Cooking classes (in Italian & English)

About Cooking classes

We aim to educate students about the pleasures of the Italian kitchen table and fresh cooking. The instructor will share the concepts of simple, yet sophisticated Italian cuisine while guiding you in preparing a gourmet meal. During this fun occasion you will have the opportunity to learn and practice Italian while diving into the origin and history of delicious recipes. Our instructors, in fact, are ladies who enjoy sharing their passion for the typical dishes of their region with others.

In the comfort of a private home, sipping wine and having a great time, participants will transform ingredients into a culinary masterpiece, making cooking a manner of self-expression. The instructor will supervise the students while they carry out the stages of preparing the meal, assisting with the techniques and skills necessary.

We will begin with fundamentals, starting with basic recipes and techniques. In reality, these first steps are the most difficult: it is easy to impress with an elaborate dish using many ingredients, however, a real culinary guru is able to use certain techniques to make a simple pasta with tomato sauce and basil or seafood risotto unforgettable!

IN PERSON COOKING CLASSES

Minimum 6, maximum 8 people.

Cost: $95 for 3 hr class 
The price includes ingredients and wine which will pair deliciously with gourmet dishes. The menu comprises three to four dishes, which may include antipasto, primo, secondo e dolce.

IF YOU HOST THE CLASS AT YOUR HOME, YOU WILL ATTEND FOR FREE! Please contact us!


Sunday, May 5th from 11:00-2:00pm in Brookland, NE Washington DC.

 THIS CLASS IS SOLD OUT
Paccheri al pesce spada e pomodorini – Paccheri pasta with swordfish and cherry tomatoes
Peperoni arrostiti – Roasted peppers infused in a garlic and parsley EVO
Crostata con frutta fresca – Fresh fruit pie with pastry cream
 
The paccheri pasta ( or “schiaffoni”) are a typical Neapolitan shape of pasta that perfectly matches fish based dishes. The word “pacchero” means slap, and it comes from the Greek words “pas” (whole) and ”keir” (hand), so literally a “whole hand”. It is said that this pasta makes the sound of a slap when you pour it on a plate!!! 
 

Sunday, June 16th from 11:00-2:00pm in Brookland, NE Washington DC.

Gnocchi alla Sorrentina – Gnocchi pasta with tomato sauce, basil and mozzarella
Cavoletti di Bruxel con riduzione di aceto balsamico – Roasted Brussel sprouts with balsamic reduction
Gelato alla vaniglia con fragole – Vanilla Gelato with fresh strawberries
 
In Italy we celebrate Father’s Day on March 19th, but since in the US it is today, we will make my father’s favorite dish: Gnocchi alla Sorrentina! The legend goes back to the 16th century and tells of a chef of an old tavern in Piazza Tasso, a central square in Sorrento, a spectacular coastal village close to Napoli. The chef received a mysterious huge bag containing a new vegetable coming from the recently discovered new continent: the Americas. This new vegetable was brown with yellow hard pulp, disgusting if eaten raw. So, the cook tried to boil these weird things until they softened after they cooked and peeled and tasted better. Then, he mashed the pulp of the new vegetable and combined it with some flour, shaping the mass into small pieces. They were good but too fragile, so the chef decided to boil the little balls: the potato gnocchi!

Private Cooking classes at your home!

If you would like to organize a cooking class for your friends in the comfort of your own home, give us a call at (301) 215-7885 to schedule accordingly. You and the instructor will decide what to prepare and you and your friends will enjoy a delicious Italian dinner and learn how to make it!

Cost varies according to the number of class participants and additional dinner guests/preparation time. $600 is for up to 6 participants for a three hour session. If you have extra guests, you can add $100 per person. This price doesn’t include the ingredients.

Schedule Spring 2024:

In person:

SOLD OUT – May 5th in a private home in Northeast Washington, DC. 

June 16th in a private home in Northeast Washington, DC. 

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Locations: Bethesda/Westmoreland Hills, or Chevy Chase, or NW or NE Washington D.C., or Arlington, or HOST AT YOUR HOME (& YOU ATTEND FOR FREE!)

Online classes: minimum of 4 participants per class.

In person classes: minimum 6 – max. 8-12 participants depending on the location.

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Registration:

Participants can register for our cooking classes up to 48 hours before the scheduled class begins.

Cancellation Policy:

Full Refund: Cancellations made up to 7 days before the class start date will receive a full refund.
50% Refund: Cancellations made up to 3 days before the class start date will be eligible for a 50% refund.

“The Italian cooking class that my children and I attended on June 5th, 2015 was absolutely fantastic! Not only were the dishes excellent, Maura welcomed my daughter, son and me with so much warmth. She chatted with us as she showed us how to chop, stir and cook all the dishes. This was a surprise I gave my daughter for a Bridal Shower and she loved it. All three of us love to cook! Thank you once again Maura for all you did. “ 
Anita Singh

“We recently had a surprise 60th family birthday party for my husband. I was looking for a unique, fun experience to add to the evening as my husband and my children have recently gotten their Italian citizenship. I was lucky enough to find the Italian Cultural Society and arrange for the instructor, a wonderful, native Italian cook to lead a cooking class for our group of 8. I can’t say enough good things about the whole experience. From the first phone call to inquire about the possibility of doing this in our home, to the finalization of menus, the whole process was seamless. The instructor was personable, flexible, and enthusiastic. But what really stood out is that she made it possible for us to have a really amazing family cooking experience. She guided us through the cooking process and we had the most amazing time. The recipes she picked were authentic and fantastic. I would highly recommend her and we hope to have her back again!”
Susan

“Simona, Thank you so much for so much fun. My family loved the class, and we had such a delicious dinner. You had such a perfect mix of hands-on and instruction. Our family hasn’t all been together for more than a year because of COVID, and this was the perfect event for our celebratory get-together. The bread, the pasta and sauce, and the salad were all delicious.
Thank you also for being so flexible on the timing.. much appreciated. We hope we can take a class again in the future. Thanks so much for such a special evening!”
Betsy