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Cooking Class - Italian-American Comfort
Cooking Class - Italian-American Comfort
Learn how to make fresh, handmade pasta for a traditional Italian-American meal with Chef Alex.
In this hands-on cooking class, Chef Alex will teach you traditional pasta-making techniques that you can apply to a wide variety of recipes. Using classic ingredients, you'll learn how to prepare a comforting menu inspired by Italian-American cooking.
Begin with a bright Caesar salad with savory white anchovies and homemade croutons. Next, prepare a hearty chicken or eggplant Parmesan with tangy, homemade tomato sauce and your own handcrafted spaghetti. For dessert, enjoy a light and airy chocolate mousse with seasonal fruit and a touch of fresh mint.
Guests are welcome to provide wine and beer to enjoy during the class.
With white anchovies and homemade croutons
Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan
With fresh pomodoro sauce and homemade spaghetti
With fresh seasonal fruit and mint
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Please mention this in the message field when you submit your booking request.
- Minimum Guests 2
- Maximum Guests 6
- Meal Courses 3
- Event Duration 3 hours
- Labels Beginner, Couples, Group, Holiday, Italian, Pasta Making
Cozymeal guest reviews for other experiences with Chef Alex
23 Apr 2023
Chef Alex was great. The class was informative, but not too much work, which was ideal for my group of friends. The food was delicious and the whole experience was a total treat. Highly recommend!
18 Apr 2023
Super quick and friendly! Highly recommend
11 Apr 2023
Had an awesome time with Alex! We had him teach us his pasta recipe for my boyfriend's birthday. He was super knowledgeable and professional. With just the right mix of fun!
13 Mar 2023
What an incredible experience! Alex was awesome! I would highly recommend taking one of his classes. He was on time, knowledgeable, personable, and helped us cook an incredible meal. Alex also did a great job interacting with our 5 year old son, who was very excited to help as the “sous chef”. Couldn’t be more happy about our experience and we will 100% be booking him again. Thanks again Chef Alex!
26 Feb 2023
Alex was friendly and a great teacher! We all had an amazing time and the food was delicious!
15 Feb 2023
We had a great experience with Alex and his pasta making class! He brought all of the key equipment and ingredients and had also prepped many of the ingredients (diced squash, onions, homemade filling, etc.) so cooking was a very smooth process! Chef Alex took the lead on much of the cooking but we were able to jump in in a few key spots that made sense and still learned a lot. He was very knowledgeable and we really enjoyed hearing about both his experience in the culinary industry and general cooking tips with these dishes/ingredients. Best of all, the soup and pasta were really very delicious and we would love to make them again on our own!
05 Feb 2023
Chef Alex’s Advanced Pasta class was great! My boyfriend and I had a great time cooking with him - he is super personable & extremely knowledgeable with cooking tips & tricks. He brought everything we needed to make the recipes and did some great prep before hand to make sure class ran smoothly & on time. We would highly recommend his class to anyone interested! All of the dishes were SO DELICIOUS! Overall, great experience!!
30 Jan 2023
This experience was fantastic! Alex is an awesome Chef and Teacher and I would highly recommend his class to anyone interested! He brought everything we needed which made the whole process seamless. He is well informed about the techniques and the tips on when we try and make the same dishes on our own. The dishes were delicious and all in all we had a wonderful time! Will definitely be reaching back out to Alex in the future!
22 Jan 2023
17 Jan 2023
Chef Alex was very knowledgeable and created a wonderful experience for us. I look forward to having another opportunity to do a class with him!
15 Jan 2023
Can’t recommend this enough! Chef Alex was great and taught us so much, and the meal was delicious! The pasta making and dessert were more hands on, and Alex did most of the salad and pasta sauce (but taught us lots of good tips along the way). Alex was very knowledgeable, a good conversationalist, brought all of his own supplies, and left our place spotless. Can’t wait to take another one of his classes!
07 Jan 2023
Thank you for walking us through pasta making, we had a lot of fun and learned a lot. In retrospect, I think we both would have wanted the experience to be more hands on (you directing us and us doing most of the tasks), but there is always a balance to how much we can do without messing up the dish. Overall, the food was delicious, and we felt great about eating something that we got to make ourselves.
Sang Boon Lee
04 Jan 2023
I was so pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Chef Alex shared so many tips while preparing deliciousness in our kitchen. The cooking lesson and meal left us all satisfied and inspired to try and recreate his dishes.
29 Dec 2022
Chef Alex was great, you could tell he really enjoyed teaching and cooking. It was a great experience and would recommend to anyone!
06 Dec 2022
Chef Alex was wonderful!! We are excited to recommend him and the Cozymeal experience to local family and friends.
29 Oct 2022
We had a fantastic time. Alex is legit. Great food great education. Will recommend to anyone.
24 Oct 2022
Excellent chef. Fun, interesting and delicious meal!
19 Oct 2022
We had a fabulous anniversary celebration with Chef Alex's cooking class. Chef Alex was incredibly thoughtful, well-prepared and provide the right level of hands-on teaching. The food was absolutely delicious and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Would highly recommend!!
