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The Best Pasta Sauces Cookbook

Micol's third cookbook "The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes" is now out! Published in October 2014 by Ballantine Books (a division of Random House), the 256-page book is filled with gorgeous color photography, 80 recipes for regional Italian pasta sauces, fool-proof techniques, and entertaining anecdotes... It is sure to become a favorite on your cookbook shelf. You can order copies from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indiebound, or you can purchase from us and get extra goodies! We are now offering shipping on the book and quantity discounts if you purchase 4 or more... Read on!

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Italian Home Cooking -

In Italy, home cooks create an amazing array of dishes drawing on regional ingredients and closely guarded family recipes. In this new class, we'll prepare five fabulous dishes that draw on the best of Italian home cooking from five distinct regions of Italy. From the mountainous reaches of the Veneto area, we'll prepare the most colorful ravioli ever, stuffed with a roasted beet puree' and sauced with a delightful poppy seed butter. From the stunning countryside of Tuscany, we'll rub a picture-perfect beef tenderloin with rosemary and garlic, roast it until it's rosy inside, and serve it in generous slices with a Chianti and leek glaze. From the Austrian-influenced towns of Trentino-Alto Adige, we'll stuff Savoy cabbage with fresh Ricotta, Pancetta, and a hint of lemon zest. From the woods of Umbria, we'll whip up a sage-scented mushroom bread pudding. And from the kitchen of my very own grandmother in central Milan, Lombardy, we'll bake a chocolate cake with a touch of cinnamon and lemon zest, a family favorite topped with a cloud of whipped Mascarpone cream.

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Italian Home Cooking | Friday January 13, 6PM to 9PM

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Tuscan Seafood Feast -

Tuscany may be renowned for its sinuous hills, but its coastline is equally breathtaking, and home to a delectable cuisine based on the offerings of the Mediterranean. Join us for a brand new class devoted to the pleasures of fish and seafood, Tuscan-style. We'll start off by making a deeply flavorful risotto with shrimp, chives, and asparagus, accented with a secret ingredient that elevates this dish to entertaining-worthy status. Next up: elegant filets of wine-poached branzino, served with an herb-accented chickpea puree and a side of caramelized Brussels sprouts. Fresh, homemade focaccia completes the savory part of the meal, and a luscious, decadent molten chocolate cake makes a stunning finale to our Tuscan feast.

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$110 pp | Tuscan Seafood Feast | Saturday January 14, 12PM to 3PM

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Trattoria Favorites -

Join me for a brand new class featuring some of the most well-loved dishes from Italy's venerable trattorie. We'll start by rolling out dough for the lightest, flakiest focaccia ever, a specialty of the Ligurian town of Recco; this unusual (and addictive) focaccia is stuffed with a creamy, mild cow's milk cheese called stracchino, then baked in a super-hot oven until the dough crisps and the cheese within melts beautifully. We'll sear chicken scaloppine in hot butter, top them with Mozzarella and Prosciutto, and serve them napped with a rich Marsala sauce. Our side dishes: slow-cooked cauliflower veiled with Gruyere and Pancetta, and crispy-edged, creamy-on-the-inside semolina gnocchi topped with a generous dose of freshly grated Parmigiano (note: this was my hands-down favorite pasta when I was growing up, it's THAT good!). And for dessert, we'll whip up the most decadent cheesecake imaginable, featuring creamy Ricotta and nutty amaretto liqueur atop a brown sugar-almond crust.

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$110 | Trattoria Favorites| Friday January 20, 6PM to 9PM

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Pizza Workshop -

I've been teaching Italian cooking for years, and the thing that seems to scare people off more than anything is working with yeast. Maybe it's the fear that, left to its own devices, yeast will take over the kitchen--just think of dough ballooning out of the oven in that episode of "I Love Lucy". But I've found that once people get their hands into the dough and get familiar with how yeast works, the fear disappears. All it takes is understanding a few rules, getting comfortable with basic techniques such as kneading and shaping the dough, and a reliable recipe. Whether you're making bread, focaccia, pizza, or any other yeast-risen dough, the principles are the same. It's all about temperature, ingredients, and technique. If you've ever wanted to bake crisp, thin-crust pizzas, this hands-on class is for you: I'll take you through the essential techniques of kneading, rolling, topping, and baking pizza dough and demystify the process of working with yeast. We'll bake Italy's most famous pizzas, starting with the classic tomato- and Mozzarella-topped Pizza Margherita, then set our imaginations free and combine various toppings for a true pizza-lover's fantasy. We'll even make a sweet pizza... delicious with a glass of sweet wine at meal's end!

