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Fri 12 Dinner in Piedmont 6pm
Sat 20 Italian Home Cooking 12pm
Fri 26 Ten Best Pasta Sauces #1 6pm
Sat 27 Tuscan Seafood Feast 12pm
Fri 9 Tuscan Favorites 6pm
Sat 10 Lunch in Milan 12pm
Wed 14 Valentine's Feast 6pm
Fri 16 Rustic Favorites 6pm
Fri 23 Taste of Sicily & Naples 6pm
Sat 24 Flavors of Tuscany 12pm
Fri 23 Spring in Northern Italy 6pm
Sat 24 Italian for Beginners 12pm
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Micol's third cookbook "The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes" is now out! Published in October 2014 by Ballantine Books (a division of Random House), the 256-page book is filled with gorgeous color photography, 80 recipes for regional Italian pasta sauces, fool-proof techniques, and entertaining anecdotes... It is sure to become a favorite on your cookbook shelf. You can order copies from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indiebound, or you can purchase from us and get extra goodies! We are now offering shipping on the book and quantity discounts if you purchase 4 or more... Read on!
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My family has had a home in Piedmont, overlooking the Lago Maggiore, since I could barely talk. I grew up on the rich roasts, buttery pastas, creamy risottos, and cheese-laced polentas of the area; not to mention its famed chocolate desserts, sweetwater fish, and delectable farmhouse cheeses. This class explores Piedmontese cooking in all its glory, from its delectable breads and gnocchi all the way to its memorable desserts. We'll begin by making light, olive oil-kissed focaccia topped with caramelized onions; the dough is foolproof, and once you master it, you can use it to make bread, grissini, even pizza. Next, we'll make ravioli stuffed with autumn's tastiest squash, napped in sage butter sauce. As a main course, we'll sear tender chicken cutlets and prepare a rich sauce with dried porcini mushrooms, rosemary, and white wine, three of Piedmont's signature ingredients. Roasted stuffed tomatoes are the ideal accompaniment. And for dessert, we'll bake a flourless, rich, not-too-sweet hazelnut chocolate cake; after all, Piedmont is renowned the world over for its chocolate and its hazelnuts.
$110 | Dinner in Piedmont | Friday January 12, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
This class was designed for anyone who who wants to perfect the art of making fresh pasta from scratch. You'll begin by kneading your very own egg pasta (the ratio is simple and foolproof), working alongside your class companions as you master the timeless techniques of incorporating egg into flour and working the dough into a supple and silky mass with your hands. After the dough rests, we'll roll it out into thin lasagna sheets and finish it two ways: cutting it with the aid of a pasta machine, into picture-perfect tagliatelle; and stuffing it with a luscious three-cheese filling, yielding delicate ravioli worthy of elegant entertaining. We'll also learn to prepare two classic sauces of the Italian kitchen: a light, herb-laced tomato sauce, and a delicate ragu slow-cooked with plenty of herbs and wine. We'll also learn to make crunchy, addictive almond biscotti. And after the cooking is done, we'll savor our fresh pasta paired with our homemade sauces, followed by a light green salad and our just-baked biscotti. The techniques you'll learn in this class will serve you whenever you make any type of pasta: long or short, flat or filled, from lasagne and ravioli to pappardelle and tagliatelle. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class; it's sure to sell out quickly!
$110 | Fresh Pasta for Beginners | Saturday January 13, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
Here's a brand new menu featuring a stellar line-up of dishes from northern Italy. We'll start off by making fresh egg pasta and cutting it into ethereal tagliatelle, ready to be tossed with a saffron-scented cream sauce. A deeply aromatic red wine sauce is the ideal companion to a rosy filet mignon, and two delicious vegetables round out the meal: caramelized cauliflower with plenty of cheese and bacon, and roasted Brussels sprouts with lemon, garlic, and a secret ingredient that makes this simple vegetable dish truly addictive. For dessert, a cremy Marsala and Mascarpone mousse is a real show-stopper, delicious topped with wine-poached winter fruit.
