An Italian Food Journey
If you’re after an intriguing glimpse into the world of Italian cuisine, then La Cucina di Sandra Cooking School may just be the next stop in your culinary adventure. Hosted by Sandra Del Greco, a variety of classes are on offer, inspired by regional, seasonal and fresh ingredients.
Presented out of her colourful and rustic Richmond apartment, courses such as La cucina di nonna based on Sandra’s nonna’s recipes or La cucina Abruzzese paying homage to her native region of Abruzzo, encourage foodies and amateurs alike to appreciate the flavours of Sandra’s homeland in a relaxed and conversational environment.
The ‘How to cook fish like an Italian!’ class is a must for all seafood enthusiasts, revealing Sandra’s passion for traditional ingredients and methods, accompanied by her innovative alternatives for creating authentic Italian favourites in a Melbourne context.
The quality of ingredients and flavours are immediately evident; buttery Parmesan biscuits upon arrival, followed by Fried sardines (Sardine fritte) for appetisers; battered in parsley and cheese, and enjoyed with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice.
A Tuna tartar on buffalo mozzarella cream (Tartara di tonno su Crema di Mozzarella) makes a beautifully soft and creamy entrée, with the fresh sashimi grade tuna a stunning highlight. Main course is a rich and hearty Pescarese fish soup (Brodetto di pesce alla Pescarese senza spine), with crispy focaccia drizzled in olive oil and rubbed with garlic, a perfect way to soak up the slightly spicy tomato broth.
Aromatic baked figs (Fichi arrosto agli aromi) infused with orange juice, spices, red wine and Vincotto brings the meal to a delicious end. The crunchy toasted almonds and popping pomegranate seeds are an exciting addition, with the honey-sweetened syrup gently complimenting the meal in its entirety.
Since arriving in Australia in her twenties, Sandra has continued to hone her skills as a cook, and thoroughly enjoys testing recipes, revealing the best locations to buy produce, and sharing stories from her past. Her classes are thoughtfully designed so that there is time inbetween courses to observe cooking techniques, while chatting with fellow attendees and enjoying a glass of wine.
These classes are all about stepping into Sandra’s food journey; catching a glimpse of the rich cultural heritage of her home region of Pescara, Abruzzo, and beyond. As well as appreciating the integral part that Italian food plays in Melbourne’s culinary scene.
By Rachel Mason
Rachel Mason experienced the How to cook fish like an Italian! – Italian Cooking Class, which costs $90. For more information on classes, times and bookings, visit the website listed below.
La Cucina di Sandra
t: (03) 9421 1833 or 0419 503 805
a: 62 Lyndhurst Street Richmond 3121