Join us for our interactive virtual cooking classes from the comfort of your kitchen! Click image for a short video from a recent virtual class.

Virtual Class Video Highlights

Virtual Cooking Classes


Join us for our interactive virtual cooking classes from the comfort of your kitchen! Click image for a short video from a recent virtual class.

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 focaccia, gnocchi, and other Italian favorites before enjoying a fabulous meal.

Classes last 90 minutes and start with a meet and greet, followed by hands-on cooking. Classes are small and intimate, and no question will go unanswered. After the cooking is done, we'll go over any additional questions or techniques.

A few days after class, we'll email you a link so you can access the class video.

TWO-FOR-ONE SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Buy one spot and invite a friend to join the same class for FREE from their own kitchen. It's a great gift idea and a fabulous way to catch up with someone you haven't seen in a while.

Virtual Cooking Classes

October 27 at 6 pm: Elegant Entertaining

  • Easy homemade flatbread
  • Wine-poached shrimp with cannellini beans and arugula
  • Molten chocolate cake with vanilla whipped cream


Did you ever think you could make fresh bread, a beautifully presented seafood main course, and a decadent molten chocolate cake in just 90 minutes? We'll show you how in this brand new class designed for easy, stress-free entertaining. The flatbread owes its delicious flavor to olive oil and a hot skillet; the beans and shrimp are in perfect harmony atop a bed of peppery arugula; and the molten chocolate cake is better than any you will find in restaurants thanks to our foolproof recipe (this is the very recipe we perfected over 15 years of cooking at our loft in NYC with thousands of people a year!). But don't be fooled: just because the prep time is short, that doesn't mean the pay-off isn't huge. These recipes deliver amazing flavor and look just gorgeous. And even if you're not planning to entertain these days, this is a menu you can use at home for a special meal, when something a little more elegant is in order.

November 5 at 6 pm: A Tuscan Feast

  • Chicken cacciatora with tomatoes and rosemary
  • Potato gnocchi with garlic and herb pesto
  • Ricotta cheesecake with berry coulis


Head to Tuscany without ever leaving home, thanks to this new class on favorite Tuscan cuisine. We'll learn to slow-cook chicken hunter's style with rosemary, garlic, tomatoes, and a few secret ingredients that bring deep flavor to an already delicious dish. We'll also make my mom's foolproof potato gnocchi; they are so light, delicate, and gently sweet, you'll never reach for the store-bought stuff again. A medley of herbs with garlic, Parmigiano, and olive oil makes up a perfect sauce for our gnocchi. And for dessert, we'll whip up a classic ricotta cheesecake; made with just a handful of ingredients, this cake takes minutes of prep work and tastes simply amazing with a coulis of berries.

November 11 at 6 pm: Mastering Risotto & More Fall Favorites

  • Perfect wild mushroom risotto
  • Slow-roasted squash with parmigiano
  • Wine-poached fruit over creamy mascarpone mousse


Here's the perfect menu for a cozy autumn dinner: creamy risotto, caramelized vegetables, and a wine-laced dessert that will have you swooning. These three classic recipes are elegant enough for entertaining yet easy enough to prepare that they will find their way into your everyday repertoire. We'll uncover the tricks to making truly authentic risotto (not just which variety of rice you use, but how you stir and how much stock to add at a time). We'll accompany our risotto with autumn vegetables roasted to caramelized perfection, and whip up an amazing dessert featuring Marsala wine, plump dried fruit, and luscious Mascarpone cheese.

November 15 at 12 pm: Perfect Focaccia, Frittata, & More

  • Best Ever Tomato, Rosemary, and Olive Focaccia
  • Roasted Mushroom, Egg, and Cheese Frittata
  • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts


Is there anything better for Sunday lunch than homemade focaccia, its pillowy softness and crisp, addictive edges glistening with fruity olive oil beckoning you to come back for a second slice? In this brand new class, we'll share our recipe for amazing focaccia; it's so good, and so easy to prepare, we assure you that you'll be making it time and again, not just on Sundays. We'll also show you how to make a memorable mushroom and egg frittata (Prosciutto optional but welcome) and perfectly roasted Brussels sprouts.