$110 | Entertaining all'Italiana | Friday January 19, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
In Italy, home cooks create an amazing array of dishes drawing on regional ingredients and closely guarded family recipes. In this new class, we'll prepare five fabulous dishes that draw on the best of Italian home cooking. We'll start off with focaccia topped with caramelized onions and sundried tomatoes, a heavenly combination made even more delectable by the addition of fresh goat cheese. We'll slow-cook chicken with wild mushrooms, cheese, and a hearty dose of white wine, and serve it with garlic-kissed broccoli and delicate gnocchi featuring roasted butternut squash; getting the dough just right for these gnocchi is not easy, and I'll show you just how to handle it so you don't overwork it or make the gnocchi heavy instead of ethereally light. A comforting chocolate-studded bread pudding topped with a warm, rum-spiked caramel sauce finishes the meal on a decadent note.
$110 pp | Italian Home Cooking | Saturday January 20, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
Is there any food that lends itself more to weeknight meals and impromptu dinners with friends than pasta? Pasta is not only healthy and versatile, it takes mere minutes to cook. But many of us have a limited repertoire of pasta sauces, relying on easy stand-bys like marinara sauce or ragu. In this informative and fun class, I'll unveil the secrets of cooking pasta (no spaghetti thrown on the wall to test for doneness, please!), then show you how to pair a variety of pasta shapes (some well known, others less so) with their ideal sauce. Next, we'll cook ten flavorful, authentic Italian pastas suited to everyday eating and simple entertaining, and enjoy them family-style with some fabulous white and red wines. The 10 pasta sauces you'll learn to make in this hands-on class are sure to change the way you cook and eat on a daily basis... They've become my absolute favorites over years of cooking, and they're sure to become favorites in your kitchen too. Reserve your spots now!
Ten Best Pasta Sauces #1 | Friday January 26, 6PM to 8:30PMRedeem your gift certificate
Tuscany may be renowned for its sinuous hills, but its coastline is equally breathtaking, and home to a delectable cuisine based on the offerings of the Mediterranean. Join us for a brand new class devoted to the pleasures of fish and seafood, Tuscan-style. We'll start off by making a deeply flavorful pasta with mussels in a light tomato sauce. Next up: elegant filets of wine-poached branzino, served over an herb-accented chickpea puree. In true Tuscan fashion, vegetables and whole grains take center stage as sides: roasted string beans and a full-flavored farro salad round out the meal. A luscious, moist almond cake napped in dark chocolate sauce makes a stunning finale to our Tuscan feast.
$110 pp | Tuscan Seafood Feast | Saturday January 27, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
I was born in Lombardy, and my family still has homes in Piedmont and Liguria, so I grew up on the cooking of these three Northern Italian regions. Join me for a new class that delves into the unique cuisines of this amazing part of Italy. We'll begin by making one of Liguria's most emblematic pastas: delicate, hand-shaped potato gnocchi the size of a thumbnail, served in a heady, herb-kissed mushroom sauce. Next, we'll roast chicken with white wine, herbs, onions, and cabbage. We'll bundle tender asparagus spears with a slice of smoked Mozzarella and Speck (a smoked Prosciutto from northern Italy) and roast them until the cheese melts; herb-scented fennel risotto is an elegant side for our main course. And for dessert, we'll bake buttery tarlets filled with a deep, dark chocolate ganache.
$110 | Feast in Northern Italy | Friday February 2, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
This class is one of our most popular... reserve quickly, before it sells out! Some of the most well-loved dishes in Italian cuisine are also longtime classics: Ricotta-stuffed cannelloni, chicken cacciatora, creamy, soft polenta, and crunchy nut & chocolate biscotti... In this class devoted to favorites of the Italian kitchen, we'll learn to prepare pasta dough, roll it out thin, wrap it around a delicious cheese stuffing, and bake our cannelloni under a veil of creamy bechamel sauce. As a main course, we'll brown boneless chicken in olive oil, then slow-cook it with herbs and onions in a delicate tomato sauce. We'll cook my mom's signature fennel: first blanched, then roasted with Parmigiano and olive oil to caramelized perfection. We'll make creamy polenta and flavor it with a beguiling combination of creamy Mascarpone and delicate chives. And for dessert, we'll knead a sweet, sugary hazelnut and chocolate dough and shape it into crisp, addictive biscotti, a treat with espresso any time of day!
