If there is one European cuisine that is loved internationally, it is Italian. Pasta, pizza, cheeses and hams are a staple of this simple yet delicious fare and learning to master some of the trade secrets will transform your dinner parties forever. Who doesn’t love some homemade ciabatta, afterall? Whether you are wanting to learn new sauce recipes, seasoning techniques or how to make delicious home-rolled pasta, the cuisine is so giving and expansive that you are bound to be able to find what you are looking for in London. So, sick of being an amateur chef in London? Here are the Italian cooking courses that will be sure to rectify that.
La Cucina Caldesi Cookery School
The numerous courses at La Cucina Caldesi Cookery School are all Italian classes, meaning this is a real port of call for those looking to become general masters of the trade, or those looking to specialise in a skill or type of food.
There are 30-minute classes – don’t worry, they are not 30 minutes long. Rather, they teach you how to whip up delicious meals in half an hour. It is perfectly suited to those looking to cook good, nutritious food without having to spend hours in the kitchen – let’s face it, who has time for that after a long day at work? But that does not mean your food needs to be boring, which is this course’s focus. Then there are the pizza courses, which are ideal for those looking to make the well-loved Neapolitan-style food without needing to eat out or get take-aways. With their crispy bases and delicious tomato based sauce, you will indulge the authentic Italian way. Of course, there is a pasta-making class that will make you eager to make your own pasta every night, given how easy they make it for you!
Contact: 020 7487 0750
Address: 4 Cross Keys Cl, Marylebone, London W1U 2DG
Cookery School at Little Portland Street
What people seem to underestimate about Italian food is how it varies from region to region. Yes, pizza and pasta are staples – but what you will find on them or in their sauces is where it will vary. Sicily’s southern approach to cooking is not to be overlooked, so attending the A Taste of Sicily course at Cookery School at Little Portland Street is a great spot to immerse yourself in the food and culture of the South of Italy.
They are also well-known for their pasta, risotto and gnocchi course, where you learn less about the sauces and herbs that will dominate cook books, and instead about how to make perfectly shaped pasta and risotto from scratch with pasta machines, and how to make your risotto light and fluffy.
Contact: 020 7631 4590
Address: 15 Little Portland St, Marylebone, London W1W 8BW
Food at 52
There are four classes you can take at Food at 52 if you are looking to embrace the Italian cuisine. Each one of them puts unwavering focus and energy into giving you the best possible experience of Italian cooking.
If it is a good, authentic foundation you are after, you are best picking the Classic Italian Cookery Class. If, however, you want to master the art of cooking seafood the southern Italian way, your go-to should be the Sicilian Seafood course. One of their newest additions to the list is their vegan course, which is an incredible show of the Italian flavours and how to appreciate them without dairy products like cheese, that are often associated with the food. If your primary focus is pasta, then head to the Italian Pasta Masterclass and transform yourself from an amateur chef in London to the master of pasta-making!
Contact: 07814 027067
Address: 96 Central St, London EC1V 8AJ
The Avenue Cookery School
The courses on offer at The Avenue Cookery School are particularly special, because they offer them all with vegan options. Pasta that is shop-bought is usually vegan, as it is made without egg, but fresh pasta requires egg. So for all the vegans out there who have been deprived of the potential for making fresh pasta, The Avenue has got you covered.
The basic, non-vegan courses include a pasta-making course, a general Italian course and a pizza course. The general Italian class covers all the bases – including an Aperol Spritz on arrival. This course is three hours long and you cook a dish per hour, meaning you head home with three new dishes to add to your repertoire. Prepare to take Italy home with you!
Contact: 020 8874 7623
Address: 3 Enterprise Way, London SW18 1FZ
Enrica Rocca Cooking School
Chef Enrica Rocca is Venetian who has brought her Italian skills and expertise to London so that you are able to make delicious Italian dishes from the comfort of your home kitchen. Based in Notting Hill, you can’t picture a more twee scene to learn the authentic, rustic ways of Italian food.
All the courses include something special that makes it stand out from the rest. For instance, the full-day course involves a walking tour of the iconic Portobello Market, where you will buy the ingredients needed for the meals you will prepare, meaning you learn how to pick your ingredients as well as how to simmer them to mouth-watering perfection. There is also an unlimited flow of prosecco and wine whilst cooking! If you are particularly fond of and interested in Italian wine, however, then the wine and food pairing is the course for you, teaching you not just what to cook but what to drink to make the flavours stand out.
Contact: 07468 531887
Address: 227 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 6HG
So there you have it – all the places to turn you from amateur chef, London, to seasoned veteran of all things from pizza and pasta, to Sicilian seafood and market-bought delights. Italian cooking is about the ingredients and cooking, obviously, but it is also about the passion and attitude. So take positivity and an eagerness to learn to all these classes and really get involved in community-based Italian cooking. You get out what you put in!