Friday February 15

Old School Italian

Old School Italian

The Ultimate Comfort Food

Doesn’t everyone love those old-fashioned restaurants that serve Italian-American ‘Red Sauce Cuisine’? We’re talking about the places with red checked table cloths and straw-wrapped Chianti bottles festooned with candle-wax drippings, or the swankier places with deep, dark booths where you might come across Tony Soprano hunkered over a giant plate of spaghetti and meatballs.

Chef Chris Schwarz, Executive Chef of all the Tom Douglas Restaurants, and the man who teaches our line cooks how to cook, knows Old School Italian first hand. Chris grew up in Maywood, New Jersey, a town with its share of Italian-American joints. Chris’s first cooking job was in a restaurant that served all the Italian-American classics plus steaks and seafood. Old School Italian is the kind of food Chris loves to cook, and the kind of class he loves to teach.

As you watch Chris demo, you’ll enjoy substantial tastes of every dish. Give yourself one night to forget about upscale Italian, trendy Italian, and fancy Italian, and rediscover why everyone loves to eat deliciously soulful Italian-American cuisine.

A glass of wine or beer is included.

What You’ll Learn: (demo only)

  • Caesar Salad- Chris’s version of this popular salad has a super delicious dressing
  • Winter Vegetable “fritto misto” with Fontina Val d’Aosta fonduta
  • Cioppino- the famous Italian-American fisherman’s stew from San Francisco with shrimp, mussels, calamari, clams
  • Linguini with Clams, Pancetta, and Chilies- we could eat this everyday
  • Eggplant Parmigiana- it’s not an Old School menu without something Parmigiana!
  • Chicken Marsala with Semolina Polenta- an Italian-American restaurant favorite
  • Pork Osso Buco with Risotto Milanese- the classic Milanese braise of cross cut shanks
  • Tiramisu- you’ll end on a sweet note (but no demo)

If you have a question about this class, contact

Old School Italian

Hotel Andra
Friday February 15
6:00 - 8:00 PM
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