In-Person Cooking Class

Italy by Ingredient: Pollo (Chicken)

Sun | Jan 26, 2020 | 3–7P PT

Teacher Viola Buitoni

Availability, versatility, affordability. These attributes make chicken a favorite weeknight dinner the world over. We invite you to expand your chicken horizons with our favorite Italian chef.
After a discussion on selecting chicken, cooking a whole bird vs. pieces, and using all the parts, Viola will teach a modern, simplified take on some Italian standards and a couple of her own beguiling inventions, too.
To conclude, we will share the meal you and your classmates have cooked, from classic Cacciatore to a casually elegant Roast Chicken you’ll want to cook as often as possible, paired with a crisp salad and our favorite winter cake infused with this year’s olio nuovo.

Menu | Recipes

Pollo arrosto perfetto
Perfect roast chicken

Pollo lesso con salsa verde
Poached chicken with salsa verde

Pollo alla cacciatora
Viola’s chicken cacciatore

Pollo con olive nere e salvia al profumo d’arancia
Orange scented chicken with black olives and sage

Torta Maialino
Maialino’s Orange & Olive Oil Cake

About the teacher

Viola Buitoni

VIOLA BUITONI, chef instructor and food writer, was born in Rome and raised in Perugia, Italy. With stories and knowledge from six generations, her dishes cross the best of California agriculture with the finest Italian food imports.
Viola has been teaching cooking in the Bay Area and internationally since 2009, after years as a chef and caterer in New York. She is the resident Italian instructor at The Civic Kitchen, where her classes often sell out months in advance. She has taught at venues around the U.S. and Italy, including the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, Eataly in Chicago and New York, and the Puglia Culinary Center.
In addition to teaching and leading culinary tours in Italy, Viola serves as a food advisor for San Francisco’s Italian Consulate and Cultural Institute. She is a contributing writer for La Cucina Italiana and Italy Segreta. Her first cookbook, Italy by Ingredient, is due out from Rizzoli in autumn 2023.
Viola serves as founding co-chair for the grains category of the Good Food Awards. She lives in the Mission District with her husband, son and tiny dog.
More about Viola

Other Classes taught by Viola

Italy by Ingredient: Artichokes
Fri | Apr 14, 2023 | 6P