La Dolce Vita
Italian Cooking classes
Join Clotilde in her kitchen for a taste of Naples and Amalfi Coast

A culinary adventure in my kitchen which will introduce you to the world of Naples, Italy – the city where I was born and where I lived for 30 years before moving to Christchurch with my Kiwi husband.
Welcome to those that are inspired by the Italian culture and passion for language and food, or are learning the language, a good way to do conversation together.
In a wonderful location, Sumner, only few steps from the beach, book one or more classes, learn in a fun Italian atmosphere, cook and eat what we prepare together!
Everyone gets a chance to try their hands at several techniques, from making fresh egg pasta dough to turning out gorgeous little potato gnocchi or learning simple secrets of a tasty Risotto!
Check out on menu list all the desserts you will be able to prepare and taste!
Large group are welcome for Neapolitan Pizza workshop!
Classes run for two hours and include antipasto, primo piatto and dessert; all organic ingredients are provided.
Book your own night with friends from Monday to Sunday, for lunch class or evening or just join the class!
Price $90 / 100 pp, BYO available
Buon Appetito
  • 49 Wiggins Street, Sumner, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Free parking outside street

Menu /mains and desserts  image
Primi piatti

• Fresh Gnocchi from Sorrento with Italian tomatoes sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil
• Fresh handmade Pumpkin Ravioli with butter and sage
• Fresh handmade Ravioli with spinach and ricotta and Italian tomatoes sauce
• Fresh Pasta Fettuccine with mushrooms sauce, cream and parmesan
• Fresh Pasta Fettuccine with fresh zucchini, peppers and cherry tomatoes
• Fresh Pasta Strascinare from Puglia with pesto sauce or cherry tomatoes Sauce
• Pumpkin Risotto with pecorino cheese
• Mushrooms Risotto with parmesan
• Risotto with cold smoked salmon and whisky
• Risotto Alla Pescatora with fresh seafood
• Spaghetti Alla Puttanesca with Italian black olives and cappers
• Vegetarian Lasagna from Naples
• Pasta with fresh Calamari sauce (pasta with squid sauce)
• Minestrone (Vegetables Minestrone)
• Arancini from Sicily (stuffed rice balls)
• Pasta Alla Norma (from Sicily) with aubergine sauce
• Fusilli (pasta with Italian sausages sauce, fennel and pecorino cheese)
• Pasta & Fagioli (pasta with cannellini beans and fresh mussels)
• Parmigiana Di Melenzane (aubergines stuffed with cheese and tomato sauce)
• Pizza Margherita and more (need at least 20 people) cooked in a real wood pizza oven

Dolci / desserts

• Classic Tiramisu
• Tiramisu with strawberry and Limoncello (lemon chilled cream)
• Affogato (gelato with hot Italian espresso coffee and dark chocolate)
• Torta Caprese with dark (72%) chocolate and natural almonds (gluten free cake)
• Crostata Sorrento with Ricotta, fresh fruits and Limoncello (seasonal)
• Panna Cotta with wild berries or dark chocolate
• Torta Della Nonna with apples
• Torta Di Pere E Noci (cake with pears and walnuts)
. Crema del nonno, coffee cream with amaretti biscotti;

Cooking class using your own kitchen with a minim of 10 people

Invite your friends, family or just colleagues and stay home in your own comfort. Clotilde come to you and she will cook and demonstrate how to make fresh pasta or fresh little potatoes gnocchi! 3 course menu and dinner will be served. Class last 3 hours with a bit of pre preparation. Cost depends on menu you will choose!

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Private Cooking classes

2 hours cooking course with 3 courses menu to choose from the list with antipasto, a main course and a dessert. Plenty of fun while learning in a relax atmosphere. Minimum number required is 8, $80/90 pp and BYO

Authentic Pizza workshop for lunch or dinner up to 40 people

Organise your own workshop with your friends and you will be able to learn all about authentic Neapolitan Pizza cooked in a real wood Pizza oven. Clotilde will introduce you to the art of making Pizzas, everybody get change to have hands in flour and we will taste different type of pizza : Margherita, Marinara, prosciutto e funghi, Pizza Salame piccante, fresh tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and rocket, Pizza Calzone, Pizza 4 stagioni! You don't need to go in Naples to taste a real Pizza. BYO available

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VOUCHERS available

Vouchers are available for single, double or course of 4 classes. Great value present Cost for single Voucher is $90/110 pp send me an email and we will organise it I can send the Vouchers to you on line or you can collect them.

