"There's nothing more romantic than Italian food." - Elisha Cuthbert
Arlington Community Education The Lazy Italian Presents: Light and Lazy Italian Soups 1 SESSION: 1/26/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $59 Nothing feels quite as comforting on a winter’s night as a bowl of heart-warming soup. With the gluttonous holiday season behind us, now is the time to start thinking about soups and broths to replace the heavy meals. In this class we will prepare several easy soups that will warm your tummy during this snowy season. Recipes might include: Lentil and Turkey Sausage Soup; Easy Chicken Soup with Bow-Tie Pastina and Tuscan Ribollita. Bring containers for leftovers. Register here!
The Lazy Italian Presents: Pastissima! 1 SESSION: 2/7/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $59 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: Bucatini All’ Amatriciana; Farfalle with Sausage, Peas and Mushrooms and Pasta & Fagiola. Be sure to bring a few containers with you to bring home your efforts! Registerhere!
The Lazy Italian Presents: Biscotti and other Italian Cookies 1 SESSION: 3/9/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $59 The word “biscotti” in Italian is translated to cookies. So it encompasses all sorts of cookies, not just the twice-baked almond type we’re used to seeing in Italian bakeries. In this class, we will have an introduction to the various types of Italian “biscotti” and our recipes might include the traditional Almond Biscotti; plus Wine Taralli; Amaretti and Pizzelle. Bring a container to take home your sweet souvenir from class! Register here!
The Lazy Italian Presents: Citruis Italian Desserts 1 SESSION: 4/11/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $60 Did you know that Italy is one of the top citrus producers of the world? With its warm climate and perfect soil for growth, most of oranges and lemons come from the Southern portion of this boot-shaped peninsula. In this baking class, we will focus on citrus juice and zest. Our recipes might include: Orange and Olive Oil Cake; Limoncello Cake and Lemon & White Chocolate Biscotti. Bring a container to take home your tangy treats! Register here!
The Lazy Italian Presents: Southern Italian Cuisine 1 SESSION: 4/27/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $65 Southern Italians thrive on good olive oil, dry pasta, fresh vegetables and a magnitude of seafood. Join Francesca, a native of Calabria, Italy as we prepare a multi-course meal inspired by the South. Our antipasto will be a tangy Citrus Salad with Red Onions. For our first course, we will prepare Spaghetti alla Puttanesca and our second course will be Marinated & Broiled Swordfish Steak. We will top it off by preparing a filling for Sicilian Cannolis. Register here!
The Lazy Italian Presents: Springtime in a Florentine Kitchen 1 SESSION: 5/9/17: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $60 The food of Florence speaks much about the city’s personality and soul. Together we will explore typical Florentine cuisine and experience hands-on Florentine and Tuscan gastronomy. Our dishes may include fettuccini in mushroom ragu, chicken with olives and pine nuts, and peperonata. Register here!
Brookline Adult Education Center: The Lazy Italian Presents: Pastissima! 1 SESSION: 2/4/17; 10:00am - 1:00pm; $69 Pasta is inexpensive, versatile, adaptable, and easy to prepare. Whether paired with meats or vegetables, pasta is a great weeknight option for busy home cooks with limited time, but can be prepared more elaborately for Sunday dinner. In this class, we will learn how to prepare authentic Italian pasta dishes that you will be able to replicate at home to please both family and guests. Recipes may include Bucatini All' Amatriciana (spicy dish with pancetta), Orecchietti with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe, Pasta Carbonara, Pasta e Fagioli, and Cacio e Pepe(delicate sauce of Grana Padano and pecorino with black pepper). Register here.
The Lazy Italian Presents: Italian Soups and Stews 1 SESSION: 3/11/17; 10:00am - 1:00pm; $69 Come warm up in our kitchen! With winter upon us, nothing is as comforting as a nice bowl of soup or hearty stew to warm us from the inside out. In this class, we will prepare warming dishes such as Tuscan Bean Soup, Pastina with Diced Chicken, Orzo Soup with Green Chard, Minestrone, and hearty Chicken Cacciatore. Not only will you learn tricks for making authentic Italian soups and stews, you will have leftovers to take home for hearty winter lunches during the week ahead. Please bring a container to take your soup creations home in. Register here.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education The Lazy Italian Presents: Italian Cooking for Romantics 1 SESSION: 2/12/17; 11:00am - 2:00pm; $85 Love is in the air and no one can pull off a romantic meal like the Italians. In this class, we will prepare dishes typically enjoyed during romantic dinners. Dishes include: tortellini in butter and sage sauce, spaghetti alla puttanesca, chicken saltimbocca, shrimp fra diavolo and for dessert a sweet and creamy zabaglione with fresh fruit. Register here.
The Lazy Italian Presents: Zuppe Italiane 1 SESSION: 2/18/17; 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: minestrone, pastina di pollo, pappa al pomodoro, tuscan bean soup, ribollita and minestra di ceci. Register here.
Southern Italian Cuisine 1 SESSION: 4/5/17; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $85 Southern Italians thrive on good olive oil, dried pasta, fresh vegetables and a magnitude of seafood. Join Francesca, a native of Calabria, Italy as we prepare a multi-course meal inspired by the South. Our antipasto will be a citrus salad. For our first course, we will prepare spaghetti alla puttanesca and our second will be marinated broiled swordfish. We will top it off by making a filling for Sicilian Cannolis. You will leave inspired to make this menu yourself and book a trip to Italy! Registration coming soon!
The Lazy Italian Presents: La Dolce Vita: Culinary Travels to Italy 1 SESSION: 4/20/17; 7:45pm - 9:45pm; $85 There’s more to Italian food than meets the eye; what is typical in one region is unheard of in another. Since the best way to get to know any new place is through its cuisine, join Francesca Montillo, a native Italian, cooking instructor and travel expert for a virtual culinary tour of Italy’s most beloved regions. Whether it’s the wines of Chianti, tortellini in Bologna, or artichokes in Rome, explore the culinary specialties of several of Italy’s most beloved regions. Expect handouts, maps, and recipes. Registation coming soon! NOTE: This is NOT a cooking class.
The Lazy Italian Presents: Zuppe Italiane 1 SESSION: 4/22/17; 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: minestrone, pastina di pollo, pappa al pomodoro, tuscan bean soup, ribollita and minestra di ceci. 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.