The flavors of Fausto DiCarlo’s homeland come to life during his cooking classes
Whenever he is asked about his homeland, Fausto DiCarlo does not hold back—he has truly rich recollections of his hometown of Ascoli Piceno in the Central Western region of Italy.
His outgoing personality notwithstanding, Fausto is famously known for the delicious food served in his restaurants. What many people might not know is that behind his gregarious personality and distinguished good looks is a genuine chef — one who trained and graduated from a distinguished cooking school in Italy.
When the hustle and bustle of summer ends, DiCarlo takes eager enthusiasts on culinary expeditions through his European roots with instructional classes in Ristorante Antipasti on 31st Street in Ocean City. The flavorful adventures begin on the first Thursday in September — continuing monthly thereafter.
Students receive instructions on how to make the featured meal from start to finish with the option to enjoy the dish paired with a glass of wine and a small side salad for $35. Participants are also given the recipe to try for themselves at home.
The dishes that Fausto presents occasionally come from his menu, while others are from his private collection. Each always includes fresh seasonal ingredients and is inspired by the way food is prepared in Italy. Many of the pastas featured are made from scratch right on site — and with each bite, guests experience the time-honored methods that go into its preparation.
While most chefs decline to share their special recipes with their patrons, DiCarlo does not hesitate to offer his. “Some people do this simply as a job, but to me, if you love what you do, you want to share it with anyone who will listen.”