Genuine ethnic cooking such as Italian cuisine does not come in quick microwavable dishes. Cooking Italian means understanding food preparation, choosing the right ingredients and hands-on cooking itself. Anyone interested in Italian cooking classes should first master the basics of cooking. Once the basics are mastered, you’re ready to make a complete Italian meal. Italian cooking varies from region to region. A list of classes for the novice and more advanced can be found in Cooking Classes In The Twin Cities.  Anyone who can do a basic roast, make salads, brew coffee without a Keurig or cook ham and eggs in three different ways would be more than prepared to become an Italian basic chef. For those who are ready, here are Italian cooking classes open to enrollment. Not every class is ongoing, but with sufficient demand, new classes will be scheduled.

(credit: The Italian Gormet)

(credit: The Italian Gormet)

The Italian Gourmet
8594 Excelsior Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55343
(952) 933-2633

To really learn about Italian cooking, you need real Italian chefs. The Italian Gourmet has an Italian chef at the helm. A catering company with cooking classes, The Italian Gourmet teaches Italian-style home cooking. The company brings together groups for Italian dinner evening events. Guests participate in meal preparation, wine selection, food serving and cleanup while learning authentic Italian recipes. Booking a class is easy. With generous help from the owner who is also head chef, you can create your own menu.

Sarello’s Culinary Events & Meeting Center
28 Center Mall Ave.
Moorhead, MN 56560
(218) 287-0238

A bon vivant center for culinary events and meetings, Sarello’s offers private and group cooking classes to older children and adults. Classes in Italian cooking and culture are tentatively scheduled for this year. A culinary venue, Sarello’s is a good place to learn hands-on cooking. If new to working a kitchen, you might want to watch a cooking demo. Perhaps your young ones can learn to be junior Italian chefs.

(credit: Ciatti's Ristorante)

(credit: Ciatti’s Ristorante)

Ciatti’s Ristorante
2635 West Division St.
St. Cloud, MN 56301
(320) 257-7900

A wonderful restaurant that blends Italian, American and Mediterranean specialties, four-course Italian cooking classes are a popular tradition at Ciatti’s. Headed by the restaurant’s executive chef, attendees learn the basics of Italian cooking from the experts. In a friendly kitchen sitting, everyone participates in preparing authentic Italian meals. These classes fill up quickly, but don’t despair. Groups can arrange for private Italian cooking classes.

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Rivertown Inn
306 W. Olive St.
Stillwater, MN 55082
(651) 430-2955

This lovely Stillwater inn has two pasta making classes scheduled for April and two classes in Italian cooking scheduled for June. The pasta class will teach the basics for making and preparing fresh pasta. Recipes for the Italian cooking class are still being firmed up. However, be assured the menu will  be full of healthy produce and locally grown ingredients. Private cooking classes can be arranged with the head chef for groups of six. In a private class, attendees help plan the menu and can choose the cooking techniques they wish to learn. Classes are scheduled at the mutual convenience of the group and chef.

(credit: Cooks of Crocus Hill Facebook page)

(credit: Cooks of Crocus Hill Facebook page)

Cooks Of Crocus Hill
877 Grand Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55105
(651) 228-1333

A versatile culinary school and cookware seller, Cooks of Crocus Hill opened in 1973 as a small cooking school in St. Paul. The number of Minnesota locations has expanded. Cooks has conducted cooking classes and developed beginner and intermediate Italian recipes for Kowalski’s Markets and Lunds & Byerlys, two major local grocers. The school continues its tradition of group and individual cooking classes throughout Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Although pasta and pizza are the most popular, primo piatto (Italian first course) and Tuscany brunch are also part of the Italian culinary curriculum. Cooks welcomes suggestions for classes in preparing Italian dishes and other ethnic foods.

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Linda Cameron has written home design, home improvement and lifestyle articles for The Boston Globe and City Shopper Magazine. She has related interests in the building industry, travel, real estate and financing. She is a contributor to Examiner, House Spot, Techsling and Behance, covering topics on career, people, businesses, education and technology.