Discovering the secret to Italian pasta
I was a bit apprehensive since it was my first time taking a cooking class. I’ve never made pasta from scratch either. But with a bit of scolding from the Chef, it turned out okay!
To start off, Chef David sat us down on his loft terrace and served us appetizers and prosecco while he told us the short version of his life story. He worked in advertising for two decades before dropping his career and heading to cooking school.
David announced we would learn to make a type of pasta that we had never seen before. It’s called pici con amatriciana. Pici is a “wild” pasta, he explained. The pasta pieces are hand rolled and come out in different sizes. Amatriciana is a kind of sauce made with guanciale (cured pork cheek), pecorino cheese and tomato.
Every step of the way David proved to be encouraging and supportive, announcing “And now we drink!” at regular intervals.
There were five other attendees and all happened to be from LA. They planned to meet up back home to cook pasta together.
pici con amatriciana
The pasta making class is offered by Walks of Italy and it turned out to be a great way to unwind at the end of the day. You get to learn something new, meet new people, enjoy an Italian meal and have a laugh.
“And that’s it.”
Filming by the talented Emiliano Bechi Gabrielli of EmiSevenMedia.