Italian Language & Cooking Experience: Parla Come Mangi! | Nov 27

Virtual Cooking Class & Language Lesson. Tastes of Rome Menu with Gianluca Ruggieri & Valentina Cioccari


$40.00 per ticket



About this experience

Cucinato is excited to re-launch our fun series of Italian cooking and language events, cohosted with Italian language school ScuolaScuola!

The idea of Parla Come Mangi is to give adult Italian language-learners a fun opportunity to cook and converse with great Italian chefs while practicing Italian language skills with fellow students and native Italian hosts from Cucinato and ScuolaScuola.

In honour of Italian Cuisine in the World Week, we are excited to present a special Tastes of Rome dinner hosted by two of our favourite native Romans - Cucinato chef Gianluca Ruggieri, and ScuolaScuola founder Valentina Cioccari! 

Gianluca will help you prepare a special menu of classic Roman dishes, while Valentina provides cultural context and linguistic tips for a deeper appreciation of Roman cuisine, and the Italian language. 



Pizza romana (2 portions) for snacking on during the class*

Pasta alla carbonara - Traditional Roman pasta dish with Pecorino Romano and guanciale 

Broccoli in padella alla romana - Classic Italian side dish, easy to prepare - pan fried broccoli with garlic and a touch of peperoncino 

Pollo alla romana (con peperoni) - Chicken with sweet peppers, tomato and herbs  

* Pre-made for heating up, included in ingredient kit 



  • Tickets are per household (not per person)
  • We will send you recipes, instructions, and language learning materials 3 days prior to the event 
  • You can buy your own ingredients; or order the Ingredient Kit from Cucinato (each kit is for two people)
  • If you order the recipe kit, you have the option, of (a) home delivery or (b) pickup from our studio (1338 Lansdowne Ave at St Clair West) on Friday, November 27 
  • Wine, pantry or prepared dishes may be added from our weekly Mercato 



- 2-3 pans 

- Large pot for pasta 

- Passione! (Passion, especially for Italian cooking!) 



  • We will do our best to accommodate dietary needs – please contact us before booking
  • No refunds after purchase.
  • Exchanges (one per ticket) permitted up to 5 days prior to the event.
  • Tickets to Cucinato events are transferable - you can give them to someone else if you can’t attend (but you must notify Cucinato in advance!)





Your Host

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Full of talent, creativity and infectious enthusiasm, Gianluca is a young chef from Rome who recently joined our team as Cucinato Mercato chef, culinary instructor, and event host. And we couldn’t be happier!

Gianluca has been cooking since he was a child and as he grew, he realized food was his calling. He worked in various restaurants in Italy early in his career before landing a job at the 5-star luxury JK Place, where he worked under the guidance of Chef Antonio Martucci, his mentor to this day. Chef Antonio taught Gianluca a lot about fine dining, and more importantly, about dedication to his craft. Now Gianluca is excited to bring his passion for learning, creative expression and teaching others to Toronto, where he hopes to share a taste of the authentic Roman way of life!