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review for The Home Pasta Factory: Fettuccine, Lasagne, Ravioli, Orecchiette, Gnocchi

5

We highly recommend Francesca’s class. We had looked through many other cooking classes before signing up for Francesca's cooking class. Francesca offers a lot of different dishes, and we liked the ability to choose the dishes that we wanted to cook. We made tonarelli, ravioli, and gnocchi. Francesca was all ready to go with the ingredients necessary and was set up to be very efficient with the prep. We watched her prep some of the basic vegetable and meat steps, and she demonstrated the steps to make the different types of pasta and let us go for it. We got our hands dirty kneading the dough, peeling potatoes, mixing sauces, and forming and shaping the different pasta shapes. She finished the cooking of the sauces, while explaining everything, and we had a lovely (carb-heavy) meal of 3 pastas with 2 small bottles of wine that Francesca picked out. We were interested in learning about different kinds of pasta, but you may choose differently if you want a coursed, restaurant style meal. Francesca is very experienced in cooking and pasta-making, and it showed in her attention to detail as well as her lesson plan for the evening. She is also very intentaional about selecting ingredients that are not only fresh but produced from local farmers and meat/cheese shops. Her flat is easily accessible by a ride on Metro A. While on a map it is located a bit outside the ancient center of Rome, don't let that deter you. As a bonus, there is a great gelato shop a block from her flat which makes a great dessert stop. And she has beautiful and gentle cats. They kept to themselves for the class, but we got to pet them at the end as we were leaving. I would recommend taking lots of photos and even some notes during the class. Francesca sends the recipes via email the next day, but she also has lots of tips that she gives during the class itself. The class is scheduled from 5-8pm, and the cooking portion went until a little bit after 7pm. I've uploaded some pictures of the completed pastas. Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of the completed dishes because we were too excited to eat them.

reviewed by David C | Jun 2018

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