True confession time: I’m nuts about gelato. I adore gelato but it has to be really good gelato. I’m picky! When I was in Italy, I asked around to see about finding good gelato making classes in Italy. Unfortunately, I did not have time to take one. However, I realized that when some friends who were heading to Italy asked me about the best gelato making classes, that I did indeed have suggestions. So here we go…let’s make some gelato!
In general, these gelato making classes are two to four hours long, held either at gelato shops or at cooking schools, and can be taken by kids, too.
Breaking It Down:
Gelato Making Class Near Venice
In Padua (which is near Venice), Mama Isa, the owner of Mama Isa’s Cooking School, offers a four-hour private gelato-making lesson at her house. She has family recipes that she teaches you, and lunch is included. The fee starts at €130 per person.
Gelato Making Classes In Rome
InRome Cooking is a cooking school housed in a 17th century palazzo. There, you can take a small group, two-hour class. They do offer private classes as well. You’ll learn to make gelato using both a machine and by hand. They use ingredients sourced from around Italy. The group class starts at €60 per person.
Also in Rome, Access Europe offers a two-hour class at Giolitti, a gelato shop near the Pantheon. Giolitti opened in 1900! You’ll learn gelato-making while working with a gelataio (a person who makes gelato) and even be allowed to go behind the counter and serve your gelato to customers. You’ll also enjoy a gelato tasting. This experience is high-end and costs €700 per person.
Gelato Making Classes In Florence
Florencetown, in Florence, offers two-hour private gelato classes where guests first visit four well-known gelaterias for tastings. In a fifth gelateria, the gelato-making lesson begins and you’ll learn how to make an in-season flavor. The fee for this starts at €75 per person with a four-person minimum.
Gelato making class in Florence interested me the most. Heck, I visit at least four go-to gelato places when I’m in Florence anyway, though I absolutely have my favorite. It would, however, be great to do these visits with a professional gelato maker. And somehow making gelato IN a gelato shop, rather than in a school, seems like more fun. Alright, all this gelato talk has me really missing Italy. In Italy, it’s always gelato-hour, and I never miss a day of enjoying the best gelato.
Have you ever taken a gelato making class in Italy? Did I miss mentioning any you know of?
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