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Young chefs learn about Italy at Joe's

Janet DeFalco and Joy Lopiccolo, teachers at Skaneateles Nursery School, brought their "Afternoon Adventures" class to Joe's Pasta Garage on Jordan Street Tuesday Dec. 14 for a special treat.

The class was rounding out its "Around the World Unit," a five-week session that took the students to Mexico, Germany, Ireland, France and Italy - though more accurately, the countries came to them, in the form of guest speakers with experience living abroad.

But on that day they took a short cut to Italy. Owners Jamie and Kristin Hunt, also husband and wife, gave the children a tour of the kitchen - offering them a peak into the authentic pizza oven and introducing them to the staff - before laying out all the ingredients they would need to make their own pizzas.

Skaneateles Nursery School Director, Darcy Sisto said it was so great how welcoming the Hunts were to the children. They both gave graciously of their time and expertise, but the afternoon was also free of charge to the kids.

The young students really walked away with a valuable experience, not only of some Italian specialties, but also going behind the scenes in a restaurant. It's an adventure, they will treasure for a lifetime.

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