Class is in session at ristorante degrezia

By The Where To Dine Staff

For the last 20 years, Joseph Degrezia has owned and operated one of New York's better Italian restaurants, named after his namesake Degrezia. Located on 5oth street between 2nd and 3rd avenue's, Degrezia offers diners a " Taste of Italy" as its food, has always been true to its heritage. The wine list is without question one of New York's very best offering premium Italian wines with focus on the very best names along with fair wine markups. California wines are very popular now with wine drinkers and experts alike. Joseph has been featuring these superb wines since the day he opened in 1988. Joseph, along with Executive Chef Massimo Felici have launched a series of cooking classes on Saturday's that are designed to take a beginner who wants to learn about preparing an authentic Italian meal, to have the ability to do so. Over the course of the afternoon, Chef Massimo will guide pupils through ingredients, what to look for when purchasing, what wines to pair with the different regions of Italian cuisine and will answer all of your questions. Cheeses from Italy have been gaining more popularity lately as Italy offers much more than Parmigano Reggiano and mozzerella and Chef Massimo offers knowledege on this very tasty part of Italian culture. The menu starts with creating primi, a pasta course, an entree and finishes with the dessert course. Each week a different region of Italy will be featured. The best part of creating the meal, is sitting down with your classmates and enjoying the "fruits of your labor" Classes are 1st come, 1st serve and seating is limited. For mnore information, please call Ristorante Degrezia @ 212-750-5353

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