Italian Cooking Demos & Tastings

Italian Cooking Demos & Tastings

An activity of the Italian Experience at the 7th Street Public Market


Ricardo ManieriChef-in-Residence, Zia Pia imports


Riccardo has a passion for excellence that influences everything he undertakes: his practiced approach to cuisine, culinary education and selection of fine foods for Zia Pia. His training includes the Gualtiero Marchesi Culinary School in Colorno, Parma from which he graduated with the highest marks. Beginning his culinary career at Michelin-starred Marco Bistarelli’s Postale restaurant, he continued on at another of Bistarelli’s restaurants, Il Gradale, where he became chef de partie. He now directs the product sourcing effort for Zia Pia, lending his sensitivity and expertise to develop our unique portfolio of fine artisanal foods, uncovering new gems that are not yet widely distributed in the US. Whenever he is this side of the Atlantic he is eagerly called upon by clients who have experienced not only his cooking but also his charming and easy presence in their kitchens, and who benefit from the free manner in which Riccardo dispenses priceless tips to enhance their own cooking. Riccardo resides in Orvieto, Umbria, where he is well-positioned to continue his culinary interests, consult and cook for private events, as well as to scour trade shows like Taste in Florence, Vinitaly in Verona, Tutto Food in Milan, Taste of Roma, 3Bicchieri in Rome, and Cheese in Brà for foods with the unique, authentic and sublime characteristics that make up the Zia Pia portfolio.


Pasta Fridays.  Live cooking demonstration by Chef Riccardo Manieri and large plate tasting from the Pasta Bar. Grab your lunch-time portioned sample and go, or stay to learn more about the dish and how to prepare it. $15 fee includes pasta sampling and a $5.00-off coupon of any Zia Pia product purchase. To purchase tickets for Pasta Fridays, please click on one of the following dates below:
November 21, 2014
December 5, 2014
December 12, 2014

Saturday Cooking Demos. Join Chef Riccardo as he demonstrates and samples our Monthly Selection or other of his unique recipes featuring our fine products.  $25 fee includes an hour-long class, antipasto, small plate tasting and wine pairing.  After the class all of the Zia Pia ingredients we used in the recipe will be available for purchase.  To purchase tickets for the Saturday Cooking Classes, please click on one of the following dates below:

Free parking for 90 minutes with validation in the 7th Street parking garage.