Volturno’s Pride pasta class celebrates LGBTQIA+ community

WORCESTER, Mass. – Volturno Pizza is hosting a pasta making class, combining the enjoyable experience of hand-crafting pasta with celebrating Pride Month.

The family owned and operated restaurant on Shrewsbury Street began offering pasta making five years ago, but this class is special since it marks the first in-person, public, pasta making event that Volturno has hosted in two years because of COVID-19.

“The inspiration for this class came from our desire to give back to the LGBTQIA+ community the support and love that it has always shown us,” Marco Raposo, owner of Volturno, said about the upcoming Pride Pasta Class.

Volturno will donate proceeds from the pasta class to Love Your Labels, a Worcester nonprofit that supports and advocates for LGBTQIA+ youth through art, fashion, and design.

Raposos said the goal of the event is to raise as much money for Love Your Labels as possible while celebrating Pride Month through the bonding power of cooking.

“Volturno has been loved and embraced by Worcester and it’s a privilege to find unique, meaningful ways to show solidarity and support with the city’s LGBTQ+ community,” Raposo said.

During the pasta making class, each group will make fresh pastas and dishes while also enjoying antipasti and Italian wine pairings.

The pasta making classes have become very popular, especially now that they are in-person once again.

“The class is a great way to learn new cooking techniques and enjoy wine pairings. It’s a hands-on experience where we teach you how to make the pasta while enjoying a three-course meal paired with delicious wine. I feel that the most exciting part is to see how people interact and bond with each other over a culinary experience. It really makes us happy,” Raposo said.

Tickets are still available for the Pride Pasta Class taking place on June 29. For more information and to sign-up for the class, click here.