Italy is a great place for a family vacation. There is so much to see and do, and Italians love kids! That’s why the towns are filled with parks, amusement centers, and other venues that are very family friendly. Of course a trip to Italy would require visits to museums and churches, but when you’ve go kids you’ve got to add in some fun kid friendly activities. What better way to add a bit of hands on fun than a children’s cooking class!aLast week my grandson Jett and I spent half a day at a children’s cooking class in Vicenza. The class is offered by these two lovely ladies, Monica and Silvia. It’s held at Silvia’s house in Rettorgole a small town in the province of Vicenza. The Province of Vicenza is located in north eastern Italy in the Veneto region, It’s just a 45 minute train ride from Venice and is home to some of the greatest examples of Palladio’s architecture.
Monica and Silvia offer cooking classes for children and adults. We attended the children’s cooking class along with 5 other children and their moms.
For the children’s cooking class Monica and Silvia planned several easy dishes including gnochetti, little rolled pasta balls similar to gnocchi but made with durham flour instead of potato. We also made bread balls stuffed with cheese and prosciutto, dough pinwheels stuffed with zucchini and prosciutto, and a delicious tartlet.
The ladies were very helpful and helped the children with the preparation of each dish. Actually in our case they were extra helpful and very vigilant. Jett is allergic to eggs and dairy so they provided him with egg and dairy free alternatives. Monica and Silvia were also very careful with the cooking utensils. They made sure that Jett’s utensils did not come in contact with the other children’s things to avoid cross contamination.
The children’s cooking class was about 4 hours long. After the children made the dishes Monica and Silvia cooked everything and served it all to us for lunch. It was a wonderful experience. In fact Jett and I had such a good time I’m looking forward to doing a cooking class with these ladies next time I’m in town.
Here are some of the highlights of our class.
Making the prosciutto and cheese stuffed bread balls. We used Vegan cheese for our bread balls as well as the pinwheels we also made.
We rolled out the dough for the pinwheels stuffed with zucchini and prosciutto.
Jett really enjoyed using the rolling pin!
Making gnochetti using the wooden mold. Jett was and expert at making this tiny rolled pasta. He caught on real quick and made the entire tray by himself!
Monica helping Jett roll out the cookie crust for the tartlet.
The kids all took turns slicing up fresh fruits to top the tartlets with. Jett of course managed to snack on a few berries.
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