F.A.Q.

Q: How do I know what courses you offer and when they are available?
A: Just go to the main menu and select “Cooking Classes” or click here. You will select your classes and shortly you will receive an answer about date availability.

Q: How are you different from the other cooking schools/ cooking classes offered in the area?
A: Firstly you are taught in a professional friendly atmosphere in an authentic cooking school setting. Mr. Stefano Corvucci, your chef/instructor was trained as an attorney at Bologna University but put that career on hold to pursue his real passion of preparing authentic Bolgonese dishes based on recipes handed down by local Bolgonesi people over the last one hundred years. All our chefs are professionals and most have worked in local restaurants.

Secondly Stefano believes it is his personal pleasure to pass on his knowledge and skills so that you will become an ambassador of good taste for his beloved city of Bologna. He and his staff will teach you how to cook like a Nonna (grandma) on the one hand but will also teach you the “restaurant secrets” of restaurant presentation- “you eat with your eyes”.

At the core of learning at CIBO is the philosophy “We don’t just teach recipes, we teach techniques.” After attending CIBO cooking lessons you will be able to apply the cooking knowledge you obtained to every area of cooking. The old proverb of “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day, teach a man to fish and he can feed himself for life” holds true here at CIBO. As you stir each pot, mix each ingredient, you will learn the what, why and when of each step. This knowledge will generalize to all your cooking tasks, so you will leave CIBO as a competent, creative cook. Lastly CIBO provides his cooking lessons at reasonable prices (unlike what you will see on the interest ). So please call or email and ask us any questions you many have. Or goal is not to meet your needs but rather, to exceed your expectations.

You are cooking in professionally equipped kitchens, not someone’s apartment.

Q: Do you offer vegan classes? Will you consider my allergies or food restrictions in recipe selection?
A: Absolutely YES. We are very flexible and able to accommodate any guest who would like to come to class but needs the menu adjusted to fit their dietary needs. If you are interested in signing up for one of our classes but would like to have substitutions made to follow your specific diet, please email us at: info@cookingclassesinbologna.com so we  make changes to assure you of the best possible culinary experience at the CIBO. Your total satisfaction with our cooking classes in Bologna is our ultimate goal.

Q: What program do you offer for my spouse/significant other if he or she doesn’t want to cook?
A: We can arrange for activities outside the class for your spouse/friends. If they would like to come to eat what the class has cooked it is available at E25/person and is listed as the last item on our course listings

Q: Where is the Culinary Institute of Bologna For Foodies located?
A: We are located at :Via Augusto Righi 30B Bologna,Italy 40126, in historic Bologna, not far from the two towers. Map of Bologna Cooking School location

Q: How do I sign up for a cooking class?
A: Browse the classes, select which one(s) you like and check for availability. Once you fill out your request you will receive an answer to availability and be given instructions on payment.We will ask for a small deposit and the remainder is paid when you come to class in Italy.

Q: How long is a cooking class?
A: Unless otherwise noted, classes are approximately 2-8 hours in length depending on the course. We can recommend and/or book hotels for you in Bologna. Browse the classes

Q: Can anyone take a class at CIBO?
A: Yes, as long as they are 10 years & older (and accompanied by a paid adult). Children pay 1/2 of the listed prices.  Kids ( A child is defined as 12 years old and under) cooking classes are available, must they must be accompanied by an adult.

Q: How do I cancel a class?
A: You must email us at least 30 days before the class to receive a refund, after 30 there is no refund.

Q:  Will I receive the recipes of the dishes I create?
A: Yes, absolutely

Q: Will I receive a diploma?
A: Yes, absolutely.

Q: What do I need to bring to a cooking class?
A: A pen and pencil if you want to take notes, but we will give you all the recipes

Q: Is wine included in our meal.
A: YES, absolutely, a meal without wine is called breakfast!

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: Registration is a firm commitment to attend the class. Any changes must be made at least 30 days prior to the class to receive a full reimbursement. You may send someone in your place if you are unable to meet the cancellation deadline.  If you cancel a class within 30 days of class, you will not receive a reimbursement back for the scheduled class.

