Rossella Rago is the host of the cooking show, Cooking with Nonna. On each webisode, Rossella invites an Italian-American Nonna to cook with her, some of the most traditional recipes from each Nonna's region. While cooking, the Nonna also shares fond memories of her childhood and her Italian roots. Join Rossella and her inspiration for the show, Nonna Romana at Eataly's Scuola, as they prepare a spring feast from the region of Puglia. Rossella and Nonna will demonstrate four traditional recipes from their beloved region, using only the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Guests will enjoy everything Rossella and Nonna prepare, paired with outstanding Puglian wines. Class will be complete with recipes and wine tasting notes to take home.
Scalcione di Sponzali (Savory Scallion Pie)
Cavatelli Fatti in Casa con Cozze, Cuori di Carciofi & Pomodorini (Homemade Cavatelli with Mussels, Artichoke Hearts & Cherry Tomatoes)
Tiella di Spezzatino di Agnello con Patate (Lamb Stew with Potatoes in a Clay Pot)
Bocche di Dama (Almond Cookies filled with Amarene Brandied Cherries)
1 white & 1 red wine from Puglia
Rossella has traveled the country and performed cooking demonstration in many cities across the US with local Nonne as her partner. In 2010, Rossella together with her mother Angela and her Nonna Romana, participated as contestants on the Food Network – 24 Hour Restaurant Battle – Battle Italiano, a contest that “Team Nonna” won! ”Cooking was never just about cooking, it was about family, community, and spending quality time with each other,” says Rossella. In fact, Rossella spent most of her childhood in the kitchen with her maternal Nonna Romana learning the long legacy of recipes passed down through the generations for centuries. Rossella Rago has been acting since the age of 10. Since then she has been a member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. She has appeared in many films and television series, including the film Confessions of a Shopaholic, 13 Going On 30 and The Sopranos. Rossella graduated in 2009 from St. John’s University with a degree in Italian Literature and has studied at the National Gourmet Institute in NYC. To learn more about Rossella visit www.cookingwithnonna.com.
Nonna Romana Sciddurlo
Nonna Romana is the inspiration of Rossella’s show: Cooking with Nonna. Nonna Romana has been cooking for her family and friends all her life and has been the primary mentor of Rossella. She has been Rossella’s partner in many cooking demos on the east coast and was Rossella’s teammate on the Food Network – 24 Hour Restaurant Battle – Battle Italiano contest. Nonna Romana is the perfect example of that it is never too late in life to start new ventures and hobbies.
Chef Pasquale Martinelli
Chef Pasquale Martinelli is the Culinary Consultant of Cooking with Nonna. Since coming to New York he has continued his career in the food and hospitality industry where he has worked in the kitchen of Benoit Restaurant with worldwide renowned Chef Alain Ducasse as well as in the Dining Room of Da Silvano Restaurant. In 2009 he founded WarmPalate.com, a Personal Chef and Gourmet Catering Company, where he delivers his skills as Host/Chef to the tri-states area celebrities and business clientele. Pasquale strives to bring to his guests the rich aromas and authentic flavors found in kitchens throughout Italy and bring to life the recipes so many have treasured through the years. Pasquale has been featured in several television, radio and print mediums including The Martha Stewart Show and Radio, Time Out New York TV and America Oggi. Pasquale currently divides his time as General Manager at Erminia Ristorante and as Chef at Spina Restaurant both located in Manhattan!