"There's nothing more romantic than Italian food." - Elisha Cuthbert
Sunday Supper Cooking Classes
The "Sunday Supper" Cooking Classes are intimate culinary experiences held in a private home in Medford, MA. The classes are limited to a small group and a full meal is prepared together by the students then enjoyed family-style in our dining room. Cooking begins at 4:00PM with dinner immediately following. Written recipes are provided so students can replicate the meal at home. Classes are part demonstration and part hands-on. Everything prepared by the group is enjoyed afterwards.
Class sizes are purposely kept to a minimum in order to foster a harmonious experience and enjoy a family-style dining experience afterwards. Classes sell out quick so don't delay signing up! An Italian Mothers Day Brunch - Special Class Sunday, May 6, 2018 10:30am Medford, MA Mother's Day is right around the corner and this year, treat your mom to something special! Rather than the overdone restaurant brunch, be more creative and original and prepare her a delicious and thoughtful homemade brunch instead! Come to our class and learn how to prepare several dishes that will impress any mom! Or better yet, bring her to our class for a special bonding experience! During this class, we will prepare: Bowties with sausage, peas and mushrooms; a delicious asparagus frittata; eggs in purgatory; a fruit macedonia; ricotta filled cannollis and everyone's favorite, anise pizzelle. Wash everything down with a Prosecco Mimosa and espresso coffee. Space is very limited, be sure to sign up early to secure your spot! Register here!
Sunday Supper Cooking Class - Springtime in Italy Sunday, March 11, 2018 4:00pm - SOLD OUT! Medford, MA Springtime is almost here and at Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, we're preparing a delicious seasonal menu that is sure to please your palates. Come learn how to prepare a few simple, yet absolutely delicious, dishes that you will want to add to your spring repertoire. On the menu for this class will be a seasonal risotto served with asparagus, prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin seasoned with rosemary and cooked in a wine sauce, and roasted artichoke hearts with fingerling potatoes. For dessert, a citrus cake is prepared ahead of time for you to enjoy with espresso or a glass of wine. All recipes will be provided so you can replicate the meal at home, perhaps as your Easter menu! An antipasto of various Italian salami and cheeses will also be served. You can register for the March 11th class by clicking here.
Sunday Supper Cooking Class - Italian-Style Holiday Preparation Sunday, November 12, 2017 4:00pm - SOLD OUT! Medford, MA Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. Add a few new dishes to your reportuare and impress family and friends during the upcoming holiday season. Invite friends and loved ones to a delightful Italian dinner this season—no passport required! Join us on Sunday, November 12th as we prepare several recipes that are delicious and guest-worthy, yet each of which you'll be able to easily recreate at home. Our first course will be fettuccine in turkey bolognese sauce, then we move on to prepare chicken bundles stuffed with provolone, parmigiano and ham and as our side dish, or contorno, we will prepare peas with pearl onions and prosciutto! And what would an Italian dinner be without dessert? Espresso will be paired with hazelnut butterballs. Register here or use the contact us button for other modes of registration.
Sunday Supper Cooking Class - Autumn in Italy Sunday, October 15, 2017 4:00pm - SOLD OUT! Medford, MA Fall means one thing, it's time to get back in the kitchen! While the summer permits us the opportunity for outdoor grilling, it's now time we head back indoors for some seasonal dishes. Join us on Sunday, October 15th as we welcome the fall season with some delicious Italian specialties. Our first course will be Risotto di Zucca (Easy Pumpkin Risotto), afterwards, we will prepare chicken saltimbocca, so good, it will literally jump in your mouth and broccoli rabe sautéed with olive oil and garlic. For dessert, we will enjoy pumpkin cookies with espresso. Prior registration is required and you can register by clicking here.
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!
Arlington Community Education One Pot Italian 1 SESSION: 1/25/18; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $59 The pots! The pans! The dishes! Ever find yourself in the kitchen with one meal completed and a sink full of stuff to wash—all for what was suppose to be a quick dinner? Prepare one-pot dishes that make cleanup a jiffy! Start with a heartwarming Tuscan bean soup with added pasta, then move onto a sheet-pan oven dish with chicken and artichokes—so easy to assemble, it hardly feels like cooking. And how about the classic Italian peppers and onions with sausage? Come learn family-friendly dishes that are pleasing and easy on the cleanup! Bring a container to take home leftovers and a beverage of choice. Register here!
