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Artisan pasta making with a professional

Brentford, United KingdomPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Silvana

3 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Italian cuisine
Host can accommodate dietary restrictions.
Up to 6 people
Includes food and drinks

What you'll do

Learn the dying art of making pasta entirely by hand and enjoy a truly unique experience in a relaxed, homely atmosphere, where you'll learn all there is to know about pasta and will create some of the most unusual and beautiful pasta shapes, traditional in Italy but virtually unknown in the UK.
Each month there is a new pasta to learn, new flours and flavours to explore.

A brief introduction to the history of pasta and why there are 2 ways of making pasta (egg and egg-free)
Learn to mix different flours (according to the pasta of the month) and other ingredients, the best ways of kneading, and all the secrets to obtaining the perfect dough
As the dough proof, you'll learn what to look for when buying pasta in supermarkets
Cooking demonstration of the sauce that will be served with the pasta
Handle, pull, and fold the dough to obtain the pasta shape of the month (no machine used)
The best cooking technique for the perfect pasta al dente
Enjoy the delicious fruits of your labour together with the other guests, Italian style.
All equipment (minus an apron) and ingredients provided
Learn the dying art of making pasta entirely by hand and enjoy a truly unique experience in a relaxed, homely atmosphere, where you'll learn all there is to know about pasta and will create some of the most unusual and beautiful pasta shapes, traditional in Italy but virtually unknown in the UK.
Each month there is a new pasta to learn, new flours and flavours to explore.

A brief introduction to the history of pasta and why there…

What's included

  • Food
    At the end of the workshop, you will cook and enjoy the pasta you made, wit...
  • Drinks
    Italian Coffee (espresso) and tea

Meet your host, Silvana

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 40 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Ciao! I'm Silvana and I'm a 4th generation artisan pasta maker from Naples. My passion is to teach the dying art of making pasta entirely by hand, saving rare pasta shapes from disappearing and helping pasta lovers to recreate the authentic Italian experience, teaching techniques passed down to me by my family.
My grandma has taught me everything I know, started training me when I was a teeny weeny 5-year-old. She's been my only teacher for 17 years, allowing me to earn first hands experience in her small pasta factory. In July 2017 I featured on BBC2's "Inside the Factory" as a pasta expert.
Ciao! I'm Silvana and I'm a 4th generation artisan pasta maker from Naples. My passion is to teach the dying art of making pasta entirely by hand, saving rare pasta shapes from disappearing and helping pasta lovers to recreate the authentic Italian experience, teaching techniques passed down to me by my family.
My grandma has taught me everything I know, started training me when I was a teeny weeny 5-year-old. She's been my only teacher for 17 years, allowing me to earn first hands experien…
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Sat, 22 May
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Where you'll be

The workshop is held in a pretty basement homely kitchen. Warm and welcoming, with a small herb window garden with basil, parsley, mint, and sage.

Rated 4.78 out of 5 from 40 reviews.

Maher
October 2020
A really warm and wonderful experience. Silvana was extremely friendly, hospitable and patient as well as having a remarkable knowledge of pasta and much else beyond. We had a great time and plan to go again (and again) as we have a lot more to learn from her.
A really warm and wonderful experience. Silvana was extremely friendly, hospitable and patient as well as having a remarkable knowledge of pasta and much else beyond. We had a grea…
Peachy
August 2020
Lots of fun! Sylvana was very knowledgeable, patient and passionate and taught us step by step how to make caramelle with spinach and ricotta, which was delicious! She was very welcoming and friendly, felt so at ease during this great experience!
Lots of fun! Sylvana was very knowledgeable, patient and passionate and taught us step by step how to make caramelle with spinach and ricotta, which was delicious! She was very wel…
Olivia
March 2020
We had a really nice time with Silvana who knows her craft so well. The atmosphere with the group was great and pasta was DELICIOUS. The environment could have been a little more polished and her children (though very sweet) were a little distracting.
We had a really nice time with Silvana who knows her craft so well. The atmosphere with the group was great and pasta was DELICIOUS. The environment could have been a little more p…
Jenna
January 2020
Was a good night! Very intimate in her house’s basement. Lots of good food and learning of her background of pasta making with her family in Italy.
Susannah
January 2020
Fantastic experience! It was a very relaxed environment and Silvana gave a really in depth class, explaining lots about pasta making and how to buy good quality pasta. We learnt a lot and the pasta at the end of the class was delicious. Would highly recommend it to anyone who likes pasta!
Fantastic experience! It was a very relaxed environment and Silvana gave a really in depth class, explaining lots about pasta making and how to buy good quality pasta. We learnt a…
Charlotte
January 2020
Silvana was a great host and extremely passionate and knowledgeable about her trade. We learnt so much about pasta and had a great time making a dish ourselves. It was really interactive and fun getting to know the other guests. Sweet treats such as italian hot choc made it even better!
Silvana was a great host and extremely passionate and knowledgeable about her trade. We learnt so much about pasta and had a great time making a dish ourselves. It was really inter…

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Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like your needs to be accommodated.
Egg-free
Vegetarian
Shellfish allergy
Tree nut allergy
Pescatarian
Peanut allergy
Dairy-free
Soya-free
Fish allergy
Vegan

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 8 and up can attend.