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Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

1. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local products. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

Syracuse: Sicilian Street Food Hands-On Cooking Class

2. Syracuse: Sicilian Street Food Hands-On Cooking Class

A real Sicilian cooking experience awaits you in Syracuse. You will participate in a cooking class and learn the tricks of the trade. In Sicily it is important to gather relatives and friends around a traditional table, elegant and full of genuine food. You too will have the opportunity to do so, enjoying, through this cooking class, a cooking service together with chef Ettore. During the Cooking Class with tasting, you will learn how to cook traditional dishes in a simple way: the warmth of Sicily will wrap you with its colors, aromas and scents of ancient flavor. You will discover how family traditions and creativity are intertwined in the creation of tasty, homemade dishes. Seasonal, first choice and always locally sourced ingredients will make your meal of unique goodness. The lunch includes two courses: the famous Sicilian arancini and for dessert the renowned cannoli, both symbols of Sicilian gastronomy. The Cooking Class will be a sensory experience, pleasant, gratifying and above all satisfying. A local wine will be selected for you, to enhance and accompany the tasting of the dishes.

Syracuse: Traditional Cooking Class & Ancient Market Visit

3. Syracuse: Traditional Cooking Class & Ancient Market Visit

Enjoy a traditional Sicilian cooking class with a local chef in Syracuse. Browse for ingredients at the market, and enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of Sicilian culinary heritage. With your local chef, you will enter the streets of the Ancient Market of the Ortigia island, where you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the thousand smells and various colors of the stalls and the folkloristic street sellers' cries, competing for customers.  Only after having purchased everything you need and chosen the best products, you will get into the heart of this wonderful and authentic experience.  The doors of the kitchen of a local chef will open to welcome you: here, with your help, he will prepare some of the typical dishes of the Sicilian tradition that you can later enjoy. If you want - with a little extra - you can choose to host the chef directly in the kitchen of your accommodation to enjoy this exciting experience in total tranquility.

Catania: Market Tour, Cooking Class, and Name Your Recipes

4. Catania: Market Tour, Cooking Class, and Name Your Recipes

Try food shopping at a local market and traditional food shop along with your expert host. See the amazing produce and get inspired about the ingredients you’d love to experiment with. After choosing your ingredients, head back at your host's home in order to create and name two of your very own recipes. Using the 3-5 staple ingredients that captured your imagination, immerse yourself in a private cooking class. With expert guidance, you will learn how to prepare your chosen ingredients and make two of your own Italian creations.   Cultivate your creativity and confidence in the kitchen by adding an Italian flair to your dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.

Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

5. Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

Discover the secret to making an authentic Italian pizza at a half-day pizza making course in Taormina. Held in a pizzeria in the beautiful resort town, the class is led by a professional pizza maker, who will demonstrate how to prepare and bake a perfect pizza. Learn the basics of pizza preparation, following the simple advice and techniques demonstrated by your guide. Enjoy a hands-on experience as you discover how to make perfect pizza dough, get tips on what goes into a good pizza sauce, and hear how to have fun with pizza toppings. Learn the importance of a good wheat flour rich in gluten, water, and fresh yeast, discover how to stretch your dough, and how to transform it into something everyone will want to eat. Then, enjoy your pizzas for a complete meal that also includes mixed bruschetta, complimentary mineral water and soft drinks, and some local wine. Before you leave, your chef will present you with a pizza certificate to confirm that you are now a qualified pizza cook.

Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

6. Catania: Traditional Home Cooking Experience with Dinner

Learn to cook like a Sicilian with a local chef in a typical historic villa in the city center of Catania. Get hands-on help preparing your own mouth-watering lunch or dinner. Meet your host who also an art expert who will tell you curious stories about the history of Catania and the beautiful places you can visit in Sicily. Enter the home of your cook and teacher and learn traditional Sicilian recipes. Roll up your sleeves and learn how to use fresh ingredients and local productions from the island. Prepare a typical 3-course meal (starter, main course and dessert), homemade pasta, and a typical Sicilian dessert, Biancomangiare (pudding). Sit down to your meal paired with wine and water in a relaxed setting with your host.

Palermo: Half-Day Cooking Class & Market Tour

7. Palermo: Half-Day Cooking Class & Market Tour

Embark on a half-day journey that will familiarize you with the ingredients, techniques, recipes, and tastes of Sicilian food!  With your group of no more than 8 people, travel from an apartment in the heart of Palermo to Market Vucciria or Capo. Here you will purchase fresh and seasonal ingredients needed for the meal. Then return to the apartment and get started. You will be guided by a chef who will help and oversee as you work. In true Sicilian tradition, begin with a starter, followed by a primo (pasta), a second (which includes fish or meat), caponata (a vegetable stew salad of eggplants, celery, green olives, and capers), and a typical Sicilian cake. Along with your meal, you will taste Sicilian wines, specifically chosen to pair with your courses. It is a great chance to start to cook like a Sicilian, and prepare the classic dishes in a very easy and enjoyable way!

Palermo: Pasta and Tiramisu Class at a Local's Home

8. Palermo: Pasta and Tiramisu Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta and tiramisu-making class in a welcoming home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and tiramisu and savor the fruits of your labor for lunch or dinner accompanied by local wines. During this private lesson, you will learn how to prepare 2 pasta recipes and the famous Italian tiramisu dessert from scratch. Discover the tricks of the trade of these iconic recipes from your chef/guide. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test and amaze your friends and family when you get home with an authentic Italian meal. This experience is suitable for families with children of all ages.

Catania: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

9. Catania: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines.

Taormina: Market Tour and Home-Cooked Meal

10. Taormina: Market Tour and Home-Cooked Meal

If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, this is a fantastic way to learn the locals' wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. You can visit the local market with your "Cesarina", enjoying the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, you will attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of their family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. You will sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks included are water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. You can feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

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What a fantastic experience we had during this cooking class with Patrizia. As it was mid-December, there were just two of us, so it was lovely to have Patrizia and her kittens all to ourselves. It was also so nice to spend time in her lovely home with views of the cathedral. From the cheese and wine starters to the amazing pasta and stuffed chicken to Patrizia's homemade limoncello, every moment of this experience was a treat. I recommend this class wholeheartedly!

The best experience we have had in 10 weeks Italy touring! I can’t say enough: about Patricia as a chef and a host, about her lovely venue, about the tastes of the food we made. Our cooking evening made me love Palermo and we wait with expectancy to return:). And, I asked to buy her cookbook, so I can bring a piece of this evening home to share with my family! Thank you, Patrizia

It was a lovely experience to learn how to do Pizza! The Chef Mimmo was really helpful and showed us in detail how to do the dough, open it, and actually cook the pizza! We did our own pizza and had it for lunch! Lovely experience for all ages, including our young children (ages 8,5,2)! We simply loved it :)

It's not just a cooking class, it's a visit to the market and you go to his house to cook. It was really great! He knows everyone in the market and we learned a lot! great great great!!!

It was excellent! The recipes were original and we did everything ourselves which was super nice!