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Winter 2015

Cari Amici,

The winter snow storms finally arrived with a vengeance!  Our beautiful patio is filled with snow right up to the seats of the patio chairs.   It is beautiful to see but hard to imagine that in about two and one half months we will be making pizza in the Tuscan oven on the patio and possibly dining al fresco as well.  This thought keeps me from despairing of the cold and the cabin fever that I am experiencing on blizzard days!

Meanwhile we are cooking up a storm in the Cucina Casalinga kitchen!  We have made hearty soups, a fabulous Tuscan pork roast menu and now look forward to “Pasta Pronto”, a Seafood Fra Diavolo class and “Men in the Kitchen” class featuring Tuscan style short ribs and polenta with mascarpone and gorgonzola.  Favoloso!

Take a look at our March and April classes and join in the fun!  “All About Pizza” - making pizza in your home oven is scheduled for Friday morning, March 13th.  It’s easier than you think and so delicious that your children will love making the dough with you.  Celebrate an early St. Joseph’s day with an evening class on March 18th and enjoy all of the foods Italians make to honor their beloved saint - especially the ricotta and chocolate filled sfingi for dessert!  If you always wanted to make Nonna’s Sunday ragu and homemade manicotti, don’t miss our “Classic Italian” menu on Wednesday morning, March 25th.  This menu will quickly become your family’s favorite meal.

If you love fish you will want to attend our “Seafood Class” on Friday, April 10th featuring baked stuffed clams and “Filetto di Soglia Prezioso”.  Don’t miss our Saturday, April 18th morning workshop offering a lovely entertaining menu with lemon chicken scaloppini, springtime risotto and a very special strawberry Tiramisu.

Finally we have just a few places left for Wusthof Chef Mike Garaghty’s knife skills class.  You will learn a lot while helping Mike and me in the preparation of Pollo alla Diavolo – “the devil’s chicken”.

Spring is coming and we will be ready in the kitchen.  Consult the Adult Classes page on the Cucina Casalinga website for all of the details.  Looking forward to cooking with all of you soon.

Buona Cucina


Kids are cooking on Martin Luther King Day!

Have your kids join us on January 19th, 2015 for a fun cooking class and lunch.
They are going to love this!


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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