"Incredibly Italian!" Cooking Classes

Italy is one of the culinary centers of the world. Each of its great cities has its own exciting and colorful cuisine. In this class, our chef will lead a hands-on experience in preparing some of the regional cuisines that have made the Italian kitchen justly famous. Sample and learn how to make traditional recipes as you would in an Italian home. Buon appetito!


Robert Calcagno, DDS, is a native of Rochester with family ties to Valguarnera Caropepe, Sicily. Although he has taken classes at the Institute of Culinary Arts, he has learned primarily from cooking with his mother as a child and by teaching himself through family recipes.

Spring 2024 Classes

  • Tuesday, January 23 6:00 PM  

Menù: Caramelized Onion Focaccia, Stracciatella soup, Ziti alla Bolognese, Lattaciolo cake.

Register here

  • Tuesday, February 13 *Carnevale Edition* 6:00 PM   

Menù: Crostini with Sweet Vinegar Onions and Goat Cheese, Lasagna di Carnevale, Arugula Salad with Carrots, Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, and Red Onion, Chiacchiere di Carnevale, Tortellini Dolci al Forno, Torta di Ricotta e Limone.

Register here

  • Thursday, March 28 6:00 PM  

Event Details: Viticulture is the study of grapes, encompassing everything from wine production to fresh table grapes. Valerio Valentini, an expert in enology and viticulture from Italy, will give a presentation about the various food pairings provided at our event. Please email us at casa@naz.edu if you have any questions!

Menù: Appetizer; pasta al ragù; filetto di maiale; dessert. Register Here

  • Tuesday, April 30 6:00 PM    

Menù: Eggplant crostini; Cioppino; Orange and fennel salad; Flan al pistacchio. Register Here. 


Register through the links above. Registration links will be provided at least two weeks before each cooking class. 

Refund policy: If you cancel more than one week before the cooking class, you will receive a full refund. No refund will be provided to those who cancel the Wednesday prior to the event or later.

For questions or additional information on registration call 
585-389-2468 or email casa@naz.edu

Recipe books  

March 2023 Recipe Book

April 2023 Recipe Book

Dec. 2023 Recipe Book

Jan. 2024 Recipe Book


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