We Offer Virtual and Hands-On Cooking Classes: You Choose!

Join us for our interactive virtual cooking classes from the comfort of your kitchen: click the image for a short video from a recent virtual class. Or book spots in our hands-on cooking class June 19 at 12 pm in NYC.

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.

UPDATE May 25, 2021: Every few months, we offer a live, in-person, hands-on cooking class in the heart of NYC at Degustibus Cooking School at Macy's Herald Square. Our hands-on classes are perfect for individuals, couples, or small groups. After the cooking is done, you'll sit down and enjoy the dishes you cooked, with specially selected wines. Space is limited and our hands-on classes fill quickly. Our next live cooking class is on June 19 from 12 to 3 pm. You can opt for a virtual cooking class if you prefer to cook in the comfort of your home.

Membership vs Virtual Cooking Classes


You're too busy, your schedule is unpredictable, or you live in a different time zone - these are just a few of the reasons why you may not be able to take our virtual cooking classes...

Well, fear not: consider joining our video membership program. Purchase a one-year subscription for $120 and access our growing library of recipes, eBooks, and articles at any time...click here for details. BONUS: purchase a membership and get one spot in the virtual cooking class of your choice from our calendar below. Do you want to sample the membership first? You can do that too: access 3 video recipes free of charge

Virtual Class Login

If you've registered for a virtual cooking class, you can go to the portal by clicking the button below

Virtual Class Login

Have You Missed Italy as Much as We Have?

Join us in Italy for a week-long culinary tour! Our tours are back... Book now for 2021 or 2022!

VIRTUAL CLASS: Tuesday June 8 at 6 pm:
Fresh Summer Flavors of Italy

  • Tuscan Farro with Blistered Vegetables (tuna or chicken optional)
  • Cheesy Crispy Spinach Puffs
  • Tomato-Oregano Pizzette
  • Decadent Chocolate-Rum Log

Regular Admission: $48 | With Membership: first class free, additional classes $24

One Free class with premium membership


Now that warm weather is finally here, we can safely welcome guests to our homes once again. This amazing menu features four recipes that require little shopping and short prep time, and best of all, can be made entirely ahead for stress-free entertaining. We’ll share our favorite recipe for Tuscany’s summery farro salad; you can sub quinoa or rice for a gluten-free option, and add a can of oil-packed tuna or shredded rotisserie chicken for a heartier main course. Addictive little puffs made of spinach, parmigiano, and ricotta are a delight, especially accompanied by savory mini pizzas (disclaimer: the pizzette are so easy and delicious, you’ll find yourself making excuses to whip up a batch regularly). And there’s no need to turn on the oven for our deeply chocolatey rum-laced log, a decadent Tuscan specialty that will have you sneaking back to the kitchen for seconds.

How Virtual Cooking Classes Work

VIRTUAL CLASS: Saturday July 10 at 12pm:
Italian Summer Feast

  • Ricotta gnocchi with arugula-olive pesto
  • Slow-poached salmon (or chicken) in rosemary-white wine sauce
  • Crispy fruit and chocolate phyllo triangles

Regular Admission: $48 | With Membership: first class free, additional classes $24

One Free class with premium membership


Summer is here and we have just the menu for an unforgettable Italian summer feast. We’ll start off by making fresh gnocchi (if you want to buy ready-made or sub in dried pasta, you certainly can) tossed with an aromatic pesto that features peppery arugula and savory olives. (Not a fan of olives? Omit them and throw in a few sundried tomatoes if you like for extra umami.) As a main course, we'll slow-poach cook salmon (chicken works perfectly for anyone not fond of fish) in a shallot, rosemary, and white wine sauce; there's a subtle trick to this dish that ensures success every time. And for dessert, we’ll teach you to work with phyllo dough; it’s not as tricky as you may fear, and the filling we’ll prepare is so good you might just want to make double and serve the rest over ice cream!

How Virtual Cooking Classes Work

HANDS-ON CLASS NYC: Saturday June 19 at 12PM
Fresh Pasta Workshop

  • Ricotta Gnocchi with Summer Herb Pesto
  • Cavatelli with Roasted Grape Tomatoes, Arugula, & Ricotta
  • Roasted Broccoli with Garlic
  • The Ultimate Tuscan Biscotti & Espresso

Per Person: $129 | Valid only for new purchases (no gift certificates to limited availability)



DON'T WAIT TO SIGN UP: Class will fill quickly and space is VERY limited. This is your chance to learn to make two different (and very delicious) regional Italian pastas: the lightest Ricotta gnocchi from Tuscany, delicious with a vibrant summer pesto; and rustic homemade cavatelli from Puglia, tossed with a colorful sauce of roasted tomatoes, peppery arugula, and creamy cheeseAfter the cooking is done, we'll sit for a pasta-lover's feast, accompanied by fabulous wines and a refreshing vegetable to cleanse the palate. And since no meal is really complete without dessert, we'll indulge in crunchy almond biscotti and some freshly brewed espresso. Class will be held at Degustibus Cooking School at Macy's Herald Square, NYC.

One Year Video Membership Subscription Gift Certificate

Buy the foodie in your life a gift certificate for a one-year subscription to our video membership site for $120, and we'll give the lucky recipient One spot in a virtual cooking class from our calendar at no charge - a savings of $48!

We'll email you a printable gift certificate within hours of your purchase, and you can even personalise the certificate with a message if you like. And feel free to purchase the gift certificate in advance: for more flexibility, the subscription starts only when the gift recipient activates it or 60 days after your purchase, whichever comes first.

Gift Certificate for One Year Membership PLUS one TWO SPOTS in a virtual cooking class from our calendar at no charge: $120

Membership Information


Gift Certificates for Virtual Cooking 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 a virtual class of their choice on our calendar and reap the benefits for years to come.

Only $48

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



HOW VIRTUAL CLASSES WORK: 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 $48 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. 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
Our thanks to you and Dino for a really fun evening and cooking experience last night! The food was delicious! The fennel was my favorite, so good! It's really special that you shared your mom's recipe! I will definitely be watching your website for future classes. LeighAnne, PA
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
We all really enjoyed your meal and the preparation of it Micol. And it all tasted SOOO good! Our foodie group and my 2 guests loved everything about the class and what you offered as well as the meal they got to enjoy. Marilyn, Victoria BC
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...

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.

Please note that promotional offers do not apply on existing gift certificates; special offers are applicable to new purchases only.

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