Her Majesty the Taste

The History, the Culture, the Land

Enogastronomic Tours All our tours are private, taylor made and on request

Bologna, Mercato di Mezzo and Mercato delle Erbe

Through a tour in an ancient medieval market we’ll become familiar with high quality products and fresh handmade pasta. Walking under the two great arches of the spectacular facade of Palazzo dei B...

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Chocolate and Coffee Tour in the heart of Bologna

An interesting and energizing tour in the center of Bologna!   Bologna has also an ancient tradition linked to chocolate and coffee. We will start the tour at 10am with breakfast at a famous coffe...

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On the hunt: looking for the perfect gelato

This tour can either be walking or on bike, so that we can go outside the paths.   Bologna is also the city of gelato: it is home to one of the most important ice cream production companies, Carpig...

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The province of Bologna: Dozza, the Regional Wine Cellar and other cellars

This is an half day tour.   In the morning we leave for Dozza, a small hill town characterized by a fascinating ancient fortress. The town’s most outstanding feature are the walls of the houses,...

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The hills between Bologna and Modena: wine cellars, truffles and small cheese producers

A tour on the hills among treasures of food and art.   The area between Modena and Bologna is a real treasure trove of where you can find the typical food products and a great variety of regional ...

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Between Modena and Parma: Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and balsamic vinegar

This is our most popular tour during which you can visit the producers of the best typical products of the Region   We’ll have an early morning start by car to visit a producer of Parmigiano Regg...

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The province of Parma and its ham, castles and small towns

We can visit some of the castles in the area between Parma and Piacenza, and the wonderful small producers of cold meats.   The area between Parma and Piacenza has a deep history of history and ple...

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Ferrara, eels, bread and tortelli

A day between the Comacchio sea and the medieval streets of Ferrara.   We will start the day with a visit to Comacchio village and its typical bridges and canals (including the famous complex of Tr...

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Romagna between land and sea

Romagna is a world apart, split between land and sea, and has excellent food products of every kind...   The first thing that comes to mind is the piadina, the fish, and the homemade pasta eaten in...

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Emilia, Land of Motors

A special tour for motor sport and gourmet enthusiasts   For history and motor sport enthusiasts, we have a tour to the Motor Valley that should not be missed, where both high-powered cars and moto...

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Winery tours: Pignoletto or Lambrusco

We offer you 2 wine tours: Pignoletto in Bologna Hills and Lambrusco in the province of Modena.   The typical local wine in Bologna Hills is Pignoletto, a white wine that can be still or sparkling,...

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Bachelorette parties (or even bachelor!)

A morning of fun with the closest friends, learning how to make fresh handmade pasta! In ancient times, taverns were places prohibited to women, where only men went to drinking and playing cards wit...

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The oldest taverns in Bologna by bike

An historic and gourmet tour by bike, out of the paths...

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Déjeuner sur l’herbe

For those who love nature and the outdoors, we can arrange a complete picnic on the hills surrounding Bologna   Bologna is surrounded by beautiful green hills! If you love nature and the outdoors ...

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Two days traditional Emilia tour

On this tour we can go further than on a one-day trip: we will reach Giuseppe Verdi's lands and the production area of Culatello.   We’ll make an early morning start by car to visit a producer of...

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Truffle tour

Great news in Bologna Gourmet! We are offering a truffle hunting tour in the Emilia-Romagna hills....

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Cooking Lessons All our classes are private, taylor made and on request

Bolognese Cooking

All our classes are private and upon request, so there is no calendar. Just write an email and choose your favorite day and dish!   Those who want to broaden their knowledge of local cooking and h...

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Cooking with an italian chef

With our private chefs you will learn all the secrets of fine italian dining that will to amaze your friends with your creative and authentic dishes.   A team of chefs with great experience in both...

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Japanese Cooking

Authentic Japanese cooking in a traditional italian kitchen   The professional staff of Japanese chefs who work at Bologna Gourmet will guide you on a tour to discover a gastronomic culture so far ...

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Typical Products

Mortadella

Mortadella is a symbol of Bologna’s food. Mortadella has always been one of the top symbols of our city all over the world (in the States is called Boloney). Mortadella Bologna is a type of big sau...

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Parmigiano Reggiano

Parmigiano Reggiano is the king of cheese, perfect for many purposes.   Parmigiano-Reggiano is one of the oldest cheeses known and is still produced today as it was eight centuries ago: the same in...

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Prosciutto di Parma

Prosciutto di Parma is only seasoned with sea salt.  “Sweet” Parma Ham is completely natural: the only ingredients are pork and salt, the same ingredients as two thousand years ago. The secret ...

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Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena

Have you ever tried the REAL Traditional Balsamic Vinegar from Modena? If not come with us..   Traditional balsamic vinegar from Modena is the fruit of special climatic conditions and of the variet...

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Pignoletto wine

Pignoletto is the typical wine of Bologna hills...   Pignoletto is a typical local wine and can be considered the local champagne, even though it is also produced in a still version. It is a very ...

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Culatello di Zibello

Culatello is made with the best part of prosciutto di Parma, so it is really precious!   Culatello is the best cut of prosciutto and is one of the most prestigious cold meats of the Italian traditi...

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Profile

Ilaria de Fidio

 

 

I was born in Bologna, which is considered by many the culinary capital of Italy. Growing up in Bologna, I developed a passion for food. My specialty is Bolognese home cooking but I can teach any traditional Italian dishes in a delicious and simple style.

I started to cook when I was just a girl with my amazing grandmother, learning all the secrets of local cooking and the great homemade Italian dishes.  My grandmother used to spend all day cooking for the family; I loved watching and helping her. With grandmother I learned how to make real handmade pasta using only our arms and a rolling pin, and how many different dishes you can make with just flour and eggs.

When I grew up, I studied with the biggest expert in pasta making, Alessandra Spisni, now a TV star in Italy. From her I learned all the best techinques of making perfect egg-pasta from scratch, without using any kind of machine, only my big rolling pin.

For most of the year I work in Bologna and teach how to make perfect “Tagliatelle al ragù” (because all of you know that Spaghetti Bolognaise doesn’t exist!) and other traditional local and regional dishes. In winter, on the contrary, I fly to Los Angeles to prepare handmade pasta for the famous people that live there. I also teach in Australia and I made a video for Australian Channel 9 with a famous chef, Adam Swanson, about the bolognese sauce (ragù).

Since 2004, I’ve run my own cooking school, Bologna Gourmet, where I teach the wonders of pasta and local cooking to Italians and foreigners. Now I want to share the wealth of knowledge and experience I have accumulated and savored with everyone who has the desire and the passion to eat well.

 

Bologna Gourmet

Largo Respighi 8, 40126 Bologna
Tel: +39 051-270512
Cell. +39 335-5336613
Fax: +39 051-19982189
Sito: www.bolognagourmet.it
E-mail: info@bolognagourmet.it