Italian Cultural Institute SF presents: Lunchtime with Viola Buitoni

The Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco presents Lunchtime with Viola Buitoni, five live streaming lessons.

As a special treat to the friends of the Italian Cultural Institute, starting next week, every Wednesday at 11:30 AM until the end of April, Viola Buitoni will hold 30 minutes lunchtime virtual lessons on the everyday art of Italian cooking on our Instagram channel. To be notified and tune in follow the Italian Cultural Institute on Instagram.


Wed 4/01 – 11:30am Weeknight Pasta: Gemelli alle zucchine, menta, balsamico e pecorino

Wed 4/08 – 11:30am The Easter Table: Carciofi ripieni per la tavola di Pasqua

Wed 4/01 – 11:30am Pantry Cooking: Insalata di tonno, fagioli e cipolle rosse

Wed 4/22 – 11:30am Weeknight Pasta: Spaghetti al guanciale e punte di asparagi

Wed 4/29 – 11:30am Cooking with Kids: Gnocchi al pomodoro

 Viola Buitoni is a renowned Bay Area cooking instructor specializing in Italian food. In these difficult times Viola is keeping her connection to her audience with nightly short videos on Instagram, a series she calls #StayHomeAndCookItalian in which she shares original and deeply personal dishes that cross the love for her family and her craft. The Italian born Buitoni has a legendary ability to teach cooking as a full body sensorial experience while engaging her community of passionate home cooks with stories and knowledge from 6 generations of family food tradition and 30 years of professional experience. Her dishes cross the best of California agriculture with the finest Italian food imports. After years as a chef and caterer in New York, Viola has been teaching in the Bay Area since 2009. She is the resident Italian instructor at 18Reasons and The Civic Kitchen in San Francisco where her classes sell out months in advance. She has guest taught at schools around the country including the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, and Eataly in Chicago and New York. She serves as the Expert Food Advisor for San Francisco’s Italian Consulate and Cultural Institute. She leads cooking retreats in the Bay Area and culinary trips to Italy. In the summer she teaches at the Puglia Culinary Center in Italy. In 2019 she started and co-chaired the Grain category for the Good Food Awards. You can find her food writings in and You can find details about her trips and classes at