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"Life is s combination of pasta and magic -
La vita è una combinazione di pasta e magia."
Federico Fellini

Learn Italian cooking

Interested in taking Italian cooking classes in Amsterdam?

Join us on a culinary journey through our cooking workshops and events led by Neapolitan Chef Nico and his team at the makerspace ‘Contact’ in Amsterdam West. Bringing his authentic Italian kitchen expertise and Neapolitan hospitality to the table, Nico offers a tasty, fun, and educational experience. Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned cook, his cooking classes cater to a diverse audience, welcoming participants of all skill levels and backgrounds. This mix contributes to an open, relaxed yet lively atmosphere. Conducted in either English or Dutch, the workshops create an inclusive environment for groups ranging from 8 to 30 people. 

Let’s make this an unforgettable experience together!

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This workshop is dedicated to fresh pasta. You will learn how to make two types: stuffed ravioli and long and flat tagliatelle.

This workshop is dedicated to the culinary traditions of the south of Italy. You will learn to make two types of pasta: ravioli and orecchiette.

This workshop is a celebration of the legacy of Italian grandmothers and their timeless recipes. You will learn how to make traditional gnocchi and indulging meatballs from scratch.

Explore a variety of Culinary Experiences

Step into the world of a classic Italian kitchen with our cooking classes and learn the art of pasta or pizza making, explore traditional southern flavors, and master classic Italian desserts.

Join the Wednesdays workshops to delve deeper into specific culinary techniques and recipes, or experience the authenticity of Italian home cooking in the Nonna’s Kitchen workshop, where you’ll learn cherished family recipes passed down through generations. For a memorable family affair, don’t miss our monthly Family Sunday event, perfect for creating memories with loved ones, just like they do in Italy every Sunday! 

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Private Group Workshop

Alternatively, consider booking one of our private group workshops, perfect for team-building exercises or for gatherings of friends and family eager to share the joy of cooking together. And for a truly special occasion, we have our private dining options and catering services, available at Nico’s Trattoria or a venue of your choice. Curious to learn more about our cooking classes, events and services? Check out our workshops page, and feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

from €75 / per person

Private Cooking Workshop

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Perfect for Team Building, Celebrations, and Family Gatherings

The cooking class program

Throughout the workshop, we work together like a big family, ensuring everyone gets involved in all the steps of the process. Our collaborative approach guarantees a memorable and educational experience for all! The cooking class will take around 4 to 5 hours, concluding with the dinner.


Upon arrival, there will be a moment to connect with the group and enjoy some welcome drinks and Italian snacks. Nico will guide you through the workshop's agenda and safety rules before diving into what you’re mostly coming for: preparing Italian classics from scratch.


After that, you'll learn to master sauces and desserts, with each step carefully explained and demonstrated; you are going to be the chef!


In the end, we will gather around the table to dine together and enjoy the dishes we prepared, sharing stories and laughs. It will be just like having dinner with friends. And this is exactly how it feels to Nico and the previous ‘workshoppers’! 

Tombola for private groups

For private workshops only, the evening continues with “Tombola”, an authentic Italian game night, adding a festive touch to the experience.  

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Nico's Trattoria: A Visual Delight

Welcome to our Pasta Gallery! Immerse yourself in the art of pasta-making through our shots, where each image speaks of creativity, flavor and friedship. From mastering the perfect al dente to crafting classic sauces, these pictures are the essence of our cooking classes.

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Tamara Kiewiet
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Top avond gehad tijdens de Italiaanse kookworkshop van Nico! Van leren hoe je pasta all’uovo maakt (from scratch) voor de lasagna tot de sauzen en heerlijke antipasti en om het af te maken goddelijke tiramisu, het was een compleet avondvullend programma en wat hebben we genoten. Heerlijk gekookt, heerlijk gegeten en een hoop gelachen.
Nat Lausin
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Nico is the best host and teacher! you will learn with him the secrets to a great pasta dough. It was such a fun evening!!! We learnt how to cook super tasty Italian food with the best ingredients and had so many laughs!! Amazing experience, good vibes, lots of laughs and amazing food!!! If you are looking for a great evening I highly recommend his workshops. Thank you Nico and Eva for making it so special!!
Dominique Oosthuizen
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I recently had the pleasure to participate in a pasta cooking workshop hosted by Nico. The workshop experience was wonderful from the moment it began. Nico was so passionate and knowledgeable about pasta and Italian cuisine, and was generous in sharing all of the information he knew. He went out of his way to make the workshop engaging and fun, and ensured everyone had the chance to ask questions and get involved. I highly recommend this workshop for anyone wanting to get hands on experience in preparing authentic Italian pasta.
Caterina Desortis
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Nico’s pasta workshop was a lovely experience! We had fun while learning the real italian way to make pasta, and a yummy tiramisù…having dinner at the end of the workshop with the whole group was a cheerful moment to enjoy, so I can say “make pasta, make friends” is definitely accurate for this workshop 🙂 would recommend for sure!
Robin Nijhuis
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Amazing experience! It's easygoing and educational at the same time! Nico is very relaxed and funny and gives personal attention if necessary. Nice to do as a couple, as friends or just on your own! Really recommend this workshop 😀 Thanks a lot Nico!