A little while back I took an Italian (specifically Calabrian) cooking class on the recommendation of a friend of mine who has already taken several here. I signed up for it ages ago because her classes always sell out and I nearly forgot about it! Thank goodness I didn't because it was a really relaxing evening, the food a treat and so refreshing to absorb myself in something completely out of my routine. I wish I could just meditate while making pasta all day long, but alas, duty calls. Several people in the class had recommendations of classes all over the Bay Area so hopefully I'll get to try another one soon.
Check out the menu we prepared below. This class was devoted to making ricotta from scratch. It was heavenly - warm a goopy, I'd take it on anything. And I think the fact that it was made by a little old Italian lady who didn't measure made it taste better.
Bruschetta con Ricotta Fresca (Bruschetta with fresh ricotta)
Ravioloni Calabresi (Large ravioli filled with fresh ricotta, sopressata, parsley, egg and pecorino cheese)
Frittata con ricotta (Egg frittata with ricotta)
Zucchine ripiene con ricotta (Zucchine stuffed and baked with ricotta)
Cannoli Siciliani (Homemade cannoli shells filled with homemade fresh ricotta)
Check out Rosetta's beautiful book too.