Lamb Chops w/Espresso Wine Sauce

Another great evening. Rita, you not only inspire novice cooks to get in the kitchen, you also re-energize those of us who are “old hands” in the kitchen with your innovative ideas, delicious recipes, and kitchen shortcuts. The warmth that we feel at your class is not only because the oven is on!

Sondra Fandray


Thanks Rita, for another informative and delicious evening. I'll be trying all of your recipes for sure. Love your sharing of cooking secrets and helpful hints.

Sondra Fandray

As a mother's day gift, the evening spent watching you prepare that delicious meal rates right up there as one of the best! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and look forward to preparing that same menu to my guests in a couple of weeks. Thanks to you and especially to Erin for inviting me!

Kay Stonebraker

Thank you for a lovely evening. You have given me incentive to slow down and start enjoying cooking again.

Barbara Gianfrancesco

My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the class. The salad, penne, and veal were memorable but the delicious biscotti stole the show. We cannot wait to make them for our granddaughter's/niece's graduation party. We will be back for sure.

Sondra Fandray

Knowing my love for my girlfriends and cooking, my family bought me an “Evening with my friends at Rita’s” for my birthday.  We were not disappointed!  From the moment we rang the doorbell until dessert, we learned and laughed.  The menu that I chose was absolutely delicious.  We were all inspired to buy new gadgets and change our holiday boring traditions.  Thank you, Rita, for a fun, inspiring evening in your warm home.


What a fun evening at the hands of someone very passionate about sharing her gift. This was the first time we’ve ever done anything like this and it won’t be the last time at Rita’s. We had such a great evening and not only was the food excellent, but we all took home some notes to help improve our skills as well. We got excited about making more food from scratch instead of the convenience from a box. The flavor and freshness just can not be beat! We’re all talking about coming in the fall to enjoy another evening with you Rita. We’re making the Capri Pizzettes dough this weekend and taking the Torte Capri as dessert for a get together next weekend. We’ll make you proud!

Fred & Sandy Como

I can't rave enough about the cooking class that my daughter and I attended at your home last night. The food that you prepared and the way that you prepared it was awesome. We both enjoyed it immensely. I am still thinking about it. Your sparkling personality is an added attraction. Cooking becomes you. I am looking forward to the next time.

Yours truly,
Judy Callahan

I thoroughly enjoyed spending the afternoon in Rita’s kitchen learning some tricks of the trade and enjoying some deliciously, homemade Italian dishes. Rita is very hospitable and one can tell quite quickly how much joy she finds in preparing meals. Thanks again for sharing your great recipes and love for cooking.

-Casey G


Thank you very much Rita for both your hospitality and your many wonderful recipes and cooking tips. We all enjoyed our afternoon with you, and the food was beyond delicious!

Looking forward to meeting with you again in the fall.



I so enjoyed your cooking class, first one I ever attended . I walked with my girlfriends last evening and told them all about my wonderfully , delicious experience! I could sense how much you enjoy what you do, it's your gift. Thanks for sharing it.



The kitchen is the heart of the home in my family and you welcomed us into yours with an open heart and a passion for cooking! We all felt right at home as we watched you cook and delicately and precisely create a masterpiece for us to enjoy as a family. Did I mention how fantastic your porcini mushroom risotto was? My family and I enjoyed celebrating my dad’s birthday with you. We plan to visit you again soon!

Thank you Rita for welcoming us into your kitchen!

Sincerely, Nicole

You'll be pleased to know I had my husband's family over tonight and made the bruschetta, the pistachio salad, the roasted asparagus and the vegetable lasagna!   Everything was awesome!!!   My family was very impressed and my vegetarian sister-in-law was in heaven that she could actually eat everything."

Annmarie Lyons

"I so enjoyed your class and I would definitely do another one.  I feel so much more confident now; in fact, I bought the ingredients to make the crostata this weekend and I will also do the lasagna in the round. The entire dinner was simple, but different, and I love how you conducted the class.  You are so professional and I think it's wonderful that you are sharing your talents in this way; you do a fantastic job!"

