This was absolutely one of the most enjoyable evenings that we had in Rome! Francesca is extremely knowledgeable, patient, and very personable. She is a Sommelier and thus has extensive knowledge on wine-paring. Would absolutely recommend this experience to anyone traveling to Rome! Once in a life-time event that we will never forget. Hugs to you Francesca!
reviewed by Debra K | Apr 2019
Had an amazing time. It was hands on, authentic and fun! Couldn’t ask for anything more.
We enjoyed several hours in Francesca's home making and cooking three different pastas: gnocchi, ravioli, and fettuccini with corresponding sauces. Francesca made the experience fun, non-stressful, relaxing, educational, and the perfect way to spend an evening in Rome!!! We would highly recommend this experience/class! The wines she chose to pair with each pasta were perfect!!! And her homemade limoncello and orangecello were out of this world!!!
Wonderful authentic experience! Highly recommended!
We had a great group and the hostess was wonderful! We had a lovely time, meals are simple enough to be recreated at home.
My brother and I loved our evening with Francesca making incredible food from scratch. We'll be investing in our own pasta machines on our return from Rome!
We loved every moment of our time in Francesca’s home. The conversation, the cooking, the stories of modern Italian life and the great people we met made it so memorable. Francesca’s warmth and humour is infectious and her Arancello is delicious! Do yourself a favour and book this experience. You will not be disappointed.
Talk about feel welcome is Francesca’s home. Francesca is bubbly and gorgeous and you can’t help but fall in love with her and feel very welcome in her home. We made a delicious meal, consisting of homemade gnocchi, another type of pasta and of course tiramisu. Wonderful food, paired wine and great conversation. I would highly recommend this experience. Thanks Francesca xx
Absolutely fantastic. Would recommend Francesca to all. The preping, cooking, pairing with wines and eating it all was amazing
So much fun! Such a great class! It was just the two of us but we learnt so much, laughed a lot, ate a lot... thoroughly recommend! Everything was so fresh and tasty! Three wines: one for each pasta which were all delicious! Thank you so so much for having us! We loved it- highlight of our trip for sure! Would 100-% recommend :)
Francesca's cooking class was amazing. The ingredients were incredibly fresh and the food was delicious!! Every dish we made blew us away with the flavour and quality. Francesca was so kind and welcoming and so much fun to spend the evening with! The whole experience was incredible I would absolutely recommend this cooking class to anyone!
Francesca is a warm, welcoming person who made sure we had fun while learning the essentials of pasta making. She was great with my teenagers and engaged us all with her sense of humour. We enjoyed getting to know our classmates; my family of 4 was teamed up with 3 other people. I found that 7 people in the class worked well, with everyone getting the chance to participate. I feel ready to start the great pasta-making experiment at home, and I learned some simple tips with sauces that I know I’ll put into play immediately. Thanks Francesca for adding extra spice to our Rome trip! Your class and delicious dinner will be one of our favourite memories. Definitely worth the price. :)
Obviously, you will see the Colosseum and plenty of art, etc etc. But sharing an evening with Francesca in her home, learning to make pasta and sauce from scratch, enjoying a meal, some wine and real conversation — this was the most authentic and memorable part of our trip. She’s charming and wonderful. Don’t miss out.
Our evening cooking with Francesca was wonderful. We booked the class last minute, and had a wonderful time making new friends and learning incredible and flavorful pasta dishes. Francesca is a wonderful teacher, and very patient. Her recipes are easy to follow, and I’d take another class from her in a minute.
My love for pasta brought me here at Francesca’s. Overjoyed that I made a great pasta recipe (my favorite Fettuccine al pesto) out from scratch matched with perfect wine. It was fun making my own pasta! A great evening indeed together with my husband. If you want to have a private cooking class, learning traditional Italian pasta recipe, with fun and expert teacher, then I highly recommend you take this course. You will definitely surprise your friends serving delicious and authentic pasta recipe at your home.
My son agreed, reluctantly, to accompany me to a Pasta Making class with Francesca. Before the night was half over, I could tell he was having a great time🙂. Francesca made everything so simple to understand. I was always afraid to try it because I was convinced it would be difficult, but she made pasta making easy. We made three pastas - one I can't spell but it was teeny tiny strands of pasta, also fettuccine, and ricotta and spinach ravioli. She also helped us make Arrabiata sauce and Bolognese sauce. It was all as delicious as any pasta we've had at restaurants here in Roma! When we're here again, I'd like to take another class to learn even more techniques in Italian cooking from her. I've been cooking for almost my entire life, and I know my way around a kitchen, but I still learned some very useful things from her. Try one of her classes, you'll be happy at the end of the night getting to eat all the food you've prepared, with delicious wine she serves, and to top it all off nicely, delicious limoncello!