$110 | Essentials of Italian Cooking | Saturday February 3, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
Tuscan cooks are masters at drawing out maximum flavor from each ingredient in their dishes. In this brand new class, we'll explore the pleasures of cooking Tuscan style, then sit down to enjoy our Tuscan feast with specially selected wines. Each of the four savory recipes in this menu underscores the fragrance of a single fresh herb: Basil in a bright tomato sauce for handmade cheese-filled ravioli, rosemary in a rich red wine sauce for perfectly roasted filet mignon, thyme in a vibrant side of string beans, sage in a creamy butternut squash risotto. And dessert is all about the contrasting flavors and textures of cranberries, apricots, lemon, and almonds, which come together in colorful, addictive nut biscotti.
$110 pp | Tuscan Favorites | Friday February 9, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
I was born in Milan, and this class pays homage to the hearty cuisine of my native city. This menu incorporates many luxurious ingredients that are sure to make your dinner guests feel pampered: creamy Mascarpone cheese; aged Grana Padano, Lombardy's cousin of Parmigiano; and rosy filet mignon. Our Milanese feast begins with homemade focaccia baked under a cloak of Mascarpone cheese, caramelized onions, and bacon with just a whisper of nutmeg; this is one of my husband's favorite ways to enjoy focaccia (keep in mind I bake dozens of varieties of focaccia, so that's actually saying a lot). We'll serve our focaccia with a refreshing salad of baby greens tossed with balsamic vinegar and fruity olive oil. Next up: an elegant filet mignon, rubbed with herbs and roasted until melt-in-the-mouth tender. We'll accompany our filet with slow-cooked spinach and handmade herb-laced gnocchi. To top it all off, a colorful fruit tiramisu: flavored with Limoncello, layered with fresh berries, this beauty will win a place on your dessert table.
$110 pp | Lunch in Milan | Saturday February 10, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
Book now, before class sells out! Join us for our annual Lovers' cooking class and enjoy a relaxed, interactive hands-on cooking class followed by a full sit-down meal with wine. When you arrive, we'll serve Prosecco and finger foods. Once you're in our spacious, state-of-the-art kitchen, you'll cook with other couples, learning to make an elegant menu that features handmade pasta, succulent chicken, stuffed vegetables, a savory vegetable torte, and the most seductive flourless chocolate dessert ever. Note: Gift certificates are not accepted for this class.
$335 Valentine's Feast for 2 people including 2 aprons and 1 copy of The Best Pasta Sauces Cookbook| Wednesday February 14, 6PM to 9PM
Rustic cooking is often the most satisfying to eat: pitch-perfect flavors, straight-forward techniques, and flawless ingredients combine to create a sumptuous menu from all corners of Italy in this brand new menu. We'll start off by making my mom's foolproof potato gnocchi, as light and airy as the best gnocchi should be. We'll sauce our gnocchi with a delicately spiced amatriciana sauce from Rome, so good showered with freshly grated Pecorino Romano! Next up: succulent chicken morsels in a heady mushroom sauce, served with a side of roasted string beans and a cheesy, savory vegetable bread pudding. And for dessert, we'll bake my nonna Eva's classic chocolate cake, still my favorite chocolate cake after years of trying every chocolate cake that comes my way.
$110 | Rustic Favorites | Friday February 16, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
If you love fresh pasta, don't miss this hands-on cooking class. This is your chance to learn to make three different (and very delicious) pastas ideal for winter feasting. We'll make Tuscan Ricotta gnocchi with tomatoes, roasted peppers, and olives; Bologna's ethereal egg tagliatelle in a classic Bolognese ragu; and rustic cavatelli from Puglia, tossed with garlicky roasted broccoli and crispy bread crumbs. You'll not only learn to make, roll out, and shape the dough for these three very different pastas, you'll participate in preparing the sauce for each so you can recreate these three delectable first courses at home for family and friends. After the cooking is done, we'll sit for a pasta-lover's feast, accompanied by fabulous wines and a refreshing green salad to cleanse the palate. And since no meal is really complete without dessert, we'll indulge in homemade biscotti and some freshly brewed espresso. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class; like all our pasta classes, it's sure to sell out!