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$110 | Pizza Workshop | Saturday January 21, 12PM to 2:30PM

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Knife Skills Workshop -

If you have always wanted to learn how to chop, dice, and mince like a pro, this is the class for you! Handling a knife properly is the basis of efficient food preparation, and how ingredients are cut greatly affects the final taste of a dish. This brand new class, added to our calendar by popular demand, will teach you how to hold a knife properly; how to cut, mince, dice, and chop both quickly and safely; and how to sharpen your knives properly so they stay sharp-a dull knife is far more dangerous than a sharp one! A full meal with wine will be served after the knives are put away. Sign up quickly, this class is sure to fill up, and makes a great gift for the cook in your life!

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$120 pp | Knife Skills Workshop | Sunday January 22, 12PM to 3PM

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Entertaining all'Italiana -

Entertaining can be stressful, especially when you have to be in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying each other's company and you're rushing to make the meal come together. This new menu was designed with entertaining in mind, so that you can be free to enjoy your guests and have as little to do at the last minute as possible. The key to stress-free entertaining, after all, is a workable menu that impresses guests without overwhelming the cook. This brand new menu features elegant crowd-pleasers that can be prepared mostly ahead: handmade ravioli, rosy filet mignon, an elegant souffle, crispy roast potatoes, and a decadent dessert. We'll begin our meal with picture-perfect ravioli stuffed with wild mushrooms, napped in a nutty sage-butter sauce. A main course of herb-rubbed filet mignon leaves you free to sit at the table with your dinner companions; all you need to do is slice the filet after it emerges from the oven, and serve it with a deep, delicious red wine glaze that can happily simmer on the stove while the filet roasts. Delicate fennel and Parmigiano souffles are a sophisticated side for the filet; best of all, the souffles can be assembled almost entirely a day ahead, finished when guests arrive, and baked while the filet roasts. We'll roast rosemary-scented potatoes using an ingenious trick to achieve an extra crispy crust (the secret is all in the pan!). And for dessert, what could beat homemade tiramisu? Our glorious version of this classic sweet features rum, dark cocoa, plus a secret ingredient that makes it especially light... it can be assembled a day ahead so it is the ideal make-ahead dessert for company.

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$110 | Entertaining all'Italiana | Friday January 27, 6PM to 9PM

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Fresh Pasta for Beginners -

This class was designed for anyone who wants to perfect the art of making fresh pasta from scratch. You'll begin by kneading your very own egg pasta (the ratio is simple and foolproof), working alongside your class companions as you master the timeless techniques of incorporating egg into flour and working the dough into a supple and silky mass with your hands. After the dough rests, we'll roll it out into thin lasagna sheets and finish it two ways: cutting it with the aid of a pasta machine, into picture-perfect tagliatelle; ; and stuffing it with a luscious three-cheese filling, yielding delicate ravioli worthy of elegant entertaining. We'll also learn to prepare two classic sauces of the Italian kitchen: a light, herb-laced tomato sauce, and a delicate ragu slow-cooked with plenty of herbs and wine. We'll also learn to make crunchy, addictive almond biscotti. And after the cooking is done, we'll savor our fresh pasta paired with our homemade sauces, followed by a light green salad and our just-baked biscotti. The techniques you'll learn in this class will serve you whenever you make any type of pasta: long or short, flat or filled, from lasagne and ravioli to pappardelle and tagliatelle. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class; it's sure to sell out quickly!

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$110 | Fresh Pasta for Beginners | Saturday January 28, 12PM to 3PM

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The 10 Best Pasta Sauces: Cookbook Edition -

Join us for a class featuring ten amazing new recipes from my recent cookbook, The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes. As I was researching and writing my third cookbook, the process allowed me to discover some incredibly delicious specialties from every region of Italy, many of which were true revelations. In this fast-paced, fun class, I'll unveil the secrets of cooking pasta correctly, talk about how best to pair various pasta shapes with their ideal sauce, and lead you through a cooking extravaganza featuring ten delectable sauces from Piedmont to Sardinia, and everywhere in between. Even if you already attended our two other Ten Best Pasta Sauces classes, you'll learn plenty in this brand new class, and enjoy a fabulous dinner with wine while you're at it! Bonus: I'll sign copies of my cookbook at a special price of $25 per copy. If you pre-order my cookbook, you'll receive a FREE red apron in class!

