Venetian aperitif cooking class

Learn how to prepare traditional appetizers and aperitifs while discovering the history and culture behind Venetian cuisine. From savoury cicchetti to refreshing spritz, this class is a perfect introduction to the rich culinary heritage of Venice.


Cost: £95 per person (including drinks and booking fees)

Type: in-person, small class of maximum 8 people. Private class booking for groups of up to 12 people also available.

Duration: 4 hours (including time to enjoy some aperitivo time together)

Age minimum: Adults only (18+).

Skill level: no cooking experience required

Venue: Brixton Windmill, Windmill Gardens, Blenheim Gardens, London, SW2 5DA

Class details

If you’re looking for a unique and delicious way to experience the flavours of Venice, a Venetian Aperitif cooking class is the perfect choice.

What you will learn

This immersive Venetian Aperitif Cooking Class is perfect for anyone looking to experience the incredible flavors of Venice in a hands-on way!

First of all, you’ll learn how to bake a baguette from scratch and cook Venetian polenta, and use them to create five traditional small bites, called cicchetti – the perfect accompaniment to your aperitivo.

Then you’ll learn how to make two iconic Venetian aperitifs, a proper Spritz or a refreshing Hugo – and aperitivo time can start!

Sample recipes (class will focus on 5 different recipes – plus 2 alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks! – such as):

  • mozzarella in carrozza (fried mozzarella sandwich)
  • fried meatballs
  • lemony fennel and mortadella bites
  • artichoke cream with ham and horseradish bites
  • mackerel and olive tapenade bites
  • polenta with gorgonzola cheese and caramelized walnuts
  • polenta with warm baby shrimps
  • spritz and hugo
  • and much more (also based on seasonal ingredients).
  • welcome drink (prosecco or non-alcoholic) and refreshments (tea and coffee)
  • all the ingredients and utensils required for the class
  • making of five different chicchetti (small bites)
  • making of two different aperitivo drinks
  • aperitivo time to enjoy the food and drinks prepared together
  • a thank you for joining surprise gift.

This class may require you to work in pairs and you may be paired up with another individual for some activities.

Special dietary requirements and food allergies:

Please inform us in advance and prior to confirming your booking of any allergies, disabilities, diabetes, pregnancy, epilepsy, learning difficulties etc.

Should you have a special dietary requirement, please send us a message before booking your class. Although we are unable to tailor our course content for all special dietary requirements, we would be happy to discuss the class schedule and try to accommodate your needs.


It is essential you arrive promptly for your class. If you are late, please be aware that the class may have started. Wherever possible, we will allow you to join in, however if you have missed essential parts of the class, this may not be an option. A refund will not be provided in this instance.


The Venetian Kitchen will not accept responsibility for the loss of any personal possessions left unattended during the class.


We appreciate that there will be circumstances whereby you will need to change the date of your booking. Please give us as much notice as possible in order for us to refund or transfer your booking.

  • bookings cancelled more than 30 days prior to class date will be fully refunded, or alternatively you may request to transfer your booking to another date free of charge
  • bookings cancelled between 30 and 7 days prior to class date are subject to 50% cancellation fee and are not transferable to another date
  • bookings cancelled less than 7 days prior to class date and no-shows are subject to 100% cancellation fee.

Cancellations by The Venetian Kitchen:

The Venetian Kitchen is entitled to cancel any class at any time subject to the repayment of any fees received in respect of the class or the part of the class which has been cancelled.

In the unlikely event of cancellation of a class by ourselves, we undertake to offer a suitable transfer to an alternative date or class, or the above stated refund  of the class fees. 

We cannot be held liable for any third-party costs, such as travel bookings or accommodation with hotels other than our own.


All refunds are made to the source of the initial payment, ie. fees paid by a credit card can only be refunded to the same card.

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