"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!
5 Ingredient Italian Cooking Sunday, November 18, 11:00AM Medford, MA I'm excited to announce the publication of my first cookbook, "5 Ingredient Italian: 101 Regional Classics Made Simple." To celebrate the publication, I am offering a class with recipes straight from the cook! For antipasto, we will prepare Crema di Cannellini con Prezzemelo (Cannellini Cream with Parsley), over crostini, Bucatini all’Amatriciana (Amatriciana-Style Bucatini), Involtini di Pollo, (Chicken Bundles), and Tuscan Cantucci for dessert. Class is limited to just six, so be sure to register if you are interested. Sign up here!
Fall is in the Air Sunday October 21, 2018 10:30AM - SOLD OUT! Medford, MA Move over BBQs, salads and outdoor dining, there's a new season in town! Fall is here and this means it's time for some heart-warming dishes. This is a wonderful time to return to the kitchen and learn some new, heartier recipes that you can share with friends and family over the months to come. Join us on October 21st as we prepare some autumn favorites that are far easier than you might expect. The menu for this class includes mushroom ragu' over polenta, hunter-style chicken cacciatore and cannellini beans with chard and tomatoes. A delicious torta di mele will end the meal, served with espresso, of course. Space is limited so be sure to sign up here! Register here.
A Sunday Restaurant Meal - At Home! Sunday, June 24, 2018, 10:30AM Medford, MA Ready to learn to prepare a real "Sunday" showpiece? Than look no further than this special class! Lasagna is always everyone's favorite dish, but it's traditionally been considered so complicated and time-consuming! In this class, we will prepare lasagna with a Southern Italian twist! Forget the ricotta for this one, as we prepare a delicious meat sauce from scratch to go with our lasagna! Filled with salami, provolone and hard boiled eggs (yes, hard boiled eggs!) this stick-to-your ribs main course is sure to please even the pickiest eaters in your household. A lighter and summery second course awaits us as we prepare Chicken Piccata with Artichokes to accompany our lasagna! A tomato, basil and red onion salad will also be prepared by students. And what would Sunday dinner be without dessert? Come learn to prepare the perfect summer ending, and everyone's favorite: Tiramisu! After this meal, you might never wish to visit a restaurant again! Space is limited so be sure to sign up early and register today by clicking here!
An Italian Mothers Day Brunch - Special Class Sunday, May 6, 2018 10:30am - SOLD OUT! 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 risottoserved 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 Couples Cook Italian 1 SESSION: 11/1/18; 6:00pm - 9:00pm Learn new skills while enjoying time together. Introduce your significant other, love interest, best pal or family member to Italian cuisine. Join a native Italian chef and travel guide for a fun evening of cooking and laughing side-by-side. Our menu will include tortellini in butter and sage sauce, pasta alla puttanesca, and chicken saltimbocca. Italians wouldn’t think of ending a meal without dessert, and neither will we. Bring your beverage of choice and aprons. Register here!
Comforting Soups & Stews 1 SESSION: 11/29/18; 6:00pm - 9:00pm Nothing feels quite so comforting on a winter’s night as a warm and nourishing bowl of soup. Warm yourself and those you love from the inside. You will learn to prepare several hearty and nutritious soups that can easily be replicated at home throughout the winter season. And what excellent leftovers these soups make! Recipes include: minestrone, pasta fagioli, lentil and turkey sausage soup, and easy chicken soup with bowtie pastina. Bring containers for leftovers. Register here!
Italian Biscotti & Cookies 1 SESSION: 12/6/18; 6:00pm - 9:00pm Biscotti encompasses all sorts of cookies, not just the twice-baked almond style we’re used to seeing in Italian bakeries. Biscotti are easier to make than they look and the flavor combi-nations are endless. They provide the perfect make-ahead treat for the holidays. Come explore many flavor profiles of biscotti and other Italian treats. Recipes may include the traditional almond biscotti, pumpkin chocolate-chip biscotti, pizzelle, and lemon anginetti. Bring a container to take your sweet confections home to share! Register here!
Boston Center for Adult Education The Italian Bakery: Biscotti & Cookies 1 SESSION: 10/27/18; 10:00am - 1:00pm Biscotti encompass all sorts of cookies – not just the twice-baked almond style we’re used to seeing in Italian bakeries! Biscotti are elegant, easier to make than they look, and the flavor combinations are endless. They provide the perfect make-ahead treat for any dinner party or holiday celebration. In this class, we will explore many flavor profiles of biscotti and other Italian treats. Recipes may include the traditional twice-baked almond biscotti, pumpkin chocolate chip biscotti, pizzelle, and lemon anginetti. Bring a container to transport your sweet confections home to share! Register here!
Cambridge Center for Adult Education Italian Fall Soups 1 SESSION: 11/4/18; 11:00am - 2:00pm 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! Italy's La Dolce Vita - Italian Desserts!
1 SESSION: 12/9/18; 11:00am - 2:00pm What would your summer BBQs be without a sweet ending? Italians love ending their meals with desserts. Let's try out some classics as well as experiment with some new recipes. In this class, we will prepare a delicious berry crostata, ricotta-cream cannoli, chocolate, cherry, and orange biscotti and Marsala zabaglione cream with fresh berries. Come and pick up some new ideas for all the get-togethers. 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.