November 21 at 12 pm: Bake Authentic Italian Pizza in Your Oven

  • Foolproof pizza dough recipe
  • Yeasted and sourdough pizza dough variations
  • Pizza margherita
  • Pizza bianca with summer vegetables


This is a class you can't miss if you want to learn to bake perfect, crispy-edged, light, flavorful pizza in your own oven. We'll show you how to knead the dough, how to round it into a ball, how to stretch it into a disk, how to top it two ways (white with summer vegetables and herbs; and margherita style), how to set up your oven, then we'll bake the pizza off in time for lunch. Making good pizza at home is a very satifying achievement, and once you've learned the technique, you can make all kinds of delicious homemade breads just by tweaking the basic recipe. For best results, we suggest you buy a baking steel or baking stone in advance of class: our two favorites steels are Conductive Square Steel and Pizzacraft; our two favorites stones are Pizzacraft and Cook N Home. Steels and stones transfer an amazing amount of heat efficiently to the bottom of your pizza crust and allow it to cook through quickly and puff up beautifully. (If you don't own or wish to buy a stone or steel, you can bake your pizza on a preheated sturdy baking sheet instead with good results.) Good yeast is also a must unless you want to try your hand at our sourdough recipe; the yeast we recommend is SAF Instant. One word of caution: the pizza you'll bake at home using our recipe and technique will make it hard for you to enjoy pizza anywhere else!

Here's what some class participants said after they took our virtual pizza class:


"MY GOD that pizza... honestly, I could cry. I have never been able to find it as good here and to know I can make it myself is truly a gift!! My pizza turned out sooo great ... I made 3 of them yesterday with the dough and each one tasted just like what I have in Italy, and what I can never find here. My boyfriend was so impressed and couldn't stop eating it. Thanks for all the great tips - so excited I can make this myself now, and it wasn't hard at all." Rebecca E., CA


"My compliments on a life-changing class today. It was completely engaging from beginning to end and the explanation of sourdough was captivating. All I want to do is bake!" Anne D., IN


"I loved the pizza class last Saturday - it was very informative. Everyone (10 people) at my sister's beach house really enjoyed the pizza when they returned from the beach." Sue C., NJ

Making the best pizza thanks to you and your class! Bernadette F., NC

Buy a Gift Certificate for Virtual Classes

Give the gift that keeps on giving: buy the foodie in your life a gift certificate for a virtual cooking class. They can redeem it towards any virtual class on our calendar and reap the benefits for years to come.

We'll email you a printable gift certificate within hours of your purchase, and you can even personalize the certificate with a message if you like.



Redeeming a Gift Certificate 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.

TWO-FOR-ONE SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Buy one spot and invite a friend to join the same class for FREE from their own kitchen. It's a great gift idea and a fabulous way to catch up with someone you haven't seen in a while.




How it Works: Kitchen Sync

After you register for a class, we'll email you an invitation to sign in to our portal. The portal is a private area of the website for class participants which contains useful information pertaining to the cooking class you reserved: shopping list, equipment list, recipes, helpful videos showing how to prepare specific ingredients in advance of the class (when required) as well as the zoom meeting link. This way we will be on the same page and Kitchen Sync'ed by the time the class starts... Are you registered? use your information and access the portal

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 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.

TWO-FOR-ONE SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Buy one spot and invite a friend to join the same class for FREE from their own kitchen. It's a great gift idea and a fabulous way to catch up with someone you haven't seen in a while.

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 10 minutes 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. For tablet and cell phone users, we suggest this flexible gooseneck stand - (or this identical one - we have one of each and cannot tell them apart!) it keeps the tablet out of your precious counter space...

