La Scuola, Eataly’s Educational Arm, Is Ready to Teach You

Mario wants you to learn how to cook.
Mario wants you to learn how to cook.

So far, this autumn might be more about rain and humidity than rainbow leaves and the crisp sting of a fall breeze, but that doesn’t mean it’s not time to start thinking back to school. Along with the dozen-odd retail departments, wine shop, bookstore, and multiple restaurants that make up Eataly, the multi-tentacled temple to all things edible and Italian, is launching the first semester of La Scuola di Eataly, a dedicated 24-seat classroom that will host tastings, demonstrations, lectures, and cooking lessons.

The debut course schedule (which for now is only running at half-steam: La Scuola moves to a full course load with the January semester) centers mostly around wine-related classes featuring winemaker lectures and antipasti “personally selected” by school dean Lidia Bastianich. Not into wine? There’s something for everyone: For fish lovers, Esca chef Dave Pasternack will discuss and prepare dishes from his cookbook, The Young Man and the Sea; for meat lovers, Cesare Casella leads a tasting of salumi and other cured meats; for those who like grocery shopping, you can participate in a “walking tour of Eataly” for just $25, which we suppose might be worth it if you’re scared to shop alone.

Classes begin in October, and rumor has it some Lidia-led courses will be added to the schedule sooner rather than later.

La Scuola di Eataly [Official site]