Italy by Ingredient: Amore (Love)

Thu | Feb 14, 2019 | 6–10P PT

Teacher Viola Buitoni

Ask what is the critical ingredient that pushes food from great to extraordinary and Viola Buitoni, our Italian instructor, will unhesitatingly answer: “LOVE”. No day like St. Valentine’s to prove her right. Romance your darling with all the passion Italians bring to the stove by cooking side by side with the flavors, shapes and colors of love.
Viola leads this hands-on class with a romantic menu for the ages:
Hand-cut tagliatelle; the nuanced depth of unsweetened chocolate enhanced by a little salt (speck), a little richness (mascarpone), and a hint of nutty sweetness (hazelnuts).
Braised oxtail with winter root vegetables; impressively flavorful yet truly easy to prepare. Followed by a light and refreshing winter salad of chicories and seasonal vegetables.
Chocolate desserts; A tempting assortment, to be savored and added to your collection of recipes to embellish the memorable meals of years to come.

Menu | Recipes

Tagliatelle al cioccolato con mascarpone, speck e nocciole
Chocolate tagliatelle with mascarpone, speck and hazelnuts

Coda alla vaccinara
Roman style oxtail

Torta caprese
Capri’s almond and chocolate flourless cake

Brownies al Bacio
Baci brownies

Crostata di cioccolato e pere
Pear and chocolate tart

About the teacher

Viola Buitoni

VIOLA BUITONI, a direct descendant of the famed pasta and chocolate family, hails from Perugia, in the heart of Umbria. She came to the US in 1985 for a business degree, but soon found herself drawn back into the genetic passion for food. In New York City she started Buitoni & Garretti, a catering kitchen and Italian fine foods shop.
Here in San Francisco, Viola can be found giving lectures and leading classes on Italian food traditions in collaboration with the SF Italian Cultural Institute, the Italian Consulate and many Bay Area cooking schools. She has produced food articles and cooking videos for, and since 2013, has been a brand ambassador for Baci, the iconic Italian chocolates made by Perugina, the worldwide confectionery brand founded by her great grandfather.
Recently, Viola began speaking on panels about tradition and innovation in food production and leading groups to explore local and artisanal food systems and producers in Italy. You may follow her adventures and find information on traveling with her at


Other Classes taught by Viola

Italian Classics: Tagliatelle alla Bolognese
Sat | Aug 15, 2020 | 10A