Virtual Cooking Classes

Virtual Cooking Classes


Join us for our interactive virtual cooking classes from the comfort of your kitchen! You can cook alone or with friends or family.

Micol and Dino will be your hosts (for more about us, click here). Together we'll cook an authentic Italian menu, perfecting essential techniques, learning to make fresh pasta, gnocchi, and other Italian classics before enjoying a fabulous meal.

Classes last 90 minutes and start with a brief meet and greet, followed by hands-on cooking. You can send us your questions via chat and no question will go unanswered. After the cooking is done, we will come together again as a group and go over and additional questions or techniques.

After class, you will receive a personalized invitation to view the video, as well as access to your class materials, recipes, prep list, and shopping list.

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER: Buy one spot in a class and invite a friend to join for FREE! Valid only on new purchases through August 30, 2020.

Summer 2020 Classes

July 14 at 6 pm: Summer Seaside Flavors
  • Sea bass with artichokes and lemon
  • Tuscan bread, tomato, and basil salad
  • Crushed berry and Mascarpone mousse
July 15 at 6 pm: Italian Comfort Food
  • Braised chicken with chickpeas, lemon, and herbs
  • Ricotta Gnocchi with Sage Butter Sauce
  • Chocolate Chunk Brioche Bread Pudding
July 21 at 6 pm: A Tuscan Feast
  • Chicken Cacciatora with Tomatoes and Rosemary
  • Roasted string beans with sundried tomatoes and thyme
  • Ricotta cheesecake with berry coulis
July 22 at 6 pm: Italian Summer Desserts
  • The ultimate tiramisu
  • Crispy Tuscan almond biscotti
  • Vanilla panna cotta
July 28 at 6 pm: Perfect Ricotta Gnocchi & More
  • Ricotta gnocchi in fragrant basil pesto
  • Roasted eggplant, zucchini, and pepper medley
  • Fresh summer berry, Limoncello, and mascarpone mousse
July 29 at 6 pm: Handmade Tagliatelle and Ravioli
  • Hand cut egg tagliatelle in chopping block pesto
  • Ricotta ravioli in tomato-basil sauce
August 4 at 6 pm: Italian Vegetarian Favorites
  • Herb & cheese stuffed zucchini
  • Ricotta gnocchi with chopping board pesto
  • Macerated summer berries over vanilla ice cream

More classes to be added soon so please check back!

And remember our summer promotion: Buy one spot in a class and invite a friend to join for FREE with their own device! Valid only on new purchases through August 30, 2020.




How it Works

After you register for your class, we'll email you a confirmation, a shopping list, and an equipment list.

The day before class, we'll email you the recipes and a detailed prep list, so you can follow along and also recreate the menu at a later time.

Our classes are hosted on Zoom; we'll email you details on how to download Zoom if needed. The day of class, we'll email you a link to log into the class on Zoom at the appointed time.

Pricing: The cost is $43.55 per device. We can also host a private virtual class for you and your friends or colleagues; email us at micol@rusticocooking.com with your target class date and time, group size, and preferred menu from those outlined below, and we'll be happy to set up a private class.

SPECIAL LIMITED TIME OFFER: Buy one spot in a class and invite a friend to join with their own device for FREE! Valid only on new purchases through August 30, 2020.

Cancellation: If you need to reschedule your class, we require a minimum of 72 hours notice to apply credit to a future class. If you can't make it to class with less than 72 hours notice, we'll email you a link so you can watch the recorded class.

Prefer to watch only? You can opt out of cooking alongside us and just watch, take notes, and learn.

Advance Prep

You should plan on about 1 hour of prep time before class to set up your ingredients and equipment. We'll be on Zoom 1 hour before class, available by chat if you have questions regarding prep, equipment issues, or possible ingredient substitutions. Some menus require more prep than others (including measuring and chopping, to allow for more time spent on complex techniques like rolling out fresh pasta, etc); others will have you doing all the chopping and measuring with us, since the recipes are simpler. This will all be indicated clearly on the email we send when you register.

Before class begins, make sure you have all your ingredients and equipment ready. Set up your tablet or computer where it's visible but out of the way, and take a moment to become familiar with the various functions on Zoom (chat, gallery view, mute on or off, video on or off, etc) before class starts. Then join us on Zoom, logging in with the name you signed up with online.

What You'll Need

A Laptop, Smart Phone, or Tablet

With a webcam, microphone, and internet access so you can see us and we can see you

Groceries

We'll send you a detailed shopping list (including favorite brands when applicable) after you register. Most items will be available at your local market. You'll find many of the items on yours hopping list are likely already in your pantry or fridge (salt, pepper, sugar, flour, olive oil, butter etc). We'll happily provide suggestions for substitutions to accommodate various dietary needs by email.

Basic Equipment

Most menus require basic cooking implements (chef's knife, cutting board, bowls, tongs, spatulas, skillets, saucepans, whisk, strainer, etc), and we will provide a detailed list of these when you reserve. If you don't own a scale, we strongly suggest you buy one for greater accuracy when measuring. Some technical classes, such as our pasta workshops, call for specialized equipment like a pasta machine or, lacking that, a rolling pin (in dire straits, even an empty wine bottle will work!).

What You'll Get

Fully Interactive, Hands-On Instruction

Just as in our live, hands-on cooking classes, you'll receive individual attention and personalized instruction from Micol and Dino. We use multiple cameras to provide different angles and close ups of key steps, so you can better learn a technique, as though you were right in the kitchen with us.

Authentic Recipes

Each class features recipes we have perfected over twenty years of teaching Italian cooking to thousands of students. Micol has written three cookbooks (including Rustico: Regional Italian Country Cooking, which was nominated for a James Beard award; read more about us here) so you can be sure our recipes are tried and true, authentic, and delicious.

A Memorable Meal

Once the cooking is done, you'll be able to savor a fabulous meal in the comfort of your home. Recipes are scaled to serve 2 people (desserts serve 6 to 8) but you can double up when shopping and prepping if you want to feed a larger group when class is over.

A Recording of the Class

After class, we'll email you a link so you can watch the class again, share it with friends and family, and even focus on key steps that you want to perfect.

Client Reviews

I just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful class on Tuesday night. John and I had so much fun cooking, learning and chatting with everyone. I learned a lot of great tricks and tips and I can't wait to get a potato ricer and make the gnocchi recipe again. You also made John, a first-time cook, feel comfortable in the kitchen! Amy, NYC
We enjoyed the experience very much and the meal was delicious. We shared the extra mousse with our upstairs tenants and they were in awe. It is always a pleasure to watch you and Dino work together, you are such a great team!Judie & Neil, Brooklyn
Superb food and the Zoom was exceptional... the camera work was very good. Micol you have a very good presence on screen and are very good at going with the flow. Look forward to joining you on some future classes.Bob & Sally, CT

many more client testimonials here...

Redeeming a Gift Certificte Towards a Virtual Class Email us indicating the class that you want to join, and the name of the person that gave you the certificate(s). We will then email you back letting you know whether a balance is due and whether there is space in the class you want to attend. You can also call 917-602-1519 in order to redeem your gift certificate.

About Our Culinary Tours in Italy

We take groups to Italy on week-long culinary tours to various regions. Our aim is to immerse tour participants fully in the regional cuisine, savor local specialties, meet food artisans, and learn authentic Italian cooking at our daily hands-on cooking classes. Tours focus on visiting smaller destinations, eschewing large tourist centers in favor of small gems where one can really feel part of the fabric of Italian life.

Tour dates and locations for 2021 to be added soon!

Tuscany Tour Video