ACCADEMIA DINNER in Atlanta GA- December 13, 2014

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Accademia Italiana

Pricci's Menu for the Dec 2014 Accademia Dinner

The December 2014 Accademia Italiana della Cucina Dinner took place at Pricci’s, one of Atlanta’s favorite restaurants in Buckhead. Pricci is a contemporary Italian restaurant with a creative menu, a dramatic interior and skilled service. The atmosphere is what you would expect of a Buckhead restaurant- classy and chic. The waitstaff is uniformed and the tables are covered in simple white tablecloth.  Pricci is truly stylish dining, and the beautiful crowd waiting in line to be seated testifies to such statement.

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15 delightful Academicians attended and thankfully we were seated in a private banquet room, as the restaurant was absolutely filled to the brim and quite noisy.   I regret to announce that no photographs are available at this time, with the exception of the Menu, which included a tantalizing Aragosta in Carpione appetizer with the surprising taste twist addition of raisins … my mouth is still watering over that. Several wines were served, with a crisp Feudi di San Gregorio Falanghina being my favorite. The Arugula and Barbiatole salad was also very refreshing and I loved the Umbrian Blue Cheese which complemented the beets beautifully.

I must admit that, generally speaking, I am not a big fan of Storione fish and this was no exception to the rule.But the potato stew which accompanied the sturgeon was absolutely divine. I also enjoyed the tomato sauce and cheese dips they offered for the bread, as opposed to the typical olive oil. The sauce, spiced just right, was excellent, and so was the bread.

Another big surprise came with dessert. Again, Panettone is not on my favorite list as I find it dry and blah. But the Panettone bread pudding we were presented with had no resemblance to the dreaded, boring holiday sweet bread I was envisioning. I simply loved every and each bite of it and cleaned out to the last drop of the accompanying caramel chocolate mousse. A great success, paired with a sweet traditional Mostato d’Asti “Nivole”

I look forward to exploring Pricci’s Menu some more in a near future

 Pricci was named one of America’s “20 Best New Restaurants” the year it opened by Esquire and called “…a dazzlingly modern, very hip Italian restaurant.”

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Finest Italian Cuisine

Take an Italian cooking class/lesson and learn recipes, techniques and a few Italian words and phrases that will be just what you need to make Italian Gourmet cooking an everyday part of your life. We are very aware of the health benefits of herbs and include them in our recipes to enhance the natural healing properties of GOOD food, which is not only a pleasurable experience, but provides much needed, quality fuel for our bodies. Using herbs and spices expands our taste palette without adding extra calories, and may decrease the amount of salt, fat, and sugars we use without sacrificing flavor.

Cooking classes are perfect for individuals, couples and small groups. Some classes feature an entire menu from appetizer to dessert; others focus on a specific technique or ingredient (e.g. basic cooking skills, bread and pizza workshops, meat recipes, pasta sauce making, risotto workshops, etc.). After the cooking is done, sit down and enjoy the dishes you cooked with your family and friends.


Classes are between two and three and a half hours in length, depending on the kind of class and the menu. During the lesson we will prepare three or four dishes from start to finish. All menus are custom-designed to suit your tastes, skills and kitchen equipment. One-on-one or group lessons and special private culinary trips to Italy are provided.

DEMONSTRATION CLASSES are an intimate, interactive look at cooking. Each class features an entertaining and informative lesson by the instructor plus generous tastings of every dish prepared in class. Take notes as you watch our chef work, and ask questions throughout the process to walk away able to recreate the menu at home.

In HANDS-ON CLASSES, you participate in each step of the cooking, so you can master the techniques at home. The instructor will discuss the ins and outs of each recipe, give you valuable tips and coach you as you work together with other students in small groups to prepare the dishes. You’ll sit down at the end of class to feast upon the fruits of your labor with your friends.

WORKSHOPS : we offer 3-4 hrs long workshops. Workshops tuition is $55 p.p., couple and group discounts offered
RISOTTO Workshop: learn how to make authentic Risotto- 4 recipes
BREAD workshop- Basic White, Baguette and more
PIZZA Making Workshop
RICOTTA making Workshop

PRIVATE IN-HOME COOKING COURSES are a wonderful way to build skills and confidence or prepare for a special event in the privacy of your home. We offer package deals which start with a 10 hrs course in 3 or 4 sessions. Written recipes and tips are included along with hands on instruction. Course can be scheduled bi-weekly or weekly, according to your needs.


