Venetian cuisine is based on very different delicate flavors which find their roots in the history and geography of this beautiful region. There are 4 main ingredients in Venetian cuisine: rice, polenta, fish and beans.
Rice is cooked in Veneto in forty different ways, risotto is the main one: rice comes from the Arab region, with which the Republic of Venice was in close commercial contacts and it started to being grown from 1500 onwards in the plains of Verona, where it is still produced today, with the Vialone nano variety, a particular delicate type of risotto rice. Beans began to spread simultaneously with maize. Polenta, which is one of the four cornerstones of Venetian cuisine is prepared by starting from maize flour, a plant that has come in the Republic of Venice in 1500s.
The cod or stock-fish, has its origin from the northern seas and today is a main ingredient in Venetian cuisine, as an aperitif, first dish, second course, accompanied by sauces, creams or even polenta.
The only pasta really typical of this region, is represented by bigoli, which are a kind of thick spaghetti prepared with the use of a special press, operated by hand. The surface of bigoli is particularly rough and suitable to retain sauces
The fact that Venice was a major maritime republic, explains the spread of spices, widely used in cooking and in the past also instrumental in the preservation of food: pepper and cinnamon, but also cloves and raisins are an integral part of many dishes, in all the provinces of the region.
So immerse yourself in the traditional food culture of Venice, and discover the age-old ways of preparing real home Venetian cooking with a private lesson in your own apartment. Intimate in-home cooking classes allow you and your friends to learn to cook the foods you love in a relaxing environment. Hands-on cooking classes in your rental apartments are fun and interactive, ideal for celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. Add to your knowledge and enjoyment by visiting the local Rialto market purchasing the products that we will use in our lesson.
You will learn age-old ways of preparing simple family meals. After the lesson, you will sit down to enjoy the labour of your work and have a meal with Arianna and Monica. Arianna and Monica are two Italian cooks, passionate about their local dishes and both learned to cook from their mother and grandmother. Their home-cooking approach and tips on how to use fresh and healthy produce will have you cooking these recipes again and again when you get home. We will help you choose your traditional seasonal Venetian menu. The cooking lesson begins at 9am, Classes run about 3 hours and are centered around the preparation of a complete meal which you will be able to eat at the end of the lesson.
Typically Arianna and Monica will meet you in Rialto at 9am, they will help you pick the ingredients needed for the lesson. Cook In Venice will bring all the tools and equipment needed for the chosen menu. You simply supply the kitchen and dining area, plates, glasses and cutlery. Classes can be held in any rental apartment in Venice. As long as there’s room for a cutting board for each person in attendance (in the kitchen or on the dining room table), you can comfortably learn to cook in your home kitchen.
Menus are designed according to seasonal ingredients. All menus are customized to suit the tastes and skill level of your group. All our prices include all the food and drinks, hands-on cooking, service and recipe booklets.