Italy staycation

Bring a healthy appetite for gelato, pasta-making classes and hot Italian men.

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For those who don’t have a nonna to teach them how to roll homemade gnocchi, there are the pasta workshops at Rustico Cooking (40 W 39th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, third floor; 917-602-1519, rusticocooking.com). The next class takes place June 26 (noon; $95), but making cavatelli and pansotti from scratch isn’t the school’s only focus. “We try to offer a broad view of Italian regional cooking, from areas people are familiar with to less well-known ones, like Val d’Aosta,” explains Milan-born owner Micol Negrin. She says her “Ten Best Pasta Sauces” crash course (June 11 at 6pm; $110) is the quickest to sell out. “The low-carb fad is definitely over!” she says. “People love pasta.”

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