$110 pp | Fresh Pasta Workshop: Italian Favorites | Saturday February 17, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
If you love bright, bold flavors, this class is for you. We'll explore the traditional cooking of Naples and Sicily, magical places with a long history of creating some of Italy's most famous dishes. We'll begin by making a soft, supple yeasted dough for Sicily's beloved sfincioni, a tomato-, artichoke-, and cheese-topped pizza that is usually sold by the slice in the streets of Palermo. Next up: Fresh pasta with a fragrant roasted tomato sauce, a dish made by home cooks thorough southern Italy, embellished by fragrant basil in true Neapolitan style. We'll roast filets of branzino (Mediterranean sea bass) with pine nuts, olives, and raisins, a Sicilian specialty that hails back to when Arabs ruled the island. We'll roast broccoli with garlic and red pepper flakes, a favorite across southern Italy, and finish up with a cannoli-inspired cheesecake that would make any Sicilian proud.
$110 pp | Taste of Sicily & Naples | Friday February 23, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
What can possibly be better than fresh, ethereal egg pasta sauced with a tangle of caramelized onions and showered with fresh Parmigiano? Not much. If you agree, join me for a fun night of cooking Tuscan-style. We'll segue our pasta with an amazing rack of lamb roasted to perfection; the rub for the lamb marries classic Tuscan seasonings to achieve incredible flavor. We'll caramemelize fennel to serve alongside our lamb (the marriage is truly made in heaven) and toss crispy bread with refreshing tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil for a modern spin on panzanella, Tuscany's famous bread and tomato salad. For dessert, we'll poach dried fruit in Marsala until plump and juicy, and scoop it atop Marsala-soaked ladyfingers and clouds of mascarpone-whipped cream.
$110 | Flavors of Tuscany | Saturday February 24, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
Why should entertaining be stressful? This menu is filled with one "wow" dish after another, but can be put together easily, and for the most part, well ahead of time, so you can enjoy your guests' company instead of fretting in the kitchen. You'll learn to make crispy, golden ravioli filled with creamy goat cheese and fresh herbs, ed stacked with caramelized fennel and pear wedges, peppery arugula, and a slightly sweet balsamic glaze. Our main course: rosy filet mignon in a rich red wine sauce, so elegant with a side of roasted string beans and light, pillowy gnocchi in sage butter. And for dessert, nothing beats a molten chocolate cake, made not by injecting chocolate in the center or resorting to any sort of trickery: you'll get that oozing lava interior just by whipping up a rich, nearly flourless cake batter and timing the cake correctly in the oven.
$110 | Entertaining Italian-Style | Friday March 2, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
This menu draws on our travels throughout Italy's countryside and highlights some of the area's very best finds: the lightest, most profoundly flavored lasagna; savory, juicy pork; creative vegetable sides; and a modern spin on tiramisu that far surpasses any of the versions I've tried elsewhere. We'll start off by making truffled lasagna, a thing of beauty layered with eggplants, mushrooms, cheese (and more cheese!), splashed with truffled olive oil just before serving. We'll slow-cook chicken with olives and onions for an amazing main course that pairs splendidly with herbed zucchini boats and slow-cooked chickpeas with spinach. And for a sweet ending to our country feast, I'll share the most amazing apple pie recipe with you... a secret ingredient gives it a flavor that will surprise you and bring you back for seconds!
$110 | Italian Country Cooking | Saturday March 3, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
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Click here for a participant's blog about our pizza-making class at RUSTICO...
BONUS: Free pizza dough to take home after class!!
I've been teaching Italian cooking for years, and the thing that seems to scare people off more than anything is working with yeast. Maybe it's the fear that, left to its own devices, yeast will take over the kitchen--just think of dough ballooning out of the oven in that episode of "I Love Lucy". But I've found that once people get their hands into the dough and get familiar with how yeast works, the fear disappears. All it takes is understanding a few rules, getting comfortable with basic techniques such as kneading and shaping the dough, and a reliable recipe. Whether you're making bread, focaccia, pizza, or any other yeast-risen dough, the principles are the same. It's all about temperature, ingredients, and technique. If you've ever wanted to bake crisp, thin-crust pizzas, this hands-on class is for you: I'll take you through the essential techniques of kneading, rolling, topping, and baking pizza dough and demystify the process of working with yeast. We'll bake Italy's most famous pizzas, starting with the classic tomato- and Mozzarella-topped Pizza Margherita, then set our imaginations free and combine various toppings for a true pizza-lover's fantasy. We'll even make a sweet pizza... delicious with a glass of sweet wine at meal's end!