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed this pasta cooking class! Highly recommend it! Great host/teacher, food and wine!
What a perfect experience with Francesca! She opened her home and shared her skills and helped us learn to make three kinds of pasta and sauces. All along with great conversation and tips. We ended. By finishing the night dining together with great wine and conversation. Couldn’t recommend this class more to anyone!
We made three dishes, each of which were delicious! She also made a special cake for my friend's birthday and a side dish to go with everything we made. She offered wine pairings for each course, seeing as she had her Sommelier accredidation, she had wonderful selections! She also taught us about all types of pasta even though we had only selected ravioli to make ourselves. She loves pasta, but recommends selecting a main dish as well since it adds variety to the experience - we chose veal. We were inside her cozy Roman house, with her 3 cats, just a 15min taxi from the Colosseum near our airbnb. She was so warm, friendly, and knowledgeable - I would highly recommend!! Don't miss out on an evening in with Francesca!
All are good. Thank you so much.
The class was really good. The people that joined was funny and kind. Francesca taught us the basic things that we need to know to replicate the dishes in home, which is the most important part. The food was really tasty and we just want to learn more and more to share with our family at home.
When we first arrived in Rome, we went to a famous pasta restaurant that makes their pasta in a window so customers can watch while they enjoy their meal. I thought I would love to learn to do that. We had coincidently signed up for Francesca's class and learned that she had actually worked for the same restaurant making pasta. She is an amazing instructor and truly welcomes you into her home. Charming, informative, fun, and delicious are words that come to mind. My boyfriend who was with me is a chef of 40 years and he said she was spot on and he learned new skills from her. Coming from him, that was a real compliment. Would love to come again if we are in the Rome area! Great class. Highly recommend.
We made lots of great food, paired with terrific wines, and great conversation. Francesca was a joy, and the experience was a lot of fun! I highly recommend!
We had a great evening learning from Francesca - she is very knowledgeable, funny and patient. We made 4 wonderful types of pasta and I can't wait to put our new skills to the test back home.
We had a great time learning to cook pasta in Francesca’s home. We made three kinds of pasta over a three hour period. It was relaxed but we all had plenty of hands on time. She’s warm and welcoming and has a great knowledge of wine and pairing wines with food. Her home is really clean which was important to us. This was a highlight of our trip.
Francesca is a great host whose knowledge of Italian cuisine (and wines) is exceptional. Very relaxed night with some great cooking tips along the way. Highly recommend to others.
We were with the 4 of us which was really good because you could do a lot of cooking. In this cooking class, you make a lot of effort and that's something that is unique because most of the time everything is prepared already. At this class we did everything step by step. Moreover, it felt like a family home where at the end you eat and have a good conversation. I really enjoyed!! And the most important thing I have never eaten this good!!! (And the wine was fantastic) highly recommand This class! Thank you Francesca!
Amazing experience! Francesca was wonderful!!
Francesca provided a wonderful experience! I can’t wait to recreate what she taught us.
Great host and teacher with local knowledge and experience. Particularly liked that it was set at home rather than in a commercial kitchen as it felt more authentic. Delicious menu and great to try things that I’ll now be confident in making at home. Fun also meeting some lovely new people.
We had a fabulous cooking class led by Francesca (and the 3 cats that dominate the roost). Francesca led us through making 2 different styles of pasta dishes and an extra requested gnocchi dish.. and a Blueberry Semi Fredo Dessert.. all made from scratch by the whole group. Was a very hands on / group experience and we took away a lot of information and tips. Francesca was a lot of fun and also very helpful - leading the class by example, then getting everyone involved. Once all the cooking was complete, we all sat down and ate our freshly made dishes... and washed down with a white and red wine. P.S. Francesca is also an accredited sommelier and matched our creations with some very beautiful wines. I would highly recommend this experience.
Firstly, the location was easy to find. the chef was amazing, very patient and thorough in explaining the different between types of Pasta and showing how to make many types from scratch. The group was diverse and very friendly. The food was delicious and sufficient, and it felt nice eating home made pasta that you contributed in. At the booking level I felt the class was expensive but in the end it was worth it given the food was good, the company top, and the 4-5 hours we spent there! I would do it again for sure!
We had a amazing time cooking with Francesca and a great group of people we met during the class. The food was delicious. Overall a great experience!
