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….going back to the old days when granny made pasta for the whole family

On Sunday 2nd of July we will start at 11.00am and we will speak Italian ..

so also a short introduction on cooking terminology will be given by the Italian teacher who will help with the vocabulary and assist during the preparation.

These cooking lessons are for everyone in a very pleasant atmosphere and as part of an informal, informative and fun day!

So………Let’s Mani in pasta!

Simona will teach you how to make pasta dough from scratch: kneading, rolling and filling to encourage your creativity and finally closing to make Cappelletti
(The filling will be already prepared because of the limited time).

And after we will enjoy what has been prepared, eating all together our Italian Cappelletti!

But no worries, there will be some for you to take home too..

By taking part in this “Pasta lesson”, participants will expand and deepen their knowledge of Italian language and food culture.

A glass of Prosecco and nibbles on arrival will welcome you

When: July 2nd from 11.00am to 3.00pm

Where: Casa Tua- Camden 176 Royal College St, London NW1 0SP

Cost: £39.90 per head which includes all the ingredients, the use of equipment, Prosecco and nibbles on arrival.

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Few places available, booking essential

Organizers: Antonio & Giuseppe

Booking required:gamoroso77@gmail.com    antonio.lucicesare@gmail.com




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Everytime I have cooking lessons with my students, their most common questions are: What is the best Italian dressing for a good salad? What are the tricks to make a good tiramisù?

About the first question, in Puglia we use the local extra virgin olive oil, salt and vinegar from white wine, for us aceto balsamico is too sweet (and more common in the area of Modena).

For the second question I get dazzled, because the tiramisù ́s recipe is so simple that you just need fresh eggs and savoiardi.

But my question is: Why is the tiramisù the most well known Italian dessert in the world? My only explanation is because is very simple, fast and tasty like most of the Italian cuisine.

Then what could be another good cake less popular but so good and healthier? La crostata!!!

What’s crostata? Let me tell you, it is an easy and traditional recipe made up of short bread and delicious home made jam. In summer in Puglia we have plenty of delicious frutta fresca and we love to prepare homemade jam.

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How to make a perfect crostata


1 cucchiaino di lievito per dolci, 300 grammi farina, 100 grammi burro (temperatura ambiente) tagliato a pezzetti, buccia grattuggiata di limone, 150 grammi di zucchero, 1 uovo, 1 albume, 200 grammi marmellata

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Mescolare a mano la farina con un cucchiaio di lievito (baking powder) per dolci.

Aggiungere il burro tagliato a pezzetti. Impastare il tutto. Aggiungere lo zucchero, la buccia (peel) grattuggiata  di limone. Mescolare ancora. Aprire una conca nel mezzo e aggiungere l´uovo. Mescolare il tutto fino ad ottenere un impasto omogeneo e compatto. Avvolgerlo in pellicola e tenerlo in frigo per 30 minuti.

Stendere un ¾  dell´impasto (dough) per una base torta di forma rotonda in una teglia. Coprire la base con marmellata. Con l´impasto creare delle strisce (stripes) da mettere poi sulla torta.

Spalmare l´albume con le mani o con un pennello sulla superficie della pasta frolla (crust). Infornare in forno preriscaldato a 180° per circa 30 minuti fino alla sua doratura.

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Buona Crostata a tutti!

Michela, teacher and director of L’Acanto, school of Italian in Mesagne, Puglia

Volare…Cantare…ho, oh oh!


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Learning Italian, it is an on going struggle – of course the biggest challenge is to find the time; without constant practice it’s so easy to forget.

Practice must be on a daily basis!

That’s a tall order, but little and often can work and here are two tips:

1) talk to yourself in Italian (in your head or out loud!) when you are standing on the tube platform or walking down the street – you can keep a scrap of paper handy to note questions or things you are not sure about as you chat

2) read! I myself resisted for a long time deeming it too hard…. But I’ve discovered it is a fantastic way to learn and to be reminded. Authors tend to repeat the same kind of phraseology and vocabulary, which is great for learning modi di dire and vocabolario.

 You don’t need to read for too long – 15 minutes per day is do-able and done regularly produces good results.

