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.

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 10 people maximum is 18 people.

Cost is $50 a person. Deposit of $500.(which also covers 10 people)

Fridays classes only classes in morning or very early afternoon

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.                                                                                

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Sign up fast, come and enjoy one of the most popular class! From an old italian tradition to your family table learn how to marinate, cut and cook the “Spiedini”. Is fast, easy and delicious!

Wed Jul 17
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$45

What is it about cooking something on a skewer that makes it taste so good? I can’t promise you’ll know the answer at the end of this class, but I do know you’ll have a good and tasty time trying to figure it out. These perfectly seasoned pieces of chicken, skewered and cooked to a delightful […]

Thu Jul 18
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$45

What is it about cooking something on a skewer that makes it taste so good? I can’t promise you’ll know the answer at the end of this class, but I do know you’ll have a good and tasty time trying to figure it out. These perfectly seasoned pieces of chicken, skewered and cooked to a delightful […]

Sat Jul 20
10 AM - 12 PM
- Spots Left
$45

La Signora Marcella is a very good friend of mine and an excelent pastry chef: the happiest person in the world! And the most generous as well because she shared with me her famous Tiramisu recipe. Tiramisu is a perfect balance of the cremy mascarpone, sweet Savoiardi and the aroma of coffee. Eccelent, elengant and […]

Tue Jul 23
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$45

With summer, comes all the wonderful home grown vegetables and what better way to showcase them then with a Shrimp Pepper Pasta dish. This dish is light but yet still an Italian-American comfort food! It is one of those recipes that everyone should know how to make and it is so easy! Shrimp Pepper Pasta […]

Wed Jul 24
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$55

La Signora Marcella is a very good friend of mine and an excelent pastry chef: the happiest person in the world! And the most generous as well because she shared with me her famous Tiramisu recipe. Tiramisu is a perfect balance of the cremy mascarpone, sweet Savoiardi and the aroma of coffee. Eccelent, elengant and […]

Sat Jul 27
10 AM - 12 PM
- Spots Left
$45

Did you notice the opening of several restaurants in Des Moines featuring South American cuisine? You can now take a culinary trip to Peru, Argentina, Brazil or Colombia without leaving the metro area! If you are curious to know more about these cuisines — Or if ceviche, empanadas or chimichurri sauce makes your mouth water, […]

Sat Jul 27
2 - 6 PM
- Spots Left
$70

Super Fun class! You will make your own Spaghetti “alla Chitarra”, nothing is better than home-made Pasta!!!!! And we’ll top it with a super wonderful Piccantina Sauce and have a choice of Shrimps or Chicken to add! Hands-on class. Bring your wine!!!!  

Mon Jul 29
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$45

Learn how to make Home-Made Pizza and Italian at the same time!!! Super Fun Hands-on class where you will learn at least 30 italian words, 4 simple usefull sentences in italian while you make pizza. Bring your wine or beer, relax and have fun!!!!

Wed Jul 31
6 - 8 PM
- Spots Left
$60

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.
All classes are held in Alessandra’s kitchen at 333 E. Grand Ave., Loft 103, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Classes will run as scheduled rain or shine.