"There's nothing more romantic than Italian food." - Elisha Cuthbert
Virtual Cooking Classes
Virtually join Francesca Montillo, owner of Lazy Italian Culinary Adventures, cookbook author and native Italian, in her kitchen for Italian cooking and baking classes hosted via Zoom! 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.
DETAILS: - Classes are $25 per screen (unless otherwise noted for our special classes). - 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 and the ZOOM link to join on the day of class. - Refunds are not available, but transfers to another class or person are allowed. No refunds will be available for no-shows, although you will receive the video recording of the class. - Classes are in Eastern Standard Time, so keep that in mind when signing up. - Classes are recorded, so if you can't make it to the live class, sign up and receive the recording the next day!
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 2022 Zoom Class Schedule
Gluten Free Baking: Limoncello Ricotta Almond Cake Chocolate Amaretti Date: Saturday, January 22, 2022 Time: 4:00PM EST Baking gluten-free desserts doesn’t have to be intimidating or boring, or limit you in any way. During this class, we will be preparing two of my family’s favorites that are the perfect accompaniment to hot coffee or tea. Limoncello Ricotta Cake is light, tangy, lemony and not overly sweet, making it even ideal for breakfast. During class, we will also prepare some chocolaty almond amaretti cookies, a classic cookie often found in Italian pastry shops.
Italian Baked Stuffed Rice Swiss Chard Au-Gratin Date: Saturday, February 5, 2022 Time: 4:00PM EST A southern Italian classic, Riso al Forno, or baked stuffed rice, is a specialty of Sicily and Calabria. This dish utilizes the typical arancini ingredients, but rather than rolling them up and frying them, everything gets baked in the oven for a delicious, cheesy concoction. While the rice is baking, we will prepare a healthy side dish of Swiss chardgratinata.
Stuffed Chicken Bundles in White Wine and Butter Sauce Sauteed Escarole Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022 Time: 4:00PM EST Filled with prosciutto, provolone and other goodies, and all dressed up in a buttery sauce, these delicious stuffed chicken bundles are guest-worthy, but surprisingly easy enough to prepare, even during a busy week-night dinner. Roll them up, and let the oven do the rest of the work! The best side dish is a favorite Italian vegetable, escarole. Sautéed in olive oil and garlic, it’s the perfect match to the rich stuffed chicken.
Tiramisu Breakfast Loaf Cake Cannoli Cake Roll Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022 Time: 4:00PM EST Tiramisu for breakfast? Yes, please! This scrumptious Tiramisu breakfast loaf uses many of the ingredients used in classic tiramisu, but turns it into the perfect baked loaf! Great for breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up, a layer of mascarpone and coffee cream is added to elevate the flavor even more. During class, we will also be preparing a most delicious cannoli cake roll! Filled and topped with a sweet ricotta cream, light, airy and spongy, this is the perfect dessert for spring.
3-Cheese Baked Rigatoni Chicken Florentine Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022 Time: 4:00PM EST Cheesy, saucy and bubbly, nothing says comfort food like a delicious tray of 3-cheese baked rigatoni. Prepared in a tomato sauce, which we will also prepare during class, this dish is adored by adults and kids alike. And while the pasta bakes, we will have just the right amount of time to prepare another Italian favorite: Chicken Florentine. Loaded with healthy spinach, these two dishes will result in a most satisfying restaurant-style dinner.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Seasoned Artichokes Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022 Time: 4:00PM EST Spring is in the air and in the kitchen, and today’s menu is perfect to welcome in the new season! During class, we will prepare a delicious prosciutto-wrapped pork tenderloin seasoned with classic Italian herbs and flavors. And what’s best to serve with this main dish than another Italian spring favorite: artichokes. Garlicy and loaded with fresh Parmigiano cheese, this is a classic spring contorno enjoyed throughout Italy.
Ricotta & Lemon Cream Crostata Espresso Chocolate Truffles Date: Saturday, April 16, 2022 Time: 4:00PM EST Ricotta is unanimous with Easter and many dishes served during this holiday are prepared with this classic Italian ingredient. During class we will be preparing my family’s favorite Easter dessert: Ricotta & Lemon Cream Crostata. A rich dessert filled with not just ricotta but also homemade lemon pastry cream, this is sure to become your new favorite spring dessert. And while the crostata is baking, we will be preparing homemade espresso truffles, perfect for adding to those Easter baskets!
"Tonight’s baking class with Francesca was the perfect mix of fun, food, and conversation! I was a bit nervous going into the class because I was substituting ingredients, it was on Zoom, and I didn't know what to expect. Francesca’s approach was relaxed and open; I was extremely comfortable asking questions. The online format was awesome and followed up by a recording of the session for a future review. The Baci di Dama cookies are DELICIOUS – my husband and I couldn’t resist tasting them. The quantity was perfect … our neighbors look forward to sharing a few cookies and the Ricotta & Marscapone Tart. Conversation between participants and Francesca flowed easily. I look forward to taking another class. Thank you!" Lisa Gritti "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.