Q:How can I pay for my classes?
A: You can pay via Paypal or any major credit card or you can pay by bank wire to: Cibologna Srl – Via Zappoli 5 -40126‎ Bologna‎ Bo Italia -Bank  Iban Unicredit Banca – IT31N0200802480000102475777=Swift UNCRITM1OM0

Q:  Why is CIBO different than other Italy Cooking Schools? With so many cooking classes and cooking school possibilities available on the internet, how do you choose the best cooking classes or culinary adventures? Read further and we hope this will help you decide which cooking experience is the best for you.
A: You will learn real restaurant cooking skills in a friendly, informative atmosphere. Unlike many of the “cooking schools” in Bologna we provide professional instruction in a real cooking/restaurant environment taught by trained restaurant chefs. You are not in someone’s apartment. You cook in a professional kitchen area.  Our chefs are graduates of neighboring universities, cultured, friendly and helpful.  They will work side-by-side with you to assure that when you complete the course you will be ready to duplicate back home what you learned in class. Having worked in restaurants, our chefs know the “tricks of the trade” and will impart to you skills to impress family and friends when you return home.

  • 100% Hands On, Full immersion classes – Hours of Instruction
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    Many of the other culinary schools do a great deal of “demonstration” in classes. In other words, your class may include a four-course meal, but you are only preparing one or two courses. We don’t believe it makes sense for much of the meal to be demonstrated or done separately in another kitchen. You will have your own culinary, wooden work space and cook your dishes on your own individual stove top. With us, you will be 100% involved in preparing 100% of the meals. We list the hours of instruction our 1/2 day and full day courses are generally longer than average. We don’t watch the clock and often people are having so much fun, the class goes longer than expected.
  • Our cooking classes and culinary vacations are TRULY All-Inclusive
    Compare vacation options carefully! We encourage you to browse other websites and look at the details of their offerings and itineraries, but look closely. Our pricing is in line with or lower than other companies and considering what you receive our value is much higher. Our cooking classes and vacations are “all-inclusive” and “hands-on.  The course is not a series of demonstrations; you actually prepare your meal. This is not a lecture situation but rather you are at your own cooking station with your own cooking burner and you will be cooking everything that you eat. And remember, every meal with is accompanied with unlimited local wines (drink responsibly) Every day is food oriented.  Most full day courses include shopping and tasting at local stores in the market, talking about food, and cooking lunch and dinner.We have one simple goal…. we want you to be happy when you are with us! We want you to come back over and over and tell your friends about your great experience. We do not want to meet your needs, but rather to exceed your expectations.   Select a short course, a half day course, a full day or even a few days .  You will enjoy learning from professional  chefs in a fun environment; you will have a great “foodie” adventure!
  • True Cultural Experiences You Will NEVER Forget
    CIBO is a company primarily dedicated to “Foodies.” We offer a unique, friendly, informative venue that is VERY different from other cooking programs. We immerse you in the “Italian culture” by exploring the foods of Italy. It is in the kitchen where stories are handed down from one generation to another. Smells of special dishes that grandma made transport you back in time. It is said that the olfactory sense of smell can trigger memories and enable you to visualize events long passed. We hope you take back the knowledge you acquire in our courses so that you can duplicate the tastes and smells of your culinary vacation with us.Some of our past guests have become friends, email us often and return year after year. It is often reported that back home they rarely eat Italian food out now because what they make at home is better than what they can get at most local restaurants! We are serious when we say, “We don’t want to meet your needs; we want to exceed your expectations!” 
  • Great Accommodations
    If you would like for us to arrange for lodging while you are taking CIBO classes here in Bologna we can make reservations for you at a great hotel just down the block with which we are associated.
  • Diversity of Courses and How Much Instruction Do You Really Get?

We have one of the most diverse course offerings in Italy. From the most novice to expert, you will find our courses to be fun and informative.  We have basic courses on pasta making (but did you ever make pasta by hand, with a 36″ long rolling pin, the way they have been doing it for centuries in Emilia Romagna?) to advanced. We specify the time length of each course, frankly its shocking to see many places on the net promoting a full day course for what we list as a half day course! Beginner cooks to professional chefs have praised us for adjusting our courses to meet peoples individual needs.  So, don’t worry after you sign up for a course, come to Italy and meet with the chef/instructor he/she will make sure that your instruction is to your level of experience and will make sure you have a fun, pleasurable, learning experience.

We hope that you select us as your chef/teacher and hope to see you soon! Buon Appetito!

Click here for  a list of our courses.