The Italian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with Prue Leith Culinary Institute, have launched a project called “A tavola!” The project includes a course with Italian lessons held in the morning, followed by cooking classes taught by Chefs who have national and international experience and were trained in Italian cuisine by ALMA Scuola Internationale di Cucina Italiana. Each class focuses on a specific course in the classic Italian menu.

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Cook Italian

Learn to cook the famous Italian cuisine with the best chefs as teachers.

Learn Italian

Learn Italian while you enjoy this culinary journey.


Have fun experimenting with friendly people and great teachers.

How does it work?

The Course A Tavola! takes place from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 and it is divided into two parts:

1. Learn Italian

From 9:00 to 11:00 the Italian language course at the Prue Leith Culinary Institute, which will focus on professional vocabulary useful in the kitchen;

2. Learn Italian Cooking

The cooking class, which will focus on regional specialities, will be held from 11:15 to 14:15 in the Prue Leith Culinary Institute kitchen. Each day concludes at 14:15 with students enjoying the meal they produced with Italian wine.
During the cooking course, students will have the opportunity to learn the basic techniques of Italian cuisine.

Authentic Italian Cooking

Whether you are a foodie or you simply love Italian cuisine, this course is for you!

Learn to prepare authentic Italian food – After all, Italy’s cuisine is one of the most delicious cuisines in the world!

Many of the dishes you will cook are traditionally eaten in Italy and not necessarily famous abroad. Along with the well-known dishes, you will sharpen your appetite and experience with the regional Italian recipes that will take you on an amazing virtual trip to Italy’s eateries.

Learning Italian the right (and fun) way

It’s often said that Italian it’s not an easy language, but children can learn any language without any effort. This is because they learn it playfully and in real-life experience. 

In this Italian language course, you will be experiencing the same approach, where every lesson will have a practical application in real life. Here’s how:

  • Play the role: Unleash the child in you! Practise your Italian as you learn, while you cook – lots of fun guaranteed!
  • Build your vocabulary: This is an essential step in learning any language. You will be given food-related noun lists to practice your vocabulary, as well as useful verbs used in cooking and delicious Italian recipes to read.
  • Write your food shopping list in Italian: Everyday practice makes all the difference – this is a fun way to remember your Italian vocabulary!
  • Don’t stress about the grammar: Thanks to your grammar activities, involving the completion of recipes with verbs and vocabulary, you will be able to follow recipes in Italian from the word go!

Course Fees

Italian Language Course: 10 hours (including all study material)

Cooking Course:

15 hours (including all ingredients, equipment required, lunch, wine, printed recipes and a Prue Leith apron)

Price per person: R7 995.00


1 week  – The course runs from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 14:15 

09:00 – 11:00 – Italian Language Course 

11:00 – 11:15 – Coffee Break 

11:15 – 14:15 – Cooking Class 

14:15 – Enjoying Lunch


  • 3-7 October 2022

NB: a minimum of 5 students is required to activate a course


Have a look at the line up we prepared for you.

(Click on each lesson to open it)

Lesson 1

Italian course: 

  • Grammar: masculine & feminine nouns; definite articles; grammar activity
  • Vocabulary: food nouns in Italian
  • Culture: Starters and aperitivo; a history of pizza

Cooking lesson: 

  • Antipasti e pane: pizza, focaccia, grissini, ciabatta, affettati misti e formaggi, olive ascolane, fritto misto, bagna cauda, caponata.
  • To Drink: Spritz / Negroni for Aperitivo
Lesson 2

Italian course: 

  • Grammar: Italian adjectives & their agreement with nouns; grammar activity
  • Vocabulary: shapes of pasta
  • Culture: History of pasta and understanding Italian pasta “rules”.

Cooking lesson: Primi Piatti 1

Hand-made pasta:

  • Short Pasta: Orecchiette, trofie con pesto alla genovese, lorighittas allo zafferano
  • Long Pasta: Spaghetti alla chitarra, pappardelle, tagliatelle
  • Filled Pasta: Tortellini in brodo, tortelli d’erbetta.
Lesson 3

Italian course: 

  • Grammar: verbs in the infinitive and imperative for following recipes; grammar activity
  • Vocabulary: verbs used in recipes & to order; tools used in the kitchen; setting the table.
  • Culture: Italian rice cultivation; main categories of Italian rice; A history of gnocchi; Gnocchi types

Cooking lesson: Primi Piatti 2

  • Rice, Risotti & Gnocchi
    Risi e bisi, risotto alla milanese, risotto primavera, risotto al nero di seppia,  arancini, gnudi, gnocchi di patate, gnocchi alla romana. 


