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Summer Enrichment Program: A Taste of Italy


A Taste of Italy - FULL

For students entering grades 7-11

Course Description

A Taste of Italy

For students entering grades 7-11

A Taste of Italy is a 4-day program designed for students to explore and experience a “taste” of Italian culture and cuisine.  Students will learn about Italian language, history, traditions and of course food!  Each day, students will prepare and eat an authentic Italian meal directed by a real Italian grandmother with decades of experience.  You may call her Nonni!  Picture yourself listening to Italian music while preparing meals under the direction of Nonni and Grandpa.  Included in this program will be instruction in common vocabulary words and phrases.  Each day culminates with everyone sitting together like a large Italian family enjoying a delicious meal while Nonni and Grandpa communicate with students in both Italian and fluent broken-English.

Buon Appetito!


Day 1  Fresh pasta and homemade meat sauce
Students will make homemade fettuccine from scratch and prepare a homemade meat sauce using fresh ingredients.  Freshly grated Parmesan cheese will top off the dish.
Day 2:   Sicilian Rice Balls (Arancini)
Students will prepare one of the most popular foods in Sicily.  They will create and cook rice balls stuffed with fresh ground beef and mozzarella cheese.  Students will also prepare a side dish to complete a truly delicious meal.
Day 3:  Homemade Italian Ravioli
Students will make homemade Italian ravioli from scratch.  The dough will be prepared using a mold to produce fresh ravioli which will be served with meat sauce and fresh parmesan cheese.
Day 4: Italian Cookies and Pastries
Students will make pizzelle, a classic and authentic cookie from scratch, and also stuff their own cannoli with fresh ricotta filling.  Students will also prepare homemade meatballs and sauce to create meatball subs as a main course before enjoying a sweet dessert.
*Menu may change based on availability of ingredients and Nonni’s preference.
Photos from last year’s program may be viewed on Instagram at




Session I:    June 18-21   T-W-Th-F (4 days) FULL

 Time: 10:00 am -1:30 pm

Instructor: Rino Beninati

Location:  Woodbury Middle School

Fee:  $210 per session

Space is limited so register early


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