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$120 pp | The 10 Best Pasta Sauces: Cookbook Edition | Friday February 3, 6PM to 8:30PM

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Essentials of Italian Cooking -

This class is one of our most popular... reserve quickly, before it sells out! Some of the most well-loved dishes in Italian cuisine are also longtime classics: Ricotta-stuffed cannelloni, chicken cacciatora, creamy, soft polenta, and crunchy nut & chocolate biscotti... In this class devoted to favorites of the Italian kitchen, we'll learn to prepare pasta dough, roll it out thin, wrap it around a delicious cheese stuffing, and bake our cannelloni under a veil of creamy bechamel sauce. As a main course, we'll brown boneless chicken in olive oil, then slow-cook it with herbs and onions in a delicate tomato sauce. We'll cook my mom's signature fennel: first blanched, then roasted with Parmigiano and olive oil to caramelized perfection. We'll make creamy polenta and flavor it with a beguiling combination of creamy Mascarpone and delicate chives. And for dessert, we'll knead a sweet, sugary hazelnut and chocolate dough and shape it into crisp, addictive biscotti, a treat with espresso any time of day!

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$110 | Essentials of Italian Cooking | Saturday February 4, 12PM to 3PM

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Feast in Northern Italy -

I was born in Lombardy, and my family still has homes in Piedmont and Liguria, so I grew up on the cooking of these three Northern Italian regions. Join me for a new class that delves into the unique cuisines of this amazing part of Italy. We'll begin by making one of Liguria's most emblematic pastas: delicate, hand-shaped potato gnocchi the size of a thumbnail, served in a heady, herb-kissed mushroom sauce. Next, we'll roast chicken with white wine, herbs, onions, and cabbage. We'll bundle tender asparagus spears with a slice of smoked Mozzarella and Speck (a smoked Prosciutto from northern Italy) and roast them until the cheese melts; herb-scented fennel risotto is an elegant side for our main course. And for dessert, we'll bake buttery tarlets filled with a deep, dark chocolate ganache.

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$110 | Feast in Northern Italy | Friday February 10, 6PM to 9PM

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Lunch in Milan -

I was born in Milan, and this class pays homage to the hearty cuisine of my native city. This menu incorporates many luxurious ingredients that are sure to make your dinner guests feel pampered: creamy Mascarpone cheese; aged Grana Padano, Lombardy's cousin of Parmigiano; and rosy filet mignon. Our Milanese feast begins with homemade focaccia baked under a cloak of Mascarpone cheese, caramelized onions, and bacon with just a whisper of nutmeg; this is one of my husband's favorite ways to enjoy focaccia (keep in mind I bake dozens of varieties of focaccia, so that's actually saying a lot). We'll serve our focaccia with a refreshing salad of baby greens tossed with balsamic vinegar and fruity olive oil. Next up: an elegant filet mignon, rubbed with herbs and roasted until melt-in-the-mouth tender. We'll accompany our filet with slow-cooked spinach and handmade herb-laced gnocchi. To top it all off, a colorful fruit tiramisu: flavored with Limoncello, layered with fresh berries, this beauty will win a place on your dessert table.

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$110 pp | Lunch in Milan | Saturday February 11, 12PM to 3PM

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Knife Skills Workshop -

If you have always wanted to learn how to chop, dice, and mince like a pro, this is the class for you! Handling a knife properly is the basis of efficient food preparation, and how ingredients are cut greatly affects the final taste of a dish. This brand new class, added to our calendar by popular demand, will teach you how to hold a knife properly; how to cut, mince, dice, and chop both quickly and safely; and how to sharpen your knives properly so they stay sharp-a dull knife is far more dangerous than a sharp one! A full meal with wine will be served after the knives are put away. Sign up quickly, this class is sure to fill up!

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$120 pp | Knife Skills Workshop | Sunday February 12, 12PM to 3PM

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Valentine's Feast -

Join us for our annual Lovers' cooking class and enjoy a relaxed, interactive hands-on cooking class followed by a full sit-down meal with wine. When you arrive, we'll serve Prosecco and finger foods. Once you're in our spacious, state-of-the-art kitchen, you'll cook with other couples, learning to make an elegant menu that features handmade pasta, succulent chicken, roasted vegetables, a creamy potato torte, and the most seductive chocolate dessert ever. Note: Gift certificates are not accepted for this class.

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$300 per couple; pay $35 more & get 2 aprons and a copy of THE BEST PASTA SAUCES Cookbook | Valentine's Feast | Tuesday February 14, 6PM to 9PM

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Trattoria Cooking -

Trattoria cooks across Italy create an amazing array of dishes drawing on regional ingredients and closely guarded family recipes. In this new class, we'll prepare five fabulous dishes that draw on the best of Italian trattoria cooking from four distinct regions of Italy. From Tuscany, crispy little tartlets stuffed with caramelized onions and sundried tomatoes, a heavenly combination made even more delectable by the addition of fresh goat cheese; we'll make the dough for these tartlets from scratch using only good unsalted butter, flour, and eggs, and it's such an easy recipe that you will want to use the dough for all manner of savory pies and tarts. From Piedmont, slow-cooked chicken with wild mushrooms, cheese, and a heraty dose of white wine. From Emilia-Romagna, string beans roasted with slivered radicchio and a splash of balsamic vinegar, a colorful side dish that warms any winter table. From Lombardy, delicate gnocchi featuring roasted butternut squash; getting the dough just right for these gnocchi is not easy, and I'll show you just how to handle it so you don't overwork it or make the gnocchi heavy instead of ethereally light. And from a friend's kitchen in Milan, addictive chocolate-studded bread pudding topped with a warm, rum-spiked caramel sauce. Add a tuft of vanilla-scented whipped cream, and there's nothing more comforting in the chilly months!

