A hands-on cooking class culminating in dinner served with wine.
Easter is celebrated in Italy with processions, religious festivals, and special dinners. Viola Buitoni takes great delight in the traditional foods of this holiday, and she is here to share her favorites with you.
Agnello brodettato - lamb shoulder stew with lemon and egg yolk sauce
Fritto alla romana - crispy lamb chops and artichokes
Testina al forno - baked lamb's head
A salad of local spring greens
All served with torta di Pasqua - a traditional Umbrian Easter cheese bread
Viola Buitoni, a direct descendant of the famed pasta and chocolate family, hails from Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. She came to the US in 1985 for a business degree, but soon after graduation found herself drawn back into the genetic passion for food. In New York City she started Buitoni & Garretti, a catering kitchen and Italian fine foods shop. Here in San Francisco Viola can be found giving lectures on Italian food traditions and trends and cooking classes in collaboration with the SF Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Consulate. She also teaches "The Italian Kitchen", a monthly workshop at the Cavallo Point Lodge Cooking School; and an ongoing series of food articles and cooking videos for MissionLocal.org, a UC Berkeley's School of Journalism blog based in San Francisco's Mission District where Viola lives.