$110 | Neapolitan Pizza Class | Friday March 9, 6PM to 8:30PMRedeem your gift certificate
Italians are world-famous for their pasta, and with good reason: whether it's light, ethereal egg noodles, delicate gnocchi, or rustic regional creations featuring heirloom flours, fresh pasta made the traditional Italian way rarely disappoints. And while a few recipes have won the hearts and stomachs of many, there are hundreds of other, lesser-known treasures that few gourmets have had the pleasure to taste. In this class, we'll learn to make three classic northern Italian pastas and pair each with their ideal sauce. We'll make hand-shaped quills called garganelli from Emilia-Romagna, tossed with a creamy sauce studded with peas and diced Prosciutto; from Lombardy, feather-light yam gnocchi tossed with a fragrant sage sauce; and from Liguria, delicate cheese and spinach ravioli in a heavenly walnut pesto. And to round out the meal, we'll enjoy a refreshing salad and some homemade biscotti...
Fresh Pasta Workshop: Northern Italian Favorites | Saturday March 10, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
My family has had a home in Piedmont, overlooking the Lago Maggiore, since I was two years old, and we lived in Milan, the capital of Lombardy, until I was nine. So I grew up eating the rich, elegant foods of this fertile region: fresh handmade pastas, creamy risottos, hearty soups, slow-cooked meats, delicate fish sweetwater fish specialties, elaborate vegetable creations, and the most delectable chocolate- and nut-based desserts. In this new class, we'll explore five traditional northern Italian dishes. We'll begin our feast with handmade ravioli stuffed with roasted butternut squash and Parmigiano; they need nothing more than a drizzle of sage-scented butter to shine. Our main course: tender medallions of filet mignon in a rich red wine sauce, served with a mushroom-laced risotto and caramelized cauliflower with plenty of cheese and bacon. And for dessert, we'll bake a delectable bread pudding studded with bittersweet chocolate morsels, topped with a tuft of whipped cream and a drizzle of rum-scented caramel sauce.
$110 pp | Taste of Piedmont & Lombardy | Friday March 16, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
Seafood scares a lot of people. How do you select it, how do you clean it, and what are the best ways to cook it? In this new class, we'll answer all these questions and more, as we cook a three-course meal featuring mussels, branzino, and shrimp. You'll learn to knead fresh pasta dough and roll it out into toothsome spaghetti, the ideal vehicle for a wine-scented mussel sauce. Branzino filets marry beautifully with artichokes and pine nuts, and they are spectacular alongside slow-roasted Brussels sprouts and a creamy shrimp risotto. We'll finish our seafood feast with crisp fruit- and chocolate-filled phyllo triangles, a sweet finale that will have you sneaking back to the kitchen for seconds.
$110 | Springtime Seafood Feast | Saturday March 17, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
Join us for a virtual trip to northern Italy in the spring! First up: my mom's foolproof potato gnocchi, sauced with a fragrant basil pesto of our own making. Once you learn to make potato gnocchi, you'll want to experiment with all manner of vegetables, from yams to sweet potatoes to butternut squash. Our main course: perfectly roasted filet mignon with a rich red wine sauce, served alongside roasted spring asparagus and crispy-on-the-outside, creamy-on-the-inside polenta coins. (A word of warning: even people who swear they dislike polenta end up loving theses, so make plenty.) For dessert, we'll bake a moist, buttery apple cake laced with amaretto cookies, topped with a tuft of fresh whipped cream of our own making.
$110 pp | Spring in Northern Italy | Friday March 23, 6PM to 9PMRedeem your gift certificate
Although we designed this class with beginner cooks in mind, the techniques we'll be covering are so basic and so important to Italian cooking that anyone who enjoys Italian cuisine is sure to learn something new. We'll start off by making fresh egg pasta; I have devised a special formula that is foolproof and yields consistently delicious results, no matter what shape of pasta you're craving... it's all about which flour you use and how many eggs you add to your dough. We'll cook a perfect ragu sauce for our pasta, and there's a key to success here too, one that many advanced home cooks often skip, with disappointing results. As a main course, we'll brown chicken scaloppine, top them with cheese and Prosciutto, and finish them in the oven as we create a flavorful pan sauce with Marsala wine. Broccoli is first blanched, then roasted with garlic and chili to make a refreshing accompaniment for the chicken; sweet red baby potatoes are roasted until they are crispy on the outside and creamy within, then showered with fresh chives and a hint of smoked paprika (these potatoes are so ridiculously good that we promise you'll be making them time and again!). And for dessert, I'll share my foolproof recipe for tiramisu with you... it's so good, you'll never be able to eat the store-bought stuff again.
