Italian Cooking Classes in Boston

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Italian Cooking Classes

Everyone loves to eat like an Italian - pasta, pizza, tiramisu! - but not many know how to cook like one. Learn how to make all of your Italian favorites from some of the North End’s top chefs in a deliciously fun Selfup class!

Accessible to all skill levels, our cooking experiences teach you how to cook a multi-course Italian dinner from scratch. In these BYOB experiences, you’ll not only learn new techniques but gain confidence in the kitchen as you prepare your favorite foods. With multiple Italian classes available, including gluten-free and vegetarian options, everyone can learn to cook like Nona. Book your Selfup experience today!

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Many people who are allergic or intolerant to gluten presume that they cannot enjoy authentic Italian food. This is simply not true, and this class will prove it! In this class, we ... morewill put that rumor to rest once and for all, as you will learn how to make pasta that is both delicious and gluten-free! This healthy cooking class begins with a salad made with fresh mozzarella and, of course, Italian wine before you move on to the main course, creating delicious gluten-free pasta dishes!
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In-Person Cooking Class
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Fig and Three Cheese Pizza, Breaded Cod-Loin with white wine and capers over Forbidden black rice, Roasted butternut squash with sage butter sauce, Cacao and Hazelnut cookies served ... morewith Organic Vanilla Ice Cream

Watch our pizza video:

Get ready to roll out some dough—we’re going to make this elegant pizza of organic figs and three cheeses from scratch, and that’s an absolute favorite with friends. That’s just the appetizer. Jeff will share a restaurant secret in making perfectly cooked cod loin, and we will prepare a compound butter that's a match-made-in-heaven with roasted butternut squash. Finally, we’ll cap the evening with divine cacao and hazelnut cookies served with a dollop of our favorite organic ice cream.

Take your cooking chops to the next level with The Refined Cook Culinary Series — cooking class social events where you learn to prepare healthy, gourmet dinners and meet cool folks in the process.

Wife and husband team, Marlene and Jeff, are passionate cooks and dinner hosts extraordinaire. They will show you how to prepare a sophisticated and fun dinner for a small group (you) and let you in on practical tips, shortcuts and plating techniques to elevate everyday meals into extraordinary ones. You can participate as little or as much as you want—think of it as a cooking class where you get to party, or a party where you’ll learn how to cook! 

Price covers tuition and materials (you will receive a copy of recipes)

Class size 4-6 participants (we may cancel the class if minimum is not met)

Our ingredients are minimally, if at all, processed, and are usually organic or natural

Must be 21 yrs. and older 

Includes complimentary beverage specially selected by our resident wine consultant

Held in a private home in a semi-professional kitchen with first rate equipment (e.g., 6-burner Wolf range)

Instruction style is combination of demonstration and hands-on

Unless otherwise noted, venue is in Dedham

Address provided 48 hours before event.

*Note: We wiill do our best to keep the ingredients/menu exactly as written, but substitutions may be made occasionally due to market availability and our desire to find the freshest produce possible. Pls. check prior to booking if you have dietary restrictions as we may not be able to accomodate substitutions.

For the consideration of all parties, we reserve the right to ask guests to leave if we deem their behavior inappropriate.
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Cooking Class & Dinner
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In this class, our chef will instruct you on the timeless art of constructing fresh and delicious pasta! The majority of Boston cooking classes tend to not focus upon authentic Italian ... morefare, so this is a real treat, as just about everyone loves pasta!

You will learn how to make different kinds of pasta here, such as tortellini and gnocchi. Tortellini has a very distinctive ring shape and is typically stuffed with all sorts of delicious fillings from various cheeses to different kinds of meats. Gnocchi is a small kind of dumpling that is generally thick in texture and flavored with various herbs. 

Menu for this class:

Italian Salad in Parmesan Crust Baskets

Fresh Mozzarella Cheese 

4 Kinds of Pasta

Chicken Marsala 

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In-Person Cooking Class
Everyone loves to eat Italian food, but learning how to cook it from scratch is just as much fun! Who better to teach you and your friends the ins and outs of pasta than Chef Rudy ... moreDonalson, who has over 15 years of restaurant experience in the North End, Boston’s Italian district. In this fun-filled Selfup cooking class, located in the heart of downtown Boston, you’ll make a multicourse meal with Chef Rudy featuring Italian favorites like

Traditional Italian salad, served in a crispy, salty Parmesan cheese basket

Hand-shaped bulbs of fresh, chewy mozzarella cheese, stretched to perfection

Homemade pasta - including favorites like ravioli, tortellini, and fettuccine - all with delicious fillings and sauces so everyone is sure to make something they’ll love

Authentic creamy mushroom chicken marsala 

A delectable tiramisu (the real star of the show!) you’ll create as you layer delicate ladyfinger cookies, soaked in dark espresso, with a sweet and creamy mascarpone cheese mixture. 

