What is Putia Pure Food Cooking School & Pantry about
Putia Pure Food Kitchen is a multi-purpose space for dining, learning and creating. As a cooking school Putia runs a variety of informative, fun and hands-on, demonstration and workshop classes with a focus on world cuisines as well as including specific classes on gluten free, vegetarian and health driven topics focused on healthy lifestyles, vitality and inspiration in the kitchen, garden and beyond. Putia classes are suitable for anyone at any age from the humble beginner to more experienced cooks. We are open for breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Sunday. Our evenings are available for private dinners, events, workshops, corporate team building classes, tasting events and demonstrations. Putia is also available for hire for functions, weddings and birthdays and has a warm inviting space to hire for filming, photo shoots and food styling.
What happens at Putia
Putia Pure Food Kitchen is a licensed 80 seater, family friendly suburban al fresco style dining space with a focus on whole fresh foods with a unique twist. As well as an ever changing seasonal menu, Putia showcases a delicious selection of salads, cakes and sweets all made fresh daily, for dine in or takeaway. The range of dishes and boutique drinks prepared in Putia’s open kitchen reflect our love of diverse cuisines with a focus on freshness and simplicity, featuring local produce and edible herbs and flowers from our own garden. Our variety of unique and affordable cooking classes and events showcase the delicious products that are available for sale at Putia Pantry and also utilise our home-grown garden produce.
What does Putia mean
“PUTIA” is an old Sicilian word for local store or a little shop selling food and wine and household items, usually adjoining or under neighbouring apartments and houses. It derives its origins from the Spanish word bodega (bottega) , meaning cellar or warehouse of food and wine and the studio of a master artist. Putias still exist today in Sicily where locals come and shop for their daily food products, exchanging stories, recipes and catching up on the local community happenings. This is all very familiar to Dominique Rizzo who is of Sicilian heritage. Sicily is where her father was born, where she visited as a young child on many family holidays, where she was influenced through the lifestyle, cooking, and ingredients and where she shopped at the Putia with her Sicilian Nonna. It is this passion for sharing the Mediterranean flavours that has fuelled Dominique’s food tours to Sicily, her cook book, recipe writing and now her latest venture, Putia Pure Food Kitchen. Putia reflects the diversity of food influences which Dominique loves to cook and is well known for including using flavours from Spain, Greece, France, Morocco, North Africa, Arab and the Americas. They reflect the wonderful European family hospitality and the warmth and sharing philosophy she lives by.