Today’s fast-paced culture often neglects to take advantage of truly inspirational and traditional old world Italian cuisine preparation. Many local restaurants and institutions offer a glorious opportunity to learn from experts in the field of Italian cooking and learn wonderful techniques that will either teach you something brand new or greatly improve any experienced cook’s repertoire. Be it a rich authentic tortellini from the countryside of Bologna or the expansive selection of delicately prepared seafood from the Veneto, Italy region, there are several Italian cooking classes offered in the D.C. area to satisfy your hunger. Caution: extreme comfort food ahead!
Italian Master Class With Jake Addeo
Hill Center at The Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 549-4172

Date: Saturday, May 21st at 11:00 a.m.; Cost: $85 per person

Jake Addeo, world-renowned Executive Chef of Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca, comes to the Hill Center at The Old Naval Hospital to dive into his extensive Italian culinary experience to bring life and creativity to those who desire to have an authentic and exciting Italian cooking experience. A student of the Italian kitchen, Addeo is a master culinary innovator with expansive experience creating in kitchens from New York to Italy and all the way to the Nation’s Capital. The mastery of Italian cuisine comes to the Hill Center showcasing techniques, flavors and the essence of the Italian kitchen. Addeo’s skillful instruction will give you the confidence to perfect your favorite Italian dishes and give students the confidence to build upon their own culinary repertoire. This class also includes beer and wine, so hopefully you won’t be too tipsy afterward to remember the recipes taught.

Casta Italinana Language School
595 1/2 3rd St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 638-1348

Date: See website for class dates; Cost: $80 per lesson

The Spring 2016 cooking classes are approaching full bloom at Casa Italiana. Taught by Chef Matt Finarelli, two lesson sessions are being offered; the first is in April and the second in May at $80 per single lesson. Because Casa Italiana is a learning institute, they offer an extensive culinary program with courses beginning at the beginner’s level to the advanced level, accompanied with fluent Italian instruction. Frittatas, risotto, seafood and tiramisu are all on the spring menu, so let Chef Finarelli teach you what the heart of Italian cooking is in these 90-minute hands-on lessons.

Urbana Cooking Class Series
Urbana Restaurant
2121 P St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 956-6650

Date: Saturday, June 18th at 2:00 p..m.; Cost: $45 per person

Experiencing mediocre Italian food in D.C. should be considered a sin, but Urbana transports the flavors of Italy to Dupont Circle. Their Cooking Class Series are monthly classes that include recipes from different regions of Italy and focus on the well-known specialties of individual regions. Executive Chef Ethan McKee teaches an interactive class offering recipes, bites, pairing suggestions and takeaways. April, May and June 2016 classes are sure to be fascinating and delicious. Learn to make the perfect spring pasta in April and experience Mother’s Day in a new, fun way. May is sure to be sublime, with the focus on Sicilian Food and Limoncello Making. Cosi delizioso!

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Giro d’Italia With Domenica Marchetti: Umbria Region
Hill Center at The Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave., S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 549-4172

Date: Wednesday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m.; Cost: $65 per person

Be it the well known delicious “cucina povera,” or peasant cooking of ingredients such as roast suckling pig, the antipasti, gnocchi or the simplistic rustic soups of Umbria, the food of this region is just one fabulous spotlight in a Italian cuisine with rich cultural traditions dating back many centuries. The Hill Center at The Old Naval Hospital will be hosting Domenica Marchetti and her Gira d’Italia cooking class as she explores the flavors of Umbria. Domenica shares her knowledge of the simplistic, yet exquisite cuisine while teaching Italian kitchen essentials. This class demonstration is for cooks from beginner level to intermediate level. The Umbria Region class is just one of many Italian regions that will be explored with the Giro d’Italia cooking classes at the Hill Center.

Cooking With Maura
The Italian Cultural Society of Washington
4827 Rugby Ave., Suite 301
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 215-7885

Date: See website for class schedule; Cost: Drop-ins ($75 per class, $70 ICS members) or Sessions ($210 for 3 classes, $200 ICS members)

The Italian Cultural Society of Washington’s Italian Language Program hosts the “Cooking with Maura” cooking class series. Learn fundamental basics to advanced cooking techniques that will transform your average Italian meal into something unforgettably divine. Classes are held on Wednesdays and Thursdays and include transformative and fun teachings from Maura the Italian cuisine “guru” who encourages fun and self-expression in cooking. Because these classes are offered through the Italian Language Program, Maura teaches the class in Italian and English when requested. If you don’t want to “people,” Maura can also schedule private cooking lessons at your home for you and some of your close friends.

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Tara L. Aldridge is a native of Washington, DC, a freelance and published writer, blogger, and photographer. She is a DC Healthy Food Examiner at In 2013, Tara published her first book of poetry and currently works with young artists to help them develop their creative talents. Read more of her work at