Valentine's Date Night: Couples Cook Italian 1 SESSION: 2/14/18; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $109 Per Couple Tired of waiting in overcrowded and overpriced restaurants on Valentine’s Day? Here’s an idea: you and your love join Chef Francesca Montillo, a native Italian, in preparing a memorable dinner to mark the occasion. Each couple will prepare seasonal risotto, chicken saltimbocca, and broccolini sautéed in olive oil. Then for dessert we’ll make some Sicilian cannolis. Learn new culinary skills while spending quality time with your significant other and as always, enjoy the laughs as you cook alongside other couples. The evening will include additional treats prepared by Chef Montillo as she sets the stage for a fun Valentine’s Day cooking adventure. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice. Register here! *UPDATE: CLASS IS FULL*
Drunken Italian! 1 SESSION: 2/28/18; 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $59 Winter is just the time for heart-warming recipes that include a touch of spirits. Italians love cooking with alcohol and aren’t shy about using it. Learn to prepare one of Italy’s most famous pasta dishes, penne alla vodka. Our second course will include chicken Marsala, a deliciously boozy dish that is favored by many. Our contorno (side dish) will be a stir-fry using delectable artichoke hearts in dry white wine. Feel free to bring your beverage of choice. Register here!
Calabrian Italian 1 SESSION: 3/14/18: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $60 An undiscovered region surrounded by crystal blue seas, Calabria prides itself on dishes not frequently found in other parts of Italy. Learn to prepare a few dishes using some of Calabria’s most beloved ingredients. We will start with a red onion bruschetta, a regional favorite from the city of Tropea, followed by a pasta dish of spaghetti and swordfish in red sauce. For the contorno (side dish), we will prepare eggplant tramezzini topped with cheese. Be prepared to fall in love with Calabria and its cuisine! Register here!
Italian Vegetarian 1 SESSION: 4/5/18: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $60 Spring always seems like a great time to focus on lighter meal alternatives. Italians love their vegetables and it’s rare that a day will go by in which they will not have had their share of veggies. Whether you are a vegetarian or not, this class will inspire you to go meatless more often. Our dishes will include the classic pasta fagioli, lentil soup with spinach, eggplant tramezzini, and risotto with peas & onions. Registration coming soon!
An Italian Mother's Day Brunch: 1 SESSION: 5/9/18: 6:00pm - 9:00pm; $60 Avoid the lines at the restaurants this year and treat your mom to something really special, an Italian-inspired homemade brunch! Start the meal with a beautiful egg frittata, for the sides enjoy some prosciutto wrapped asparagus seasoned with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoned potatoes. The star of the show will be the jam crostata, to be enjoyed with some espresso, made the old-fashioned way! Registration coming soon!
Boston Center for Adult Education The Italian Bakery: Biscotti & Cookies: 1 SESSION: 3/31/18; 10:00am - 1:00pm It might not come to you as a surprise to learn that Italians love their desserts and love ending a meal with something sweet. Biscotti are ideal when craving something crunchy to dunk in the espresso or Vin Santo for an after dinner treat. In this class, we will prepare classic twice-baked biscotti, anise “unscotti,” chocolate espresso cookies and everyone’s favorite: pizzelle. Registration coming soon!
The Italian Bakery: Cakes & Traditional Desserts 1 SESSION: 4/9/18; 6:00pm - 9:00pm While a trip to an Italian bakery is always a treat, wouldn’t it be nice to add a few bakery-quality desserts to your own baking repertoire? Not all Italian home baked goods take hours to prepare and in this class, we will show you how! Come and learn how to prepare several desserts that are definitely guest-worthy! The menu includes: Limoncello cake, orange olive oil cake, jam crostata, Italian wedding cookies and glazed angenetti cookies. Registration coming soon!
Cambridge Center for Adult Education Italian Soups & Stews 1 SESSION: 1/14/18; 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!
Italian Cooking for Romantics 1 SESSION: 2/11/18; 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!
Introduction to Italian Cuisine 1 SESSION: 4/8/18; 11:00am - 2:00pm; $85 Have you visited an Italian restaurant lately and wondered to yourself how you could replicate the dishes at home? They seem simple enough, right? That’s because Italian cuisine can be, if you select the right ingredients and dishes. In this intro class, we will learn a few basic Italian recipes that are easy yet guest-worthy. Let a native Italian teach you how to make Tuscan Bean Soup, Mushroom Risotto, Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccolini and Chicken Saltimbocca. Register here!
"I've taken 2 of Francesca's cooking classes and they've been awesome. Both times I learned how to cook risotto so now I can cook it at home and for family. The second time I helped others since I had become an experienced risotto chef. She's knowledgeable and experienced, calm and clear in her instructions. She provides clear documents with the recipes which makes it easy to take it home and cook her wonderful recipes. Everything has been delicious!" - Karen Bloom "I've been wanting to learn to make pizzelle for a very long time. They are so beautiful and fancy, yet light. I have always bought the store kind but I know the homemade ones are better. I took Francesca's baking class because I knew we would make these. With her instructions, I learned the proper method for making these delicious cookies. I'm so excited at how easy they were to make! While we learned to make four cookies in class, all which I will repeat at home, the pizzelle alone were worth it!" - Emily Casella
“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.