The cuisine of Central Italy - La Cucina Abruzzese

The cuisine of Central Italy - La Cucina Abruzzese

About This Class

What You Will Learn

  • Discover the food of Abruzzo, one of the most versatile regions of Italy
  • Adapt Australian produce to Italian dishes exceptionally diverse
  • Prepare authentic Italian food from the Abruzzo region - the cuisine of the mountains and of the sea

What You Get

  • Partake in a three-course meal with a complimentary glass of wine, plus finger food before the meal
  • Enjoy learning through interactive demonstrations
  • A full set of recipes for all dishes enjoyed on the night


Abruzzo, my native Region has a motto “Abruzzo, forte e gentile”, Abruzzo strong and kind. The food strongly reflects the environment. From hilly heartland we have the cuisine of the farmers, from the mountains we have the cuisine of the shepherds and from the sea in the coastal towns, the cuisine of the fishermen.

Simple cooking for the most part, but also famous for elaborate and unique dishes reserved for special occasions and for special guests.

What are my classes about?

  • Classes are interactive demonstrations, held at my home in Richmond.
  • I cater for a minimum of 4 people to a maximum of 8 people.
  • You will be welcomed into my home to enjoy a three course meal with a complimentary glass of wine, plus finger food before the meal.
  • Informal and highly entertaining, you will see each course prepared, cooked and then served at the dining table.
  • A full set of recipes for all the dishes prepared will be provided on the night and also emailed to you after the class.
  • The guests are expected to arrive at 6.30pm and classes will be over between 10 and 10.30pm.
  • If you would like more information please contact Sandra by emailing

Email us to take advantage of our SPECIAL OFFERS if you attend more than one class and for booking a class for 6 to 8 people, a real bargain!


As much as I loved the food and watching it being prepared in front of me, I think the part that I liked most was the lady herself. Sandra is clearly a lover of creativity and style and she shares a special intimacy with her participants that makes her lessons very real and honest. Attending a La Cucina Di Sandra cooking class is but a small invitation into Sandra’s world. Go visit the Italian lady in her beautiful Richmond home and get a taste of what REAL Italian cooking is all about. Thanks Sandra! Bree ( 

Before attending her class we had never met Sandra, but already we’re talking about how we can swing another trip to Melbourne. Sandra’s passion for Italy and generosity with her knowledge make this an experience worth travelling for. We drove eight hours from Adelaide to get to La Cucina di Sandra and it was indeed ‘vale la pena’ – worth the effort! Here’s all you need to know to book your own evening or buy a class for a friend. So go ahead – take a trip to Italy, if only for an evening. [Mary Louise (]

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Mar 2017

I learnt that simplicity and quality ingredients are the key elements of good and tasty meals. It was a lovely evening shared with friends and our wonderful host Sandra. I had initially thought there would be hands on experience, but the venue is well set up for all of us to see the expert preparation without having the danger of too many of us in the kitchen area. Thank you Sandra for a beautiful meal and your knowledge and enthusiasm

Mar 2016

My family and I attended Sandra's cooking class which focused on food from the Abruzzo region. It was absolutely fantastic. Her home was cosy and welcoming, as was Sandra. The class only included eight people which made it possible for everyone to ask questions and to get a proper look at how the food was being cooked. There was an absolute abundance of fantastic food, we certainly did not leave feeling hungry. I would recommend this class for absolutely everyone, it was such a fantastic way to spend an evening with family and new friends. Thank you Sandra!

The promise La Cucina di Sandra promises “an Italian cooking and eating experience like no other”. The Italian expat opens up her beautiful Richmond home to teach guests the delights of regional Italian culture and food. The reality It’s Tuesday and my colleague and I arrive at 6pm famished and ready for an after-work vino. We’re welcomed in and make our way upstairs to the kitchen and dining room; it feels like a little slice of Sicily in the middle of suburban Melbourne. Sandra and her partner are consummate hosts; moreish parmesan biscuits are passed around and pinot grigio is poured. Today’s class, “Come si cucina il pesce”, is seafood-themed and eight of us perch on stools at the kitchen bench watching Sandra guide us through tonight’s dishes. The pay-off From entree to dessert, this Italian feast was a meal to remember. It was fascinating to hear about the local traditions and specialties of Sandra’s hometown, Abruzzo, as well as other regional dishes. You’ll also come away with some insider knowledge on where to shop for bargains and where to find the the best, freshest Mediterranean produce in Melbourne. The pain factor None. You don’t have to get your hands dirty in this class – just relax and take it all in while Sandra does the hard work. Who should do it? Anyone with a passion for Italy, good food, wine and company. “Bespoke classes” and special group classes can also be arranged. The bill? $90 per person. Would I do it again? I only wish Sandra was my nonna so I could enjoy her cooking every day.

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