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$110 pp | Trattoria Cooking | Friday February 17, 6PM to 9PM

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Fresh Pasta Workshop: Winter Favorites -

If you love fresh pasta, don't miss this hands-on cooking class. This is your chance to learn to make three different (and very delicious) pastas ideal for winter feasting. We'll make Tuscan spinach and Ricotta gnocchi, affectionately known as "gnudi" (or "naked", because they are essentially the stuffing for ravioli without the enveloping skin), served in sage butter; Bologna's ethereal egg tagliatelle in a classic Bolognese ragu; and rustic cavatelli from Puglia, tossed with a fragrant mushroom and Parmigiano sauce. You'll not only learn to make, roll out, and shape the dough for these three very different pastas, you'll participate in preparing the sauce for each so you can recreate these three delectable first courses at home for family and friends. After the cooking is done, we'll sit for a pasta-lover's feast, accompanied by fabulous wines and a refreshing green salad to cleanse the palate. And since no meal is really complete without dessert, we'll indulge in homemade biscotti and some freshly brewed espresso. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class; like all our pasta classes, it's sure to sell out!

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$110 pp | Fresh Pasta Workshop: Winter Favorites | Saturday February 18, 12PM to 3PM

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Tuscan Favorites -

Tuscan cooks are masters at drawing out maximum flavor from each ingredient in their dishes. In this brand new class, we'll explore the pleasures of cooking Tuscan style, then sit down to enjoy our Tuscan feast with specially selected wines. Each of the four savory recipes in this menu underscores the fragrance of a single fresh herb: Basil in a bright tomato sauce for handmade cheese-filled ravioli, rosemary in a rich red wine sauce for perfectly roasted filet mignon, thyme in a vibrant side of string beans, sage in a creamy butternut squash risotto. And dessert is all about the contrasting flavors and textures of cranberries, apricots, lemon, and almonds, which come together in colorful, addictive nut biscotti.

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$110 pp | Tuscan Favorites | Friday February 24, 6PM to 9PM

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Taste of Sicily & Naples -

  • Sfincioni (Sicilian Pizza with Artichokes, Tomatoes, & Caciocavallo)
  • Fresh Cavatelli Pasta with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Arugula, & Ricotta Salata
  • Mediterranean Sea Bass (Branzino) with Pine Nuts, Olives, & Raisins
  • Roasted Broccoli with Garlic & Chili
  • Cannoli Cheesecake

If you love bright, bold flavors, this class is for you. We'll explore the traditional cooking of Naples and Sicily, magical places with a long history of creating some of Italy's most famous dishes. We'll begin by making a soft, supple yeasted dough for Sicily's beloved sfincioni, a tomato-, artichoke-, and cheese-topped pizza that is usually sold by the slice in the streets of Palermo. Next up: Fresh pasta with a fragrant roasted tomato sauce, a dish made by home cooks thorough southern Italy, embellished by fragrant basil in true Neapolitan style. We'll roast filets of branzino (Mediterranean sea bass) with pine nuts, olives, and raisins, a Sicilian specialty that hails back to when Arabs ruled the island. We'll roast broccoli with garlic and red pepper flakes, a favorite across southern Italy, and finish up with a cannoli-inspired cheesecake that would make any Sicilian proud.

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$110 pp | Taste of Sicily & Naples | Saturday February 25, 12PM to 3PM

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Techniques Learned:

  • Working with yeast
  • Making pizza dough
  • Making tomato sauce
  • Making cavatelli pasta
  • Roasting branzino
  • Roasting vegetables
  • Making Ricotta cheesecake

Dinner in Piedmont -

  • Butternut Squash Ravioli in Sage Butter
  • Slow-Cooked Chicken with Olives, Artichokes, & Wine
  • Roasted Sweet Peppers with Basil
  • Truffled Wild Mushroom Risotto
  • Flourless Hazelnut & Chocolate Torte

My family has had a home in Piedmont, overlooking the Lago Maggiore, since I was two years old, so I grew up eating the varied, wonderful foods of this mountainous region. In this new class, we'll learn to prepare five Piedmontese dishes. We'll begin our feast with delicate ravioli stuffed with roasted butternut squash, served with a drizzle of sage butter and Parmigiano. Our main course: braised chicken bathed in a heady wine and herb sauce with olives and artichokes for extra flavor; the chicken is so tender after slow-cooking that it requires no knife at all! Peperonata, a medley of sweet peppers braised with tomatoes, basil, and onions, makes a colorful accompaniment to our chicken, and a woodsy risotto laced with wild mushrooms and truffle oil is an elegant side. And for dessert, we'll bake a delectable flourless cake with hazelnuts and chocolate, two of Piedmont's signature ingredients.

