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Sfoglini in the world

A page dedicated to you, beloved sfoglini, Ambassadors of our beautiful Bologna. THANK YOU !

David Widman

HIR BUSINESS:Veni Vini Pastsa
WHERE: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
“.My handmade pasta journey started with several single day pasta courses in Sicily…”

Mukesh Mulmi Kannuskuja

“Hi, I am Mukesh, From Nepal, but I have been living in Finland.  I graduated from VSB- Bologna in April 2023. I am passionate about food, history and tradition….”

Jeremy Ouellette

HIS BUSINESS: Pasta La mano
“My first experience with Sfoglia came in 2018. I had heard of this amazing chef making pasta by hand in California. I planned a trip to Los Angeles based around eating at his restaurant, Felix. It was the most surreal pasta experience I’ve ever had. His commitment to tradition was inspiring….”

Emanuele Montanari

“I’m Emanuele, I’m a Sfoglino and an illustrator. My aptitude for drawing and creating emerged from childhood.
After an intense artistic training I decided to explore the world of cooking, rediscovering and becoming passionate about the traditional and artisanal aspect of food…”

Barbara Battellani

HER BUSINESS: La table de Demain
“I’m Barbara, I come from Imola (BO) and I’m a sfoglina.
I graduated in June 2022.
I have always had a passion for the world of cooking, for food, for pasta and puff pastry in particular.
Since I was a child I used to close tortellini with my grandmother, aunt, mother and cousins ​​for Christmas, it was nice to chat around the table with the fireplace on…”


Justin Schmidt

WHERE: USA – Portland
“My Journey to Bologna started in Japan with a class I attended at Base. This was my first time witnessing someone use a mattarello and I was totally blown away. At the end of the demonstration Kosaku recommended VSB. I continued making sub par pasta in Portland for the next 3 years until I finally got the opportunity to move to Italy…”


Adrienne Famlonga

HER BUSINESS: Ruvida Restaurante
“Hello! I’m Adrienne from Australia. When I first saw Allesandra on a documentary, days before I was due to come to Italy, I knew I had to find her and learn the art of sfoglia. It was magnetizing watching the process and listening to her speak poetically about it…”

Akiko Inoue

“I’m Akiko, I was Alessandra’s student and I learned the pastry from her.
My husband and I do a small restaurant called “La Pietra home cooking and Italian wines” in Shiga in Japan.
We always prepare Italian cuisine especially Bolognese cuisine and fresh pasta. Then let’s serve the Italian wines….”

Daniela Biancu

WHERE: SPAIN – Barcelona
“I am Daniela Biancu, I am of Sardinian origin but I have been living outside my beautiful island for a long time now.
Before arriving in Spain, I lived in Bologna for ten years, where I learned many secrets about fresh pasta.
Without a doubt the time spent at Vecchia Scuola Bolognese was fundamental for my training as a sfoglina…”

Evan Funke

HIS BUSINESS: Felix Trattoria
WHERE: USA – California, Los Angeles
“My acquaintance with sfoglini and their craft began more than a decade ago, at the tail end of 2007.
I was stuck in a dead-end job at shitty hotel in Beverly Hills. I felt completely lost.
While battling boutsof hopelessness, a singular thought struck me one day and it would, ultimately, change my entire life…”

Helena Tornblom

HER BUSINESS: Pastahantverket
WHERE: SWEDEN – Stockholm
“I am Helena and I am a Sfoglina.I graduated from VSB summer 2019 after a spring in Bologna full of eggs and flour.
I had been searching for exactly this kind of school for ten years – on and off…”


WORKS AT: Fattorie Zivieri
WHERE: ITALY – Bologna
“I started making the Sfoglia con le Nonne and, in doing it, I had great satisfaction.
By chance, while I was thinking about what to do in the future, I found the Old Bolognese School…”

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Valentina Franchi

HER BUSINESS: Ruvida Restaurante
“I’m Valentina and I’m a Sfoglina. Just two years ago, after finishing my pasta course at Vecchia Scuola Bolognese, I started my carrier as Sfoglina.
My dream was to travel the world with the rolling pin on my shoulder and just a bag full…”

Francesco Allegro

WHERE: UNITED STATES – California, Los Angeles
“I owe everything to VSB Bologna. I learned an art that is not studied in books, but only by working hard every day of the week. This is my job abroad. Now, I work as a sfoglino and cook at Rossoblu in LA, I teach rolling pin to chefs and enthusiasts who want to learn this ancient craft. Maybe one day I’ll go back to Italy. But always and only to roll the dough.”

