“Sandra is fantastic! She came to our apartment on a Friday night and taught my husband, another couple and myself how to prepare a delicious & healthy meal. We had a wonderful evening chopping up vegetables, stirring gravy and enjoying great conversation all in the comfort of our own home. Everything was delicious and I was surprised to learn alternate ways of preparing food, like cooking sausage in water. I highly recommend Sandra & look forward to having her over again!” – C. O.
“We had Sandra, the Feisty Italian, over for an Italian cooking class. Sandra was so charming, warm, and tons of fun. She also taught us how to make a delicious and healthy Italian meal. It was a great and memorable evening. I highly recommend Sandra’s services.” – J. L.
“The feisty Italian is a hit! Great festive and fun Italian cooking with a different twist! Sandra is vibrant and has great colorful presentation of Italian food and I learned different ways and recipes to put together traditional Italian dishes.” – J. G.
“Sandra is an outstanding chef! Her food is bursting with flavor, beautifully prepared, and made with the freshest ingredients. You can taste Sandra’s love and passion for her cooking, and for authentic Italian cuisine in every bite. If you are looking for expertly made, extraordinary Italian food — and a chef who is a joy to welcome into your kitchen — the Feisty Italian is the way to go!” – L. G.
‘What a delicious Saturday night we had! Sandra came to our home and coached us through cooking a fabulous meal. The Sexy Italian menu includes an incredible, and incredibly simple salad; a perfect pasta dish of rigatoni aglio olio with yummy fresh herbs; and a hearty finale of beef pizzaiola. Sandra was a delight to cook with – she managed to include us completely in the cooking process, while also making it seem like we were being served a decadent meal without much effort at all! As someone who strives to eat whole foods in every meal, I found this to be the best mix of decadence and clean, healthy eating possible. Thank you, Sandra, for a memorable night and a dinner better than any restaurant. We can’t wait to start using your cookbook and bring your cooking into our home all the time!” – F. W.
“Sandra Catena is a great cooking teacher and an even better person. If you want to learn how to cook Italian cuisine, look no further. Sandra is a quintessential New Yorker. You don’t just learn how to follow a recipe, you learn how to cook with heart and attitude. Sandra’s food is alive with flavor. She uses only the freshest ingredients. I had a great time! Worth every penny if not more! You won’t just have a cooking class experience, you will make a friend. Sandra is a wonderful person filled with stories and experiences. She is one of my favorite people. I have no idea why she is not a “celebrity” chef; the talent and personality is all there. Who knows, maybe one day soon you will boast to your friends having been taught by the famous Chef, Sandra Catena. I wouldn’t be surprised as she has all the talents and abilities! Take a class with Sandra, you won’t regret it for a minute.” – J. S.
“My wife got us a class with Sandra, and we recently had a blast cooking the “Hot Italian” meal from her In-House Southern Italian Cooking Class. Another couple joined us, so four of us had a fun time learning knife skills, simple tips on food preparation, and new ideas to cook food. It was a fun, informative and most of all tasty night. The end result turned out great! We are looking to book Sandra for another night in the future.” – S. S.
“This past Friday, Sandra came over and helped us prepare the Exotic Italian menu (green salad, chicken cacciatora, linguine aglio olio). Everything was delicious! Sandra did a great job of going with the flow and allowing us to help as much or as little as we wanted. She knows a lot about Southern Italian cooking, and was a pleasure to be around. Also, Sandra was very sensitive to allergies, food likes and dislikes, etc. We would highly recommend booking a class with her for a different than usual date night.” – J. T.
“I had a great time cooking with Sandra Catena. She was engaging, entertaining, and fun. It was like having a 5th friend at the dinner table! I would say that this is a great activity to do with a few friends and would highly recommend taking one of her cooking classes!” – A. F.
“My daughter and I had Sandra come to my apt. for a cooking lesson and we couldn’t have enjoyed it more. Sandra is lively and engaging and a terrific teacher with the added bonus that her menu choices are great. We had a fabulous meal of salmon cacciatore with an aglio olio and a romaine salad as well. The lesson lasted the full 2 hours and there was no arrogance over the tiny kitchen and very limited workspace I have. We really enjoyed her company and hope to do another menu again sometime. Highly recommended!” – A. D.
“My boyfriend bought us a class with Sandra and we had a blast. We chose the “Zesty Italian” meal. Another couple joined us, so four of us had a fun time learning new knife skills and new ideas to cook food. We cooked chicken in water which was a new and brilliant concept for me. Sandra’s recipes were very healthy, simple, and butter free, which was important to me because I don’t like butter. It was a fun, relaxed, helpful, and delicious night. I was amazed how delicious our food turned out from just a few ingredients. I highly recommend her.” – C. S.
“I attended a tasting at The Feisty Italian; although it was not a cooking class, it was an “indoor picnic” which featured one of Sandra Catena’s excellent, seasonal menus, served to eight hungry, happy diners. Our substantial meal was served family-style and eaten in a casual, communal setting, and was delectable! Each dish was simply but perfectly prepared from fresh, high-quality ingredients and as each course was served, we were given in-depth information on preparations for each dish, the healthy qualities of the ingredients, plus some cultural background on the Italian-American cuisine. We began with a chopped green salad filled with colorful veggies and a light but flavorful lemon and olive oil dressing; this was followed by a gluten free (rice) pasta aglio e olio with bitter greens and walnuts, which was outstanding. The main course was moist, delicious chicken breasts with black pepper and fresh lime. To complement our healthy but completely satisfying meal, we drank seltzers flavored with fresh fruit, and nibbled on dates as we chatted after all that delicious food. Sandra Catena fed us beautifully and healthfully, while sharing her knowledge, experience and traditions as well as entertaining us with great conversation. I highly recommend a class or a tasting with The Feisty Italian.” – E. D.
“Sandra Catena arrived at my Manhattan home last Monday to teach my wife and me, along with another couple, how to create the SKINNY ITALIAN menu, which is a healthy and delicious vegetarian meal. Like Scheherazade, Chef Sandra had many engaging stories! Not only did she teach us about food anthropology and share fun facts on food, Sandra talked about growing up Italian in NJ, and how she went from being a professional dancer to a personal chef. We all learned knife skills, and that alone was worth hiring The Feisty Italian. I always wanted to learn how to make an authentic tomato sauce, and now that I learned, I’ve made another batch. Book a cooking class with Sandra – her class is as delicious as the foods she creates!” – T. C.
“I wasn’t sure what we were going to get when we bought the deal off of Zozi, but WOW was I impressed. Sandra was amazing and nice as she helped us less fortunate cooking souls through the process of preparing our meal. The food was FANTASTIC, we all learned a lot and had a wonderful time! What a great experience!” – S. K.