In-Person Classes

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

Classes run from September to the end of April.

Classes are held in Natalina’s Professional Teaching Kitchen located 2 minutes North of Guelph. The address and directions will be provided when you register. We are open by appointment or class only.

2018-2019 School Year, Semester I now registering!

Semester II, posted October 2018

New Menus for Taste of Mediterranean Classes, new classes, and some old favorites!

  • Best. Vacation. Ever. Trip to Puglia region of Italy with Natalina and small group....can’t say enough good things about it. Highly recommend to anyone who enjoys wonderful travel made easy 🙂

    Janice Reiner Avatar Janice Reiner
    6/10/2018

    Awesome immersive experience full of fun people, and plenty of knowledge shared regarding the history of the ingredients and processes of the food you are making that day.

    Kevin Dougan Avatar Kevin Dougan
    5/14/2018

    Such a lovely day spent with my daughters Amy and Sarah along with my adopted son Julio. Coming from a family where the heart was the kitchen and the food prepared and ate there, this was truly the best Mother's... Read More

    Susan Neath Avatar Susan Neath
    5/13/2018
  • Your cookbook was fun to read and I am anxious to start cooking!

    Alfreida Swainston Avatar Alfreida Swainston
    4/26/2018

    If you want to learn to prepare authentic Italian food or you want to travel to Italy for amazing food and wine experiences don't hesitate to book with Natalina. We can't wait for our next trip - A Taste of... Read More

    Liz Harloff Avatar Liz Harloff
    4/15/2018

    I’ve been to a couple of Natalina’s classes and have absolutely loved them! She really knows what she’s doing, the classes are a tonne of fun, and you make the most delicious food. Whether it’s just for you; with your... Read More

    Tricia Kopec Avatar Tricia Kopec
    4/14/2018
  • I’ve had the pleasure of taking Natalina’s basic Italian, bread making and part of the advanced Italian courses. The courses were informative and fun, I can’t wait to go back for another one! Natalina has so much... Read More

    Dean Elliott Avatar Dean Elliott
    3/30/2018

    I would highly recommend the Niagara Winery Tour with Natalina. She is a gifted guide and I was so happy to have met her and to have spent the day with her.

    It’s good value for the money, for the time... Read More

    michele wilson Avatar michele wilson
    3/30/2018

    Last fall I attended a Winery Tour with Natalina. It was a day I'll not soon forget!

    Diana Simeoni Soucie Avatar Diana Simeoni Soucie
    3/29/2018
  • Natalinas kitchen. Is a cookbook well written wether you've taken her classes or not I found the information and tips most useful .I made the Torta Di Mele -Apple Cake last week and found it easy and tasty. Top of... Read More

    David Sykes Avatar David Sykes
    3/29/2018

    Attended the Pizza making course and came away with a new appreciation for making food for my family with quality ingredients. Also learned more about flours and yeasts to produce better tasting food. Thank you Natalina.

    Deborah MacIntyre Avatar Deborah MacIntyre
    3/25/2018

    I have attended 2 classes at Natalina’s Kitchen both were so much fun, the hands on learning makes using the lessons again much easier and less daunting. Both menus we have put to use many times. I have also purchased... Read More

    Amie King-Tedesco Avatar Amie King-Tedesco
    3/16/2018
  • Attended bread making course and it was fabulous. Learned so much about flours, yeasts and rising techniques. We were served a delicious lunch and went home with sample bread. I have been making bread weekly ever since. Lots of fun... Read More

    Bonnie Draper Avatar Bonnie Draper
    3/14/2018

    My D-I-L, Sharon, and I attended your Taste of Calabria cooking class on Mar.10th and had a great time putting together our meal, even making pasta! We are going to try and replicate the meal for our spouses, hoping w... Read More

    Eleanor Harrison Avatar Eleanor Harrison
    3/13/2018

    Taste of Calabria class was amazing! Great food, good company and learned a lot!

    Patrick Stiles Avatar Patrick Stiles
    3/12/2018
  • Did the pasta and lasagna making class today with my mom and sister in law and we had such a great time and the food was delicious! I will be trying to replicate both recipies at home.

    Kate Fairfull-Drohan Avatar Kate Fairfull-Drohan
    11/18/2017

    I have used my cookbook often! I love how easy the recipes are to follow. Everything I have made has been delicious. I can't wait to try something new! ❤️

    Amie Tedesco Avatar Amie Tedesco
    10/06/2017

    The book gives you tips and suggestions as well as pictures which help you know what the final product should look like. The recipes use ingredients you probably have in your pantry and most are easy to make on a weeknight.

    Sandi Cavallo Avatar Sandi Cavallo
    10/06/2017
  • On February 25, I went on a food and wine tour to Niagara on the Lake with 19 friends of la Cucina di Natalina. We had an amazing time together! The group bonded through social media and we had a... Read More

    Maureen Glassford-Lowden Avatar Maureen Glassford-Lowden
    2/26/2017

Coming 2018! Online Classes with Natalina

After our busiest school year ever, we couldn’t accommodate all the requests for our in person classes. So coming in Summer 2018, we’re making them available to everyone via online video!

Taste of the Mediterranean Series

Our popular Saturday night supper club series highlights 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!