Lesson 4

Italian course: 

  • Grammar: partitives to express quantity; grammar activity
  • Vocabulary: Measurements in the kitchen 
  • Culture: A traditional Italian meal & its courses; mains (secondi di carne e pesce)

Cooking lesson: FISH & MEAT

  • Fish: pesce all’acqua pazza, tonno con peperonata, seppie ripiene
  • Meat: Bistecca alla fiorentina, porchetta, pollo alla diavola, vitello tonnato, saltimbocca alla romana, spezzatino
  • Contorni: peperonata, parmigiana di melanzane, piselli al prosciutto, cipolline in agrodolce, insalata di finocchi e arancia.
Lesson 5

Italian course: 

  • Grammar Activity: Complete the Tiramisù recipe with the missing verbs.
  • Vocabulary: Verbs for preparing desserts; most popular Italian dessert – Il Tiramisù
  • Culture: Italian types of coffee explained; The Moka, an Italian passion

Cooking lesson: CAKES & DESSERTS

Babà napoletano al rum, pastiera Napoletana, sorbetto, bonet, biscotti, cannoli,  torta caprese, zabaione. 


Why Learn Italian?

Business Travel & Communication

Italy has the 8th highest GDP in the world. Speaking Italian will definitely facilitate business, travel and communication in Italy. 

More Perspective on Arts & Culture

Italy is rich in arts and culture based on the Italian language and they’re often not translated. From literature to cinema, you’ll be able to enjoy them all, like an Italian.


If you have Italian family or Italian ancestry, learning Italian will complete and complement your heritage.

Become a Better Learner

By learning another language you expand your cultural reach and the social interactions you can have.

Increase your Job Opportunities

In 2020, Italy exported a total of $481 Bn, making it the number 7 exporter in the world. Italian companies are always looking for new employees that can speak Italian and another language. Likewise, South African firms wanting to export to Italy, or do business with Italy, are looking for professionals that can speak Italian.

Speak With More People

Over 77,000 people speak Italian in South Africa. If you enjoy the many social and cultural events organised in South Africa by the Italian institutions, you’ll find that speaking Italian is not only useful but you will enjoy those events even more and meet new people.


Why Learn With Us?


Official Italian Institute

The Italian Cultural Institute (Istituto Italiano di Cultura – IIC) is the official institution for the diffusion of the Italian language and culture.


Hundreds of students

With hundreds of happy students that completed our courses in the past years, we cover any need from business to personal. 


Located in South Africa

We’re located in Pretoria and we understand the peculiarity of the South African context.


B1 Citizenship

We are an exam venue for the CILS B1 for Citizenship purposes (issued by the University for Foreigners of Siena, Italy), one of the official Italian language exams that is mandatory for any new citizenship.


What Our Students Say

I was very scared of learning a new language, in the beginning, but I really needed to learn Italian for work. I’m so glad I found the Italian Institute of Culture. Not only the teachers are nice and they go at my pace, but it is so convenient o interact with them online, saving time and petrol. Thank you IIC.

Jane Botha

Learning Italian for Business

I am extremely glad that I found the Italian Cultural Institute, because not only are the teachers amazing, but the courses are brilliantly structured and constantly keep on improving my Italian language skills. I would gladly recommend the institute to anybody interested in Italian culture.

Eujean Snyman

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is learning Italian difficult?

Our mother tongue teachers make it as easy and fun as possible to learn Italian. Plus, Italian has a similar grammar structure to French, Spanish and Portuguese. So if you know one f these languages, you’ll find it very easy. If not, once you learn Italian it will be easy for you to pick up any of the other latin languages mentioned above.

If I miss a class, can I reschedule it?

Classes cannot be rescheduled, but you will be given all the material/support to catch up with the rest of the class.

What if I have allergies?

Please add your allergies to the submission form and inform your cooking teacher as well. 

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