Cooking: Essentially Italian

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Come and work with Italian chef, Davide Tonucci and create a stunning feast that covers the basics of Italian cooking. Everything in this class is made from scratch, you will learn the art of working with beautiful seasonal produce, making pasta, pastry and classic Italian sauces.

The class commences with a refreshing Aperol Spritz and some classic antipasti, as we know you will arrive hungry…. and ends with a sit-down meal of everything you have created… Bon apetit!

On the menu
  • Taralli - nibble on these crispy bread doughnuts with your Aperol
  • Crostino di ricotta e mortadella - served on toasted Italian bread
  • Prosciutto e melone -prosciutto and rockmelon, a classic summer italian antipasto
  • Ricotta Gnocchi -with classic Sugo and Pecorino
  • Pappardelle with classic Pork and Fennel Ragu
  • Seasonal salad - using produce best available
  • Crostata with wild berries jam and walnuts - a classic Italian tart
Skills covered in this course
  • Key Knife Skills
  • Making and rolling your own pasta dough
  • Making and forming perfect Gnocchi
  • Use of the pasta machine and how to handle and cook pasta in different forms
  • Learn to produce the perfect Italian Sauce and the art of balancing flavours
  • Presentation skills, make your food look fabulous!
  • Eating – this part is by far the easiest
About the chef

“My first memories of making pasta are from when I was a kid. I remembered sitting down with my mamma on a Sunday morning, helping her pinch the pasta to make cappelletti for the Sunday lunch (and eating the scraps of raw dough).” Born and raised in a seaside town on the Italian east coast, Davide’s passion for food was ignited as a child, watching and helping his mamma and Nonna making fresh pasta. In his 20’s he began working in local seafood restaurants and spent time developing his craft under the supervision of a Michelin star chef. In later years, Davide earned the position of head chef for a well-renowned restaurant in his hometown.

The love of travel, adventure and new experiences brought Davide to Australia in 2011. He quickly found his feet as he stepped into various kitchens across Sydney’s fine dining scene. A love for fresh seasonal produce is what drives Davide as he prepares classic and modern dishes- always with an equal portion of both Italy and Australia in his heart.


The Essential Ingredient Surry Hills
146 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills

Please note: Street parking is very limited nearby. You might try St Margaret’s Car Park at 417-435 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. It is a 5-minute walk from the venue, with casual parking rates after 5pm at approx. $4/hour.

On the day...
  • We’ve cut out disposable plastics, so please bring your own food containers to take any leftovers home
  • All participants must wear closed-in shoes – no high heels please
  • Aprons supplied, but dress appropriately for the kitchen, and tie back long hair
  • Arrive up to 15 minutes before the class start time
Booking conditions
  • Withdrawal from this course is not refundable or transferrable.
  • The Essential Ingredient reserves the right to alter or cancel a class without notice. In the event of a change, you will be contacted on the phone number and/or email address you provide.
  • We cannot accommodate dietary requirements in all cases. For more information, please contact The Essential Ingredient 02 9555 8300 prior to booking.

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Course testimonials:

  • said: We learnt so much from chef Davide. He was so informative, organised but also relaxed and entertaining. We prepared and cooked a range of things and ended the night with a wonderful Italian feast!

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