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Fresh pasta is irresistible at the best of times. But when it is you that has prepared the complete Italian meal including entree and dessert, under the careful guidance of two of the masters of pasta making, Fiona and Matteo Carboni, then resistance is useless.
Fiona, a wine expert from the Barossa, met Matteo in 2005 and travelled the world before settling in Parma where Matteo enrolled in the famous Academia Barilla, a culinary institute dedicated to the art of Italian gastronomy. Fast forward to 2012, and Fiona and Matteo established Casa Carboni, an Italian Cooking School and Enoteca/Wine Bar in Angaston.
The Enoteca/Wine Bar is open every Thursday to Sunday serving breakfasts and lunches, with Friday nights being reserved for the Friday night wine bar, where guests are treated to local and imported wines paired with some delicious tapas or pasta freshly made by Matteo and made to match with the wines.
But it is the Saturday cooking school at Casa Carboni that is the highlight for visitors, where small groups (maximum 8) are taught how to prepare pasta so that it is 'al dente' on the plate every time. Every Saturday, for two months at a time, Matteo leads the hands-on cooking class.
And to ensure the very best ingredients, the Cooking School starts at the Barossa Farmers Marke,t where Matteo leads his students through the art of selecting the ingredients that will ensure that the prepared dishes are simply irresistible.
During this February and March, the cooking class sees visitors prepare a Sicilian long lunch menu inspired by the region of Liguria. At the end of the morning, students will have prepared -
Antipasto: Caponata, a modern take on a Sicilian classic with layers of delicious seasonal vegetables oven roasted and served with a pesto made with fresh local herbs, nuts, sultanas, local vinegar and extra virgin olive oil
And if all of that isn't even to tease your tastebuds, the best bit is that you get to sit down in the early afternoon, with a glass of Italian wine, and enjoy the fruits of your labour with this beautiful Sicilian long lunch and the newly mad friends that you have made around the kitchen.
Casa Carboni is located at 67 Murray Street in Angaston, and cooking classes run from 9am to 2pm, and cost $185 per person. Each student takes home a recipe book in addition to their huge smile and full stomach. Vouchers, corporate and private bookings are also available upon request. Further details are available from the Casa Carboni webpage or the Casa Carboni Facebook page.