Francesca est formidable, très accueillante et sympathique, elle nous met à l’aise de suite. Toutes les recettes étaient très bonnes et nous nous sommes régalées! Et en plus d’etre un bonne cuisinière, Francesca est aussi Sommelière. Un délicieux moment, chaque plat était accompagné de bons vins! Une belle expérience d’echan et de partage! Bravo et Merci Francesca!
Francesca is not only a very talented chef, she is also a warm and entertaining host making everyone feel at home in her home. We made three different types of pasta and sauces plus a semi freddo dessert. We then sat down to enjoy the dishes we had created with Francesca serving us and each pasta course was accompanied with a glass of wine that complimented the dish. This a hands on course and very enjoyable.
We had a fantastic evening, discovered how to great fresh pasta and learned from a master the tricks of real Italian cooking. Great company and some really delicious food and wine A memorable evening, made some good friends. Highly recommended. Thanks Francesca
I would recommend this class to anyone. Francesca is so welcoming, is a very good instructor and an amazing cook! We learned so much and can’t wait to cook it at home with our family.
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.
Definitely one of the best memories and best pastas by far, of our trip!!! Loved the authentic, in-home atmosphere and the personal touch with the small group, hands on instruction with Francesca!!! We made Taglioni with Lemon Cream Sauce, Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce, and Ravioli stuffed with a ricotta, fresh mint leaf and fried zucchini mixture with a zucchini sauce! We enjoyed our incredibly delicious dishes with wine and laughs! Francesca had a variety of pasta dishes to choose from when we signed up. Her home was easy to find and she responded in good time to our questions and requests. Francesca emailed the recipes to us! I can’t wait to make these delicious recipes for my family and friends!!! Thank you Francesca!!!
Francesca welcomed us into her home and was the most gracious host of a wonderful cooking experience. She had the ingredients all prepared and ready to go and we started cooking right away. We felt right at home, and even though our cooking experiences ranges from “being able to boil an egg” and “already know how to make pasta dough”, we all had something to learn from Francesca. She was funny, helpful and an absolute joy to learn from. We really felt at home with her and it was wonderful to learn from a local Roman. If you’re into fluffy kitties, you may even spot one of her three fluffy cute cats that hang around in her apartment. We definitely recommend Magic Francesca’s cooking class!
Francesca was the most wonderful teacher and host! She invited us into her home and made us very comfortable. She was bubbly and friendly and you could not hope for a better teacher. Her recipes are to die for and you really appreciate the passion she has for cooking and sharing her skill with others. My sister and I had a wonderful time and cannot recommend her enough. From home we were emailing, and Francesca's responses were quick and very helpful. She was accommodating with our recipe requests and gave us ideas on how to change things to make new recipes. If I am back in Rome, I would love to see Francesca again to learn more! Thank you!
We really enjoyed coming wth Francesca. She is a great host so friendly. The pasta that we cooked was amazing. So much fun making gnocchi and fresh ravioli. We had a great time and learnt a lot.
My friend and I did a three course cooking class and it was very fun and easy to follow. Francesca is super nice, hospitable, and a great teacher. This was definitely a highlight of our time in Italy!
Really took the time to get the best ingredients for the food. The recipes were delishish, the meal was AMAZING, and it was super enjoyable to make :) Recommend for everyone.
Francesca was an amazing teacher! We had a lot of fun making the food and it was delicious! We recommend this class very much!
I can’t believe we made 3 different pastas - gnocchi, cavitelli, and orichiette and 3 different sauces!!! The gnocchi was my favorite. They were so light and the Gorgonzola cream sauce was easy to make and so delicious. Francesca is an excellent teacher ! I can’t wait to try making these at home.
It was amazing to learn how easy making a fantastic elegant meal from scratch was. The desert was super easy and really tasty
We went to Francesca with our 2 daughters, age 11 and 9, who both enjoy cooking and good food. We had arranged with Francesca do make Tonnarelli alla carbonara, Ravioli alla Scapece con ricotta, zucchine fritte, menta, pecorino preparate con salsa alle zucchine and Millefoglie al cioccolato. There was nothing too complicated but it was great to learn the little things which make the difference between real carbonara and what we usually make of it at home... The ravioli were sooo good, it is Francesca’s own invention, with the mint and the fried zucchini. We will definitely make these again back home! I should also mention that we were very well welcomed by Francesca in her nice apartment, and that she served a very good white wine.
Franscesca was great out family have a Fantastic experience cooking as well As having dinner The food was delisous Amd we had fun making it
Francesca was knowledgeable and fun, and the food was delicious.