Despite the multicultural food scene in Houston, Italian remains a popular choice for many, and if you love lasagna, crave cacciatore or pine for pasta, there is a cooking class made to satisfy your taste. In recent years, cooking classes have boomed in popularity. They are a great way to learn about preparing new dishes under the watchful guidance of a professional. Some places even offer couples cooking classes, which make a great date night alternative to simply visiting a restaurant. Here are some of the best places to learn to prepare your favorite Italian dishes or to try something new.
Art Of The Meal
1354 Nasa Parkway
Nassau Bay, Texas 77058
(713) 933-8241

The Art of the Meal on the southeast side of town provides you with a full dining experience with your three-hour cooking class. Not only do you get to eat what you make, but you can also indulge in appetizers and a dessert. Some classes even have wine included in the price, or you may bring your own bottle to enjoy, since the school does not charge corkage fees. These classes require a minimum of six people to be held, and they tend to occur on Fridays and Saturdays, with a few exceptions. Previous classes have included a Tuscan themed dinner, pizza night and a fresh pasta meal.

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Main Course Cooking School
18750 Interstate 45 N.
Spring, Texas 77373
(281) 825-4440

One of the most unusual places for a cooking school is on the north side of town. MainStreet America is a home design showcase, but this site also hosts the Main Course Cooking School, where you can enjoy hands-on classes lead by Chef Alejandra Davila. Upcoming Italian cooking classes include Tastes of Italy on April 24 and Date Night: Elegant Italian on April 30. All cooking classes give you admission into the MainStreet America showcase where you can get inspiration for updating your home kitchen after preparing your favorite foods.

Italian Cultural And Community Center
1101 Milford St.
Houston, Texas 77006
(713) 524-4222

The Italian Cultural and Community Center is where young and old alike can learn about preparing Italian dishes. This center offers classes for kids and couples. Children-focused cooking classes often occur during holidays, whereas, the Italian Cultural and Community Center typically hosts couples’ nights in the spring and fall. These genuine cooking experiences are the closest you can get to authentic Italian food – not an Americanized version. Not only do you get to enjoy great food but you also can learn about what people really eat in Italy.

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Well Done Cooking Classes
2811 Airline Drive, Suite 5
Houston, Texas 77009
(832) 782-3518

For the widest selection of Italian cooking classes around, try Well Done Cooking Classes. This school features a dozen different Italian-themed classes for adults. These classes include technique lessons in making pasta and traditional desserts from Italy as well as social and date night classes for a fun evening out with your friends or significant other. The instructors are all experienced professionals who lead attendees through the hands-on lessons. As with most cooking schools, you get to eat what you prepare at the end of class, and this cooking school will work with any dietary restrictions you might have as long as you indicate what they are when you register. These cooking classes even have a selection of wines and beers (or BYOB) to accompany your meal, to round out the dining experience.

Urban Chef
3651 Weslayan St., Suite 204
Houston, Texas 77027
(713) 504-1700

Cooking classes, date nights and private parties are among the offerings of Urban Chef. With the public classes, you have to choose from the available courses on the schedule, which have included date nights with couples making spinach lasagna and pasta alfredo. Should you wish to have more reign in selecting the time and menu, consider booking one of Urban Chef’s private parties. Both carnivores and vegetarians can enjoy the pasta alfredo dinner choice at a private party. For younger cooks, children’s birthday parties also have selectable menus, including Italian favorites such as pizza and ravioli. No matter your age, skill level or taste, you can find an Italian cooking class at Urban Chef that provides a full hands-on experience for a time you will not forget.

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