Speak and cook Italian! 

Speak and Cook Italian

International House Bristol is proud to present the first Italian cookery workshop in Bristol run entirely in Italian.

International House Bristol and Al Bacio restaurant are putting their skills together in order to offer this exceptional workshop bound to be of interest to anyone learning Italian or with a love of Italian cuisine!

What better way to improve your linguistic skills than by extending your gastronomic repertoire? Suitable for adults of all ages, the course is designed to maximise exposure to the language in a relaxed social setting with the added bonus that you create a delicious meal to be enjoyed by all involved.

The Theoretical Component

The aim of the course is to improve your Italian while learning how to cook Italian dishes, emphasising speaking and listening skills, and to enable participants to acquire the necessary vocabulary to complete the cooking task under the instruction and guidance of Al Bacio’s expert, native-speaker Chef, Stefano Galbiati. Participants will be supported by their very enthusiastic Italian teacher, Simona Marante, who will be on hand to deal with all linguistic queries.  The session will be conducted entirely in Italian, thereby maximising the benefits to participants. Not only do you get to listen and respond to native Italians, you also get to eat the result of your efforts!

The Practical Component

The objective is to be able to produce the following; Orecchiette e Cavatelli al Pesto, Gnocchi alla Sorrentina con Pomodoro fresco, Mozzarella e Basilico, and a traditional Italian desert, Tiramisù. Participants will watch and listen to Stefano as he demonstrates his skills thereby learning how to produce these beautiful Italian dishes. Learning a language through doing a task is a well-recognised method and adds an element of fun and excitement. In addition to preparing and eating the meal, participants will be introduced to a number of Italian wines allowing them to choose the best one to accompany their mini-masterpiece.

Workshop n.1 

Recipe for a 2 course meal of 2 different pasta dishes and a delicious Italian desert:

Main dishes: 

  • Orecchiette e Cavatelli al Pesto
  • Gnocchi alla Sorrentina con Pomodoro fresco, Mozzarella e Basilico


  • Tiramisù 

In this workshop, you will learn the origin of fresh pasta and how to make it. Pasta has an old pedigree, going back hundreds – if not thousands – of years. Unravelling the long and often complex history of this dish, you will have a look at its origins and some of the myths surrounding it.

You will learn to make the sauces to go with it and why each pasta shape has its own different sauce.

Date: 29th March 2016
Times: The workshop runs for 3 hours from 6.30-9.30pm and is open to all students of Italian.
Location: Al Bacio restaurant, 95 Queens Road, Clifton BS8 1LW, Bristol.
Maximum number of participants per workshop: 12.
Cost per person: £30 for a 2 course meal including drinks (a glass of Italian wine (or two!) that matches the food prepared on the evening) and all the teaching involved!

For bookings: Register your interest by filling the enrolment form at http://www.ihbristol.com/languages/italian1 or call us on 0117 9067660 to book your space by 24th March.

International House Bristol contact person: 
Yaelle Hartley (Foreign Languages Coordinator)
Tel: 0117 9067660  Email: yaelle@ihbristol.com

Working hours:
Mon-Tue: 9-12.45pm,  Thur: 9-2.15pm, Fri: 11-3.45pm