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Mama Isa's Cooking School, Venice

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  • Getting a lasting lesson with a high quality meal is exactly what you get. Mama isa and her extensive knowledge will guide you from the simplest to the most complex recipe. A real joy of an... 
    Getting a lasting lesson with a high quality meal is exactly what you get. Mama isa and her extensive knowledge will guide you from the simplest to the most complex recipe. A real joy of an...  more »
  • We like to travel and take a cooking class wherever we are so we can continue to experience the culture at home! I had found Mama Isa's through google when searching cooking classes for gnocchi, as... 
    We like to travel and take a cooking class wherever we are so we can continue to experience the culture at home! I had found Mama Isa's through google when searching cooking classes for gnocchi, as...  more »
  • Learning to prepare Venetian specialties with Chef Isa was an absolute delight from start to finish. Well in advance, she gave us many different options for the types of dishes we could learn to... 
    Learning to prepare Venetian specialties with Chef Isa was an absolute delight from start to finish. Well in advance, she gave us many different options for the types of dishes we could learn to...  more »
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  • My family of four (husband and two children, 13 and 11) spent 3 wonderful and technique-filled hours with Chef Isa and her husband Stefano learning how to make egg tagliatelle with bolognese ragu and homemade focaccia from scratch. We love to cook and have taken many cooking classes, but Chef Isa really stands out with her (1) focus on technique (such as settling our family debate on whether you put EVOO into a cold or hot pan for sauteeing, or giving us individual feedback on how we kneaded the pasta dough); (2) customization and ability to teach us how to make restaurant-quality allergy friendly recipes (very important in our family); (3) very warm teaching style and focus on passing on treasured family traditions. We learned so much and came away with full bellies, delicious and detailed recipes we know we will use again and again, and great memories. Thank you, Isa and Stefano!
  • Mama Isa’s cooking school is a masterpiece of an Italian cooking school that exemplifies the spirit and elegance of Italian cuisine. For years it was a dream of mine to participate in an Italian cooking class and to learn the art of handmade pasta making, and this experience exceeded all expectations. While traveling through 7 countries, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to partake in one of her week long cooking classes, which turned out to be the highlight of my entire trip. Chef Isa with her talent, patience and warm hospitality will walk you through her family’s recipes and will share her wisdom every step of the way. Her cooking technique is essential, and I loved how she encourages you to take phone videos during class so that you have them to reference when trying these recipes at home. The daily menu is flexible and if there is a particular dish you would like to learn how to make, Chef Isa will do what she can to make it happen. The main dishes you make each day are paired with Italian wines, and believe me when I say you will not leave hungry. By the end of your course, you will walk away with detailed recipes as well as fond memories with a wonderful family. Chef Isa and her family will forever hold a special place in my heart and I am already thinking about returning in the near future. If you have always dreamed of learning true home style Italian cooking, this is the perfect class for you! Thanks for everything chef! Salute!
  • Learning to prepare Venetian specialties with Chef Isa was an absolute delight from start to finish. Well in advance, she gave us many different options for the types of dishes we could learn to make. She graciously invited us into her home, where she greeted us as special guests and proceeded to teach us her meticulous and expert cooking methods. Under her precise and clear directions, we prepared Aperol spritzes (served with a lovely antipasti tray, courtesy of Isa’s husband Stefano), potato gnocchi with porcini cream sauce, and gelato. The best part was getting to consume this delicious meal! The Teroldego Rotaliano (red wine of Northern Italy) was a revelation. EVOO from Stefano’s family farm was outstanding. We discovered useful kitchen tools and special ingredients that we were able to buy locally and bring home with us. And of course we got the recipes, which we’ll be sure to use as often as we can. This was a unique and worthwhile treat and the highlight of our trip. Grazie mille Isa and Stefano for your warm hospitality and for sharing your home and your knowledge with us!
  • Wow, Mama Isa's cooking class was one of my favorite things I've ever done while traveling! Chef Isa makes you feel right at home and is such an awesome teacher. I am vegan and she created a wonderful meal with us that we are excited to remake at home. Highly, highly, highly recommend taking a class with Chef Isa! This is as authentic of a cooking class as you could get.
  • Mama Isa’s Cooking School was the absolute highlight of our trip. Their willingness to make us feel welcome and desire to pass along their knowledge and heritage was moving. We truly felt part of their family. They were genuinely kind while showing the utmost professionalism. We had so much fun and learned so much. The food we cooked rivaled even the best restaurants we visited on our trip. I cannot wait to cook for my friends and family. We will certainly be making time for her week-long class the next trip we take!

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