Gnocchi and Giovanna's cake

Italian cookery with Maria


by The VRI

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Italian Cooking with Maria

Gnocchi is a simple potato dumpling.  What makes it authentically Italian is the sauce.  There are a number of sauces that you can use with them.  Come and learn which is my favourite and how the change in vegetable you use to make the gnocchi affects the taste and which sauce would go best.

Cake is good with everything but especially coffee.  Giovanna is my cousin in Italy and this is her cake that I will share with you.  She makes it for breakfast.  Come and learn why Italians eat cake for breakfast.

 Come and learn how to cook the way nonna (my mum) taught me. I can guarantee that you will have a hands-on experience.

There will be stories, laughs and eating. You can bring a friend or maybe a member or the family. Children are welcome, they love to get their hands dirty. Each class offers one savoury dish and one dessert. 

All ingredients provided.

You bring: and apron, containers for any leftover food.

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What you will learn
  • Make gnocchi and Giovanna's cake
What you will get
  • Lunch
  • Tips about Italian cooking

What to bring
  • Apron
  • Container to take leftovers home
What to wear

Closed Shoes

Appropriate for




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Our tutors and teachers purchase materials and prepare based on your booking. So please check your calendar before you make a booking to ensure you are able to attend. 

We know that sometimes things happen and if you are unable to make a class and give us plenty of notice, we may be able to fill that spot and in that instance give you a refund or transfer you to a future class. If we don't fill the booking, we won't be able to offer a refund. You can notify us by emailing Please include your name and the name of the class you have booked into and we will respond to you as soon as possible. 

Refunds can not be given for non attendance on the day. 

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The VRI will notify participants of cancellation of classes at the earliest convenience via the phone number and email provided. If for any reason we need to cancel a class you will be refunded your payment. 

The office hours for The VRI are Monday to Friday from 9am - 5pm. 

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