"There's nothing more romantic than Italian food." - Elisha Cuthbert
Arlington Community Education A Southern Italian Feast 1 SESSION: 10/5/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $59 Joina native of Calabria and prepare a multi-course meal inspired by the cuisine of southern Italy! Our antipasto will be a tangy citrus salad with red onion, followed by spaghetti alla puttanesca, and marinated and broiled swordfish steak. We will top off our feast with Sicilian cannolis. Bring a container for possible left overs! Registration coming in August!
Lazy Italian Bakes for the Holidays 1 SESSION: 11/2/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $59 The holidays will sneak up before we know it. You can eliminate some of the frenzy by learning to prepare baked goods that don’t require hours of preparation or that bake and freeze well. Time-tested recipes might include biscotti, anisette toast, espresso cookies and jam-filled cookies. Bring a few baking sheets and containers for leftovers! Registration coming in August!
Lazy Italian Cooks Chicken 1 SESSION: 11/16/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $59 It’s lean, relatively inexpensive and can make for a fairly quick lunch or dinner. Let’s move away from boring as we learn to prepare dishes that will never be classified as “just chicken.” We’ll create simple and delicious Italian-inspired dishes such as Chicken Cacciatore, baked Parmesan-crusted cutlets and Chicken Marsala. Bring a container for possible leftovers! Registration coming in August!
Pastissima! 1 SESSION: 11/30/17: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $60 No other ingredient is as versatile and adaptable as pasta. With the hundreds of shapes and sizes available, the only limit to the dishes you can prepare is your imagination! Pasta is a great week-night option for busy home cooks with limited time but can easily be prepared more elaborately for Sunday dinner! In this class, we will prepare some Italian inspired dishes that will have you running to the pasta aisle. Recipes might include: Orecchietti with broccoli rabe & sausage; Farfalle with Sausage, Peas and Mushrooms and Pasta & Fagiola. Bring a container for possible leftovers!Registration coming in August!
Brookline Adult Education Center: The week-night Italian: Stress-free Italian meals 1 SESSION: 10/5/17; 10:00am - 1:00pm; $69 Many cooking shows and books will lead you to believe that you need advanced culinary training, plus hours in the kitchen, in order to prepare a delicious, homemade Italian meal. In this course, a native Italian will teach you authentic recipes designed for the busy home cook. Walk away with several recipes to use for first courses, seconds and some soups. Dishes might include: Pasta al Pomodoro, Farfalle with Sautéed Zucchini; Lemon-Rosemary Chicken, Tuscan Bean Soup and Chickpeas with Spinach in Red Sauce. Class will include demonstration, participation, and eating! Bring a container for possible left overs!Registration coming soon!
Cambridge Center for Adult Education The Lazy Italian Presents: Zuppe Italiane 1 SESSION: 9/30/17; 11:00am - 2:00pm; $85 Come learn the Italian secret to warming a cold evening - enticing soups and stews! We will learn to make the traditional soups of the Italian countryside and recipes might include vegetable minestrone, pastina di pollo, pappa al pomodoro, tuscan bean soup, ribollita and minestra di ceci. Registration coming soon!
The Lazy Italian Presents: Holiday Baking 1 SESSION: 12/3/17; 11:00am - 2:00pm; $85 No holiday would be complete without a dessert table filled with sweets. Italians have a sweet tooth and their meals frequently have a sweet ending. In this class, we will prepare ‘lazy’ Italian desserts that will still leave you with time for some holiday shopping. These desserts will be a great addition to your holiday dessert spread. Recipes may include: Limoncello cake, glazed anise cookies, chocolate espresso cookies and / or Nutella loaf. Bring a container to class to bring home your finished desserts. Registration coming soon!
Private culinary lessons are available upon request. These are fun opportunities to gather a small group of friends and enjoy a few hours cooking, learning and socializing. Group size, menu, pricing and timing to be discussed during an initial consultaiton. These can be hands-on or just presentation. Every event is different and can be tailored according to your specifications! Our kitchen or yours!! Please inquire within. Gift certificates are availble! Contact us here for more info!
“I thoroughly enjoyed the “All About Pasta” class with Francesca Montillo. It was interactive, fun and easy. I have used the recipes since taking the class, and they are some of my favorites." – Cathie Buckley
"The classes were very well organized, the variety of recipes was excellent and the guidance/teaching was excellent. The classes were fun and enjoyable for all ages and experience levels. Both myself and my daughter enjoyed it very much." - Geraldine C.
"Francesca's cooking class was an expected delight. I have taken classes, but none so comfortable, delicious, and simple to repeat at home. I am a dedicated follower of Francesca and her true Italian everyday recipes that make me long for my ancestors and their love of family and home." - Anna M.
"Francesca taught simple yet delicious meals I have already cooked multiple times while offering knowledge and tips withheld by following recipes." - Catherine Chan
"The Italian cooking class was a fun way to spend time with my boyfriend, making delicious pasta dishes. We're avid cooks, but we still learned some new tricks and learned how to prepare an ingredient we hadn't cooked with before!" - Melanie Yarbrough
"Ciao! I've had the pleasure of attending 2 classes with Francesca. She knows her stuff. Her classes are fun and low key. She teaches simple recipes that enabled me to go home and cook Italian food. Having been to Italy twice and a student of Italian, that is amazing. One class was in her home, which gave us an opportunity to really learn how to make all the dishes and enjoy them together Italian style, with wine of course. I've used some of the skills she taught in other recipes. And now I make risotto, from scratch, stirring constantly. My family and my Thanksgiving celebration were very pleased with this new skill. Francesca has a simple cannoli recipe that I am looking forward to trying. I look forward to taking her Italian cooking tours to Italy in the coming years. Perfetto!"- Karen B.