18 Oct 2022
We had a great time and learned a lot! Alex was so friendly and engaging. Would definitely recommend to friends.
09 Oct 2022
Great overall experience. Class was fun, food was good. Alex was great. Would definitely book another class in the future.
09 Oct 2022
Wonderful experience! Alex is very knowledgeable and patient. You can be as involved as you want in the class, and the food was delicious. Highly recommend!
01 Oct 2022
Chef Alex was amazing! We booked him for my husband’s birthday (for two people). We really enjoyed the three delicious dishes we made with him. He was super fun to talk to and very knowledgeable about cooking. Looking forward to another cooking class with him in the future!
26 Sep 2022
We had an amazing experience with Chef Alex! he was well prepared, experienced, and knowledgeable. He explained every step of the process and let us try it ourselves to help us learn hand on. Finally, and most importantly, the pasta was delicious. I would recommend him 100%.
26 Sep 2022
One of the most fun times I have had cooking. Alex was a true professional. Showed up on time, very friendly, and let you be involved in the process as much as you wanted. He kept it simple and fun and gave some helpful tips and tricks on how to make delicious pasta. He times it out perfectly where everything is cooked, then packs up his things and leaves to let you eat and do your thing. He brings the supplies so the kitchen looks spotless afterward. I will be recommending him to all of my friends.
12 Sep 2022
The experience was absolutely amazing. I planned it as a gift for my girlfriend for her birthday and she LOVED it. Alex was superb, he was extremely knowledgeable, very kind, courteous, professional, clean, etc., I could go on and on. I will definitely be planning another event in the future which Alex is hosting.
22 Aug 2022
Chef Alex provided an exceptional dining experience! About two hours start to finish and no mess. The food was plated and he was out the door. Delicious food, fantastic experience. Would love to do one of his private dinners in the near future.
17 Jul 2022
Great experience! Chef Alex was great and food turned out really well! Would definitely do again!
10 Jul 2022
Alex was friendly, relatable, so easy to talk to , work with. And learn from! My family had a delightful evening, learned a lot, and had a fabulous meal. Thank you Alex!
26 Jun 2022
Chef Alex was AMAZING!!! First off he was on time, brought all the ingredients and tools needed to prepare the wonderful 3 course meal. His attention to detail and instruction was great as we learned not only on how to make great pasta but also how to prep for the full course meal. We learned how to make a super simple tiramisu dessert and a fresh fennel salad. It was lots of fun preparing the entire meal making us beginners look like pros. We highly recommend to anyone looking to learn how to make pasta and have fun as he walks you through each step. Thank you, Chef Alex!!!
13 Jun 2022
We loved our class with Chef Alex! He is such a good teacher and kept us engaged the entire time while we learned new cooking techniques. I highly recommend all of his classes for anyone in the Chicago area looking for a fun culinary experience!
Guest reviews for Chef Alex
01 Jul 2022
Chef Alex was great! He was very communicative and made me feel very comfortable.
16 Jun 2022
Alex was INCREDIBLE! He curated an amazing experience for me and my friends, and the pasta dish we created together was one of the best I'd had in my entire life. Alex showed up promptly on time and had all of his own supplies so it was super easy and low impact on my kitchen. 10/10 would recommend for a gift or just a to take some pressure off your next dinner party - Thank you Alex!
16 Jun 2022
Highly knowledgeable, fun, and a great experience for date nights. The apple crepe was amazing! Can't wait to impress my family and friends with my newfound culinary skills thanks to Chef Alex.
16 Jun 2022
I highly recommend taking one of Chef Alex’s classes! He’s clearly very knowledgeable about cooking and it was cool to learn from someone as experienced as him. His explanations were easy to follow and he made the entire process fun and interactive. I was blown away by how delicious and fresh each and every dish was. Some of the best food I’ve ever had!!!
16 Jun 2022
Chef Alex really knows his stuff! My partner's family is Italian and she said that the food that we made with Chef Alex was some of the best Italian food she has ever had. Chef Alex made sure that we had all of our questions answered, including all of the nuances of fresh pasta making. We can't wait to try the French Cooking experience!
16 Jun 2022
Chef Alex was fantastic! He totally blew us all away! He is extremely knowledgeable, charismatic and fun. The food was absolutely AMAZING! Chef Alex brought all the ingredients and all of his own tools. Great food, great conversation and a memorable experience for all. Highly recommend!
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$ 85 Per person
all-inclusive: 3-hour class, 3-course meal and taxes.
This cooking class does not have any dates.
Meet your chef
After graduating from a classic French culinary school in the Midwest, Chef Alex worked in prestigious Michelin starred kitchens focusing on French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisines. Passionate about all things culinary, with a special fondness for handmade Italian pasta, Chef Alex loves to share his wealth of knowledge and devotion to the art of cooking with his guests for an unforgettable experience in the kitchen.
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Chef Alex will travel to guests within Chicago for this experience.