Italian Feast: Gnocchi Cooking Class
Knowing my cooking skills are seriously lacking, I was a little apprehensive when I arrived at the Moto Vecchia cafe. But from the very first moment, I was made to feel extremely welcome and part of the culinary team.
During the cooking lesson, we were taught to make meatballs, tomato sauce and the actual gnocchi, of course! It was hands-on… literally. Squishing the meat and rolling the dough was a great way to learn. We were also given heaps of handy hints and tips about preparing and storing herbs and vegetables.
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The gnocchi cooking class is one of many Italian-themed sessions held at the cafe, where the kitchen and dining room morph into classroom for the evening.
The collection of vintage motorcycles and memorabilia in the cafe make the space unique; an interesting place to dine. And dine we did!
At the end of the lesson, we were treated to an absolute feast. It was a full-on Italian dinner, with wine thrown in for good measure. We ate what we’d prepared, and when our stomachs were filled to the very top, we filled take-away containers with more food to take home. My kids shared the bounty for lunch the next day and were totally impressed with my efforts.
At the conclusion of the gnocchi cooking class, we enjoyed fabulous coffee and hot chocolate with a relaxed chat. It really was a fun night, lasting a couple of hours, and would be a great way to celebrate a special occasion with friends. Otherwise individuals can just join a group and meet new, like-minded people… just like I did.
Natalie Cucina is a wonderful teacher, generously sharing her skills and secret Italian family recipes. Her daughter Melissa, also part of the Moto Vecchia business, is equally lovely. It’s little wonder their cafe and associated coffee vans and other ventures are doing so well.
The Motorcycle Cafe: Moto Vecchia
Moto Vecchia is located at 35 Gordons Hill Road, Bellerive (behind Eastlands Shopping Centre). Phone (03) 6244 3434 for details of the next gnocchi cooking class or follow Moto Vecchia -Cafe on Facebook.
The writer was a guest of Moto Vecchia at the gnocchi cooking class. Those following Think Tasmania on social media may have also noticed a competition sponsored by Moto Vecchia.
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