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$110 pp | Dinner in Piedmont | Friday March 3, 6PM to 9PM

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Techniques Learned:

  • Making fresh pasta
  • Shaping ravioli
  • Making sage butter sauce
  • Braising chicken
  • Roasting vegetables
  • Making risotto
  • Making flourless chocolate cake

Fresh Pasta for Beginners -

  • Basic Egg Pasta Dough
  • Fresh Tagliatelle
  • Three-Cheese Ravioli
  • Basil-Scented Tomato Sauce
  • Mom's Classic Two-Meat Ragu
  • Mixed Greens in Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Crunchy Almond Biscotti

This class was designed for anyone who wants to perfect the art of making fresh pasta from scratch. You'll begin by kneading your very own egg pasta (the ratio is simple and foolproof), working alongside your class companions as you master the timeless techniques of incorporating egg into flour and working the dough into a supple and silky mass with your hands. After the dough rests, we'll roll it out into thin lasagna sheets and finish it two ways: cutting it with the aid of a pasta machine, into picture-perfect tagliatelle; ; and stuffing it with a luscious three-cheese filling, yielding delicate ravioli worthy of elegant entertaining. We'll also learn to prepare two classic sauces of the Italian kitchen: a light, herb-laced tomato sauce, and a delicate ragu slow-cooked with plenty of herbs and wine. We'll also learn to make crunchy, addictive almond biscotti. And after the cooking is done, we'll savor our fresh pasta paired with our homemade sauces, followed by a light green salad and our just-baked biscotti. The techniques you'll learn in this class will serve you whenever you make any type of pasta: long or short, flat or filled, from lasagne and ravioli to pappardelle and tagliatelle. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class; it's sure to sell out quickly!

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$110 | Fresh Pasta for Beginners | Saturday March 4, 12PM to 3PM

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Techniques learned:

  • Making fresh egg pasta
  • Knowing which types of flour to use for different doughs
  • Using a pasta machine
  • Cutting tagliatelle
  • Stuffing and shaping ravioli
  • Making basic tomato sauce
  • Making ragu
  • Making biscotti

Rustic Favorites -

  • Mom's Potato Gnocchi with Amatriciana Sauce (Pancetta, Onion, & Tomato)
  • Chicken Morsels in Balsamic-Honey Glaze
  • Roasted Asparagus with Parmigiano
  • Savory Spinach & Artichoke Bread Pudding
  • Nonna's Chocolate Cake with Cinnamon-Mascarpone Whipped Cream

Rustic cooking is often the most satisfying to eat: pitch-perfect flavors, straight-forward techniques, and flawless ingredients combine to create a sumptuous menu from all corners of Italy in this brand new menu. We'll start off by making my mom's foolproof potato gnocchi, as light and airy as the best gnocchi should be. We'll sauce our gnocchi with a delicately spiced amatriciana sauce from Rome, so good showered with freshly grated Pecorino Romano! Next up: succulent chicken morsels in a heady balsamic vinegar reduction, served with a side of roasted string beans and a cheesy, savory vegetable bread pudding. And for dessert, we'll bake my nonna Eva's classic chocolate cake, still my favorite chocolate cake after years of trying every chocolate cake that comes my way.

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$110 | Rustic Favorites | Friday March 10, 6PM to 9PM

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Techniques learned:

  • Making light, airy potato gnocchi
  • Perfecting a tomato-based pasta sauce
  • Roasting chicken
  • Making an herb and vinegar reduction sauce
  • Roasting vegetables
  • Making savory bread pudding
  • Making a cocoa-based, light chocolate cake
  • Whipping cream

Flavors of Tuscany -

  • Pappardelle with Caramelized Onions & Herbs
  • Garlic- & Rosemary-Rubbed Rack of Lamb
  • Slow-Roasted Fennel
  • Panzanella (Crispy Bread & Tomato Salad with Basil)
  • Wine-Poached Fruit over Marsala-Soaked Ladyfingers

What can possibly be better than fresh, ethereal egg pasta sauced with a tangle of caramelized onions and showered with fresh Parmigiano? Not much. If you agree, join me for a fun night of cooking Tuscan-style. We'll segue our pasta with an amazing rack of lamb roasted to perfection; the rub for the lamb marries classic Tuscan seasonings to achieve incredible flavor. We'll caramemelize fennel to serve alongside our lamb (the marriage is truly made in heaven) and toss crispy bread with refreshing tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil for a modern spin on panzanella, Tuscany's famous bread and tomato salad. For dessert, we'll poach dried fruit in Marsala until plump and juicy, and scoop it atop Marsala-soaked ladyfingers and clouds of mascarpone-whipped cream.