The following tuition applies, unless arranged otherwise:

* Demonstration Classes: $50
* Hands-On Classes: $70
* Workshops: $55
* Private Cooking Course STARTING AT $395 -10 hrs in 3 or 4 sessions. Intensive but packed with excellent learning materials and techniques.

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Your cravings, your needs CHART




If you crave this…

What you really need is… And here are healthy foods that have it:
Chocolate Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Sweets Chromium Broccoli, grapes, cheese, dried beans, calves liver, chicken
Carbon Fresh fruits
Phosphorus Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes, grains
Sulfur Cranberries, horseradish, cruciferous vegetables, kale, cabbage
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Bread, toast Nitrogen High protein foods: fish, meat, nuts, beans
Oily snacks, fatty foods Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Coffee or tea Phosphorous Chicken, beef, liver, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts, legumes
Sulfur Egg yolks, red peppers, muscle protein, garlic, onion, cruciferous vegetables
NaCl (salt) Sea salt, apple cider vinegar (on salad)
Iron Meat, fish and poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Alcohol, recreational drugs Protein Meat, poultry, seafood, dairy, nuts
Avenin Granola, oatmeal
Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Glutamine Supplement glutamine powder for withdrawal, raw cabbage juice
Potassium Sun-dried black olives, potato peel broth, seaweed, bitter greens
Chewing ice Iron Meat, fish, poultry, seaweed, greens, black cherries
Burned food Carbon Fresh fruits
Soda and other carbonated drinks Calcium Mustard and turnip greens, broccoli, kale, legumes, cheese, sesame
Salty foods Chloride Raw goat milk, fish, unrefined sea salt
Acid foods Magnesium Raw nuts and seeds, legumes, fruits
Preference for liquids rather than solids Water Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Preference for solids rather than liquids Water You have been so dehydrated for so long that you have lost your thirst. Flavor water with lemon or lime. You need 8 to 10 glasses per day.
Cool drinks Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Pre-menstrual cravings Zinc Red meats (especially organ meats), seafood, leafy vegetables, root vegetables
General overeating Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tryptophan Cheese, liver, lamb, raisins, sweet potato, spinach
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green, red fruits and vegetables
Lack of appetite Vitamin B1 Nuts, seeds, beans, liver and other organ meats
Vitamin B3 Tuna, halibut, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, seeds and legumes
Manganese Walnuts, almonds, pecans, pineapple, blueberries
Chloride Raw goat milk, unrefined sea salt
Tobacco Silicon Nuts, seeds; avoid refined starches
Tyrosine Vitamin C supplements or orange, green and red fruits and vegetables

GLUTEN FREE Mocha Shortbread Cookies

FINEST ITALIAN Mocha Shortbread Cookies

This is Angelica's - and Finest Italian- own recipe and as such is copywrited. Please remember, you can use it but you are not authorized to share it or publish it as your own. The recipe has been tested, I would like, however, your feedback to know the reliability of the process and to make sure results are easily and consistently achieved. You can easily half the recipe. Thank you for your help and please make sure to send me your comments, good or bad :-) Thanks you, Grazie, Angelica


  • ½ cup finely ground almonds or almond meal
  • 1 to 1¼ cup RICE flour, sifted
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp instant coffee powder
  • 1 teaspoon sweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoon Coconut Butter
  • Granulated sugar


  1. In a large bowl, combine almond meal (Trader Joe’s is one of my favorites du to its consistency), rice flour, (start with 1 cup) powdered sugar, cocoa and coffee until blended. Add butter at room temperature and coconut butter that has been warmed in microwave for 10 seconds; beat at medium speed until blended, scraping down side of bowl occasionally.
  2. Shape dough into a ball. If it too wet add extra rice flour. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about ¼ inch thick. Cut dough with a 1 to 1½ to 2 inch floured plain or fluted cookie cutter.
  4. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with granulated sugar. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until edges are just firm. Remove from baking sheets, cool on wire racks.

RISOTTO workshop coming up- March 25, 2013


3/25/2013 -11:30am-2:30pm in San Carlos $49

Risotto seafoodRisotto making workshop- Gluten Free: learn the basics of making authentic Risotto and explore the possibilities. On the menu: Risotto ai Funghi, Risotto alle Carote, Risotto agli Asparagi, Risotto al Limone,and Risotto ai Frutti di mare (Seafood). Students will receive written recipes at the beginning of class. After all the preparations and cooking are completed, participants will enjoy the fruits of their labors. Wine pairings included.