Join Us For a Journey Through Time!

The Best Fresh Egg ‘Pasta alla Chitarra’

Authentic Day with Abruzzesi Locals

Join Us in Preserving the Ancient Pasta-Making Traditions of Italy’s Abruzzo Region

More than a cooking course, this is a unique experience and window into the home and life of local Abruzzesi. We will be cooking, breathing and smelling the same authentic flavors of an Italian kitchen as from centuries past. Marino together with Nonna Amina will share their family recipe for the classic pasta of Teramo – ‘Maccheroni alla Chitarra’ or better say ‘Maccheroni alla Chitarra con Pallottine’.

This pasta is named after the old wooden tool used to shape it, the “chitarra”, which is also the Italian word for guitar! The Teramo version with ‘Pallottine’ tiny meatballs that are served with tomato sauce. This is a unique opportunity as handmade pasta has mostly been replaced today, both at home and in restaurants, by modern pasta machines. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a more authentic traditional culinary experience in Italy!


Learn why it’s important to make this pasta by hand and how you can prepare it at home

Learn how to make the best tomato sauce on earth!

Discover the secrets of Nonna’s recipes, which have been passed down in the family for generations

Enjoy a typical day for a family from Abruzzo, Italy

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Tour Details

The Details


on request

Meeting point


*Exact location will be arranged upon booking


Wednesdays, 3:00 PM
Sundays, 11:00 AM

Available all year round


4.5 hours

Group size

2 person minimum, 8 people maximum

About your guides

  • Experience BellaVita’s guide
  • Our Nonna (grandmother) and other family members

The Experience

After meeting up and heading to the kitchen, join us for a journey through time as together we prepare the best fresh egg “spaghetti alla chitarra” from scratch! This centuries-old recipe will change your life when you learn why it’s important to make it by hand and how you can prepare it at home.

Nonna Amina and Marino will also share all the secrets of making the best tomato sauce on earth to accompany your fresh handmade pasta! The best part of all, you can take these recipes back home to make again and again, they will be sure to impress your friends and family.

Good to Know

Please take into consideration that Nonna Amina is almost 90 years old! She is also the caretaker of our Nonno (Grandpa). Occasionally she may not be up to teaching the class and in this case, she’ll still come to supervise Marino & Alberto and tell them to add more salt, but Marino or Alberto will take over leading the class.

Note: The details included here are for our scheduled tours. If you’d like to plan a tour for a different date/time/duration/group size or customize your experience in any way, we will do our best to accommodate you! Check out our custom tour option or contact us to plan your tour.

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