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$110 | Flavors of Tuscany | Saturday March 11, 12PM to 3PM

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Techniques learned:

  • Making fresh egg pasta
  • Rolling out lasagna sheets using a pasta machine
  • Cutting fresh pasta
  • Caramelizing onions
  • Roasting rack of lamb
  • Caramelizing fennel
  • Poaching dried fruit in wine
  • Whipping cream

Knife Skills Workshop -

  • Tomato & Basil Bruschetta
  • Pasta with Roasted Vegetables
  • Chopped Salad with Lemon Dressing
  • Homemade Dessert

If you have always wanted to learn how to chop, dice, and mince like a pro, this is the class for you! Handling a knife properly is the basis of efficient food preparation, and how ingredients are cut greatly affects the final taste of a dish. This brand new class, added to our calendar by popular demand, will teach you how to hold a knife properly; how to cut, mince, dice, and chop both quickly and safely; and how to sharpen your knives properly so they stay sharp-a dull knife is far more dangerous than a sharp one! A full meal with wine will be served after the knives are put away. Sign up quickly, this class is sure to fill up!

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$120 pp | Knife Skills Workshop | Sunday March 12, 12PM to 3PM

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Techniques Learned:

  • Holding a knife properly
  • Sharpening a knife
  • Choosing the right knife
  • Mincing
  • Dicing
  • Chopping

Springtime Seafood Feast -

  • Spaghetti ala Chitarra with Mussels & Tomatoes
  • Branzino with Artichokes, Pine Nuts, & White Wine
  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Garlic & Lemon
  • Risotto with Shrimp, Asparagus, & Chives
  • Crispy Phyllo Triangles Stuffed with Apples, Walnuts, & Chocolate

Seafood scares a lot of people. How do you select it, how do you clean it, and what are the best ways to cook it? In this new class, we'll answer all these questions and more, as we cook a three-course meal featuring mussels, branzino, and shrimp. You'll learn to knead fresh pasta dough and roll it out into toothsome spaghetti, the ideal vehicle for a wine-scented mussel sauce. Branzino filets marry beautifully with artichokes and pine nuts, and they are spectacular alongside slow-roasted Brussels sprouts and a creamy shrimp risotto. We'll finish our seafood feast with crisp fruit- and chocolate-filled phyllo triangles, a sweet finale that will have you sneaking back to the kitchen for seconds.

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$110 | Springtime Seafood Feast | Friday March 17, 6PM to 9PM

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Techniques learned:

  • Making fresh egg pasta
  • Using a "guitar" for cutting spaghetti
  • Roasting fish filets
  • Caramelizing Brussels sprouts
  • Stirring perfect risotto
  • Cooking shrimp to perfection
  • Working with phyllo dough

Entertaining Italian-Style -

  • Crispy Goat Cheese Ravioli with Caramelized Fennel, Pears, & Honey-Balsamic Drizzle
  • Fennel-, Chili-, and Rosemary-Rubbed Filet Mignon in Red Wine Glaze
  • Roasted String Beans with Sundried Tomatoes & Thyme
  • Chive-Scented Ricotta Gnocchi with Aromatic Sage Butter
  • Molten Chocolate Cake with Warm Chocolate Sauce & Vanilla-Scented Whipped Cream

Why should entertaining be stressful? This menu is filled with one "wow" dish after another, but can be put together easily, and for the most part, well ahead of time, so you can enjoy your guests' company instead of fretting in the kitchen. You'll learn to make crispy, golden ravioli filled with creamy goat cheese and fresh herbs, ed stacked with caramelized fennel and pear wedges, peppery arugula, and a slightly sweet balsamic glaze. Our main course: rosy filet mignon in a rich red wine sauce, so elegant with a side of roasted string beans and light, pillowy gnocchi in sage butter. And for dessert, nothing beats a molten chocolate cake, made not by injecting chocolate in the center or resorting to any sort of trickery: you'll get that oozing lava interior just by whipping up a rich, nearly flourless cake batter and timing the cake correctly in the oven.

