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Gnocchi-Making Class in Springfield (Feb. 11)

When: Saturday, February 11 – 1-3 p.m.

Where: Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts Inc., 56 Margaret St., Springfield MA [map]

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to make those thick, soft dumplings like Nonna used to make, get your apron out because here is your chance: The Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts Inc. is sponsoring a gnocchi-making class on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 1-3 p.m. at the Italian Cultural Center.

Made from a flour and water dough or a potato dough, gnocchi are “very simple” to make, according to Rosemarie P. Costa, secretary of the Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts. “But if it’s not mixed properly, it’s not as light and airy as it should be.”

Anne Marie Iellamo will conduct the class, which can accommodate 30 participants. She will demonstrate how to make the gnocchi, and participants will take home what they make.

Space will be provided for adults and children; bring an apron.
The gnocchi are soft dumplings. Like many Italian dishes, there is considerable variation in recipes and names in different regions.

After the gnocchi-making class, the gnocchi can be cooked immediately or frozen, Costa said.

“They are very filling and can be served as a main course,” she said, suggesting serving them with marinara sauce, Alfredo sauce or meat sauce.

The word gnocchi may derive from the Italian word nocchio, meaning a knot in wood, or from nocca, meaning knuckle.

Space for the gnocchi-making class is limited. Seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register and pre-pay by Feb. 4 by mailing your name, address and phone number along with the registration fee of $20 for cultural center members, $25 for adult non-members, $8 for children of members and $12 for children of non-members to: Italian Cultural Center of Western Massachusetts Inc., Attn: Gnocchi-Making, 56 Margaret St., Springfield, MA 01105.

For more information, call 786-3205.

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