$110 pp | Italian for Beginners | Saturday March 24, 12PM to 3PMRedeem your gift certificate
RUSTICO COOKING is located at 40 West 39th Street, Third floor, New York, NY 10018 - right between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. When you get to the building, just press on buzzer # 3. Visits are by appointment only.
WHEN: Daytime lunch classes begin at 12 PM, (doors open at 11:45 AM) and Evening Dinner classes start at 6 PM (doors open at 5:45PM). Classes last 2.5 to 3 hours.
GETTING THERE: You can take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to Grand Central, or the F or V trains to Bryant Park-42nd Street. If you prefer the bus, take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 along Fifth and Madison Avenues, or the M6 and M7 along Sixth and Seventh Avenues. If you are coming by car, park at one of many parking lots in Midtown.
WHAT TO BRING: We supply all ingredients, tools, and, of course, recipes... Aprons are the only item NOT supplied. You can bring an apron if you like, or you can purchase a handsome embroidered apron for $20.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Class size averages 16 people. Before the class starts, finger foods and water will be available for the class participants. The instructor will give a brief introduction about the class, then participants will wash their hands and people with long hair will tie their hair back (we are extremely hygiene conscious since you will be eating the food that you are preparing!). Then everybody goes in the kitchen for the cooking portion (details on that below) which lasts about 90 minutes; At the end of the cooking, people are seated and the featured menu is served along with a taste of 2 to 3 wines.
COOKING CLASS FLOW: Classes are hands-on: participants will make everything on the menu, working together as a group. To ensure everyone learn the most important parts of a given menu, key techniques (such as making fresh pasta dough from scratch for instance) will be executed by class participants individually or in small teams of 2-3 people. Other parts of the menu may involve larger teams where individuals take turns in an activity; for instance, when making risotto in a class of 16 people, it would be impossible to have 16 risotto pans at the stove, so we would have 2 pans, and participants will take turns stirring. In order to allow class participants to spend more time focusing on the relevant techniques of a given class, washing, measuring and chopping of the majority of ingredients is done before students arrive. This way, class participants can spend a longer time mastering the trickier aspects of Italian cooking; we feel that people can more easily figure out how to measure ingredients and how to get from an onion to a chopped onion, compared to knowing the technique to make (for example) amazing gnocchi every single time - so we spend more time on these more challenging techniques.
WHAT TO WEAR: Flat shoes and comfortable clothing are required for your safety and comfort. Please avoid high heels and loose sleeves.
ONLINE PAYMENT: The easiest way to reserve a class is to pay online using the "Add to cart" buttons (quick, easy, & secure). Within 24 hrs you will get a reservation confirmation via email; we will ask for a phone number - Please note that the telephone numbers are not used for solicitation or marketing, they are only for reaching clients in the unlikely event that a class that they have signed up for needs to be rescheduled.
PAYMENT BY PHONE: You can also call 917-602-1519 and we will take a reservation. We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover.
REDEEMING A GIFT CERTIFICATE: The easiest way is to use our online form under each class description; just fill up the required information and we will sign you up for the class of your choice unless it is sold out! You can also email us indicating the class(es) that you want to join, and the name of the person that gave you the certificate(s). We will then email you back with a reservation confirmation. You can also call 917-602-1519 in order to redeem your gift certificates.
PAYMENT BY CHECK: You can also send a check payable to RUSTICO COOKING LLC to: RUSTICO COOKING, 40 West 39th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY, 10018. Please include a note with your name, telephone number, email address, and date of the class with your check. If you have made a check payment, please call 917-602-1519 to confirm your reservation 3 days before class.
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CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds issued, only credit. For regularly priced cooking classes: minimum 7-day advance notice. For cooking classes priced at more than $110 per person: 14-day advance notice. For groups of 4 or more: 21-day advance notice.
WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS: The same cancellation policy applies during November through April, when snowfall and other inclement weather conditions are a possibility. We are just three blocks south of the Broadway Theater district. If Broadway shows are on, classes at Rustico Cooking are on. If you live outside of NYC and are concerned about winter weather conditions hindering your transportation to the city, we suggest selecting a Spring, Summer or Fall cooking class, as we will not be able to give you credit towards a future class with less advance notice than stated above