Cooking Classes in Venice Italy 

Your Food & Wine experience at a Venetian lady’s home

Do you want to learn the basics of Italian cuisine? As a professional cooking instructor, I organize private cooking classes for anyone interested in Italian food and wine. The classes will show you how to cook Italian recipes you can prepare every day at home, so that by the end of the course, you will be able to cook homemade pasta, lasagne, gnocchi, risotto, and tiramisu. Read more

private cooking class        175 € per person 

cooking classes in venice Italy


Private Food Tour

discover Venice with a local

A private walking tour around the places frequented by Venetians, far from the tourist crowds. Learn the history, traditions and curious facts about Venetian food and wine and visit the best shops where to buy local produce. Food and wine are the key to understanding Venice, a cosmopolitan trading city that developed a culinary tradition that is the envy of the world. Choose an itinerary and enjoy the streets and squares of Venice in good company. Read more…

 100 € per person | 4 hours

Venice Food Tour bar

Private Food & Wine Tasting

enjoy our local wines and produce

Learn about the history of Venice through food and wine. I organize entertaining and informative experiences featuring a selection of local wines accompanied by homemade Venetian food. For each dish and each type of wine, there will be a detailed explanation of the history and ancient traditions of Venice – illustrated with maps, and objects made by Venetian artisans – that will set the food and wine in a wider historical, social, and cultural context. Read more…

150 € per person | 3 hours

about me

Hi, my name is Gioia Tiozzo.

Cooking is my passion and I’m a wine lover.
I am a psychologist specializing in nutrition, and a professional cooking instructor. I help people on a diet, I teach them how to cook healthy and tasty dishes.

In 2022, I founded Accademia di Cucina Italiana, an e-learning platform that helps people to learn how to cook from the comfort of their homes. Have a look at the pre-recorded videos about the most iconic Italian recipes

If you want to keep in touch with me I have a Facebook account, Gioia Tiozzo, an Instagram account gioia.tiozzo, and you can also find me on Accademia di Cucina Italiana.


Venice: the most beautiful city in the world

My cooking classes will be held in my home, a typical Venetian house which is mainly geared towards hospitality. During the summer, on my sunny terrace, I often have dinner parties. I enjoy opening the door of my home to travellers who love Venice and the Italian lifestyle. My home is in the historical centre in Venice, precisely in the area of Dorsoduro, just round the corner from campo San Barnaba.




Do you want to learn to cook from the comfort of your own kitchen?

Try my online course. It’s a comprehensive, step-by-step guide which will show you how to master the basics of Italian cooking.

Accademia di Cucina Italiana

Watch for free my cooking videos and start learning how to cook Italian recipes

This video recipe explains different methods of how to make homemade tomato sauce. It’s easier than you may think. Start by buying some fresh tomatoes, you choose the variety you prefer.  You can also read the comprehensive tutorial to learn more. Read more.

In this video recipe, I will introduce you to the “risotto”, an Italian first-course dish typical of Northern Italy.  I will teach you the basics of cooking a perfect risotto, Italian style. Once you have learnt the cooking technique,  you can cook any other kind of risotto you may like. Read more.



★★★★★  The Best  Gioia’s cooking class was AMAZING! Definitely worth the time. She started off giving us some history about Italy, and then we starting cooking. She showed us each step, then let us practice. Recommend 100% if you want to know how to make good Italian dishes! Read more…

★★★★★  The most memorable part of an incredibly trip to Italy  What an extraordinary experience! My 13-year-old son and 15-year-old daughter and I learned so much about cooking but also about Venice and Italian life in general from Gioia. She is quintessentially Venetian…we were calmer and more in the moment with her than we’ve been on the trip thus far. What a life lesson. Read more

★★★★★  It was a wonderful experience – a real hightlight  Such fun and so informative! It’s a hands-on class, so you really learn what you are doing and will be confident to recreate the dishes at home. She also taught us about Venetian customs and traditions. Thanks, Gioia! Read more

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★★★★★  Ann GMy husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our cooking class with Gioia. Gioia is friendly and engaging, and we enjoyed our conversation. We also loved making and eating wonderful food with her.  The class itself was very hands on and very educational. This was the best thing we did during our 4 day stay in Venice and we can’t wait to make the dishes we learned at home for our friends and family. Read more

★★★★★  Marina F.  Do not miss the opportunity to spend time with Gioia shopping at the Rialto Market and then cooking in her kitchen. She brings Venetian history, culture and cooking to life. This is not just a technical cooking class but a true organic farm-to-table experience. Read more

★★★★★   Keisha Ross  My husband and I went on our honeymoon for a cooking class with Gioia and it was an absolutely phenomenal time. She was very friendly and personable, with an absolute wealth of knowledge on authentic Italian cuisine. We made ravioli, tagliatelle, and tiramisu for an absolutely beautiful lunch paired with Prosecco! I fully recommend this class! Read more




My cooking courses always start with an Italian breakfast for my guests, and the morning begins with relaxing chats that also serve to get to know each other better. I serve cappuccino made with good strong Italian coffee and homemade, typical Venetian cookies or cakes I bake at home. I still use my family’s recipes when I bake something for my guests. Breakfast in Italy is different from any other country in the world: no scrambled eggs, cheese or bacon. In the morning Italians crave to eat sweets. On the occasion, I also teach how to use the Italian coffee maker ( moka), which is one of the symbols of Italy. I always provide my guests with a list of the best bakeries and pastry shops in town where they can try the typical Italian breakfast with “cornetto” and cappuccino. I always suggest to my guests not to leave Venice without a culinary experience in my favorite coffee bars where the selection of local pastries is amazing.