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$110 | Entertaining Italian-Style | Saturday March 18, 12PM to 3PM

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Techniques learned:

  • Working with wonton wrappers
  • Caramelizing fennel & pears
  • Making balsamic glaze
  • Roasting filet mignon
  • Making a red wine reduction
  • Roasting string beans
  • Making light Ricotta gnocchi
  • Infusing butter with herbs
  • Making molten chocolate cake
  • Whipping cream

Italian Country Cooking -

  • Truffled Eggplant & Mushroom Lasagna
  • Braised Chicken with Tomatoes, Rosemary & White WIne
  • Stuffed Zucchini with Herbs & Parmigiano
  • Braised Chickpeas with Tomatoes & Garden Herbs
  • Light-as-Air Tiramisu

This menu draws on our travels throughout Italy's countryside and highlights some of the area's very best finds: the lightest, most profoundly flavored lasagna; savory, juicy chicken; creative vegetable sides; and a modern spin on tiramisu that far surpasses any of the versions I've tried elsewhere. We'll start off by making truffled lasagna, a thing of beauty layered with eggplants, mushrooms, cheese (and more cheese!), splashed with truffled olive oil just before serving. We'll slow-cook boneless chicken morsels with white wine, tomatoes, and herbs for an amazing main course that pairs splendidly with herbed zucchini boats and slow-cooked chickpeas. And for a sweet ending to our country feast, I'll share the most amazing tiramisu recipe with you: far lighter and much tastier than the classic version served elsewhere, it really is the ultimate tiramisu.

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$110 | Italian Country Cooking | Friday March 24, 6PM to 9PM

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Techniques learned:

  • Making fresh egg pasta
  • Layering lasagna
  • Making lump-free bechamel sauce
  • Braising chicken
  • Stuffing zucchini
  • Slow-cooking chickpeas
  • Whipping cream
  • Making tiramisu

Fresh Pasta Workshop: Spring Favorites -

  • Tagliatelle with Peas, Prosciutto, and Saffron (Emilia-Romagna)
  • Ricotta Gnocchi with Roasted Peppers, Olives, & Tomatoes (Emilia-Romagna)
  • Cavatelli with Broccoli, Garlic, & Crispy Bread Crumbs (Basilicata)
  • Baby Greens in Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Two-Nut & Chocolate Biscotti, Served with Espresso

If you love fresh pasta, don't miss this hands-on cooking class. This is your chance to learn to make three different (and very delicious) pastas. We'll make a versatile egg pasta and roll it out into wide noodles called tagliatelle, ideal with Emilia's rich saffron-laced cream sauce with peas and Prosciutto. We'll prepare the lightest pillows of Ricotta gnocchi, delicious with a vibrant tomato and roasted pepper sauce. And we'll knead (and knead... and knead!!) a semolina dough, shape it into cavatelli, and pair it with garlicky broccoli. You'll not only learn to make, roll out, and shape the dough for these three very different pastas, you'll participate in preparing the sauce for each so you can recreate these three delectable first courses at home for family and friends. After the cooking is done, we'll sit for a pasta-lover's feast, accompanied by fabulous wines and a refreshing green salad to cleanse the palate. And since no meal is really complete without dessert, we'll indulge in homemade biscotti and some freshly brewed espresso. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class; like all our pasta classes, it's sure to sell out!

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$110 pp | Fresh Pasta Workshop: Spring Favorites | Saturday March 25, 12PM to 3PM

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Techniques Learned:

  • Making egg pasta
  • Using a pasta machine
  • Cutting pasta with an attachment
  • Making ricotta gnocchi
  • Working with semolina dough for cavatelli
  • Roasting peppers
  • Working with saffron
  • Making biscotti

Taste of Piedmont & Lombardy -

  • Fresh Tagliatelle with Creamy Mushroom Sauce & Parmigiano
  • Filet Mignon with Leek & Red Wine Sauce
  • Roasted Butternut Squash Risotto
  • Cauliflower Gratin with Bacon & Smoked Mozzarella
  • Dark Chocolate Bread Pudding with Vanilla-Scented Whipped Cream & Rum-Caramel Sauce

My family has had a home in Piedmont, overlooking the Lago Maggiore, since I was two years old, and we lived in Milan, the capital of Lombardy, until I was nine. So I grew up eating the rich, elegant foods of this fertile region: fresh handmade pastas, creamy risottos, hearty soups, slow-cooked meats, delicate fish sweetwater fish specialties, elaborate vegetable creations, and the most delectable chocolate- and nut-based desserts. In this new class, we'll explore five traditional northern Italian dishes. We'll begin our feast with handmade tagliatelle in a creamy, wine-laced mushroom sauce. Our main course: tender medallions of filet mignon in a rich red wine sauce, served with a butternut squash risotto and caramelized cauliflower with plenty of cheese and bacon. And for dessert, we'll bake a delectable bread pudding studded with bittersweet chocolate morsels, topped with a tuft of whipped cream and a drizzle of rum-scented caramel sauce.