Martha Sproul



"Buongiorno Rita, I absolutely loved your class and the dinner was excellent.   I had fun, I learned a lot, and I enjoyed a great meal. I hope to attend more classes depending on my and your schedule."

    Joe Quartuccio

"Dear Rita,

We did so enjoy ourselves in your kitchen!   Thank you for sharing your gifts. You are a true inspiration.   

I look forward to more learning and good eating in your fabulous kitchen.  Thanks."

                                                 Christie Jeter



"Every meal at "Rita's Italian Table" has been a wonderful experience.   The chef, the recipes, the conversation and the company at each dinner I've attended has surpassed my expectations.  It's an evening that every individual or couple that enjoys the atmosphere of a warm and inviting kitchen and host should reserve.  The hands on experience and the way Rita showed me how easy it is to do things has inspired me to be more creative and adventurous in my home cooking.  Thanks Rita for the confidence you have instilled in my cooking abilities and your ever helpful teachings."

 Mary Diane    



"I so enjoyed your holiday cookie class.  The recipes are delicious and the tips are most helpful. The hands-on learning experience is hard to beat! You make the class very engaging with your warm personality and the stories that you share. I look forward to attending future classes!"

Mary Diane



Thanks so much for an enjoyable evening. I really liked the warmth of having class in your kitchen, and am looking forward to future sessions. 

Michael Majcher



Thank YOU for the wonderful dinner.   Robin & I kept commenting on your amazing tiramisu the entire car ride home.   We plan to make it together sometime for our husbands.

Annmarie Lyons


Rita, I loved your class where we learned how to make Pizza Chena.  Your  classes are so relaxing and inspiring in your beautiful kitchen.  I made Pizza Chena for my grandson's Baptism Day celebration and it made a perfect Brunch item.  Thanks for a beautiful recipe.

Heather Pickerill



"Your Italian Appetizer class was wonderful!   These hearty treats will be a welcome addition to my holiday menu planning. Your expert advice is well taken and the fact that you made EVERYTHING look so easy was a real bonus. I am looking forward to the Italian Holiday Cookie class. I can't wait to see what's up your sleeve!"

Barbara Lipari



"I had a wonderful time "cooking with Rita." She made everything easy to understand, and she explained everything about each recipe as we learned how to prepare a traditional Italian meal. From salad to dessert, Rita helped our class learn how to make cooking easy and enjoyable! You can tell from her teaching that she loves what she does, and it made her class something beyond the usual. I would definitely go to more classes!"

Pam Wigley



"Rita Venturino certainly lives the logo printed on her business card. 'cooks with passion'.
Sporting her trademark red rose on her lapel, this vivacious Italian cook enlightened & entertained the students in the Italian Christmas Cookie culinary class at Polly's Pantry. The evening was a sensory smorgasbord of delicious aromas from the oven and taste samplings of the biscotti's and Pignoli cookies. Rita's organization and presentation were flawless - full of culinary tips and examples plus stories of her Italian heritage. Stir in a generous portion of Rita's wit and warmth and you can be sure that we all went away richer (and fuller)."

Gloria Walker
Polly's Pantry



"When you take a class with Rita you can expect three things: professionalism, fun and delicious food. Rita makes complicated things easy and encourages students to try, 'it's do-able' says Rita. Don't miss any opportunity to cook with Rita."

Karen Novak
McGinnis Sisters



"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your class on making Italian cookies at Polly's Pantry. The cookies were all delicious. It was generous of you to share the recipes and enjoyable to hear the stories behind them."

Wendy Mendenhall



"Rita captured the attention of the class and made us feel part of the process as she presented step-by-step instructions clearly and thoroughly. She respected her audience, and when questions arose, she took the time to answer them. As she talked and worked her way through the recipes, she imparted confidence to her class that we, too, could successfully make those cookie recipes. It was great to see the finished product -- perfect cookies! I wouldn't hesitate to attend a future cooking class taught by Rita."

Charlotte Varner



Gibsonia, PA 15044, Phone/Fax: 724-443-8700