WILD pasta

Discovering the secret to Italian pasta

Pasta making class in RomeAfter being on my feet all day, I took a break from sightseeing and head to an Italian pasta class in Rome.

I was a bit apprehensive since it was my first time taking a cooking class. I’ve never made pasta from scratch either. But with a bit of scolding from the Chef, it turned out okay!

To start off, Chef David  sat us down on his loft terrace and served us appetizers and prosecco while he told us the short version of his life story. He worked in advertising for two decades before dropping his career and heading to cooking school.

Wild pasta!

David announced we would learn to make a type of pasta that we had never seen before. It’s called pici con amatriciana. Pici is a “wild” pasta, he explained. The pasta pieces are hand rolled and come out in different sizes. Amatriciana is a kind of sauce made with guanciale (cured pork cheek), pecorino cheese and tomato.

Every step of the way David proved to be encouraging and supportive, announcing “And now we drink!” at regular intervals.

Pici pasta

Introducing “pici” – the wild pasta.

Italian pasta class in Rome

They’re kind of funny looking, aren’t they?

There were five other attendees and all happened to be from LA. They planned to meet up back home to cook pasta together.

Pici con Amatriciana

Pici con amatriciana is served.

pici con amatriciana

Pasta class in Rome

The pasta making (and wine drinking) team.

The pasta making class is offered by Walks of Italy and it turned out to be a great way to unwind at the end of the day. You get to learn something new, meet new people, enjoy an Italian meal and have a laugh.

“And that’s it.”


Filming by the talented Emiliano Bechi Gabrielli of EmiSevenMedia.


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Miranda FarleyMay 30, 2014 4:00 pm

The pasta you made seems delicious and yummy. Is it true that Italy has the best pasta in the world? You really did enjoy making pasta and the one picture seems funny but I bet it taste good.

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Karisa @ Flirting with the GlobeAugust 28, 2014 7:48 pm

Love this!!!! This article is making me hungry!

Dalia August 28 2014 20:35 pm

Maybe you should have Italian for dinner tonight?

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