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 6, maximum 8-12 people (depending on the location).

Cost: $85 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.

Note: For classes featuring premium ingredients such as fish, porcini mushrooms, truffles, and prime meat cuts, the fee is $95 for a 3-hour session.


The Carnival in Italy is a time of joy, creativity, and celebration, bringing communities together to enjoy the festivities before the more somber season of Lent begins. The diversity of traditions and celebrations across different regions adds to the cultural richness of the Italian Carnival experience.
The Italian Carnival, known as “Carnevale” in Italian, is a lively and colorful celebration that takes place in the weeks leading up to Lent. It is a time of revelry, parades, masquerade balls, and indulgence before the more somber period of Lent begins.:Carnevale is a time for Italians to come together, celebrate, and enjoy the rich cultural traditions that have been passed down through generations. Each region may have its unique variations, but the overall spirit of joy and revelry is a common thread throughout the country.
Here is our take on the Carnevale in DC (Private home in Wesley Heights, NW Washington):

Saturday, February 24th from 11:00-2:00pm (VEGETARIAN – $85) – SOLD OUT

Quadrucci con fagioli – Quadrucci pasta with white beans.
Scarola ripassata – Sauté escarole (optional addition: anchovies)                          Focaccia dell’orto  – Garden focaccia
Migliaccio – Traditional Neapolitan dessert based on semolina and ricotta cheese

Seafood holds a special place in the Italian culinary tradition, given Italy’s extensive coastline and rich maritime heritage. Italian cuisine celebrates the freshness and natural flavors of various seafood ingredients.
This menu offers a delightful combination of flavors and textures, showcasing the versatility of fregola, a unique and delicious Sardinian pasta that works well with fish typical of the Mediterranean coast. Sicilian cannoli are a delightful treat enjoyed not only in Italy but worldwide. Their crispy shells and creamy, sweet ricotta filling make them a favorite among dessert enthusiasts, earning them the title of the “king” of Sicilian desserts.

This class will take place at Simo’s Kitchen, in Rockville, or in Wesley Heights, NW Washington – t.b.c.

Saturday, March 16th from 11:00-2:00pm ($95)

Spaghetti allo scoglio – spaghetti with shrimp in a tomato sauce
Verdure grigliate e focaccia alle olive – Grilled vegetables and focaccia with olives
Cannoli Siciliani – Sicilian cannoli filled with ricotta cheese

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 Winter 2023:

In person:

January 20th in a private home in Northwest Washington, DC. (SOLD OUT)

February 24th in a private home in Northwest Washington, DC. (SOLD OUT)

March 16th in a private home in Northwest Washington, DC.


Locations: Bethesda/Westmoreland Hills, or Chevy Chase, or NW 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.



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!”

“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!”