Date: Sunday, 17th May
Time: Our masterclasses are separated into 2 sessions, with 15 spaces per wave.
- Session 1: 12:30 - 14:30
- Session 2: 15:00 - 17:00
Location: TBC (Central London)
For centuries, Italy has – and remains – a divided nation.
With a history of poverty, the gastronomy of the Italian south evolved in an altogether different way to that of Italy’s north. Indeed, whilst northern Italian centres – take Florence, or Milan – are renowned for the extravagance of the Renaissance or opulent fashion, the story of the south is an altogether more modest one.
Indeed, whilst northern Italian cuisine uses generous amounts of butter, cream and eggs – all expensive ingredients by historical standards – these ingredients were far too costly to frequent southern kitchens. And so, instead, other culinary traditions were born. Taken together, these have been referred to as ‘’la cucina povera’’ – literally “the poor kitchen”.
Curiously, though, this need for economy has given birth to some of Italy’s most wonderful recipes: with purse strings tight, nonne across Italy’s southern regions have pioneered a cuisine abundant in vegetables, olive oil (olive trees are ubiquitous across the region) and pasta bianca (or white pasta, white given the lack of eggs used in creating the dough).
In this limited edition ‘’cucina povera’’ masterclass, our very own Roberta d’Elia – herself a native of Puglia, in the Italian south – talks about the gastronomic traditions of southern Italy, its beautiful ingredients (from special tomatoes and herbs to her beloved orecchiette pasta) before teaching you to make your very own pasta bianca shapes, all from scratch and in the artisan tradition passed down from mother to daughter through the centuries.
In keeping with the tradition, guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of artisan wine on arrival from southern Italy – the prosecco we usually proffer is indivisibly associated with Veneto, a wealthy northern region.
As this is a limited edition class, we anticipate significant demand and have made only a limited number of tickets available. Advance booking is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. For any other questions regarding the event e.g. transport, parking, accommodation, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.