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Such a fun experience! Laura greets all her guests warmly and starts us off with yummy appetizers before giving is a little background on the dish we will be preparing. She then does a brief demo on technique before turning us loose on our stations. She wanders among us but doesn’t micromanage, snapping photos w our own phones and making small suggestions. My college roomie and I have done this twice now and are going to make it a regular thing! And then you get a 10% discount in the shop! Try their lemon olive oil and honey hazelnut. Divine!!
July 13, 2019
Fun and informative. ??????
July 10, 2019
Lovely I defanatly am to be recommend this fine establishment to go to do it. I was there to cook it, and was so delicious I must hve cooked it for a years. Thank u for the experience much fun was had by all. I highly recomanand it for all your baking needs and to broil it. Thank u!
June 1, 2019
Great night, delicious food. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
May 30, 2019
The pasta cooking class was so much fun and delicious ?
May 16, 2019
Amazing experience! Took our two kids - 10 and 6 for the Mother’s Day class. The teacher was great and so patient. The food was yummy!
May 13, 2019
It was an awesome experience and our teacher Melissa was phenomenal and so energized as well as the group of people we interacted with tonight - laugh - eat - drink was definitely the venue tonight .... looking forward to the next class
May 10, 2019
My firm hosted an event last night and everything about the evening exceeded our expectations! The venue was perfect, the food was delicious and the staff could not have been more prepared to execute a seamless event! Thank you for everything!!
May 3, 2019
What an extraordinary cooking class with four of my favorite ladies in honor of a special birthday!! The class is entertaining and educational, and we had so much fun. And the food is divine! Definitely coming back here.
March 15, 2019
I was at Healthy Italia last night for an event and it was so impressive....the owners were welcoming and the tastings they put out were delicious!! The selection of pastas was extensive, I will be back! Thanks for a fun night!
March 15, 2019
Such a fun couple of hours with friends making gnocchi and sharing a wonderful lunch.... great products and Laura is a fantastic teacher! Grazie!
March 10, 2019
One of the best experiences I’ve had with my Husband on a Saturday afternoon. We sampled several authentic flavors of Italy, from around the Milano region of Italy. We learned how to make lasagna pasta, béchamel, gnocchi, and crepes. Definitely recommend this experience to others. Paul and Laura (two of the owners) are wonderful and entertaining as well as knowledgeable in cooking authentic Italian dishes. We will be back for another class!!!
February 16, 2019
What fantastic experience. Paolo and Laura were such great hosts, they make you feel right at home. Laura’s passion about her cooking and teaching really shows thru in her classes She is personable and very friendly sharing all she knows about what she is teaching you. The food she helps us cook was fantastic Thank you so much
February 16, 2019
Wow what an amazing experience! So much fun and authentic!
February 16, 2019
We had such a great time here in the cooking class! A group of us from work came for a private event. The food was wonderful and we enjoyed cooking it! Thank you!
It was my idea to have our team building cooking class at the lovely Healthy Italia. Still patting myself on the back for this one. We ALL loved the experience. So much that my boss and coworker went back to buy the same pasta maker we used in class (me included!).
I did my homework so believe me when I say prices for the cooking classes here are fairly reasonable compared to many others offered in the neighboring area. You get a pretty good bang for your buck considering its BYOB, they offer complimentary prosecco and antipasto as starters, and portions for every course are plentiful.
Lots of things to love about Healthy Italia. The first being our instructor. Damn brain cells - I can't recall her name but she was exceptional. 100% Italian, super cute, fun, and passionate, gave us all of the instructions in Italian first before translating to English, explained traditional Italian cuisine as well as methods of cooking, and was so patient and helpful with each of us. Second - the course selections. Lots to choose from, changes with each season, and none are basic - be gone basic bitches! Lastly - the storefront. I mean c'mon, who doesn't walk out of an authentic Italian cooking class not wanting to buy Italian everythang? First you eat, then you shop. It's the motto I live by.
Ah, it really hurts me to admit this but... there was one major flop. Too noticeable to not mention. The two courses cooked by Healthy Italia - the starter and the dessert - were very bland. While the ingredients were fresh and presented beautifully, the dishes lacked flavor. We weren't fans. I'd like to think I picked the "wrong" dish for each course, but for being an establishment offering cooking classes, I really can't overlook under seasoned foods. Womp womp.
