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Sally MaraventanoCari amici,

Summer with its humid days and rainy nights is here!  My husband’s garden has never been more beautiful – yielding zucchini, eggplant and tomatoes every day in great numbers.  Our first “Gifts from the Garden” class with deep-fried zucchini flowers and stuffed zucchini boats was so successful.  Please join us for one or more of these fabulous remaining Summer classes – July 31st “A Feast from the Garden”; August 1st “Pizza in the Tuscan Oven” and on August 8th – “Yummy Garden Recipes with meatballs from Amalfi”.  These are recipes we dream about in January and February when snow is piled high outside of our kitchen windows and we are forced to buy herbs in tiny plastic bags at the market.  Ugh!  Sign up now!

A summer special:  Register for a Summer cooking class and receive an autographed copy of Festa del Giardino, my Italian vegetable cookbook – 125 delicious and healthful family recipes, all cooked with extra-virgin olive oil at a 50% discount!

Only four spots are left in our Kids Cook Italian Four-Day Camp from August 18th – 20th and August 22nd.  Treat your 10 to 15 year olds to an unforgettable experience.  See detailed daily menus on the kids’ page and reserve a space.

And looking ahead to fall:  A Basic Italian 101 Workshop, with three classic tomato sauce recipes, chicken parmesan and classic tiramisu; Nonna Peppina’s Sunday Ragu`, including making perfect meatballs; and Fall favorites:  Hearty soups – Pasta e fagioli (cannellini bean and pasta soup) and Zuppa di zucca (butternut squash and sage soup) and Risotto ai funghi porcini (creamy risotto with porcini mushrooms).

Stay tuned for notice of the dates for all Fall classes.  For now enjoy this warm weather, days at the beach and grilling Italian style.  Best of all – dine al fresco!

Buona Cucina,



Cucina Casalinga featured in Natural Awakenings

Cucina Casalinga featured in August 2014 Natural Awakenings,
“An Italian Garden Feast” and recipe appear on pages 42 and 43.
Magazine is available at Mrs. Green's Natural Market and many
other Fairfield County, Connecticut businesses.


Sally Maraventano Celebrates 32 Years of
Home-style Cooking at Cucina Casalinga!


We need your help with a new cookbook...
we want to include YOUR favorites!

How many recipes have we prepared together in my kitchen in the last 31 years? It is time to write a cookbook featuring the best of my family recipes and those that I have developed for Cucina Casalinga. I would love for those of you to share your favorite titles and maybe a few lines about why you have made them part of your family and entertaining menus. A cookbook is not only about recipes but also about memories and stories that evolve from making those recipes. There would be no cooking school without all of you so please help me to make this cookbook a really special anthology of home-style Italian cooking at its best!

It's easy! Just email me at or send me a note at
   PO Box 7714
   Wilton, CT 06897


Corporate cooking classes
makes for a memorable evening!

Cucina Casalinga
Sally Maraventano will arrange a spectacular culinary event for your corporate team or unique group. Her hands-on regional Italian home-style cooking classes in her state-of-the-art kitchen offer a great opportunity to reward a job well done or a venue to break the ice and bring corporate teams together.

Start planning an extraordinary cooking experience for your team today!
Read more or call for details!

So much more fun than just going out to eat!
Clients and employees love it!

Corporate/group classes attendees

“Thank you for making this experience for our clients and us unbelievable! 
You went out of your way to make this a memorable event together!”

- Morgan Stanley

“Thank you for a wonderful meal.  I am so glad we chose to come here and cook
with you instead of having dinner in a restaurant.  I definitely learned things about
cooking and I am looking forward to cooking at home!”

- Ernst & Young

“Sally and Vicki, Thank you so very much for a wonderful day! Our clients were thoroughly
pleased and we all enjoyed every moment.”

- Robert Reby & Co. Inc.

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Adult classes attendees
Cucina Casalinga Adult Cooking Classes

“Thank you for such a wonderful and warm experience.  I had such a great time with you,
my sisters and the others you welcomed into your home and gorgeous kitchen.  I will be
sure to enjoy these recipes forever as well as the memory of the evening we spent here
with you!  I will certainly come back foe another delicious meal".
- Sue F.

Once again, such a wonderful evening was had by all.  Thank you for making my husband’s
birthday gift so memorable.  We’ll be back yet again.”

- Lori C.

“Multi Bene! Thank you for a wonderful experience.  We learned a lot and enjoyed our
time with you thoroughly.”
- Jack B.

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