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Ballo Liscio

  • • October 27 – December 15, 7:00pm

Our popular music and dancing nights return! Join us every Wednesday at 7:00pm for our free social dancing nights with live musical performances!





Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery,
Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. West


Mask or face covering required. Proof of double vaccination required to enter the facilities.


Villa Cucina


Cooking and Tasting Experience

with Chef Luciano Schipano

  • • October 27 – December 15, 6:30pm

Join us for our NEW Villa Cucina cooking class series, and experience authentic Italian dishes with professional Chef, Luciano Schipano.


Each week, Chef Schipano and his team will discuss new dishes in detail and provide step-by-step demonstrations. Participants will learn hands-on cooking techniques, how to best use essential ingredients and foolproof recipes to recreate for family and friends.


Each evening ends as you sit back, taste and experience the prepared feast, together with fellow participants.

Gnocchi go way back to Roman times. They were made from semolina dough, mixed with eggs.


Gnocchi has developed into different variations since then. At first, they existed with different ingredients such as squash and breadcrumbs. Then they came with cheese and potatoes. But it didn’t become the potato dumplings we know today until the 16th century, when potatoes were introduced to Europe. They are potatoes that are more starchy, that make light, airy dough and are responsible for the soft, pillowy texture and more potatoey flavour of the gnocchi.


Gnocchi is generally a first course dish, or an alternative to pasta. There are many variations – ricotta, spinach, pumpkin, and more.


In this cooking class with Chef Luciano, you’ll learn how to make your own fresh gnocchi to impress a crowd and satisfy their taste for something distinctive and delicious. 


Chef Luciano will teach you to make handcrafted ricotta gnocchi and potato gnocchi. Then, he’ll show you how to make a delicious mushroom ragù to top them.  


This class will be a step-by-step, hands-on demonstration, meaning you will cook along with the chef in real-time.

Master your skills or learn how to make fresh egg pasta with Chef Luciano Schipano. In this class, Chef Luciano will bring the expertise of Chef Anthony Sestito from “il Pastaio” and together they will showcase all the tricks and tips you’ll need to make this pasta to perfection.


Pappardelle is just a wider, but equally delicious shape of pasta.


Fettuccine with Bolognese Sauce and Pappardelle with squash and mushrooms will be served at the end of the class.

Join us and learn how to make the traditional Tortellini. Explore the flavours of Bolognese cuisine with this interactive cooking class.


Chef Luciano Schipano will bring the expertise of Chef Anthony Sestito and together they will show you how to make pasta from scratch. You’ll get to know the secrets of Bolognese cuisine through one of the most famous Bolognese pasta dishes in the world: the traditional Tortellini Alla Panna (with milk and cream sauce), and a warm winter delicious Tortellini in Brodo (in soup).

Traditionally, Ravioli is a festive dish.  Chef Luciano Schipano with Chef Anthony Sestito will teach you the art of preparing stuffed Ravioli. 

You will learn how to make authentic Ravioli from scratch, using only eggs, and the right type of flour. For the filling, we will use the traditional ricotta and spinach.


At the end of the class, you will enjoy this delicious dish with “Cipriani sauce” (butter and sage), topped with Parmigiano Reggiano.

Medaglioni is a large-sized ravioli, but round, and sometimes can be half-moon shaped (mezza luna). Chef Luciano Schipano and Chef Anthony will showcase how to make Medaglioni from scratch and fill them with braised lamb, as they walk you through a mouthwatering cooking experience from their favorite family recipes.


At the end of the class, you will enjoy the dish with a simple rosemary-infused tomato sauce.

The name Cannelloni comes from “torch”, the short tube that lets the water out at the mouth of the fountains. Chef Luciano Schipano and Chef Anthony Sestito will teach you how to make classic Italian Cannelloni stuffed with ricotta and spinach called “Manicotti” or the classic recipe stuffed with meat: Cannelloni. You’ll learn how to make the pasta and traditional filling, and once we’ve finished cooking, we’ll enjoy a delicious meal together to celebrate our hard work!

Struffoli, Pignolata, or Italian Honey Balls are tiny balls of fried dough tossed in a delicious sticky honey sauce and decorated with festive sprinkles. It’s a fun and delicious Italian Christmas dessert that the whole family can enjoy making! Chef Luciano Schipano will share with you his Nonna’s recipe, so you can celebrate your Christmas with one of the most popular “dolci” di Natale.

Chef Luciano Schipano and Chef Anthony Sestito will teach you how to make the ultimate comfort food: Lasagna. You will make the fresh pasta and create the rich fillings for each layer of this savoury, satisfying meal.

As per the new Ontario regulation, ALL ATTENDEES must be fully vaccinated. Please have a copy of your proof of vaccination and a copy of a valid ID before entering the premises.


The class is sold individually, meaning that one purchased registration is intended for one single person who can join and actively participate in the class.


Included in the class:

  • Complimentary Antipasto platter on arrival
  • Food cooked at the end of the class will be consumed on site.

Wine, beer, mixed and soft drink will be available to purchase on site. Feel Free to ‘Bring Your Own Wine ‘for a small fee.

Please note:

  • Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary restrictions. 
  • To consume alcohol, patrons must be able to produce valid government-issued identification to prove they are 19 years or older. 
  • Class duration is approximate and may be longer or shorter by 10-15 minutes. 

Space is limited so book ahead to avoid disappointment!


Events are subject to change pending Toronto public health & safety measures.


Information on what to expect with respect to our COVID-19 protocols:

  • We will continue to conduct health screenings and take contact information as a precaution for any contact tracing needs as required by the province.
  • Both seating and eating areas will be fully sanitized between customers.
  • Our entire staff has also completed COVID-19 Precaution Training and is fully vaccinated.
  • Sanitizing stations, hand sanitizer, and disinfectants are always available throughout our building.


The product images shown are for illustration purposes only and may not be an exact representation of the product. The items and/or ingredients listed for the event may vary according to stock availability. We reserve the right to change products at any time without notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.



$90.00 (Per class, per person & inclusive of tax)


Price includes: antipasto platter on arrival, hands-on cooking lesson and demonstrations, and final prepared dish to enjoy on-site. Wine, beer, mixed and soft drinks will be available for an additional cost.



Ristorante Boccaccio, Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. West


To ensure the safety of all attendees there will be a maximum capacity of 30 adults (2 per table) per class. Mask or face covering required. Proof of double vaccination required to participate.

Quanno Nascette Ninno: Christmas in Southern Italy

Featuring the Vesuvius Ensemble

  • • Sunday, December 19, 6:00pm

Experience the Vesuvius Ensemble as they perform traditional Southern Italian folk songs, accompanied by instruments typical of the Italian countryside. Celebrate the holiday season with this special performance including a pastorale played on the zampogna, special bagpipes traditionally played by shepherds on Christmas Eve.


Vesuvius Ensemble: Francesco Pellegrino, Lucas Harris, Louis Simão, Romina Di Gasbarro


Special Guest: Tommaso Sollazzo on zampogna (from Italy)


$38.00 (Regular admission)

$32.00 (Students & Seniors)



Joseph D. Carrier Art Gallery,
Columbus Centre, 901 Lawrence Ave. West


Maximum capacity of 80 people. Proof of double vaccination required to enter the facilities.

For more information, or to inquire further, please contact:


Angelita Papa

Arts & Culture Coordinator

Phone: 416-789- 7011 Ext. 248

Email: cultural@villacharities.com