Our local Chef Loredana who will teach you how to prepare some of the traditional local pasta varieties, including “Gnocchi” and “Tagliolini“, as well as some of the secrets of the local culinary tradition handed down by our Grandma Dina.
After the pasta making class, there will be a transfer waiting to get you to the Minardi Winery in less than 5 minutes.
As soon as you arrive at the farmhouse, you will meet the winemaker of the family, Umberto, who will take you on a tour across the old vineyards, which he still takes care of with the same old farming techniques the family has been adopting for centuries. Travel into the past of the winemaking, listening to the stories and experiences of a passionate of this historic land.
Umberto will then lead you to visit the old wine cellar, where he will introduce you to the secrets and the old processes of the winemaking of the famous Frascati wine.
Time to taste the famous Frascati Wine! You will taste three wines of the family production: the famous Frascati Superiore white wine, the Vagnolo IGP red wine and a very typical product of this land, the sweet Cannellino wine. All of the wines will be paired with typical breads and pizzas, “Porchetta”, aged cheese with our Wine Jelly, and traditional wine cookies. You will also have an Oil tasting of the Minardi Family’s own Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
At the end of the wine and olive oil tasting you will be lead to the tavern in the center of Frascati to enjoy a local lunch/dinner consisting of a starter (local cheeses and meats), a first course (a plate with two varieties of homemade Pasta that you have prepared, “Gnocchi” and “Tagliolini“, wine (again!), water, espresso coffee.
At the end of the lunch you will be able to have a walk in Frascati and take the train back to Rome (there is one train every hour in the afternoon).
You will catch the train in Rome Termini Station at 8:54 am on Saturday or 9:49 am on weekdays for the morning class towards Frascati. The train ride is only 25 minutes and costs 2.20€
Once arrived at Frascati railway station at 10:20 am on weekdays or 9:20 am on Saturday, a member of the Minardi Family will welcome you.
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The highlight of this experience was the pasta making and then eating our creations! Now that I'm home, I realize I should have asked for the sauce recipes for the two kinds of pasta we made though (Luigi is obviously a rockstar chef). There were only four people in our group, which was appreciated! I think a lot of the winery tour information got lost in translation for us. As wine lovers from California, we were really looking forward to that part. My only two, very small suggestions would be to provide recipe cards at the end so we can take them home and maybe structure the winery tour part a little more. The day was amazing though, we loved it!
Josephine and Alfredo were the most wonderful hosts! We were transported to small town Italy within striking distance of Rome. The town tour was perfect, making pasta was so fun and educational and the place we did it was so atmospheric. Everyone we met from Mr. Minardi to our pasta teacher to the dogs were friendly and welcoming. The food and wine were also delicious. One of us had a birthday and they found some candles to put in a tiramisu. This was our favorite day of a week in Italy. We even spontaneously sang and played piano at the wine tasting. Thanks guys!!
I would highly recommend this cooking experience and winery tour to EVERYONE! Jo (Josephine), our instructor was very personable, really fun, engaging, and helpful! I learned a lot during the pasta making and then we went to the family winery where we had a tour with Alfredo and his father. The tour was good but the wine tasting was even better! We've been to wine tasting in the US... this was not like those! They served us glasses of wine, snacks, delicious olive oil and then we went back to the restaurant and ate an amazing spread of antipasta, and our pasta creations! It was delicious, easy to get to and WELL worth the money! So much fun! Thank you for an incredible experience Jo and Alfredo! Your hospitality was amazing and so appreciated!!!! <3 <3
What a nice day! Lovely to see frascati. Then make the pasta and Walk through the Lovely frascati wine garden. Very nice tasting there with nice bites. Compliments for the combinations. After it the lovely lunch with wine again. Great day with great people!
Great, intimate experience in the country side of Rome. Would highly recommend to all.
This day was so incredible and I would highly recommend for anyone to do this. The pasta class was fun and informative but the best part was eating it later! best sauces I've ever had. Everyone we met was so lovely and the Minardi family are very welcoming. Every wine you have is delightful! Thank you for a wonderful day.
An amazing family and tour. Priceless experience. Get way more than what is paid for. Highlight of the trip.