Find a book

  • that you actually want to read, that keeps you wanting to know more
  • that tells a linear story; magical realism or too many changes back and forth from present to past can be confusing

by Jenifer, founder of Live and Learn Italian in Agnone, Molise

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Agnone, is in a small town where the locals are very friendly and eager to communicate, but do not speak English. The programme has been structured to combine daily lessons with multiple opportunities to practice speaking – over cooking with the local women, visits to the artisan workshops, tours of the centro storico and other historical and cultural sights, and family food producers of the region.

Our hosts are all happy to share their methods, family histories, and stories, and join you for a coffee on the terrace. It is really up to you how much practice you get – chat with the staff at the bar and over dinner, engage with our driver who is also a dairy farmer, learn about the various regional cheeses directly from the makers – this is the slow life and people have time to connect with you. And they want to – they are far off the tourist track so they are interested to know where you have come from, why you are learning Italian and how you like their town!



Courses this summer are booking up but there are some slots available June 25th and July 16th and a few still free September 3rd


Info and bookings: jenifer@liveandlearnitalian.com  +447771 750 189

For information, or do call if you want to talk anything through 🙂

If you liked this, you will probably want to read these:

Driving up the Trabucchi coast

The original Italians and the mystery of Tavola Osca

Agnone, where no one speaks English


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Why do you study Italian? “because I love Italy!”, “I like art”, “I like Italian movies”, “my girlfriend is Italian, and I’d like to know what she’s muttering on Monday mornings”. But what about studying Italian to understand 20 pages-long menus handed out in Italian restaurants ? Non turistic restaurants seldom have menus translated in English, and you’ll have to make an effort to understand a sweating waiter trying to explain in his poor English a complex dish, its ingredients, its flavour… Well you can always order randomly or accept advices, but you could later find out you just devoured delicious chiken entrails or a spicy dish of bovine intestine…
You’ll later regret you didn’t ask your Italian teacher what a “rigaglie di pollo” is, and how to ask politely for a less bloody meal.
Best you can do, is to enrich your Italian experience with a cooking-language class. This will help you with the language, and more importantly, give you insights on Italian cuisine and the many aspects of Italian culture related to food and its preparation.
If the course encomprises tasting and eating your lesson’s recipe, you’ll probably embrace our cooking belief: back home you’ll point out to your friends that in Rome there’s no such thing as “Spanish steps” (we call it Trinità dei monti) just like there’s no “fettuccine alfredo”, “chicken pasta” or “ veal parmigiana”.
Morevoer, you’ll surprise your expat Italian friends if you cook for them meatballs (JUST meatballs, no spaghetti), a carbonara (with no cream), the simplest “spaghetti al pomodoro” or even “aglio e olio” if on a Friday night your fridge holds only beer.
In fact, many everyday Italian dishes are easy to prepare, they just require proper ingredients and some time and patience. Some might say “love”.
But cooking rules are not engraved on a stone tablet, so let’s not be too strict: you can always add some flavour or spice from your country (chicken or raw eggs are not a spices, mind you), and have your cappuccino anytime you like – even after a fish dinner. I put parmigiano on my tuna spaghetti and have eggs with american coffee for breakfast. But please don’t tell my mamma.

by Federico Mari, teacher in Rome, Kappa Italian Language school


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Bolognaise is famous everywhere, sometimes with few changes (not always good), but if you want to prepare a perfect Italian bolognaise just follow few steps.


Allora How to prepare at home a perfect Italian ragù alla bolognese

First, if you want to cook like an Italian, you need to learn the recipe in Italian:)

Let’s start with an Italian tutorial/language game:

 Il ragù alla bolognese

1. Match the verbs of the list with the pictures

  1. mescolare
  2. aggiungere
  3. soffriggere
  4. tritare
  5. pelare
  6. sciogliere

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Click here  to check your answers

Gli ingredienti sono:

Carne di suino Cipolle Burro Pancetta
Sedano Vino rosso Carote Olio d’oliva
Latte fresco Sale Pepe macinato fresco Brodo di carne e Pomodori


2. PRACTICE: Click here to learn the recipe with a simple fill the gap exercise

Learn how to cook Italian in Italy

And now watch a video and practice at home,

Buon appetito…

Cook and learn Italian in Italy

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