On September 5, 2012, one of the last days of our trip, happened to be one of my favorite days of the entire trip, A PASTA MAKING CLASS! All I really wanted to do in Italy was eat pasta, drink wine, and relax. But the second thing I wanted to do in Italy was make pasta.
Toward the end of the trip I was getting worried that we weren’t going to find a place to make pasta. Most of the things online were all in Italian or several day courses. In Bologna we stumbled upon the Vecchia Scuola Bolognese about a 10 minute walk from our hotel.
We signed up for the one day speed course for tourists for 86€ a person. This place was the real deal! This was not a sit around, drinking wine, and watching kinda place! We worked non-stop from 10 am to about 2 pm making dough, forming pasta, learning how to make filling, and really got the Italian 101 on all things pasta. At the end of the half day class we got to feast on some of our creations like tortoleni soup, ricotta filled pasta, and tagliolini with Bolognese sauce.
The teachers didn’t speak English too well, but were every encouraging and helpful. Italians believe in high quality food and really have a immense love for their food. It really shows in the time, preparation, high quality ingredients, and delicious finished product.
My experience at Vecchia Scuola Bolognese left us on cloud 9! I would highly recommend this school if you are ever in the area, and you have a love for pasta! I can’t wait to try out our techiniques here at home and can’t wait to throw our first pasta dinner party!