Seated at a table next to an exposed pillar nibbling bruschetta and spiedini at one of those happy hours, I can almost see the old cash registers and the narrow aisles, the shelves stacked high with dry goods, of the main grocery area. That old-world feel, captured in a few old black-and-white wall photos, has been recast as an upscale culinary gathering place with exposed brick, various table configurations, a small liquor bar and an open catering kitchen. It’s a warm, welcoming place to master cocktail-making with six different Italian amari or learn the art of rolling, folding and cutting handmade pasta. Glorioso’s keeps the culinary focus Bootshaped, with classes taught by various instructors.
Students get hands-on schooling at long wooden worktables – on the side of the old shop formerly perfumed by fennel seed, cured ham and Gorgonzola cheese. This month’s schedule of classes (generally two to two-anda- half hours long) includes Making Fresh Pasta: Hand Cuts (Oct. 5), Pizza Take & Bake (Oct. 11) and Exploring Italian Classics: Polenta ($25 to $75, depending on the class).
1020 E. Brady St., 414-291-5887
5 More Area Cooking Classes
LEARN EVERYTHING from basic knife skills to Cajun classics at these “schools” for weekend chefs. Reserve early. Spots fill up quickly.
1101 S. Second St., 414-212-8843
Single sessions range from techniques to cuisines. Paella (Oct. 22, 6 p.m.) and Indian Specialties (Oct. 29, 6 p.m.). COST: $45-$70.
400 N. Water St., 414-336-1111
Either hands-on or demo, including Classic Italian Pasta Dishes (Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m.) and Cooking with CBD Oil (Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.). COST: $30-$69.
Bayshore Town Center, 480 W. Northshore Dr., Glendale, 414-332-2037
Features a packed calendar of hands-on classes such as Fall Soups and Stews (Oct. 13 at 4 p.m.), Fresh and Flavorful Thai (Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.) and Date Night: Autumn in Italy (Oct. 26, 4 and 7 p.m.). COST: $59-$69.
500 S. Third St., 414-277-7676
The hands-on class is followed by a meal served with wine pairings. Fall Harvest (Oct. 15, 6 p.m.). COST: $139.
4200 N. Port Washington Rd., 414-967-4333
Hands-on classes include Knife Skills (Oct. 12, 11 a.m.) and From the Pumpkin Patch (Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m.). COST: $36-$65.