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Delights of Southern Italy

June 23 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

Date: Sunday, June 23rd
 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Total Sessions:
 Lisa Lavagetto
Location: Rotary Kitchen
Adult, 18+
Skill Level:
Sliding Scale:
 $60 / $80 / $100

About the class

Calabria is a region in southern Italy that boasts a rich and diverse cuisine, influenced by its history, geography, and culture. In this culinary class, you will learn how to prepare some of the most delicious and authentic dishes from Calabria, using fresh and seasonal ingredients. You will discover the secrets of Calabrian cooking, such as the use of spicy chillies, aromatic herbs, and local cheeses and salami. You will also enjoy the flavors of the Mediterranean Sea, with recipes featuring fish, shellfish, and rice. Here is the menu you will create:

  • Crostini di Pesce: crispy bread slices topped with a savory mixture of sardines, anchovies, garlic, parsley, and olive oil. A perfect appetizer to whet your appetite.
  • Chicken Catanzaro: tender chicken pieces cooked in a spicy tomato sauce with pork, onion, carrot, and white wine. A hearty and satisfying main course, named after the capital city of Calabria.
  • Ravioloni Calabresi: large ravioli filled with a blend of provola cheese, soppressata salami, eggs, and pecorino cheese. A traditional pasta dish that showcases the local dairy and meat products of Calabria.
  • Risotto con le Cozze: creamy rice cooked with mussels, garlic, onion, parsley, and chilli. A simple and flavorful dish that celebrates the freshness and quality of the seafood from the Calabrian coast.
  • Torta di Noci: a moist and nutty cake made with walnuts, eggs, and sugar. A classic dessert that is easy to make and delicious to eat, with a hint of lemon zest and a dusting of powdered sugar.

By the end of this class, you will have learned how to make a complete and balanced meal that reflects the essence of Calabrian cuisine. You will also have gained an appreciation for the diversity and richness of this region’s culinary heritage. Join us for this exciting and tasty journey into the heart of Calabria!

Please share any special considerations (medical, physical, learning) that will help your instructor make your class accessible and accommodating for you. You can share these considerations when register or by emailing Sean at

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

About the instructor

Chef Lisa Lavagetto

Chef / Instructor

After marrying a first generation Italian family, Lisa Lavagetto began her love affair with Italian cuisine at the hands of her husband’s grandmother who was a resort chef on Lake Como in Italy. After refining her craft in the family restaurants, Lisa came to Ramekins in 1998. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work with such luminaries as Mark Miller, Ming Tsai, Rick Bayless, Jacques Pepin, and Paula Wolfert. While working at Ramekins Culinary School, Lisa won 5 gold medals and the Best in Show at the professional food competition at the Sonoma Harvest Fair. In her position, Most recently she was on an episode of Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network.

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