and get an italian experience. The cooking class takes place in Marilee's lovely private home and involves nearly 5 hours of cooking, eating, talking and laughing. It was a great break from our other more touristy days and we came away with lots of new ideas, recipes and wonderful memories. Thanks LivItaly for a great idea!

    - Shiela and Kim
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