Cooking is a wonderfully social activity. My memories of getting flour on my hands with my grandmother while making ravioli from scratch or seeing her smile as she helped me fill the tortellini or prepare the sauce for fettuccine—those are the memories that have sustained me through a lifetime of loving to cook. It’s those types of feelings I want to share in my classes—traditional recipes prepared in classic ways but in a warm environment where making friendships are just as important as making food.

The classes I prepare and teach are inspired directly from my grandmother’s hands and heart and are held in my own cucina in the East Village of Des Moines. Fettuccine, lasagna, ravioli, cannelloni, tortellini, tortelloni, pappardelle, all made from scratch and filled or prepared in the most traditional way, but with a bit of imagination, could be deliciously reinvented without missing their originality!

Come to the classes, meet new wonderful food-lovers, bring your own wine and let’s celebrate love for food, life and new friends!

Public classes are $45.00 per person and covers a variety of foods and styles listed below.

Classes will run as scheduled rain or shine. Please read the cancellation policy before you sign up for a class.

I also offer private classes.

Private classes are a lot of fun!

You can choose ONE of those dishes:

Lasagna, Gnocchi, Fettuccine,Risotto, Focaccia, Chicken Spiedini (those classes are hands-on)

OR

3 pasta Sauce, Saltimbocca, Appetizers, Meatloaf (those classes are demonstration)

The most popular classes are Focaccia Bread or Chicken Spiedini.

Class is 2 hours.

Minimum number is 15 people maximum is 18 people.

Cost is $50 a person. Deposit of $750.(which also covers 15 people) Groups less than 15 will also be $750

Fridays classes only classes in morning or very early afternoon. NO Saturdays afternoon evening class.

You can bring your beverages and an extra dish to share with your group of friends.

Let’s Set Up a Class

 

 


                                                               Address :  333, East Grand loft 103 

                                                               Store is located in East 4th at street level across the AC Hotel. 

                                                               Please read the cancellation policy before to sign up for a class. 

                                                                Cancellation policy also applies to gift certificates. 

                                                                Classes will run as scheduled rain or shine.                                                                                


  Few April cannot be posted here please try this link for full calendar  


Nothing is better than the smell of fresh baking bread in the oven. Join Sara and Alessandra in this first Allegria! Class. You are going to make your own Bread Dough to bring home and then will make 3 different recipes: from the Antipasto to the Dessert all with BREAD! Pure Happiness and” Allegria!” Meet […]

Mon Jan 20
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$60

In this class of the “Mediterranean Flavor”,  we’ll talk and cook some good pistachio and mix spices flavored Jordanian  KEBABS and also an Italian Chicken Spiedino! This is a unique class full of flavor and stories and unique recipes. Chef Eisa big smile and huge experience will be our treat that evening! This is a […]

Tue Jan 21
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$65

Great Hands-on class where you will learn how to make Paccheri! Make your own noddles and fill it up with glorious spinach, ricotta and lots of Parmigiano! Top it with red or white sauce and enjoy it!!! Bring your wine and get ready to a fun and educational class!     FAQs  What are my […]

Wed Jan 22
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$45

Great Hands-on class where you will learn how to make Paccheri! Make your own noddles and fill it up with glorious spinach, ricotta and lots of Parmigiano! Top it with red or white sauce and enjoy it!!! Bring your wine and get ready to a fun and educational class!     FAQs  What are my […]

Thu Jan 23
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$45

Join my Dear Friend and Food Lover Paolo Bartesaghi for this exquisite Northern Italian Cooking Class. From North to South, Italian Cooking is always incredible flavorful, different and unique. In this class you will discover the Northern Italian Style of Cooking with my longtime friend and food lover Paolo Bartesaghi! You are going to make […]

Fri Jan 24
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$55

Great Hands-on class where you will learn how to make Paccheri! Make your own noddles and fill it up with glorious spinach, ricotta and lots of Parmigiano! Top it with red or white sauce and enjoy it!!! Bring your wine and get ready to a fun and educational class!     FAQs  What are my […]

Sat Jan 25
10 AM - 12 PM
- Spots Left
$45

Beer and barbecue go so well together…So let’s spend the day exploring the best of Des Moines!  This tour explores the different styles of barbecue available in Des Moines and some of the restaurants, caterers and chefs smoking it up every day. You’ll get a greater appreciation of one of America’s original cuisines and learn […]

Sat Jan 25
2 - 6 PM
- Spots Left
$70

-Olives, Squash and Guanciale -Pancetta, Radicchio and a touch of balsamic -Sundried Tomato Cream sauce Wonderful, Useful, FUN Pasta Class!     FAQs What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? The store is located on East 4th, at street level, across the AC Hotel. There is street parking in front […]

Wed Jan 29
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$45

An online payment or gift certificate is required to book a class, and your booking must be made at least 24 hours in advance.
PLEASE READ THE CANCELLATION POLICY BEFORE TO SIGN UP.
Cancellation Policy. You can cancel your class 3 days in advance for full reimbursement. Otherwise you can reschedule calling me the very morning of the class you want to attend and if I still have space or some last minute cancellation you can come to class.
Same cancellation policy applies to gift certificates. This cancellation policy applies only to cooking classes. Not to Wow! Des Moines Tours. Refer to information on the Wow! Des Moines Tours website for that information.
Classes will run as scheduled rain or shine. Minors CANNOT be in class by themself. They have to be with an adult who also sign up for the same class.
All classes are held in Alessandra’s kitchen at 333 E. Grand Ave., Loft 103, Des Moines, IA 50309. ( on East 4th, across the street from Sticks)
Classes will run as scheduled rain or shine.