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Italian cooking spells fun in tasty lessons

Self-proclaimed “Prince of Pasta,” Jim Gisondi of Bainbridge, makes learning fun—and tasty—in his Italian cooking class offered through Bainbridge College Continuing Education Division.

He shares his family recipes from southern Italy and gives his students a recipe book to continue their Italian cooking extravaganza when classes end.

The summer session was such a hit that it is on the menu again.

Gisondi will teach Tuesdays from Oct. 13 to Dec. 1 in the kitchen at the fellowship hall of St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 516 E. Broughton St. The fee is $99. Those interested may call (229) 248-2516.

With a bit of Mediterranean flavor and a lot of hands-on experience in preparing the elegant dishes, students enjoyed what they cooked.

They learned to make dishes such as garbanzo bean soup, pasta carbonara, antipasto salad, penne pasta with chicken, sun dried tomatoes and a delicious cannoli pastry for dessert.

When he could barely see over the table, Gisondi began cooking treasured family recipes, learning from his mother, grandmother and the other women in the area. Originally from New York, the Bainbridge resident grew up in a community that handed down recipes from generation to generation.