Summer in Italy

Italian Cooking Classes with Chef Filippo Melfi


Duration 1 h 30 m

"Throughout my travels, I have become an expert in teaching authentic Italian cuisine to tourists and locals alike. Leaving the restaurant kitchen to focus on another passion of mine, instructing, started over 4 years ago. In that time, I have learned how to teach my love for pasta, risotto and all things Italian. I have also fine-tuned how to make vegetarian and gluten free dishes, while keeping the authentic tastes of Italy. Just let me know how you want to learn and I will ensure you will have a lovely Italian feast to your tastes!"

Chef Filippo is a Chef Instructor currently living and cooking in Rome, Italy.


The menu


Cavatelli al pesto di
rucola e noci

(Handmade pasta with

rocket and walnut sauce)


  • 100 g/3.5 oz of “00” flour

  • 100 g/3.5 oz of semolina flour

  • 55 cl/2 oz water

  • 200 g of rocket (or basil alternatively)

  • 8 walnuts

  • 1 tbsp grated parmesan

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 garlic clove (optional)



(Mixed fried vegetables)


  • 2 slices of bread

  • 1 zucchini

  • 1 eggplant

  • 1 red pepper

  • 1 potato (medium size, any variety not sweet)

  • 1 garlic clove

  • 1 medium onion

  • 5 basil leaves 

  • 1 handful of pine nuts


Gelato alla vaniglia

(Vanilla ice cream)



  • 1 egg (yolk)

  • 1 tbsp of sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean or extract (no vanilla essence)

  • 100 ml/3.5 oz double cream

Required Kitchenware:

  • Electric whisk or handheld whisk to prepare ice cream

  • Squround or small tray/cup to freeze the ice cream 

  • Chopping knife to chop the caponata vegetables

  • Chopping board to chop the caponata vegetables 

  • Non-stick (medium to large) pan to cook the caponata

  • Food processor or blender to blend pesto ingredients

  • Large pot to boil cavatelli 

  • Skimmer or colander to drain the cavatelli

  • Plates to serve 


  • Gluten

  • Egg

  • Nuts

  • Dairy

Cooking techniques mastered:

  • Kneading dough

  • Creating homemade pesto 

  • Making homemade ice cream

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