Potato Gnocchi Primer

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
Member Price: 
2 slots available


A hands-on cooking class culminating in a dinner served with wine and beer.

It's not that the accomplished Italian cooks in your life do not want to reveal their secret gnocchi recipe, it's just that they don't have one. Potato gnocchi success lies in the senses, not the pages of a book. Our resident Italian instructor, Viola, will start with a few tips on shopping and prepping and then lead you through the sensorial engagement needed to turn out the pillowiest, fluffiest, potatoiest gnocchi every time. 


Gnocchi di patate al pomodoro—Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce

Gnocchi di patate al burro e salvia—Potato gnocchi with butter and sage

Gnocchi di patate al pesto—Potato gnocchi with pesto

A seasonal salad will be served with the meal.



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 for college, but soon after attending NYU as an economics major, she was drawn back into her genetic passion for food. She ran an Italian catering business and had a shop showcasing the best of Italian food on Madison Avenue in NYC. After moving to San Francisco in 2004 to start a family, Viola can now be found giving lectures on Italian food traditions and trends, and teaching cooking classes in collaboration with 18 Reasons, SF's Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Consulate, Cavallo Point Lodge Cooking School, Draeger’s in San Mateo and Blackhawk and Pepperberries in Eugene, OR. Since 2013, she has been a brand ambassador for Baci, the iconic Italian chocolates made by Perugina, the worldwide confectionery brand founded by her great grandfather. Viola has also produced food articles and cooking videos for MissionLocal.org. Recently, she began speaking on panels about tradition and innovation in food production and leading groups to explore local and artisanal food systems and producers in Italy.You can follow her adventures and find information on traveling with her at www.violabuitoni.com.