Gersdorff Guillaume

“My name is Guillaume Gersdorff, I am a chef / owner in Belgium.
I had the chance to come here to the VSB- Bologna school during the COVID period to do one of the best workouts I’ve had around handmade pasta…”

Irene Strappa

WORKS AT: Trattoria Anna Maria
WHERE: ITALY – Bologna
“I am Irene, I am 30 years old and I was a student of Alessandra Spisni. I have always worked in restaurant with the dream of one day opening my own place. I have always been passionate about food, tradition and self-production, as personal values ​​that enrich life. Restaurant has never been able to fully satisfy my need to do, to create, to be useful…”


HER BUSINESS: Farmhouse Villa Buontempo
WHERE: ITALY – Dozza, Bologna
“I graduated in 2015 from the Vecchia Scuola Bolognese.
The journey from Sfoglina allowed me to enrich my skills in the kitchen by being able to give that extra touch of..”

loris balanzone


HIS BUSINESS: Balanzone 157
WHERE: ITALY – Bologna
“Our biggest dream is to bring the Balanzone 157 and consequently the” Made in BO “around the world, if all this will come true it is thanks to VSB – Bologna…”

Kosaku Kawamura

HIS BUSINESS: BASE, La pasta dello Sfoglino
“The Base Products: I teach handmade pasta at Base, and cookery school in Sendai Japan.
The Spisni family is living for the culture of the Sfoglia.
I learned a lot from them. I am not Italian so I have no tradition of Italy, but I intend to bring the processing of the handmade pastry to Japan
with the spirit of Sfoglino. “

Giorgia Maccaferri

“I am Giorgia, since I was a child I have always kneaded and closed tortellini in the company of my grandmothers, dreaming ..”

Emilio Mariotti

“Hi, I’m Emilio,
Past: To appease the atavistic hunger that haunted him from birth and wanting to follow a strict regime of Bolognese cuisine only, ours has a fixed idea..”


Max Ceresi

WHERE: worldwide
“I’m Massimo.
My journey began in the family shop, specializing in butchery and gastronomy.
From there I created a parallel home barbecue activity, this idea allowed me to shoot in Italy up to Zurich in Switzerland.
For 2 years I was in charge of the kitchen, I prepared typical dishes of Bologna!..”



HIS BUSINESS: Cavalluccio rosso
WHERE: Brooklyn
“.Hi, I’m Nick a sfoglino in a nice pasta shop in Brooklyn, NYC. I always loved to create all things with my own hands and it’s always been my dream to make pasta..”



WHERE: Italia, Bologna
“I’m and I’m a Sfoglina.
I chose the school, because it was the best place to learn a trade that belongs only to the old Bologna…”

Elena NoTo

WHERE:Tuscan-Emilian Apennines
“Hi, I’m Elena,
I was born in Bologna and the Sfoglia has always got me ugly!
So in 2008 Yacopo, my boyfriend, gave me the Sfoglia course at the Vecchia Scuola Bolognese as a gift..”

Nurit Maporn

HER BUSINESS: Scaccomatto with fresh pasta
WHERE: Italia, Bologna via Giuseppe Petroni 22 / b
“I am Nurit Maporn I come from Thailand and arrived in 2005.
As soon as I arrived I found myself passing a school of fresh pasta. …”

Yasmin Danial

HER BUSINESS: Il piccolo cowboy dal 1934
WHERE: Italia, Bologna via quarto di sopra 2
“I’m Yasmin and I’m a Sfoglina.
I graduated from VSB Bologna in January 2021.
I have always worked in catering covering various professional figures but with a great passion for cooking…”

Nicolas Potoglou

HIS WORK: Felix Trattoria
“I am Nicolas and I am a Sfoglino in America.
I graduated from VSB in Bologna, Italy in early 2020.
Throughout my Culinary career I have always been in love with Pasta.”


Sabina Camera

WORKS AT:Polpette e crescentine
WHERE: Italia, Bologna Via dei fornaciai
“I’m Sabina and I’m a Sfoglina.

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Marina Carlotti

WHERE: Italia, Bologna
“Hi, I’m Marina and I’m a sfoglina with my hands in the dough and the kitchen in my heart. I learned to cook by watching

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Tina Prestia

WHERE: Italia,
“I’m Tina Prestia and I’m a Sfoglina.
Originally from New York with an Italian father (Calabrese), I have been living in Bologna since 2014. What was to be a year in Italy has turned into almost 8 years! We now live here permanently. Part of the reason that we chose to live in Bologna is because I wanted to learn how to roll out a sfoglia….”

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