Groceries

We'll provide a detailed shopping list (including favorite brands and possible substitutions when applicable) after you register. Most items will be available at your local market. You'll find many of the items on your shopping 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; we like this $30 scale from Oxo and this $15 one from Tenergy.

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 or have leftovers to enjoy when class is over.

Access to an Exclusive Website for Class Members Only

After you register, we will email you a link to register to our exclusive portal, a members-only website that features class recipes, prep notes, and technique videos specific to the class you reserved. You can ask questions (food substitutions, allergies etc...) using the portal's pivate messaging functions. There is a public messaging area where you can post photos of your finished dishes. And a few days after class, we will upload the class video to the portal so you can watch again whenever you feel like it!

Client Reviews

Micol, Thank you so much for the most amazing class last Tuesday! I took it with my mom and sisters from our family beach vacation in the OBX and it was a highlight of our time together! We've all taken in-person classes with you before throughout the years, and we weren't sure how the virtual class would go, but it was so much better than we could have hoped for. Thank you for thinking creatively and providing opportunities like this. My mom and sisters live in NJ, and I live in NC, and we hadn't seen each other in 8 months. This was seriously a wonderful way to spend our time...and the meal was incredible. Thank you again. Tara, Cary NC
I want to thank you so very much for the super cooking class of Italian Comfort Food. My daughter from Toronto and I in British Columbia were able to share a unique and so professional class. You were very gracious as well allowing you to continue to Zoom afterwards. Although I considered myself a good cook, I learned a lot from knife skills to scale skills and definitely the value of "mis en place". I was glad that I had prepped well as the time flew by. The food was delicious and my husband exclaimed that it was amazing. I am thrilled that I shall be joining you twice more! This could become a tradition for my daughter and I. Happy Thanksgiving! Fay, Victoria BC
My family gathered for a virtual cooking class and birthday celebration... it was hosted by Rustico Cooking, Micol Negrin and her husband Dino De Angelis who made cooking so easy. 12 couples all worked on line to making a most amazing meal of ricotta gnocchi with sage sauce, sweet and sour fish with olives and tomatoes Sicilian style, eggplant with mint and chocolate bread pudding with whipped cream. We did it all in a mere 90 minutes. Every dish was well thought through and delicious. It was fun to cook together, eat together and celebrate together in a fun social distancing way. Bravo to Micol and Dino!Judie, Brooklyn NY
I loved every bit of it... Even with the zoom technology you maintained a serious, but personal style with all the knowledge and sharpness of thought that we value so much in your classes... Your instructions were so clear, that I didn't have any problem with anything... Of course, I learned a lot from your commentary... I liked the chat system. You handled it very well--answering questions while continuing to prepare food.Anne, The Bronx NY
I loved your class yesterday! I also love the way you teach and the simplicity of the recipes... I look forward to cooking together again.Theresa, NYC
You are still the most awesome couple... The class was fantastic, oh my, everything we have taste-tasted is really reading our palate, we can't wait for dinner. Thank you, we'll keep in touch and hopefully join you next year to cook in Italy once again.George and Jo-Ann, Victoria BC
Thank you for a phenomenal experience. Our dinner was so delicious. I will definitely sign up for more classes. My whole family enjoyed the meal. Imagine my enjoyment when after a long day of work, I was transported back to Italy to enjoy the simple pleasures in life: food, family, and wine!Connie, St. Petersburg FL
You did it again! We really enjoyed the meal and my husband wants me to cook it again. Everything was wonderful. Just like the other classes everything was easy to make with so many things already in my pantry. Lee, Long Island, NY
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, Westport CT
To quote my husband: "Omg this is friggin awesome". Thanks for an amazing class!!!Diane, Sandy Hook CT
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!Neil & Judie, Brooklyn NY

many more client testimonials here...

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:

Puglia September 12-18, 2021
Tuscany September 26-October 2, 2021
Tuscany Tour Video