Fresh Pasta Class

Join this class and learn the art of making fresh Fettuccine and Ravioli. Antipasto surprise from Clotilde, Panna Cotta Dessert. $ 80/90 pp and BYO Every Tuesday from 9th February at 6.30 pm Book with email :

Private class for 2

Private class for only 2 people! 2 hours class with 2 main courses menu, 2 antipasto choices and dessert! If you want have a relax night with your partner join this class! The chef will cook only for you! $220 pp and BYO

Fresh Gnocchi from Sorrento class

Join Clotilde for an authentic Italian Class, you will learn how to roll little potatoes Gnocchi, we will make a traditional Italian Sauce. Bruschetta antipasto e Tiramisu dessert $ 80/90 pp and BYO Class will runs every Thursday from February Confirm you booking with email :

Work function with big group / Cooperative Events /

This workshop is perfect for small or big company! I wi use commercial kitchen in 3 different venues here in Sumner or in town! I will organise a great menu for your event and we can incorporate a Master chef class! 3 courses menu with BYO 3 hours class Ideal for Christmas or middle winter work function!

Force majeure events

Cancellations and Refunds You may also cancel a booking at your discretion by giving notice to me! In the event that you cancel your booking: If you send me more than 10 days notice prior to the booking date, I will reimburse you with a full credit for the purchase price of your booking. If you send me less 10 days notice but more than 48 hours notice prior to the booking time, I can reimburse you with a credit worth 50% of the purchase price of your booking. If you give me less than 48 hours notice I am unable to give you any reimbursement! In the event of a COVID lockdowns or other circumstances out of my control like earthquakes , I will either: Postpone the workshop/ private class / corporate event; In the event that you can not make the new postponement dates, I will give you credit by vouchers that can be used in the next following year!

 Had a fabulous evening, with super lovely food, great hostess and learned lots of new cooking skills. It’s well worth going out on a cold winter Christchurch evening. I will definitely be back for another class very soon. Sarah-Jane Smith 

Sarah-Jane Smith

 Have just had a great class making Pasta, then better still enjoying the food in wonderful company and enjoying a glass of wine. Thanks for being a great teacher! 

Jan Currie

 A really fun interactive night with our group of ladies from meetup group. We got lots of good pasta making & cooking tips. 

Kini Piper

 Just had a fabulous evening. Great class, clear instructions and lovely social interaction. Would highly recommend and would go again. Thanks so much. 

Kirsty Jane Stewart

 Had our work xmas do there. Was awesome and the food is amazing!!! The whole class was so much fun. 

Sandra Sutherland

 Amazing time making pasta in a lovely environment. Thanks so much 😊👏🏼👏🏼 

Tara Voice

 We had a wonderful afternoon, making and eating Pizza. The setting was relaxed and perfect for a group of friends to have a few wines/beers and delicious pizza. And to finish off with Panna-cotta. 

Lauren Hamilton

 Wonderful night out with the team from Redwood clinic learning to make delicious pasta with the amazing Clotilde as our teacher and entertainer. Will be back 

Marianne Calder

 Four of my friends went with me and it was so much fun. We loved the hands on experience with plenty of explanation from Clotilde, plus lots of laughs. I can’t wait to try it on my own (today actually) Will definitely be doing another class in the near future. 

Sheila Woodall Thomson

 Enjoyed a fun evening with Clotilde learning how to make yummy ravioli, then got to enjoy eating it. Highly recommend. Would be fun night with friends or family or team bonding with work colleagues 

Morag Mcglinchy

 Wonderful evening spent with Tilda and lovely work colleagues. Didn’t know pasta could taste so good. Tilda is so passionate about her craft. Such a character and entertainer. Thoroughly recommend and hope to do again. 

Heather Spearing

 Thank you so much Clotilde! My family and I had a lovely and wonderful, but mostly delicious afternoon in your company learning so many awesome techniques for perfecting Gnocchi! Grazie Mille!!! We can't wait to come back and learn about pizza! <3 

Lorraine Russo Harty

 Amazing classes. Food is fantastic, far better than any Italian restaurant in Christchurch. Atmosphere is lovely and we had lots of fun. I highly recommend going to one or more of Clotilde’s classes 👌 

Francesca Kappely

 Thank you for an amazing evening loved every minute �great food & teaching, tildas energy is simply fabulous & havnt stopped recommending this class to every client this morning �thank you 

Sarah Sharp

 Such a fun and fabulous night! I’ve been a few times and always eat the most wonderful food and have a great laugh. Tilde is a wonderful host! 

Sophie Harland

 What a fabulous team building evening! Learned how to make Pumpkin Ravioli. It was so much fun too. Our hostess and Italian cooking teacher Tilde was awesome. Can't wait for the next classes. Grazie Tilde. 

Virna Mcnamee Smith

 Fantastic evening, highly recommend getting food lovers together to enjoy this fabulous lady show you how to cook and enjoy food the Italian way 

Karol Kanavagh

 The food was superb and as Clotilde says - simple! A great experience with wonderful story-telling and loads of laughter. 

Sue Chappell

 From the moment we walked in the door, the aroma that greets you is truly fab along with the friendly Italian welcome, we knew we were going to experience a truely fab experience and that we did. Would highly recommend👌 

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