TL;DR - Cooking class was fun, instructor was awesome, definitely bring a bottle, and be weary of the courses they cook for you. Parking may or may not suck. Cheers.
When Healthy Italia opened in Madison, home cooking was elevated to an art form. Importing individually sourced products from Italy, it is a must go for olive oil, vinegar and all the essentials.
You can also have a "hands on" experience in their demonstration kitchen. The instructions are fun, and you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Healthy Italia has become a fixture in Madison. Come and see it for yourself!
What a beautiful store! The owner is super friendly and he has an amazing selection of Italian pastas (including gluten free choices), sauces, condiments, and housewares. There is also a refrigerated section of cheeses and fresh foods.
The store also features cooking classes, with many programs including date night, ladies night out and kids programs. I can't wait to try out one of their classes!
If I could give this place 10 stars, I would. 6 girlfriends arranged to take our friend who just turned 50 to a cooking class as her gift. Carla helped me plan the party and arrange our menu. Our teacher was Laura who could not have been more gracious or fun. The kitchen is beautifully set up and sparkling clean. Laura welcomed us with a glass of Prosecco and appetizers such as sliced tomato with burrata, raddichio salad, sliced meats and cheeses with their delicious flavored honeys and jams imported from Italy and homemade breadsticks. Then, we made a delicious ricotta gnocchi with mushroom truffle sauce and topped off our lunch with a delicious dessert of grilled pears and apricots along with biscotti and their home made chocolate cake. There was so much food and they graciously provided us with containers to take home our leftovers. We also shopped in the beautiful store in front and we all went home with new pots and pans! It was a perfect day for a very special birthday. I highly recommend La Buona Cucina. We will be back! Ciao!
This wonderful gathering with others that share the love of cooking, Italia and warm ambiance was a Christmas gift from our children. This was by far the best gift!
The kitchen "classroom" is amazing, a chef's dream. The instructions were clear, easy to follow and lead everyone to a successful outcome making ravioli.
You will feel like a pro when you are finished with a full belly and a doggie bag to go home with.
Repeat visit planned in not too distant future!
This is the best cooking class I've been to since I was in Paris and it was the kids cooking class!
I cannot wait to try one of the adult ones.
Seriously first class and delicious!!!!!!
Laura explained things so well and made us use Italian! 🙂 We were a small group but it was perfect because we got to interact so much. Making fresh pasta from scratch is highly recommended!
I cannot possibly put into words how wonderful Healthy Italia is.
We held an event there for my company on a Tuesday night. They set up a long table for us in the middle of the store and accomodated a group of just over 20. We made tagliatelle from scratch with eggplant and tomato, pork loin with honey and balsamic, and riso al latte (with this incredible pistachio spread!). We were also provided with a welcoming prosecco toast and antipasto. The owners were so kind and great at teaching each recipe in detail. They shared stories of their lives in Italy and how their grandma's used to make this food for them. We had SUCH a fun time. They also extended a discount to anyone who wanted to shop that night (and shop we did). After the event, they emailed us the recipes so we can make the dishes we learned at home. This event totally exceeded my expectations and I can't wait to return and learn how to cook something new!
We love Laura and her husband! I surprised my wife with the Valentine's Day Gnocchi night (2/14/18). We were greeted with a glass of prosecco and began the night meeting the other couples who were also there that evening. After we mingled and drank our prosecco, we sat down to a table full of delicious antipasto and carried on conversation with those next to us. We then had the pleasure of making homemade Gnocchi with Laura teaching us the entire way. Once we made the Gnocchi, we baked it with butter and fontina cheese for 10 minutes. We were all pleasantly surprised how well we made the Gnocchi and how delicious it was. Laura then served us cornish hens, roasted potatoes with rosemary, roasted peppers and zucchini, which was capped off with a lemonchello ice. The food was delicious!! I highly recommend taking friends to a cooking class which is what we will do next time we go! Don't forget to take your favorite bottles of wine as it is BYOB. Also, don't forget to try their pastas and cheeses!
Just had a wonderful cooking instruction session and lunch at Healthy Italia. Excellent instruction by Laura and wonderful selection of items for antipasto, then delicious carbonara and beautiful yummy dessert. The ingredients are fresh and the results are fabulous. We were a group of ten and had a great time.