The classic Italian dessert will end an unforgettable night filled with laughter, smiles, and good food. You’ll leave full to bursting with great memories and the skills to make tiramisu at home whenever you’d like - use your new powers wisely!
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In-Person Cooking Class
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A healthy cooking class that places emphasis on preparing tasty, satisfying vegetarian dishes. You will be so impressed with the flavors produced here that you will never miss the ... moremeat! Some of the delicious dishes created here include manicotti, tubular shaped pasta which encapsulates a savory filling of cheeses and herbs and pasta arrabbiata, a famous vegetarian dish known for its spicy and flavorful sauce!
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In-Person Cooking Class

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Italian cuisines are popular the world over. The dishes are traditionally made with the secret ingredients passed on from one generation to another.

Italian dishes use a wide array of ingredients and versatile spices. From Italian pizza, pasta, desserts, and sauces, the dishes are a signature with many.

This is why Italian cooking classes have gained popularity in different areas including Boston. An authentic Italian cooking class practically shows you how to recreate Italian dishes using fresh ingredients.

The dishes are prepared from scratch to give you the true Italian experience. So bring your crew and come prepared to become a master of Italian cuisine!

6 Foods You Will Make in An Italian Cooking Class In Boston

  • Italian Dinner

The iconic Boston chefs will take you through how to prepare easy and tasty Italian dinners. Traditionally, Italian dinners have always had 5 courses. The course starts off with an “antipasto”. This is a light snack before the main course which is pasta.

In this cooking class, you will learn how to make dishes like chicken cacciatore.

This is a popular Italian dinner which means “to cook in a hunter’s style”. The chicken is prepared in an authentic rustic way with the bone in and skin on.

Other dinners you will learn will be basil pesto, baked shrimp scampi, tortellini among others.

  • Tiramisu Dessert

The tiramisu is one of the most popular dishes made in our Italian cooking classes. This authentic recipe is easy to make, delicious and packed with different flavors.

Tiramisu is an Italian recipe made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee. The ladyfingers are layered and filled with eggs, sugar and mascarpone cheese.

Whereas this dessert seems complicated to make, the chefs will show you how easy it is to prepare!

You will see how to properly whip up the eggs to attain the right consistency. Also, how to add the mascarpone cheese until you get a light and fluffy mixture. And lastly, how to assemble the tiramisu.

  • Gnocchi

This is an Italian dish you definitely want to try out with friends. The Gnocchi recipe requires patience and a lot of practice to perfect. Sometimes the little mistakes can ruin the entire dish.

This recipe uses simple ingredients like potatoes, eggs, flour, and salt. The chefs will show you how to use the right choice of potatoes, number of eggs and the preparation. Gnocchi’s are versatile hence the potatoes can be substituted for sweet potatoes or squash.

You will do everything from scratch. That is peeling the potatoes, bringing them to a boil and cooking only until tender. You will also learn how to rice the potatoes and combine all the ingredients to make the dough.

Learning about texture in this Italian Gnocchi class is critical. This will help you know when the dish is ready. You can also tell it’s ready when it floats on top after 2-4 minutes.

These delicious dumplings can be enjoyed with a light spread of butter and fresh sage.

  • Homemade Fresh Pasta

One of the most interesting lessons in Italian cooking classes is the ability to create ingredients from scratch!

The iconic chefs will show you how to make your own fresh pasta. Pasta is a common Italian dish so it only makes sense you learn how to make it the Italian way. This experience is best shared as a team. To make the experience more thrilling, you can have a team of two.

This will be a lesson on the dough preparation. This will also include tips and tricks that will prevent the dough from drying up. The ingredients to be used such as flour and eggs will hand selected by the chef.

The first step will be how to sieve the flour and make a well. How to break the eggs into the well, adding salt and how to mix.

The other important lesson will be on dough kneading technique. This is where most people go wrong. Either they don’t knead the dough enough or the dough is too firm or too wet. So you will learn the right kneading technique, adding olive oil and allowing the dough to rest for at least 30 minutes.

Here comes the fun part: passing the pasta dough through the machine to get thin sheets. The dough might become very long as you try to achieve the right thickness.

Furthermore, you get to learn how to stretch mozzarella, make cheese tortellini and make memories while doing it!

  • Vegetarian Italian

Want to enjoy an Italian meal that is super healthy? Then the self-up Vegetarian Italian class is definitely for you.

Not only are the meals, tasty and delicious, but they are also full of nutrition your body needs. Just because a meal is all vegan doesn’t mean it has to be boring.

So expect to learn how to prepare authentic vegetarian Italian meals like manicotti, vegetable lasagna and pesto sauce.

  • No Gluten Italian

Gluten is a protein in wheat that causes dough to stretch. Considering most Italian dishes especially pasta have gluten, most people stay away from the dishes. This may be due to low gluten-tolerance or allergies.

The good news is, Italian cooking classes in Boston have sessions to help you prepare gluten-free meals.

These classes are held over the weekend so it’s a perfect plan for you and other gluten-free food lovers.

To start off, you will learn how to prepare a healthy salad with mozzarella cheese. You will then learn how to make tasty Italian meals using gluten-free pasta.

Some of these dishes include the chicken and spinach lasagna.

Learn to make authentic Italian dishes today…

Self-up is the place to be for all your Italian cuisine needs. The award-winning Boston chefs have years of experience and success preparing various Italian dishes.

Attend any of our Italian cooking classes and get an unforgettable cooking experience!  Tag your buddies or partner along.

To learn more about our Italian classes and enroll in the next class, click here.