"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 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. - Classes are limited to 12 registrations. - Refunds are not available. - 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! Contact Francesca to learn more: email@example.com
Tiramisu and Italian Pear Cake Date: Saturday, September 5, 2020 Time: 2:00PM EST In this class, we will prepare a seasonal pear cake that's perfect for dessert or even a sweet breakfast. Soft and light, this cake is a favorite in our household and always on rotation during the fall season.
Next, we learn to make tiramisu', the classic northern Italian dessert adored by coffee lovers all over. Featured in my first cookbook, this recipe is my go-to when I need to prepare something that's quick, delicious and sure to be adored by all.
Veal (or Chicken) Braciole in Homemade Tomato Sauce Peas with Shallots and Pancetta Date: Saturday, September 12, 2020 Time: 4:00PM EST
Delicious and guest-worthy, braciole is a southern Italian specialty served traditionally in homemade tomato sauce. Every household has its own recipe for filling, from breadcrumbs and raisins to salami and cheese. In this class, we will prepare a Sunday favorite the way I grew up eating it in Italy, filled with deliciousness. (If you prefer chicken, you can use that instead of veal.) We will also prepare the homemade sauce to go along with this dish. We will pair it with some peas sautéed with olive oil, shallots and pancetta.
Ricotta Cookies Anisette Toast Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020 Time: 2:00PM EST
From sweet to savory dishes, ricotta is a delicate cheese that can be used in just about any course. In this class, we will use it to prepare a traditional Italian cookie that pairs perfectly with tea or hot coffee, or a sip of limoncello.
Additionally, we will be preparing anisette toasts. Ideal for dunking in an “espresso corretto” or espresso with anisette liquor, this cookie is light, full of flavor and closely resembles what you find in Italian bakeries. (If you don't like anise, we will offer alternate flavor options.)
Both recipes can be easily frozen and reserved for an upcoming holiday dinner.
Classic Jam Crostata Italian Lemon Pastry Cream Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 Time: 2:00PM EST
Arguably one of Italy’s most favored desserts, jam crostata is a classic Italian sweet served in just about every household. Great for after dinner, as well as a sweet weekend breakfast, this traditional treat is rustic, free form and delicious. While jam is the most popular version, once you master the technique for the crust, you can get creative with the topping.
While our crostata is baking, we will also learn to prepare another delicious classic: Italian pastry cream.
Southern Italian Style Pasta al Forno Sautéed Broccoli Rabe with Garlic Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020 Time: 4:00PM EST
It’s book release week! My second cookbook will be released on November 3rd and in order to celebrate, we’re offering a cooking class featuring two new recipes from the book. Pasta al Forno is a traditional Italian favorite typically reserved for Sunday dinners or holidays. While every region and household has its own version, we will be preparing it the southern Italian way: with a hearty meat sauce and lots of salami, prosciutto and cheese.
For our side dish, we will be preparing sautéed broccoli rabe.
Gluten Free Baking: Caprese Cake Italian Almond Macaroons Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 Time: 2:00PM EST
Born in the island of Capri, Caprese cake is a delicious chocolaty-almond cake that's the perfect dessert for those who don't love overly sweet treats. A fabulous cake utilizing almond flour, this is sure to become a holiday favorite. Next we make a classic Italian dessert: Almond Macaroons. Sweet and with minimal ingredients, these cookies are always found in Italian bakeries. Once you see how easy they are, you’ll always make your own and never pay the high bakery price again.
Chicken Saltimbocca Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020 Time: 4:00PM EST
A personal favorite featured in my first cookbook, “The Five Ingredient Italian Cookbook,” chicken saltimbocca is a traditional Roman dish utilizing just a few key ingredients. Simple, delicate and tantalizing, this weeknight specialty is guest-worthy, but also simple enough for week-nights.
We’re going to pair it with some delicious prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, seasoned with parmesan cheese.
Classic Pizzelle Hazelnut Butterballs Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020 Time: 2:00PM EST
Delicate, beautiful and crisp, the holidays would be incomplete without a batch or two of pizzelle. Wafer thin, these traditional Italian treats look complicated, but are surprisingly easy to do. With some patience and experience, you will never buy the mass-produced kind at the store again.
During the class, we will also be preparing hazelnut butter balls. Great for just about any holiday, or just because, these buttery cookies adorn many Italian tables during the holidays.
*SPECIAL CHRISTMAS CLASS* CHRISTMAS EVE SEAFOOD DINNER Date: SATURDAY, December 12, 2020 Time: 4:00PM EST COST: $50.00
By popular request, we're offering a special class all on seafood and the Italian-American Christmas Eve dinner special, the Feast of the Seven Fishes! During this class, we will be preparing 4 mouthwatering seafood dishes that you can prepare on Christmas Eve, or any time of the year!
Recipes will include: Warm Pasta Salad with Tuna, Anchovies, Tomatoes & Olives, Shrimp in White Wine & Lemon Sauce, Cod with Potatoes and Swordfish Spiedini.
It's going to be a bounty of traditional Italian Christmas dishes! Cook along for any or all of the dishes, or simply watch along in preparation for the big day!
"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.