"There's nothing more romantic than Italian food." - Elisha Cuthbert
Virtual Cooking Classes
Times are changing, and we must change along with them. Given the current circumstances, our in-person cooking classes are currently on hold and we now offer a fun, educational and more economical alternative with our new on-line cooking classes hosted via Zoom!
Virtually join Francesca Montillo, owner of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, cookbook author and native Italian, in her kitchen for Italian cooking and baking classes. Join from the comforts of your home, and learn to prepare delicious dishes from her native land. Although cooking along is encouraged, the participation level is up to you, you can simply watch and learn, ask questions, while taking notes along the way, or you can cook and bake along during the class. Recipes will be straightforward so you can easily replicate the dishes in the future.
All the details and fine print: - Classes are $25 per screen (unless otherwise noted for our special classes) with a max of two people per screen - Grab a friend, partner or neighbor to join you! - Pre-payment is required and accepted via credit card. - Classes run between 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on menu. - 1 week prior to class you will receive the recipes, which you can also use as a shopping list, should you wish to cook along during the class. - 2 days prior to class you will receive a private Zoom link to log in for the class. We ask that you do not forward or share your link with anyone. - Refunds are not available, but transfers to another class or person are. - Classes are in Eastern Standard Time, so keep that in mind when signing up.
If you would like to sign up for more than one class, email us firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions. List the names of the classes in your email.
Private online cooking classes are also available! Grab some friends, no matter where they live, and start cooking together virtually! See additional info on private classes by clicking here. Or contact Francesca to learn more: email@example.com
WINTER 2021 CLASS SCHEDULE
Italian American Classics: Spaghetti & Meatballs Chicken Parm Date: Saturday, February 6, 2021 Time: 4:00PM EST
While not strictly Italian, I am often asked for my spaghetti and meatball recipe, as well as my preparation method for chicken parm. These dishes are always in rotation in my kitchen. In this class, we will be preparing these dishes so you too can skip ordering them at the Italian restaurant! You will be surprised to learn how easy these are to prepare! We will also be preparing the sauce from scratch that we will use for both these dishes. SIGN UP: CLICK HERE! Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org any questions.
SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY COOKING CLASS Caprese Salad Asparagus Risotto Chicken Marsala Mascarpone Berry Parfaits Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021 Time: 4:00PM EST
Grab your significant other, your BFF, your son/daughter, mother/father or basically anyone you want, and spend Valentine's Day cooking a delicious restaurant-style feast! During this class, we will start by preparing a light caprese salad to kick off the evening. Our first main course will be a velvety smooth risotto, followed by a classic restaurant favorite, chicken marsala. And what would Valentine's Day be without dessert? We will end the meal with a sweet and delicious mascarpone Parfait. A full restaurant meal at home! (*This menu is gluten free!)
Winter Favorites: Italian Wedding Soup Garlic Parmesan Crostini Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021 Time: 4:00PM EST
Soup's on! We're in the middle of a cold winter, at lest in the Northeast, and what could be more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup? In today's class, we will be preparing an Italian favorite: Escarole soup with tiny meatballs, also known to all as Italian wedding soup. All prepared fresh and from scratch, what could be more satisfying and warming than an Italian classic? And what goes great with soup but some garlicky crust bread?
Armchair Culinary Travel: Calabria Country-Style Chicken Escarole and Beans Date: Saturday, March 6, 2021 Time: 4:00PM EST
Virtually travel to Calabria, the least explored region of Italy, during this delicious culinary class. During this session, we will prepare two typical dishes encompassing what Calabria is: Unique, spicy and full of character. Our main course will be country-style chicken with tomatoes. Turn this dish into two courses simply by utilizing the delicious sauce to dress some pasta, or just enjoy the chicken as is. Our side dish is a classic of cucina povera, or poor man's cooking: escarole and beans. A hearty contorno, this dish is perfect for a cold winter's night.
The Italian Bakery: Limoncello Tiramisu Sicilian Savoiardi Date: Saturday, March 20, 2021 Time: 4:00PM EST
Perfect for springtime and the upcoming Easter holiday, the sweets we will be preparing today are light, refreshing and delicious. With only a handful of ingredients, the Sicilian Savoiardi are light as air, but full of flavor. Delicious dunked in tea or espresso, these cookies are ideal for those watching their caloric intake, but not wanting to give up their sweet treat! Additionally, we will be preparing a tangy tiramisu full of citrus flavor and creamy to the max. Ideal for those who don't love the traditional espresso tiramisu, this is the perfect no-bake dessert to serve in the spring and summer.
"I was lucky enough to attend a cooking class with Francesca last Sunday and it was a fantastic experience. The cooking was leisurely with all the students taking part under Francesca's direction. When it was ready, Francesca's family joined us in a beautiful dining room to chow down. The prepared meal was delicious and the company even better! Plus, doggie bags! Highly recommended. GO!" - Karen Lee
"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.