My name is Paola and I came from Emilia Romagna, a region rich in culinary traditions. Even if I have been living in the capital for several years now, I’ve never set aside my passion for Romagna’s typical dishes, handed down from my mother and my aunts. Besides the love for tortellini, the Bolognese sauce, the lasagna Bolognese and more generally for the homemade pasta, my trips to Rome, and to the south of Italy, related to my studies and to my profession as a sociologist, made me appreciate other culinary traditions of the peninsula.
My way of cooking is now enriched with Roman, Neapolitan and Sicilian recipes and dishes from the island of Ponza, a small island south of Rome. In the end, I think I have been able to create a special union between some of the best culinary traditions of the peninsula. I also offer a great view from the windows of my house located in the superb surroundings of the Pantheon, the churches and the surrounding monuments.
On a recent trip to Rome, I took time out from the art and antiquities to spend a morning with Paola. And what a treat it was! She led me through the maze of streets in and around the Campo di Fiori where we shopped for bread, meat, cheese and vegetables, while she introduced me to local places of interest and gave me a brief history of the area. On our return to her lovely apartment we prepared a three course southern Italian lunch, working at a leisurely pace while chatting about food among a variety of topics. The lunch itself was delicious, and the whole experience very satisfying for me, as someone who has a keen interest in food, loves to cook, and is an English speaker learning Italian. Paola is an excellent teacher – clear, organised, interesting, relaxed and patient. This experience was chosen for me as a birthday gift by my daughter, and an excellent choice it was. Thank you daughter, e grazie mille Paola!
This was a wonderful learning and dining experience for my husband and I plus our 2 adult sons and their wives. Paola made us feel so welcome in her beautiful apartment. Together with Paola, and under her instructions, we cooked a 3 course meal, which consisted of the freshest ingredients and was absolutely delicious. As we cooked, Paola explained why we were doing things and even taught us how to really cook pasta al dente’ properly! Paola knows a great deal about food and cooking, so we got a good education as well! It was definitely a highlight of our week long stay in Rome, and I would not hesitate to book with Ristomamia again. We had no issues with booking or directions, or any other relevant information. The whole experience was a delight. Thank you Paola for teaching us and for making us feel so very welcome.
My brother and I cooked with Paola and his son! Both lovely ! It was a great experience. I definitly recommand to everybody enjoying italian food. We now impress all of our guests with paola’s receipes ! Also… best view in Roma ! The appartment is an experience itself !
Thank you !
This was our first time to Rome and Paulo was such a great chef/instructor. It felt like we were learning how to cook at a friends house, not a stranger. We asked to keep the recipe and with out hesitation she wrote it down for us. This is now a very special meal for us both and we will always love this great memory of Rome. we definitely suggest booking it will be a memory you can take home with you.
We had a lovely experience with Paola who taught us how to make fresh tortelli and tortellini pasta in her flat in the centre of Rome. She was very friendly and we had a great time, thank you so much Paola!
We had an excellent cooking course with Paola. A talented and warm welcoming lady.
The booking of the course was extremely easy – a big thank you to the team at Ristomama for arranging it in short notice.
I highly recommended it to all who are interested to know more the true cooking recipes of Italian dishes.
Mijn vriend en ik hebben een kookworkshop van Paola gehad. Paola is een geweldig authentieke kok die ons de kneepjes (geheimen) van het Italiaans koken heeft geleerd. Het was een leerzame workshop dat uiteraard werd beloond met lekker eten! Wil je bij een bezoek aan Rome het echte Italiaanse leven leren kennen doe dan deze workshop. Het heeft ons een bijzondere dimensie aan onze city trip gegeven.