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Prosecco from the Rafele Event
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Chef Raffaele preparing steak at the Rafele Event
Eggplant on the Rafele Event
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Roasted Vegetables on the Rafele Event
Zuppa di mare on the Rafele Event
The oven on the Rafele Event
A couple works on tomatoes at the Rafele Event
Meatballs from the Rafele Event
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Private Hands on Cooking
Class & Dinner

with Chef Raffaele
-A Feast with Food & Wine-
Event operated by Rafele Ristorante
(A friend of Foods of NY Tours)

* Event Description *

The Snapshot:
Chef guided, behind-the-scenes food preparation followed by a feast at top-rated Rafele Ristorante in Greenwich Village. Education & entertainment all wrapped up in one evening. Wine pairings (or non-alcoholic beverages) are included.
The Full Description:

Meet Chef Raffaele, Owner & Executive Chef of the top rated Rafele Ristorante in Greenwich Village, and go behind-the-scenes to learn how to cook a four-course Italian feast! Whether you're a cooking enthusiast or a novice, this hands on cooking class promises to be fun and entertaining.

In each class, you will arrive to find an array of colorful, fresh ingredients. You will assist in preparing 1 recipe, and get a grasp of basic cooking techniques and an understanding of essential Italian ingredients.

We'll begin with a glass of Prosecco and a nibble to get you into the spirit of Italy. Chef Raffaele with assign each person a task and provide individual attention. Food preparation will take one hour. After the prepping portion is completed, you will sit down and enjoy the dishes you've prepared, paired with a tasting of specially selected Italian wines, with your class companions.

Wine pairings (or non-alcoholic beverages) for each course are included. Additional wine or cocktails may be purchased at the restaurant.

Numbers are limited to a minimum of 12 and maximum of 20 people for this group Italian cooking class. You will go home with a full belly and recipes from the evening's menu so you can re-create this feast at home.

To book this as a private group event, corporate team-building activity or family outing, please fill out a private class request form.

Note: You may recognize our beloved Chef Raffaele from our Original Greenwich Village Tour. His restaurant is a permanent tasting location on that tour. We created this event because most people who take the tour wanted more of Raffaele's charm and good food!

* Event Details *

When: This private event is held only on Sundays-Thursdays.
Time: Must start between 12-6PM.
Duration: Approximately 2½ to 3 hours in length.
Meet: Near Morton Street & 7th Avenue
(Exact location given when tickets are purchased)
Weather: Rain or shine (This event is completely indoors)
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Dress: Casual clothing is perfectly acceptable. Or dress up if you'd like. Aprons will be provided!
Capacity: This class requires at least 12 people (minimum), and can host as many as 20 people (maximum).
Food: 4 courses. Prosecco. Wine. A taste of wine will be included with each course. Additional cocktails, wine and beverages may be purchased.
Included: All food (enough for most people's dinner), wine, and recipes are included. Menu subject to change without notice.
Food Subs: We CAN provide food substitutions. Please indicate any allergies when you sign up for the event.
Tipping: Gratuities for waitstaff are included in the cost.
Cost: $150 Per Person
(including tax & gratuity. Wine included)

menu is seasonal and will change each week
wine pairing with each course is included
each person will help prepare one dish


Italian sparkling white wine

crispy-fried artichokes with Parmigiano-Reggiano, sea salt, & fresh parsley


layers of eggplant with Parmigiano-Reggiano, basil-buffalo mozzarella, & roasted tomato purée


Gnocchi di Patate
semolina & potato gnocchi with nutmeg & sage in a browned-butter sauce


Tagliata di Manzo
grilled, grass-fed New York strip loin with salsa verde


layers of espresso-soaked lady fingers with light rum mascarpone
Enough food is served so that dinner afterwards is not needed!

* Chef Raffaele's Bio *

Born and raised in Naples, Italy, Raffaele Ronca comes from a family of butchers and fishermen and has had a passion for food all his life. With his family also in the restaurant business, food and cooking was not only an integral part of his Italian culture, it is in his blood.

Working in his Uncle's restaurant in Naples and helping his Mother make fresh pasta daily, Raffaele developed a lifelong passion for food. Immigrating to America at the age of 21, he worked steadily at some of New York's most authentic Italian restaurants including as Executive Chef at Palma, Chef du Cuisine at Bellavitae, and Manager of Food and Wine at Cafe Torino.

A few years ago, Raffaele and Romeo Palmisano, an old friend from Naples, began discussing opening their own restaurant that would feature their beloved Naples' cuisine. Working together, perfecting each detail which includes also the weekly flower arrangements - they created Ristorante Rafele.

At Rafele, Romeo and Raffaele believe in L'appetito viene mangiando--that's Italian for "Food that makes you want more!"