Welcome to Cook Italy!

I am a self-taught home cook, originally from the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta where I first learnt to cook helping my mother in the kitchen. After a traveling life which took me to Paris, Lisbon, Cairo, London and Barcelona, I came to Bologna in 1996 and it was pretty much love at first sight.

In 1999 I decided to stay here and to set up Cook Italy , to have a go at making what gives me most pleasure – cooking – my work. This was my way of staying on in this beautiful historic city, and Bologna, considered to be the food capital of Italy, is the perfect city for food lovers like me. It has worked and I am still here, very much enjoying running my classes and meeting a great many interesting people.

I love food, and cooking and there is nothing I like more than feeding people.

Except perhaps teaching people to cook great Italian food!

Carmelita Caruana

About my classes

What I offer is a market tour followed by home cooking in my air-conditioned home kitchen making prettily plated, traditional Italian home food. I am bang in the heart of the historic centre with everything at walking distance, and my apartment has a great view!

My classes are hands-on because I really want you to be able to make the dishes when you get back home so that you have a lasting souvenir of your time with me and of Bologna. And I like to share with you the gastronomic and social history of the dishes we make, so the class is not just about recipes. I teach all the classes personally and I do my utmost to give you a fun day to remember and a great culinary experience.

I have chosen to keep my classes small and personal, and I take only very small groups so you get individual attention. I enjoy what I do enormously and have taught beginners, experienced cooks, professional chefs and families with children – all are welcome! And many of my guests have come back a second and sometimes even a third time.

I hope you too will join me and come discover this lovely city is and its food with me as your guide.