Classes

From fresh pasta to focaccia, learn to cook Italian classics in our hands-on, small group cooking classes.

Classes run from September to June, and
private & corporate classes are available all year pending availability!

Special Classes for Spring 2017

Taste of the Mediterranean Series – $85 + HST per class or $240 for all three!

  • Taste of Puglia: Saturday, March 25 FULL (Menu includes: mussels in herbs, tomatoes and white wine; fresh cavatelli pasta with braciolla; arugula salad; strawberries served with vin cotto; espresso coffee. Wine suggestions available upon request.)
  • Taste of Sicily: Saturday, April 8, 2017 FULL (Menu includes: caponata on crostini; fresh fettucine pasta with tomatoes, garlic, shrimp and white wine; fennel salad; cannoli (premade due to time); and espresso coffee. Wine suggestions available by request.)
  • Taste of Calabria: Saturday, April 29 FULL (Menu includes: zucchini fritters; pappardelle with braised Ontario Pork; Natalina’s seasonal salad; grilled peaches with Amaretto sauce; and espresso. Wine suggestions available by request.)
  • 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.

This is a new Saturday night supper club series, taking place on Saturday nights in the cold winter and cool early days of spring! We’re highlighting the food of the regions we tour each spring and fall. If you’re already registered for one of our tours, it is a great way to get a taste of what you’ll experience! Suggested wines of the regions will be recommended. Save $15 when you register for all 3 classes in this series!

The Taste of the Mediterranean Series will return in Fall 2017! Stay tuned!

Mother’s Day Cooking Class – $160 + HST for 2 people

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017,  Now Sold Out!
  • 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.

Spend quality time in the kitchen cooking a homemade meal with your Mom…and an Italian Mamma – Natalina! We’ll cook and enjoy bruschetta; fresh pasta with tomato/basil sauce; chicken parmigiana; rapini with garlic & chilies; panna cotta; and espresso coffee. This small group class is limited to 5 pairs! Class fee is for two people.

Father’s Day Cooking Class – $170 + HST for 2 people

  • Saturday, June 17, 2017. CANCELED, not enough interest in cooking with Dad! 
  • 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.

Celebrate Father’s Day with an Italian twist on one of Dad’s favourites: steak! Natalina will teach you and your Dad to cook bruschetta, homemade fresh pasta with tomato basil sauce; Italian-marinated flank steak; sauteed zucchini with garlic; and affogato coffee with Amaretto. This small group class is limited to 5 pairs, so don’t wait to register! Gift certificates are also available for this class.

Launching Fall 2017

After our busiest school year ever, we couldn’t accommodate all the requests for our Classic Italian I  classes. So coming this fall, we’re making them available to everyone via webcasts!  Classic Italian II will follow. Stay tuned for dates and fees this summer.

Classic Italian I (1 class or all 6)

Available via webcasts – Coming Fall 2017!

If you’re new to Italian cooking, this is the course for you! Ideal for the beginner/intermediate cook, dishes are family-friendly and include a number of quick, weeknight recipes. Learn essential Italian cooking skills such as chopping, braising, kneading dough and the art of making fresh pasta. Along with fresh pasta, we’ll make gnocchi, risotto, chicken parmigiana, braised beef, and bruschetta.

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Classic Italian II

Available via webcasts – Coming soon!

If you’ve mastered the basics, Classic Italian II is for you. In this six-week course, we’ll expand on the essentials taught Classic Italian I to learn how to prepare stuffed pastas, baked pastas, bread, and more involved desserts as well as other Italian specialities.

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Themed Classes

Bread & Focaccia

$85 + HST

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  FULL
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.

Back by request, this one-day class teaches traditional bread making and the popular “no knead method” developed by Jim Lahey using Natalina’s own Italian recipes for traditional focaccia, no-knead ciabatta, and no-knead sweet focaccia.

Fresh Pasta & Ground Meat Lasagna

$85 + HST

  • Saturday, March 4, 2017 FULL
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017 FULL
  • 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Maximum of 10 participants
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.

Learn to make fresh egg noodle pasta, two ways: “pasta aglio e olio” and classic ground meat lasagna. Class includes recipes, instruction and lunch (pasta, salad and mineral water).

Wood-Fired Oven Pizza
$85 + HST

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017 (10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) FULL
  • Saturday, June 10, 2017 (4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.) FULLFULL
  • Saturday, September 9, (10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.) FULL
  • Maximum of 10 participants per class
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.

We are excited to be the only cooking school in the area with a  wood-fired oven, direct from Italy! Learn to create authentic thin crust, wood-fired pizza and focaccia, as well as how to adapt your conventional oven to get good results. Due to the long rising time, the pizza dough will be prepared before the class (recipe provided) and the class will focus on the premium ingredients, specialty flours & yeasts, seasonal toppings and baking method. This class includes recipes, instruction and lunch including: focaccia, assorted antipasto, pizza, seasonal salad, mineral water and dessert! 

Homemade Italian Sausage

$110 + HST

  • Friday, June 23 – 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. FULL
  • Saturday, June 24 – 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. FULL
  • Minimum of 10 participants
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.

Learn to make Italian sausage using Natalina’s own family sausage recipe. Each participant will take home 5 pounds of fresh, preservative-free, homemade sausage for freezing, and enjoy a three course sausage dinner.

Corporate, School & Private Groups

Corporate/Team-Building Events

  • Rates begin at $85/per person on site
  • For groups of 10-11 onsite
  • No longer offered off site

Studies have shown that employees who “play together”, perform better in the workplace and are more dedicated to their jobs. What better way to reward your staff than a cooking demonstration or an experiential team building event!

We will design an event that is fun for your staff AND will build skills they can use at work and at home. Corporate group events are typically booked on weekdays for 3 hours. La Cucina di Natalina can accommodate up to 11 people on site.

Sample menus are available upon request. Get in touch for more information!

Interactive Dining/Private Group

  • starting at $85 + HST per person, depending on the menu
  • minimum of 10 persons
  • Due to very high volumes these are available for very limited dates…
  • Weekdays,  11 am – 3 pm or evenings 6:30pm – 9:30 pm

Our intimate kitchen and communal cooking format is ideal for small groups of 10 people looking for a lively, hands-on food experience. Choose any one of our classes.

Our classes are the fun way to celebrate a special occasion such as a bachelor/bachelorette party, bridal shower, birthday or anniversary. You may bring your own beverages and a cake for a special occasion. (we will serve it for you and provide coffee free of charge instead of a light dessert) Espresso available at a cost of $2 each.

Contact us to select a date and menu.

Missed Class Policy

We purchase/order ingredients up to one week before your class.  We are a small, intimate school and classes sell out fast….we often turn away clients because classes are full….if you ask to switch class it may be too late to sell it to someone else. For this reason, we can not offer refunds or exchanges on any course or individual class. If you must miss a class, you may send someone in your place or arrange for someone to pick up your recipes and food. This is standard policy in cooking schools.

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