My kitchen is very well organized with plenty of space and a marble countertop. You will not find expensive electronic equipment, which I dislike. Rather simple, basic tools that you can buy everywhere. The right cookware is one of the crucial choices. The right tools in your own kitchen can make all the difference, especially for beginners. I always stress the importance of learning to do everything with your hands: chop an onion to make homemade soffritto, shape pasta, make homemade gnocchi. Only when you are confident with your hands and have become good at it,  you can buy modern,  electric tools to make everything much faster. I also teach how to choose the right pans and a stainless steel set of pots.


In my kitchen, my guests are encouraged to actively work on the recipes of our menu. Apron laced up, sleeves rolled up, and off we go. I just explain the recipes step by step, show how to do it, and then let my guests try it. You should not be afraid to make mistakes. It is not a competition, but rather an opportunity. I always suggest my guests try again at home everything they have learned so they can consolidate the new techniques they have learned. Usually in my classes, I teach simple tricks that you can use every day at home. Basic skills, however, can change the way you cook and make any simple recipe a success. A meal that you made with your own hands will have a very different taste, believe me.  My cooking experience in Venice is a fun, unique, and private experience that can be tailored to all ages and skill levels.


As a professional cooking instructor, I know how to teach and how help people to learn new cooking skills. I have a degree in psychology and have always been interested in nutrition and health. I love food and wine like many people, but I have a scientific approach to everything. I learned to cook by helping my mom and grandmother in the kitchen, but the knowledge I have about food comes from my college education. In life, I help people on a diet and teach them how to cook and how to organize meals.  I have been doing cooking lessons in Venice for 22 years and have a lot of experience. Cooking classes with foreign guests are an opportunity to get to know very different people from around the world. I consider food a way to gather people together around a table and have enjoyable moments, all under the guidance of a professional chef in her Venetian home. My cooking classes will be a culinary journey in Venice where you can discover local, authentic recipes learning a lot about cooking techniques.


I always suggest to my guests to make homemade pasta. It’s super simple and everyone likes it. To make pasta you need simple ingredients that everyone has at home: eggs and flour. Once you learn how to make it, you no longer buy pasta at the supermarket because the quality is much lower and the taste is different. I also teach how to use a basic pasta machine and how to make different shapes: spaghetti, fettuccine, farfalline, fusilli and ravioli. Ravioli is a stuffed pasta. For the filling, you can use ham, cheese such as ricotta or any vegetables such as pumpkin and artichokes. Do you want to learn how to make two varieties of pasta ( one also with spinach)? Book a cooking class with me.


In my cooking class in Venice, you can choose a gluten-free menu. I have a lot of experience also in making gluten-free pasta for those on a gluten-free diet. You can use store-bought gluten-free flour or naturally gluten-free flour such as rice flour, corn flour, chestnut flour or chickpea flour. There are many techniques you can learn in my cooking courses that will help you in creating tasty gluten-free dishes at your own place.


Another typical traditional Venetian dish is risotto. Rice is a grain that needs a lot of water to grow, and northern Italy, which has many rivers, is the ideal place. Historically speaking, people in the Veneto like rice better than pasta. You can make risotto using almost any ingredient: from meat ( for example sausage)  to seafood ( for example clams or shrimp). But don’t forget to try a vegetable risotto with our seasonal produce: mushroom, pumpkin, artichoke, asparagus or spinach. There is no limit to the variety you can create.


Don’t miss Venetian desserts! I like to bake and I like to teach how to bake Venetian biscotti. According to our local tradition, Venetian cookies are very basic, with a few ingredients, but anyway delightful. The most famous Venetian cookies are “zaetti,” made with cornmeal and raisins. You have to try them to understand how good they are. Of course, we can make tiramisu, which is a typical Venetian dessert. Made with coffee and mascarpone cheese, it is the most well-known Italian dessert in the world. One of the reasons is its simplicity and it is made with ingredients that can be found anywhere.


My cooking classes are also an opportunity to chat with a Venetian who knows everything about her city. I am always happy to provide a list of the best stores where you can buy wine or bars where you can taste typical Venetian cicchetti. All my customers always ask me what the best cicchetti in Venice are. If you want to learn not only to cook but also to experience more about Venice, a cooking class in Venice Italy is the best way.

Pasta with beans – Pasta e fagioli

A totally vegetarian, healthy, easy to make italian recipe. At the end of summer in Italy, you can buy fresh beans to be shelled which are quick to cook and do not require soaking like dried beans. Ingredients (Serves 4):…

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Radicchio and Sausage Risotto

Radicchio is generally available in the winter months. Varieties other than Radicchio di Treviso are also acceptable.

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