Mambo Italiano: 10 Classes and Tours to Taste NYC's Italy
Do as the Romans do and love Italian food. Throw some spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks; translation, try as many of these classes as you want to appreciate Italian cuisine. Here's your intro guide to Italian cuisine classes and tours in New York City.

A classic Italian course with a small class size and a big appetite.

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Perfect your cooking skills and tinker with classic Italian recipes to make mouth-watering meals, including bruschetta, tomatoes stuffed with rice, spinach and ricotta gnocchi, roasted pork loin and a raspberry sorbet to name a few. With an intimate class size that never exceeds 12 people, work hands-on with an esteemed instructor to gain confidence in the kitchen.

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Italian cooking, Northern style

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For some, there is Northern Italian cooking and nothing else. Home to St. Marks Square, the Duomo and a completely unique take on Italian cuisine, this cooking class brings Northern Italy to you. Create classic Italian dishes like risotto, gnocchi, classic Bolognese sauce and tiramisu before sitting down to a delicious meal with the whole class to test your creations. Bringing wine is greatly encouraged.

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Even the Godfather himself would take this tour

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Have you ever snacked on some prosciutto infused bread? No? Well your life is about to change. Head down to historic Little Italy to tour eateries that specialize in starch, cheese and the best combination of the two-pizza. Besides sampling delicious food, you will also hang out in some of Hollywood’s film spots-think locations set in "The Godfather", "Donnie Brasco" and "Mean Streets". Hear the stories that inspired the films and indulge yourself in some of Little Italy's best eats.

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Move over pasta: Kosher Italian rice class

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Do you eat only Kosher food? Do you wish a cooking class lined up with your dietary habits? Then this is the class for you to practice your cooking skills under the tutelage of an excellent teacher held in a kosher kitchen. Many of Italy's best dishes contain rice instead of pasta, so you’ll learn how to craft the best creamy risottos, savory arancinis and custardy budinos.

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Dang that pasta is fresh

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From egg noodles to cheesy gnocchi, you cannot beat fresh and homemade Italian pasta. Learn to make classic pastas from three different Italian regions: Liguria, Tuscany and Basilicata. Once you've learned the ropes (and tasted your creations), chow down a light and refreshing salad and some homemade biscotti. We recommend that you bring your own apron or an old t-shirt, it can get messy! Or, feel free to purchase an apron for $20 upon arrival.

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Italian Cooking for Dummies

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If your idea of 'making pasta' is to boil some store-bought noodles, you need to rethink how you do 'homemade' Italian food. Luckily, you can take this awesome beginners class for Italian cooking, where you'll learn not to rely on Chef Boyardee but on your own cooking skills. Designed for the beginner cook, you'll be shown the fundamentals of authentic Italian home cooking. Then you'll put these skills to use as you make delicious Italian dishes, including homemade pasta, Chicken Scaloppine with fontina and prosciutto in marsala glaze and tiramisu.

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NoLIta? No PRoblem

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Looking for some eclectic eats? Explore locations in the diverse area of NoLIta that you’ve likely never noticed, sampling some of the best Vietnamese sandwiches, Spanish candies and Italian cheeses and pizzas that you will ever taste. You will also be offered the opportunity to stop and chat with the chefs and purveyors of these delicacies to learn some tricks. Eating and exploring-what more do you want?

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Cannoli, prosciutto, Italian cheese and… Dumplings?

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Chinatown food tour
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A fusion of cultural experiences, adventure through the narrow and often chaotic streets that make up Chinatown and Little Italy tasting both food and history on this guided tour. After you've devoured bites such as authentic Chinese dumplings and imported Italian cheeses, your knowledgeable and engaging guides will give you some of the best tips to touring these neighborhoods on your own. Trust us, even a New Yorker would learn something new from this tour.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for gelato

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Unpopular opinion: ice cream is overrated. Just a little bit. You know what isn't overrated? Italian gelato. Learn how to make it in this hands-on class, where you get to craft your favorite flavors and take them home. Bring a cooler, grab some friends and indulge in the sweet.

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It’s all about the sauce

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There are two camps divided by Italian cuisine: cheese or sauce. This class concerns itself with the latter by teaching its students how to prepare 10 different pastas and sauces and how to pair which sauce with which type of pasta. A must for sauce lovers everywhere, you even get to take the food home with you.

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Wine and cheese pairing because Italian wine and cheese > everything else

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When you think of the perfect Italian pairing, what often comes to mind is pasta and sauce. But step outside that food bubble and you’ll realize that their wine and cheese is just as great a partnership. In this class, you’ll sample some of the finest Italian wine and cheese from all over Italy while learning what makes each region unique and how it produces it’s respective wines and cheeses.

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It’s a meatball! And the places that make the best ones

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What's in a meatball? Okay, meat. But meatballs actually have a fascinating history, especially from the Italian immigrants who made them in NYC. Scout out Greenwich Village's most famous locations, including St. Anthony of Padua Church, Washington Square Park, Caffe Reggio, Minetta Lane and Raffetto's Pasta before heading over to Da Marcella Restaurant to sample the best authentic Italian candy, meatballs and bruschetta.

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Taste your way through Italian wine country, from North to South

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The world's largest exporter of wine knows a thing or two about this Godly drink from the last 3,000 or so years of making it and selling it. Now's your chance to drink your way through Italy without leaving stateside in this wine tasting class. Explore the unique tastes of wine from the North to the South of wine country, paired with excellent cheese for a relaxing nigh

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