Spaghetti and meatballs, Lasagna, Pizza Napoletana… okay you can stop drooling! Italian food is in a league of its own. Ancient Italians used to travel a lot, so their cuisine has incorporated the good aspects of many cuisines around the world. They also introduced a lot of their dishes and recipes to other parts of the world. There are top-class Italian restaurants in almost every country in the world. Italians take their food very seriously. Cooking is considered one of the most respected professions in the country.
Italian street food like pizza and pasta are already staples in many countries. I mean, can you imagine a world without pizza! If you want to pursue a career in the culinary arts, then Italy is one of the best places to study. You can learn other cuisines very fast as Italian food is not too bland or too spicy, it’s a perfect blend of everything good and satisfying. But studying in an Italian culinary school takes a lot of hard work and insane dedication. You cannot expect to breeze through your course without breaking a sweat.
If you are up for the challenge, then here are the top 10 cooking courses you can do in Italy.
1. The Art of Pasta Making by Cordon Bleu
Pasta is one of the most popular dishes that Italians have introduced to the world. The reason pasta is so popular is because of its versatility. You can whip up your own version of cheap and delicious pasta at home or you could go to a great restaurant and order a premium pasta dish. Pasta can be treated as a snack and as an elevated entrée dish. This is why Cordon Bleu, one of the most famous Italian culinary schools has a dedicated course for the art of making pasta. The course starts off with the basics and teaches you all about the raw materials including eggs and pasta dough. The program then slowly moves on to a wide variety of pasta which you’ll learn to master. After completion, you’ll be a certified expert in pasta! The course has a duration of 4 weeks and includes 20 hours of classes. The price of the course is 2.200 Euros.
2. Certified Pizza Maker by VISH
Arguably one of the most popular food items in the entire world, pizzas are in a league of their own. They are even more versatile than pasta. There are thousands of pizza varieties around the world. Even though the Italians introduced pizza, every country has come up with its own versions of the favorite food. Pizza is hands down the most popular fast food in most countries. It is also available in a wide price range too. The pizza chef course offered by Vesuvio International School of Hospitality teaches you everything you will need to be a great pizza chef. This certification course can really boost your career as a chef as pizza is popular in almost every part of the world. So naturally, chefs who are experts in pizza making are in demand in a lot of restaurants. The course has a duration of 500 hours with 14 lectures.
3. Bakery for Catering by Universita DEI Sapori
Baking is an art. It is also one of the most precise branches of cooking. A professional baker takes care to always get his ratio of ingredients on point. This is also why baking is one of the toughest parts of the culinary arts. But once you master this art, then you can do wonders with it. Besides, bread is becoming one of the most important aspects of catering. It is almost up there with wine, oil, etc. Bread is the base of many dishes, so they play a pivotal role in making a catering order a success. This course offered by the University of Sapori teaches you everything you will need to know about Baking for a large number of people. The course covers the basics like preparing the dough and leavening and also goes into some advanced tips for bakers like the types of dough and the production of a breadbasket. After successful completion of the course, you will receive a certificate of participation from the University of Flavours. The course has a total duration of 2 days with 8 hours of classes per day and the fee is 450 Euros.
4. Advanced Professional Course in Italian Cooking by Cordon Bleu
This course is also offered by Cordon Bleu. This is a little different though as this course is not for beginners. So, if you are someone who is just stepping into the world of Italian cuisine, then you will have a hard time keeping up. The course is crafted for chefs who are already trained in Italian Cuisine and who want to specialize in Italian Cuisine. The course includes lectures and also internships to prep the students for restaurant work. After completion, students will receive a certificate of attendance if, their attendance is above 80 percent. The course mainly focuses on detailed studies of traditional Italian recipes adding a modern twist to them. The study will include lectures and also practical lessons during which students will be asked to make traditional Italian dishes, with the choice of ingredients of the chef. The total duration of the course is 10 weeks after which students will be sent to do an internship in a top-class Italian restaurant. The total course consists of 5 chapters with a total of 30 lessons.
5. Gelato Course by Florence Culinary Arts School
Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream and who doesn’t love ice cream! Ice cream is so popular around the world that there is a separate course for the art of Gelato making. Making ice cream is not as easy as you think. Especially when there are thousands of flavors all around the world. This particular course is offered by the Florence Culinary arts school in the capital of the country. The course is totally dedicated to ice cream and understanding what flavors go and what do not. The course will teach students to make authentic Italian ice cream with the use of natural flavors and ingredients. Professional training will be provided for making different flavors. They will also learn production methods, freezing, mix calculations, mix processing, and many more aspects of crafting everyone’s favorite dessert. After the first week of classes, students will also be allowed to work as a clerk in a real Italian ice cream shop to have a hands-on experience and also to understand what is popular among the local people. The 12-week course costs 6,589 Euros.
6. Professional Courses by University of Sapori
Not everyone can afford a fancy meal at a fancy restaurant every day. That’s where the importance of street food comes into play. Every country has its own diverse variations of street food. Italian street food is known for being rich and healthy too in many ways. Street food is not easy to make though even though it is easy to get. Street food chefs have to be fast and efficient as that is what is the whole purpose of street food. This course, offered by the University of Sapori is a course for amateurs that covers all the basics of Italian street food. The course takes you through traditional Italian dishes like sandwiches and finger food. The course is taught by Chef Massimo Infarinati and classes will be conducted in the laboratories of the University of Perugia. The course costs just 55 euros and is basically one lesson of 3 hours duration.
7. Sommelier Course by Florence Culinary Arts School
This is not particularly a cooking course but it’s probably one of the most important skills you can master. A sommelier is a trained wine professional who knows the A to Z of winemaking and tasting and preserving. Wine is an important part of Italian dining and also dining in many parts of the world. Usually, a traditional Italian meal starts off with wine, and wine is continued to serve throughout the meal. In this course, you will be working with world-class sommeliers and will be learning how to choose Italian wines, how they are produced, and the different types of grapes and wines. The course will also teach you what food to pair with the chosen bottle of wine to enhance the flavors. The course lasts for one week and costs 1,400 Euros.
8. Professional High Pastry Course by Cordon Bleu
Italian Pastry is known for its rich and unique flavors and is popular all around the world. This course provided by Cordon Bleu is dedicated to training passionate chefs in the art of Italian Pastry making and includes both theory and practical classes. The course consists of a total of 45 lessons which are divided into 2 segments. The first 23 lessons cover all the basics and the next 22 lessons go into more advanced topics. Students will be introduced to different types of pastries, the distinction between various yeasts, and also preparing ingredients for different kinds of pastries. The course has a duration of 15 weeks and costs 3,500 Euros.
9. In the Oven by Cordon Bleu
This is a course dedicated to all dishes made in the oven including pizzas and bread and cake. The program includes various theory and practical classes and the whole course has a duration of 3 weeks. During the 3 weeks, you will have 15 lessons lasting 4 hours each. The course is very intense and is meant for passionate chefs who love to work in the kitchen. The course also has an entire section dedicated to pizza and explains the various types of dough and toppings etc. The course costs 1,650 euros.
10. Summer Cooking Course by Florence Culinary Arts School
This course offered by the Florence culinary school covers all the aspects of basic Italian Cuisine. It is basically a crash course that teaches you as much as possible in a limited period of time. The course teaches you a little bit of the Italian lifestyle and culture along with homemade Italian dishes including pastries, pizzas, and spaghetti. The course has different options and the 2-week course costs 2,600 euros and the 12-week option costs 11,000 euros. You will be attending theory as well as practical classes on basic Italia cuisine and the course will give you a foundation for kick-starting your career as an Italian chef.