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Meet La Scuola Team at Eataly Flatiron

Meet La Scuola Team at Eataly Flatiron

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of our cooking school, La Scuola? We have a dedicated team of passionate chefs and event managers who help make the magic of our classes and events a reality. Get to know our Eataly NYC Flatiron Scuola staff below, then explore our upcoming classes and events.

LEONARDO PALAZZO

La Scuola Chef

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What do you do at La Scuola?
I work at La Scuola as a Chef. Together with my team we plan, organize, and host events such as cooking classes and private dinners. I am personally responsible for menus, preparation, communication with guests, and control of quality.

How did you fall in love with Italian food?
I was born to a very traditional Italian family, and my mother transmitted her love of food preparation to me.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job here at La Scuola?
I love being able to cook regional Italian foods, that are capable to use local ingredients in the best manner, and that reflect the centuries-old traditions of each territory. For example, fresh pasta of Emilia Romagna, veggie-and-legume plates of Puglia, Piemontese Stews, Friulian-Venetian fish. I like what is called cucina povera, or “poor cooking,” for its creativity in using affordable ingredients.

STACY STOUT

Storytelling and Events Manager at Eataly NYC Flatiron

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How did you fall in love with Italian food?
In 2011, my love for food and culture led me to study at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Piemonte, Italy. It was there that I truly learned what Italian food is – and isn’t. Italian food isn’t just one thing – and it’s certainly not the chicken parm and spaghetti and meatballs I originally thought it was. Instead, Italy is a country made of 20 regions, each with their own distinct personality, identity, and gastronomic and agricultural histories and traditions.  What links each region in commonality is: love for family, friends, tradition, and culture, as well as an immense pride and love of the land and the food it provides.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job here at La Scuola?
The most rewarding part of my job is that I get to ensure and integrate education in the core of all our events, classes, and activities. It’s amazing to work with many different passionate producers and to make sure their stories are shared here at Eataly NYC Flatiron.  

What’s your favorite Italian food and/or wine?
Oh my! This is tough. I could eat Carne Cruda (made from Razza Piemontese) and drink a glass of Dolcetto every night for the rest of my life.

JOHN PERWINC

Education & Events Service Lead at Eataly NYC Flatiron

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What do you do at La Scuola?
I work with the marketing team, our La Scuola chefs, and vendors to create, organize and manage all the classes we offer at our Eataly NYC Flatiron store.

How did you fall in love with Italian food?
My mother's family is Italian, so I grew up going to my Nanna’s house on Sundays for macaroni and meatballs. I can still remember the delicious aroma of the food and the smiles of my aunts, uncles, and cousins when I walked in the door. Sundays were always about great Italian food, family fun, and love!

What’s the most rewarding part of your job here at La Scuola?
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to use La Scuola as a vessel to help enrich, educate and fascinate people on everything Eataly and the Italian culture has to offer. Eataly brings the best of every region of Italy together under one roof. There’s constant newness from season to season and being able to translate all of these things to our customers
through educational classes and events is awesome and fun!

What’s your favorite Italian food and/or wine?
Food-wise I’d have to say beef braciola cooked in a red gravy until it melts in your mouth like butter...delizioso! Wine-wise, a classic intensely-flavored Primitivo from Puglia.


Piacere Scuola team! Nice to meet you! Learn more about Eataly NYC Flatiron's La Scuola and our upcoming classes and events.