The chef at Talia's Tuscan Table supervises the house-made mozzarella as it completes its majestic metamorphosis from curd to brick, eventually melting the fully formed cheese atop pastas, pizzas, and other Italian dishes. The staff also nestle cured meats, gourmet cheeses, and crisp vegetables into an array of hero sandwiches named for Italian luminaries, such as Verdi, da Vinci, and Galileo.
The eatery regales guests with eye-grabbing dinning environs, boasting a ceiling-mounted faux grape arbor and festive red, white, and green walls.
Chef Andrew Bennardo puts his two culinary degrees and a certification as a raw chef from the Living Food Academy to work during informative cooking classes. Focusing on Italian cuisines, his hands-on sessions get students learning by doing. For the culinarily curious with dietary restrictions, other classes focused on vegan cuisines use top-shelf ingredients to help students craft vegan pizzas and raw vegan lasagne. Throughout the class, students taste their handiwork along with chef-selected wine pairings.