The Italian Way with Vegetables: Bitter is Better - In Person

Sunday, January 22, 2023 4:00pm to 8:00pm
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3674 18th St.
San Francisco, CA 94110
United States
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A hands-on in-person cooking class. This class is limited to 12 students. Review our registration and cancellation policies here. Proof of full vaccination is required at the door. Masks are recommended.

The cooking of Italy celebrates seasonal, truly fleeting produce. Italians have a knack for making simple seem special, and they know how to transform a small basket of vegetables into a feast for a crowd. The slim pickings of winter gardens do not deter Italian cooking instructor Viola Buitoni, who sees the bitterness of chicories, broccoli, and cabbages as just another enhanced flavor profile and is determined to out everyone's inner broccoli lover.



Torta di foglie di scarola, pane raffermo e funghi di bosco—Escarole leaves, day old bread and wild mushrooms tart

Penne al radicchio, gorgonzola e noci—Penne with radicchio, gorgonzola and walnuts 

Cuori di scarola, cipolle rosse e arance con olive e pistacchi—Escarole hearts, red onion, and oranges with olives and pistachios

Cicorie d'inverno in salsa d'acciughe—Winter chicories in anchovy sauce

Bruschetta di cavolina—Bruschetta with bitter leaves and stalks


This menu contains the following common allergens: Fish, Egg, Tree Nuts, Dairy, Wheat, Mushrooms. If you have allergies or dietary restrictions that concern your ability to cook along, please e-mail before purchasing a ticket.

Let’s Cook Together! 



Viola Buitoni, chef instructor and food writer, was born in Rome and raised in Perugia, Italy. With stories and knowledge from six generations, her dishes cross the best of California agriculture with the finest Italian food imports. After moving to the US to attend NYU, Viola started Buitoni & Garretti, a catering kitchen and Italian fine foods shop in New York City. She later moved to San Francisco where she began lecturing and teaching Italian food tradition workshops at the SF Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Consulate. She teaches Italian cooking at 18 Reasons, The Civic Kitchen, and Milk Street year-round, and at the Puglia Culinary Center in the summer. In October of 2021, she will lead an immersive fall foraging workshop in Le Marche. She is a regular contributor to La Cucina Italiana US. She lives in the Mission District with her husband, son and tiny dog.


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