Italian Christmas Dinner

There is no Christmas dinner like an Italian Christmas dinner! In this fun interactive online class, we’ll make a full festive meal selected from various regions around Italy. You’ll learn how to make Tuscan Marsala and mushrooms bruschetta, Roman artichoke fritters with garlic aioli, Lasagna with béchamel, meat sauce from Parma, and Sicilian Baccalà Arranto (baked cod with pine nuts and raisins). We’ll finish the dinner with mascarpone and rum soaked cherries. Buone Feste! Instructor: Diane Manteca



Start Date

December 18, 2020









Friday, December 18 from 6-8:30pm.
This class will be online via Zoom. You will receive a link and recipe packet on how to connect 3 days before the class starts.

If you register the day before the class starts or the day of the class, please contact for the zoom link.

Instructors: Diane Manteca


Diane Manteca

Diane has been a professional chef for thirty three years, working in high end gourmet establishments, along with catering. She owned the Brickyard Café in Cambridge for 8 years, which was an eclectic and popular café style restaurant in the Fresh Pond area. Diane has co-authored a Zone cookbook on healthy eating and worked as a food consultant and developed recipes for a major specialty food company. Chef Diane has also cooked for fund raising events, and cookbook signings for culinary celebrities.

Diane owned Sassy River Sauces, a specialty food company, selling at Farmer’s Markets and major food establishments. She is now a personal chef with clients in metro west and the Boston area. Her teaching career spans 30 years, with Italian cooking as her specialty, along with Moroccan, African, Asian, Cuban and regional cooking from the United States. She travels to Italy often to learn regional Italian cooking and brings her knowledge back to teach her students.