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$110 pp | Taste of Piedmont & Lombardy | Friday March 31, 6PM to 9PM

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Techniques Learned:

  • Making fresh pasta dough
  • Rolling pasta for tagliatelle
  • Making a cream sauce for pasta
  • Roasting filet mignon
  • Making a red wine reduction
  • Caramelizing cauliflower
  • Making risotto
  • Making bread pudding
  • Whipping cream
  • Making caramel sauce

RUSTICO COOKING is located at 40 West 39th Street, Third floor, New York, NY 10018 - right between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. When you get to the building, just press on buzzer # 3. Visits are by appointment only.

WHEN: Daytime lunch classes begin at 12 PM, (doors open at 11:45 AM) and Evening Dinner classes start at 6 PM (doors open at 5:45PM). Classes last 2.5 to 3 hours.

GETTING THERE: You can take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to Grand Central, or the F or V trains to Bryant Park-42nd Street. If you prefer the bus, take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 along Fifth and Madison Avenues, or the M6 and M7 along Sixth and Seventh Avenues. If you are coming by car, park at one of many parking lots in Midtown.

WHAT TO BRING: We supply all ingredients, tools, and, of course, recipes... Aprons are the only item NOT supplied. You can bring an apron if you like, or you can purchase a handsome embroidered apron for $20.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Class size averages 16 people. Before the class starts, finger foods and water will be available for the class participants. The instructor will give a brief introduction about the class, then participants will wash their hands and people with long hair will tie their hair back (we are extremely hygiene conscious since you will be eating the food that you are preparing!). Then everybody goes in the kitchen for the cooking portion (details on that below) which lasts about 90 minutes; At the end of the cooking, people are seated and the featured menu is served along with a taste of 2 to 3 wines.

COOKING CLASS FLOW: Classes are hands-on: participants will make everything on the menu, working together as a group. To ensure everyone learn the most important parts of a given menu, key techniques (such as making fresh pasta dough from scratch for instance) will be executed by class participants individually or in small teams of 2-3 people. Other parts of the menu may involve larger teams where individuals take turns in an activity; for instance, when making risotto in a class of 16 people, it would be impossible to have 16 risotto pans at the stove, so we would have 2 pans, and participants will take turns stirring. In order to allow class participants to spend more time focusing on the relevant techniques of a given class, washing, measuring and chopping of the majority of ingredients is done before students arrive. This way, class participants can spend a longer time mastering the trickier aspects of Italian cooking; we feel that people can more easily figure out how to measure ingredients and how to get from an onion to a chopped onion, compared to knowing the technique to make (for example) amazing gnocchi every single time - so we spend more time on these more challenging techniques.

WHAT TO WEAR: Flat shoes and comfortable clothing are required for your safety and comfort. Please avoid high heels and loose sleeves.

ONLINE PAYMENT: The easiest way to reserve a class is to pay online using the "Add to cart" buttons (quick, easy, & secure). Within 24 hrs you will get a reservation confirmation via email; we will ask for a phone number - Please note that the telephone numbers are not used for solicitation or marketing, they are only for reaching clients in the unlikely event that a class that they have signed up for needs to be rescheduled.

PAYMENT BY PHONE: You can also call 917-602-1519 and we will take a reservation. We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

REDEEMING A GIFT CERTIFICATE: The easiest way is to use our online form under each class description; just fill up the required information and we will sign you up for the class of your choice unless it is sold out! You can also email us indicating the class(es) that you want to join, and the name of the person that gave you the certificate(s). We will then email you back with a reservation confirmation. You can also call 917-602-1519 in order to redeem your gift certificates.

PAYMENT BY CHECK: You can also send a check payable to RUSTICO COOKING LLC to: RUSTICO COOKING, 40 West 39th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY, 10018. Please include a note with your name, telephone number, email address, and date of the class with your check. If you have made a check payment, please call 917-602-1519 to confirm your reservation 3 days before class.

To sign up or for further information, call 917-602-1519.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds issued, only credit. For regularly priced cooking classes: minimum 7-day advance notice. For cooking classes priced at more than $110 per person: 14-day advance notice. For groups of 4 or more: 21-day advance notice.

WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS: The same cancellation policy applies during November through April, when snowfall and other inclement weather conditions are a possibility. We are just three blocks south of the Broadway Theater district. If Broadway shows are on, classes at Rustico Cooking are on. If you live outside of NYC and are concerned about winter weather conditions hindering your transportation to the city, we suggest selecting a Spring, Summer or Fall cooking class, as we will not be able to give you credit towards a future class with less advance notice than stated above