Taste of Puglia

$98 + HST
  • Upcoming Class Dates:
    • Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 – 4pm to 8pm – CLASS FULL. Sign up for the waiting list!
    • Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 – 4pm to 8pm – CLASS FULL. Sign up for the waiting list!
  • Menu includes: Focaccia Barese with cheese; Tiella di riso, patate e cozze (a regional Pugliese dish that combines rice, potatoes & mussels, always a favorite on our tour of Puglia); Rosemary & wine roasted pork sausage with a side of swiss chard; Cafe Leccese (a speciality coffee of Lecce, made with homemade almond milk, served hot or cold).
  • Maximum of 10 participants
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.
  • Be sure to read our Allergy/Special requests policy.

Taste of Sicily

$98 + HST
  • Upcoming Class Dates:
    • Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 – 4pm to 8pm – CLASS FULL. Sign up for the waiting list!
    • Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 – 4pm to 8pm – CLASS FULL. Sign up for the waiting list!
  • Menu includes: Panelle (homemade chickpea fritters); fresh semola pasta a la Norma (a Sicilian specialty pasta made with tomato, eggplant and ricotta salata); baked seabass (or available equivalent); roasted vegetables with vincotto); coffee granita.
  • Maximum of 10 participants
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.
  • Be sure to read our Allergy/Special requests policy.

Taste of Calabria

$98 + HST
  • Upcoming Class Dates
    • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 – 4pm to 8pm – CLASS FULL. Sign up for the waiting list!
    • Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 – 4pm to 8pm – CLASS FULL. Sign up for the waiting list!
  • Menu includes: Homemade Calabrese bread & antipasto including my family’s homemade soppressata salami, olives; homemade semola pasta with pork & beef ragu; baby greens & fennel salad; Ceci repeini (little pastry shells filled with chocolate, vincotto & walnuts); Espresso coffee.
  • Maximum of 10 participants
  • Be sure to read our missed class policy.
  • Be sure to read our Allergy/Special requests policy.

Themed Classes

Bread & Focaccia,*New* recipes

$98 + HST

Baking bread is making a comeback and we are excited to share our favorite recipes and techniques with you! In this class we will make a “No Knead”, wholegrain, crusty loaf, a Traditional Barese style Focaccia (made with assorted flours and potatoes) and a sweet Italian Brioche (used for Easter Bread). We discuss different flours, yeasts, and bread techniques. Guaranteed to make YOU a Bread Baker and impress your friends!

We will include a traditional, light, Antipasto style lunch; focaccia, charcuterie, olives, cheese, tomato salad, sweet brioche & espresso.

A half loaf of crusty bread goes home with all participants!

Fresh Pasta & Meat Stuffed Cannelloni

$98 + HST

One of our most popular classes! This time we will share a traditional egg noodle pasta technique used to make Meat Stuffed Cannelloni (a portion to take home) and a special “Spaghetti alla chitarra ” with a tomato, basil sauce. This second pasta will be served for lunch alongside a salad, mineral water, and Affogatto for dessert.

Wood-Fired Oven Pizza & Focaccia

$98 + HST

We are excited to be the only cooking school in the area with a wood-fired oven, direct from Italy!

Learn to create an 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, seasonal salad, assorted pizzas and dessert!

Olive Oil Tasting and Demonstration Class*

$120 + HST

Anyone that has taken a class with Natalina knows she is passionate about REAL Extra Virgin Olive Oil! In this class you are led through an Olive Oil tasting that will highlight how to choose an authentic, extra virgin olive oil and how to spot a fake one. Natalina will then demonstrate a “from scratch” menu with Extra Virgin Olive Oil as the star!

In this demonstration-style class, Natalina will prepare a Caprese Salad2; fresh pasta1 with fresh tomatoes2, basil2 & EVOO; marinated beef scaloppini with Calabrese oregano, garden fresh garlic2 & EVOO; broccolini with lemon, garlic & EVOO; and Lemon, olive oil cake with Lemoncello Cream1.

* Includes a 250ml bottle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, received in class
1 Made ahead of class although all recipes are shared
2 When in season, produce from the garden will be used

*New* The Sweet Life; Child Plus Adult Dessert Class

$160 + HST for 2 Persons

When children are first interested in cooking… this is an ideal time to introduce them to the wonders of the kitchen! Natalina and her daughter both discovered the kitchen and baking at a very young age!

In this class, children from 8 years and older, along with an adult, will spend an afternoon baking some Classic Italian favorites a long with an adapted favorite “Adult” dessert.

We will create an easy, “child friendly Tiramisu”, pizzelli cookies and Nonna’s Lemon Cookies. The Tiramisu and a beverage will be served and cookies will go home with the participants.

Corporate & Private Groups

Due to the growth of our tours, interest in our specialty classes, and our new online classes, private and corporate classes are no longer being offered. Consider booking an entire class of 10 for your group. With ample notice, you may choose to change the class type once you’ve registered your group.

Missed Class Policy

We purchase and order ingredients up to one week before your class. We are a small, intimate school and classes sell out fast. We often turn away students because classes are full. If you ask to switch classes 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.

Allergy / Special Requests Policy

We are a small cooking school that may not be able to accommodate all special requests for allergies, intolerances. Please email us first, to see if we can accommodate, before registering, as we have a No Refund policy.

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