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8 Best Cooking Classes in Venice [2023]

Looking for Italian cooking classes in Venice? We got you covered with the ultimate culinary experiences available in the city of canals. Check them out! 

Ready to get saucy with some Venetian flavors? Look no further than a cooking class in the floating city! Whether you’re a beginner or a chef in training, these culinary experiences will have you whipping up traditional dishes like a pro. 

Get ready to shop for fresh ingredients at Rialto Market, roll up your sleeves in a local cesarina’s kitchen, and sit down to a mouthwatering meal that you made with your own two hands

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When it comes to traditional Venetian dishes, you can’t go wrong with seafood-based options like the classic spaghetti alle vongole (spaghetti with clams), sarde in saor (sweet and sour sardines), or pasta dishes like bigoli (thick spaghetti-like pasta) in salsa (a traditional sauce made from anchovies, onions, and raisins). 

Another must-try is the risi e bisi, a risotto-like dish made with rice and peas usually served as a main course. Polenta, a staple dish made from cornmeal and often served with cheese or meat ragù, is also a classic Venetian recipe. 

Of course, no culinary journey in Venice would be complete without a taste of the iconic dessert: tiramisu. These are just a few examples of traditional Venetian dishes, you will be able to find more of them during a cooking class.

So come along as we take a culinary journey through the best cooking classes in Venice and maybe surprise your friends with a Venetian dinner party back at home.

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The 3 Best Cooking Classes in Venice

➤ The Yummy Cooking Class is the ultimate combination of culture and cuisine, where you’ll get to channel your inner chef and whip up some mouth-watering dishes like fresh Italian pasta filled with meat or fish with seasonal vegetables, followed by a heavenly crème patisserie for local cakes, all under the guidance of a professional chef in her Venetian home. 

And the best part? You’ll be part of a small, exclusive culinary squad with a maximum of 6 people, ensuring a personalized culinary journey and a chance to bond over good food and good company. Join with an empty stomach and a willingness to learn, it’s going to be a delicious ride!

This class includes: All ingredients, drinks, and food, and a small group class. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ In this 3-hour Traditional Home-Cooking Experience you’ll learn to cook like a local who’ll welcome you with a glass of prosecco. You’ll get hands-on experience making traditional “Pasta Fresca” from scratch with a fresh seasonal sauce, followed by a side of baked vegetables and fruit and one of Italy’s most famous desserts tiramisù. All while sipping on some complimentary local wines. 

Dine on the meal you’ve created at the conclusion of the lesson, in the private home of the Venetian chef in the picturesque Giudecca Island, one of the last authentic neighborhoods in Venice. It’s the ultimate way to indulge your senses, expand your culinary horizons, and live la dolce vita, all in one delicious class.

This cooking class in Venice, Italy also includes: A book with recipes. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ In this Pasta and Tiramisu Class you’ll be making your own pasta! Roll up your sleeves and learn how to make two varieties of pasta, as well as tiramisù like a true Italian “Cesarina” (home cook) with the help of your expert teacher.

After your hands-on class, you’ll get to indulge in a sampling of the dishes you’ve prepared, starting with an aperitivo and ending with a sweet finish of tiramisù. This is one of the best cooking lessons in Venice, held in a carefully selected local home and offering the perfect way to get a taste of authentic Italian cooking. 

This class also includes: Alcoholic beverages, and aperitivo. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Venice Cooking Class with Market Tour

The Rialto Market Tour + Cooking Class is a delicious adventure that combines exploring one of the most vibrant sites in Venice, the Rialto Market, and then rolling up your sleeves for a hands-on cooking class. 

Led by a local chef, you’ll select the freshest seasonal ingredients before the class, then head to a typical Venetian home to whip up a mouthwatering starter, main dish (with homemade pasta) and a dessert. The final cherry on top? Sit down and enjoy a full lunch with the dishes you prepared, accompanied with local wine.

This class includes: Food and wine, a visit to the market, and a guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Private Cooking Classes in Venice

➤ Feast on authentic Venetian cuisine with a side of local culture, with this Private Market Tour and Cooking Class experience. Join a Venetian native as you explore the market stalls to pick up ingredients and learn cooking tips, then head back to their home kitchen.

Prepare and enjoy a traditional, multi-course meal, made with all fresh ingredients. From Risotto to Tiramisu, you will learn some of the best Venetian family recipes and enjoy the fruits of your labor. A fun, unique, and private experience that can be tailored to all ages and skill levels. 

This class also includes: Gratuities, all ingredients, and alcoholic beverages. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ Roll up your sleeves and get ready to master the art of pasta with a cesarina, a local home cook, in this Private Pasta Making Class in Venice. 

You’ll get to learn the trick to three regional pasta recipes, from gnocchi to risi e bisi, with your personal workstation equipped with ingredients and utensils.

But wait, there’s more! Then you’ll get to taste the delicious dishes you’ve prepared with a selection of local wine, and take home a souvenir apron and shopping bag as a reminder of your culinary experience.

This class includes: Cooking class, 3 pasta recipes, food, and alcoholic beverages. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

A Venetian Cichetti Cooking Class

Learn how to make a delectable Venetian delicacy, the traditional cichetti, without fighting for your teacher’s attention in this Private Cooking Experience with a Professional Chef. Make 6 or 7 of these small plates, served in Venice’s specialist bars and osteries, from a range of seasonal ingredients.

Finally, you’ll get to enjoy your hard work accompanied by a complimentary glass of Prosecco and with the satisfaction of a job well done.

This Venice cooking class includes: Cooking class, lunch, and drink. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

A Fish Cooking Class in Murano

Get ready for a fishy adventure in Venice! This small-group Fish Shopping + Home Cooking Experience starts with a market tour, where you’ll visit the Rialto market and pick up fresh fish with your local guide. Next, you’ll hop on a vaporetto ride across the canal to get to your chef’s home in Murano. There you’ll learn some great cooking tips while sipping prosecco. 

Once you’re in the kitchen, you’ll be cooking up a storm, whipping up a multi-course fish-based feast with dishes like spaghetti alla busara, and oven-baked seabass with potatoes. 

This one day cooking class in Venice, Italy includes a feast of your creations, which you’ll enjoy with canal views and and paired with a strong Italian coffee and local liquors.

This class also includes: A gondola ferry, coffee & tea, and a tour guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Venice Cooking Classes FAQ

What are the best cooking classes in Venice, Italy?

In our opinion, the best Venice cooking classes are the following: 
•  Yummy Cooking Class in Venice
Traditional Home-Cooking Experience
• Pasta and Tiramisu Class

Can you recommend a pasta making class in Venice?

Absolutely! We think that this  Private Venice Pasta Making Class is the best cooking lesson to learn the art of fresh pasta. 

  • Virginia Bello

    Virginia is a writer originally from Montevideo, Uruguay. She left her career as a TV Producer to gain more freedom and never looked back. She's been traveling the world full-time ever since! Virginia has traveled extensively through Latin America, Europe and Asia. You can currently find her gallivanting through Southeast Asia.