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Cooking Classes, The Long Italian Lunch Course - Sydney (GLUTEN FREE AVAILABLE)

Cooking Classes, The Long Italian Lunch Course - Sydney (GLUTEN FREE AVAILABLE)

Simply the best Italian cooking course in Sydney. Join the charming and passionate Luciana Sampogna in her heritage listed Italian villa for an authentic Italian cooking class.

Annandale (Sydney)
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Item: IT13830AL
Our Price: $135
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  • Description
    Italian Cooking Class

    Simply the best Italian cooking course in Sydney

    Join the charming and passionate Luciana Sampogna in her heritage listed Italian villa for an authentic Italian cooking class, followed by an intimate family-style dinner with fellow students, served with matching wines. First you'll tackle pasta making, creating Tortelli di zucca from base ingredients, moving on to create an antipasti dish and finally dessert - have a light lunch beforehand as you'll be tasting as you go.

    You will have a selection of two different menus to choose from. The popular Menu Classico where we visit different regions of Italy or the Pasta Sauces menu, a very versatile menu which you will replicate time and time again. Throughout any menu you'll be coached and instructed in the true Italian style - with the passion, good humour and experience of Luciana.

    Finally, at the end of the lesson, take off your apron and retire to the grand dining room for a relaxed dinner where you can sample the fruits of your labour, served with delightful Italian wines. The perfect end to the perfect evening!

    Intensity: 3.0 Intensity
    Intensity: 3.0 Intensity
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  • Reviews
    10 Reviews
    4.7 out of 5

    Luciana was BRILLIANT!!!!

    Alex L   5 out of 5

    It was a great experience, wonderful atmosphere, the food & wine were great. The cooking experience was very well presented by a very passionate & knowledgeable chef Meera who really did make the entire evening one to remember. I'm looking forward now to showing off my new culinary skills to my family and friends soon.

    Ross M   5 out of 5

    I bought these cooking lessons for my husband and myself for Xmas and so glad I did! We thoroughly enjoyed our day learning about the art of pasta making and the best part was to sit down and enjoy the finished product!! Not only was Lucia a wealth of knowledge but she was also very entertaining and made it easy to learn! We have since come home and bought a pasta machine and created our own wonderful pasta meals! Can't wait to go back and take our daughter to learn the new menu.

    Sally-Anne S   5 out of 5

    Loved the cooking classes. Hands on making the meal and of course the wines matching the meals was even better

    GaryFelstead   4 out of 5

    The whole experience was professional from booking through to the wonderful Long Italian Lunch with Luciana. Luciana entertained us along the way and taught us in an easy, memorable way. Highly recommended for friends, couples, work groups or as a unique family experience

    Rachel G   5 out of 5

    This is my partners second time to the Italian Cooking class, I went also this time and it was amazing. The demonstrations and notes provided where very clear and easy to follow, and the opportunity to participate in the meal preparation was well organised. Lucianna's experiences and enthuisiasm for her work is clear reflected during the class. She is a very interesting and fun person.

    Wendy F   5 out of 5

    Great experience- from someone who had no cooking skills before! enjoyed myself

    Dean A   4 out of 5

    Highly recommended !

    Geoff R   4 out of 5

    Luciana Sampogna is the grand master of pasta, and she doesn't just teach you - she convinces you that your cooking is your life's work!

    Sydney W   5 out of 5

    I think this was one of the best presents I've ever received and we'll definitely be going back to more lessons in the future.

    J G   5 out of 5
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  • Experience Details

    Fitness and Experience

    • No experience necessary
    • A healthy appetite - you will sample a lot of food during the course!

    What to Bring/Wear

    • BYO apron, or buy one on the day for $25
    • Dress for dinner - but be aware that you might get some ingredients on your clothes!

    What is Supplied

    • An evening cooking class
    • All ingredients
    • Venue and instruction
    • Dinner

    More Information

    Luciana can trace her love for Italian Food from the early stages of her childhood. She would be carefully watching her mother stirring a traditional Venetian polenta or helping her grandmother make the eternal melanzane ripiene.

    Luciana's passion for Italian Food was further developed when she met the Simili Sisters. It was to be an experience that she would never look back from. As the Gourmet Traveller article recalls: "Not only is she their biggest fan, she is also following in their footsteps: her cooking school Cucina Italiana, teaches the Simili Sisters' recipes, as well as following their philosophy of introducing the time- honoured traditions of regional Italian cooking to a new generation who, even in Italy, are fast losing these skills." Gourmet Traveller, June 2004.

    After graduating from the Simili Sisters' school in Bologna, Luciana opened her first cooking school in Auckland, New Zealand in 1998. The media were quick to spot her talent as were the winners of the America’s Cup, Allinghi. Luciana trained the chefs on the multi-million dollar support boats. It was with great enthusiasm that Luciana then opened her cooking school, Cucina Italiana in Sydney in 2002.

    With an extensive knowledge of Italian food Luciana strives to teach that it is the simplicity of Italian Food which makes it so special. Through her classes you will learn that Italian Food is not about techniques but carefully balancing ingredients without letting them overpower, giving you the opportunity to discover the real flavour of Italian cuisine. By tasting the food throughout the class, you will learn the balance of each flavour.

    Luciana Sampogna's cooking classes are widely acknowledged as one of the most authentic cooking schools in Sydney, offering traditional Italian fare from her extensive repertoire. Her collection of recipes are regional and accessible, and from her home in Annandale, Luciana shares a truly participatory experience with her students through her passion for food that is defined by its generosity.

    Students have been dancing with their dough since the school first started in 2002. In 2007, the school relocated to the historic heritage listed Italian Villa in Sydney's inner west suburb of Annandale. The Italian Villa was built nearly a century ago by the Melocco Brothers, and provides Sampogna's students with the perfect surroundings to learn the delights of seasonal Italian cuisine.

    Keeping Italian flavours alive and pure has been important to Luciana Sampogna, ensuring that her beloved culture would never be misinterpreted. Sampogna has long wanted to record her passion and tell the stories she learned from generations ago through her family. With a strong desire to truly capture the essence of her childhood and culture, she finally crumbled to student's requests and next year, releases her first cookbook with Murdoch Publishing.

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