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Ciao! My name is Francesca DeFranchis, the founder of I love Italian Food NYC and Back to Basics Retreat. I am an Italian from Rome and I started this group to meet new friends that love to enjoy food without guilt!!

When the food is homemade, the ingredients are fresh and natural flavors are unique. An Italian dish becomes a healthy choice and an absolute pleasure when shared among friends. If you are like me and can`t live without real food and want to learn how to cook, learn about passion and history of Italian cuisine, and spend an evening while indulging in amazing dishes, you should join this group.

I will share my cooking experience and exchange "secrets" for a perfect tomato sauce and more!!!

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PRIVATE COOKING CLASS & DINNER

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$85.00

Welcome to BACK TO BASICS RETREAT, a new experience in the culinary world. Come to dine in my "Casa" in New York. With "Back to Basics" meetups I will introduce you to a new way to learn about Italian food and Italian wine. During my dinners, you will participate in food workshops, where we will be cooking and learning the basics and the history of the great food you are going to eat! During this workshop, we will make traditional Italian dishes created in 1800 in Italy, and I have many recipes! Trofie pasta is one dish that I love to make with the Genovese Pesto. Basil, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmigiano cheese, which of course will be mixed by hand with a mortar as the real pesto is. As a first step, we will be preparing pasta, learning how to make a dough, get familiar with the mixing of water and flour. Back to Basics Retreat is also an emotional experience where you will get to cook using an experimental method in a “family-style” environment that will enhance your passions and re-educate your mind and your palate. Acquiring new knowledge, learning to love the value of ingredients and distinctive flavors, are the key elements in creating your dishes and gaining confidence in your kitchen. Family dinners are a Historical Value of the Italian Culture. It is my aspirations to make people understand that by sharing together a lunch or a dinner while sipping good wine, will increase relations and will improve, health and living in harmony. Ready to reserve your dinner? Please contact me before the reservation. The event will have a cost of $85 per person; which will include the workshop, the dinner, and drinks. Meal: 2 courses dinner Drinks: Wine and Water THIS ARE PRIVATE CLASSES but you can BRING 2 FRIENDS. ** Private events, classes and dinners at your house are available, ask for pricing.

PRIVATE COOKING CLASS & DINNER

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$85.00

Welcome to BACK TO BASICS RETREAT, a new experience in the culinary world. Come to dine in my "Casa" in New York. With "Back to Basics" meetups I will introduce you to a new way to learn about Italian food and Italian wine. During my dinners, you will participate in food workshops, where we will be cooking and learning the basics and the history of the great food you are going to eat! During this workshop, we will make traditional Italian dishes created in 1800 in Italy, and I have many recipes! Trofie pasta is one dish that I love to make with the Genovese Pesto. Basil, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmigiano cheese, which of course will be mixed by hand with a mortar as the real pesto is. As a first step, we will be preparing pasta, learning how to make a dough, get familiar with the mixing of water and flour. Back to Basics Retreat is also an emotional experience where you will get to cook using an experimental method in a “family-style” environment that will enhance your passions and re-educate your mind and your palate. Acquiring new knowledge, learning to love the value of ingredients and distinctive flavors, are the key elements in creating your dishes and gaining confidence in your kitchen. Family dinners are a Historical Value of the Italian Culture. It is my aspirations to make people understand that by sharing together a lunch or a dinner while sipping good wine, will increase relations and will improve, health and living in harmony. Ready to reserve your dinner? Please contact me before the reservation. The event will have a cost of $85 per person; which will include the workshop, the dinner, and drinks. Meal: 2 courses dinner Drinks: Wine and Water THIS ARE PRIVATE CLASSES but you can BRING 2 FRIENDS. ** Private events, classes and dinners at your house are available, ask for pricing.

Italian Dinner !!

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$55.00

BACK TO BASICS RETREAT is a new experience in the culinary world. I will have dinners in my Casa in New York and presenting the project. When you attend a "Back to Basics Retreat" meetup, you will be introduced to a new way to learn about Italian food and Italian wine. At my dinners, you will eat traditional Italian Recipes and learn the basics and the history of important ingredients in Italian cuisine. Back to Basics is also an emotional experience where you will get to cook using an experimental method in a “family-style” environment that will enhance your passions and re-educate your mind and your palate. Acquiring new knowledge, learning to love the value of ingredients, and distinguishing flavors are the key elements in creating your dishes and gaining confidence in your kitchen. Family dinners are a historical Value of the Italian Culture. It is my aspirations to make people understand that by sharing together a lunch or a dinner while sipping good wine and a good conversation, will increase relations and will improve living in harmony. Ready to reserve your dinner? Come to my home, bring your friends, and have a fun Italian night! The event will have a cost of $55 per person. Meal: 2courses dinner and a cookie! Drinks: Wine and Water Maximum capacity for seating event is 4ppl ** Private dinners at your house are available, ask for pricing.

PRIVATE COOKING CLASS & DINNER

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$85.00

Welcome to BACK TO BASICS RETREAT, a new experience in the culinary world. Come to dine in my "Casa" in New York. With "Back to Basics" meetups I will introduce you to a new way to learn about Italian food and Italian wine. During my dinners, you will participate in food workshops, where we will be cooking and learning the basics and the history of the great food you are going to eat! During this workshop, we will make traditional Italian dishes created in 1800 in Italy, and I have many recipes! Trofie pasta is one dish that I love to make with the Genovese Pesto. Basil, pine nuts, olive oil, Parmigiano cheese, which of course will be mixed by hand with a mortar as the real pesto is. As a first step, we will be preparing pasta, learning how to make a dough, get familiar with the mixing of water and flour. Back to Basics Retreat is also an emotional experience where you will get to cook using an experimental method in a “family-style” environment that will enhance your passions and re-educate your mind and your palate. Acquiring new knowledge, learning to love the value of ingredients and distinctive flavors, are the key elements in creating your dishes and gaining confidence in your kitchen. Family dinners are a Historical Value of the Italian Culture. It is my aspirations to make people understand that by sharing together a lunch or a dinner while sipping good wine, will increase relations and will improve, health and living in harmony. Ready to reserve your dinner? Please contact me before the reservation. The event will have a cost of $85 per person; which will include the workshop, the dinner, and drinks. Meal: 2 courses dinner Drinks: Wine and Water THIS ARE PRIVATE CLASSES but you can BRING 2 FRIENDS. ** Private events, classes and dinners at your house are available, ask for pricing.

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