"There's nothing more romantic than Italian food." - Elisha Cuthbert
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! Sunday Supper Cooking Class Sunday, November 12, 2017 4:00pm Medford, MA
Italian-Style Holiday Preparation 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 Sunday, October 15, 2017 4:00pm - SOLD OUT! Medford, MA Autumn in Italy 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.
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! Register here!
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! Register here!
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! Register here!
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!Register here!
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. Register here!
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. Register 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!
"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.