Big name American chefs like Mario Batali are partnering with their Italian colleagues at Eataly next week for Identita New York, a two day series of intimate cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, and old-fashioned Italian eating. The second annual event is presented by Identita Golose, a culinary organization that promotes Italian food. We're not sure that Italian food really needs any further promotion, but if you're into cooking, you may want to check this out. On October 31st, for instance, chef Missy Robbins (A Voce) will team up with Emanuele Scarello (Agli Amici, Udine, Italy) for demonstration on how to make Ricotta Filled Pasta.

Earlier that day, the shebang kicks off with Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy) partnering with Mario Batali for a demonstration that is, unfortunately, sold out. But other cooking demos will be led by big shots like Michael White (Marea) and Jonathan Benno (Lincoln). And on Tuesday November 1st, Chef Carlo Cracco (Cracco, Milan) joins NYC's most famous molecular gastronomicist, Wylie Dufresne (WD-50), for a cooking demo. Perhaps the best part about these demonstrations is that when they're over, you get to eat what the chefs made. Which seems only fair considering they cost $125 a pop (that does include wine pairings, tax, and gratuity). There are also a number of hour-long Italian wine classes, which cost $50 and include four glasses of wine and antipasti. All the details here.