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!


Minimum 4, maximum 8 people


Cost: $40 for 2 hr class (ICS members $35)

Sun. January 8th, from 4:00 to 6:00

Simo’s kitchen presents: 

– Specialità dell’Emilia Romagna: Tagliatelle romagnole al ragù * Insalata di sedano e parmigiano * Ciambella romagnola

Get ready for class: Ingredients for grocery shopping HERE (only for ONLINE class, not if IN PERSON)

– Sat. February 25th, 2:00-4:00 pm: BAKING WITH SIMONA, bread and dessert Italian style


Cost: $85 for 3 hr class (ICS members $80)
The price includes ingredients and wine which will pair deliciously with gourmet dishes. The menu includes three or four dishes (primo, secondo, dolce and maybe antipasto.)


– Thu. February 9th, 6:00-9:00 pm: DALL’EMILIA ROMAGNA CON AMORE – I PIATTI DELLA NONNA, with Simona (2 spots left!)

– Sat. March 4th, 11:00-2:00 pm: PIZZA: IL CUORE DI NAPOLI, with Emanuela 

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. The instructor will do the shopping, 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. $250 is for up to 4 participants for a two hour session. If you have extra guests, you can add $25 per person. If you need the instructor for more than two hours, you can add $50 per hour. This price doesn’t include the ingredients.

Schedule Winter 2023:

Feb. 9th in a private home in Arlington,

Feb. 25th (online)

March 4th, in a private home in Tenleytown.

Location: Bethesda/Westmoreland Hills, or Chevy Chase, or D.C./Tenleytown, or HOST AT YOUR HOME (& YOU ATTEND FOR FREE!)

Minimum of 4 participants required per class, max. 8

“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