My wife and I decided to get out of the city to explore the surrounding area -- we didn't expect Frascati to be so wonderful! It's a quaint town and with Max/Alfredo to show us around, we couldn't have asked for a better time. The pasta was fun to make, the vineyard was magical as was the wine tour/tasting, and finally dining on the very pasta we made was so satisfying. All in all, we highly recommend this experience if you are able to!
The Minardi winery tour and pasta class was a highlight of our Rome vacation! The pasta class was very enjoyable, with both learning and fun. Connections to Frascati were exactly as described on the web, in a comfortable quick train from Termini station. We were met by Jo, who is an excellent local guide as well as instructor. Jo shared local history of this lovely hill town as our group of six walked to the restaurant. Jo’s co-teacher was a pasta pro, an Italian grandma who is hands on yet encouraging. After the fettuccine preparation was completed we had a short walk about Frascati, then driven five minutes to the Minardi winery. The family has made wines here for nine generations. We were shown the vineyard by the family patriarch and his son, the current vintner. After an overview of the growing techniques, they shared their home’s sweeping views then the homes’ old cellars and historic equipment before tasting the current vintages with antipasti. A very beautiful and educational day ending back at the restaurant to enjoy the pasta we made for lunch! A short walk back to the train for the return ride to Rome. A great day of Italian culture we’d never have experienced otherwise!
The class was amazing, couldn't recommend it any more. If your on the fence book now!
From our host patiently waiting at the train station for over an hour due to mechanical delays to tasting wines overlooking rome, the pasta making class was incredible. Our highlight of Italy, easily the most fun we had. The meal served with our homemade pasta was the single best meal in my life. Fantastic across the board. An absolute must do for anyone coming to italy!
When in Rome, my husband and I decided to take a pasta making class with a wine tour in the nearby town of Frascati. It was one of the best experiences of our trip! We took the train from Temini Station to Frascati - an easy 25 minute journey. Once we got off, we met Jo, or tour guide, who, as someone educated in the UK, spoke perfect English yet knew every nook and cranny of the town, including every person we passed! She told us stories about the town as we walked through and even bought us some local delicacies (porchetta sandwiches and wine made in the 'old way'). After walking through town, we went to a small restaurant where we were taught to make pasta and gnocchi. Our instructor, Emry, had tons of patience with us and managed to teach us how to make pasta even with a language barrier. We made pasta dough from scratch and were given gnocchi dough to work with (since it takes significantly longer to make gnocchi). After the class, we we were picked up by Alfredo from the Minardi Winery. Alfredo, a ninth-generation winemaker, gave us a personal tour through the winery - land his family has been on for over 500 years. We had a wine tasting of some amazing Minardi wines paired with local food sitting outside on the patio overlooking the wine valley below. Once we finished the tasting, we were taken back to the restaurant where the chef had made our pasta into delicious meals - gnocchi with asparagus in a cream sauce and fettuccine in a red sauce. We were also given more wine from the Minardi winery, a spread of cured meats and cheeses, and honey-ricotta spread. At the end of the day, we wandered through Frascati on our own and then took the train back to Rome (it runs once an hour). It was a great day outside the hustle-and-bustle of Rome. We loved seeing a different perspective of Italian life as we walked through this old village, and would highly recommend this tour to anyone else going to Rome!
Good instruktions on pastamaking . The day was well organized - at nice tour in the town and on the wineyard
Such bang for your buck!! This was hands down the highlight of my trip to Rome. You get off the train, and your guide greets you immediately. They take you around town and give you interesting facts and history on Frascoti. Then you go to some local shops to try local bread, wine, and meat. Then you're off to a local restaurant to make pasta (easy and fun -- but I'll never take boxed pasta for granted ever again!) Next you get a tour of the Manardi winery -- you'll meet members of the Manardi family who are all so kind and love showing you around their property. You taste their different wines, eat great bread, and have quality conversations about Italy with the guide / family. Then you get to go back to the restaurant to enjoy your pasta! It was so great being able to see the Roman country side! Definitely added a lot to my stay. 100% would recommend.
I couldn't have asked for a better day in Rome with my friends. We spent a wonderful day with Alfredo and his dad at this winery. We felt a very warm welcome from the family. We first met Alfredo at the train station. We had a blast making fresh pasta and gnocchi. We tasted 3 wines and had super delicious cheeses, meats, bread and cookies. Once our wine tour was complete we were taken back to the tavern to dine with the pasta we had made. Such a wonderful day which I would highly recommend.