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

Cooking Classes, The Long Italian Lunch Course (Weekends) - Sydney (GLUTEN FREE AVAILABLE) Cooking Classes, The Long Italian Lunch Course (Weekends) - Sydney (GLUTEN FREE AVAILABLE) Cooking Classes, The Long Italian Lunch Course (Weekends) - 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: IT16197AL
Our Price: $160
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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 long lunch with fellow students, served with matching wines.

    Menus change throughout the year depending on the season, however 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 lunch where you can sample the fruits of your labour, served with delightful Italian wines. The perfect end to the perfect cooking class!

    The menu on offer changes depending on the season. Previous classes have been themed around: 

    "Menu Siciliano" Maccu - a wonderful starter slow cooked with fava beans and herbs. Fresh pasta wonderfully flavoured by mint and ricotta - the mint permeates the pasta sheets. Swordfish with Putanesca sauce and to end, the best cassata. 

    "Menu Festivo" Tortelli al caprino con salsa al limone( fresh Pasta Tortelli stuffed with goat chesse served on a lemon bechamel), Poussins with fennel and prosciutto, Melanzane Festiva (eggplants for celebration) and Torta Bianca (glorious white chocolate cake). 

    "Menu Toscano" Panzanella, Tortelli al Sugo Toscano (fresh pasta tortelli served with the typical ragu from Tuscany), Pollo alla Fiorentina and Il Zuccotto. 

    "Menu Classico" This includes a Tuscan antipasti, fresh pasta, a meat dish and dessert. We use the best ingredients....recipes will vary from different corners of Italy. The flavours will deliver the magic of our so popular "Long Italian Lunch".


    Intensity: 3.0 Intensity
    Intensity: 3.0 Intensity
  • Next Available Dates
    01 Apr 17  (Saturday) Full
    02 Apr 17  (Sunday)
    09 Apr 17  (Sunday)
    15 Apr 17  (Saturday)
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  • Reviews
    2 Reviews
    4.5 out of 5

    Lucia was fabulous. Wish it was more hands on, but I'm sure that will be in the next one we book!

    Deanne C   4 out of 5

    It was great! Time went so quickly.

    Alison   5 out of 5
  • 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 lunch - but be aware that you might get some ingredients on your clothes!

    What is Supplied

    • A cooking class with lunch
    • All ingredients
    • Venue and instruction

    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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