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Taormina Half-Day Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Taormina Half-Day Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

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Learn to cook like a Sicilian on a 6-hour food and cookery tour in Taormina. Visit the local fruit and vegetable market, as well as fishmongers to select your fresh ingredients. Then cook traditional recipes under the guidance of a professional chef.

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  • Visit the local fruit and veg and fish markets of Taormina
  • Learn to cook traditional Sicilian recipes
  • Enjoy a meal with wine and dessert of all you have prepared
  • Get hands-on help to make fresh egg pasta, meatballs and more
  • End with some delicious Sicilian wine
Full description
Enjoy a full-day journey through the food culture of Sicily on a half-day combined market tour and cookery class. Start by meeting your chef for a guided tour of the local markets. Savor the aromas and colors of Sicily’s produce, selecting ingredients to prepare your lunch. Meet the fruit and vegetable vendors to find out what’s in season, and the fishmonger to choose the fresh catch of the day. Then, head to the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class in the company of Chef Massimo. You will learn to make some of his family recipes and Sicilian specialties, such as ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers, a rainbow of sautéed peppers, eggplant and zucchini caponata, stuffed artichokes, and fresh egg pasta. For your main, you will prepare a fish, meat or vegetarian dish, such as involtini (rolled stuffed beef), fish cooked Taormina-style, or polpette (meatballs). End by making a typical Sicilian dessert, before enjoying a lunch based on the foods you prepared in class. Wash it all down with some delicious Sicilian wines.
  • Guided tour of the local market to find ingredients (if morning departure selected)
  • Cooking lesson
  • Wine tasting (2 types of wine)
  • Lunch (several courses and dessert) with beverages
  • Apron
  • Cooking certificate
  • Taxes
  • Additional alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Arch of Porta Messina, Taormina

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Important information

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  • Bookings cancelled before 15:00 on the day before the cooking class day will be charged a 50% service fee. For no-shows, the full cost of the tour will be charged
  • The tour of the local market is only available on the morning departure
Customer reviews

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based on 43 reviews

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A great experience, highly recommended! Our boss, Massimo, is an extremely personable and competent host. After an interesting visit to the market, we went to his kitchen where we (with a great view of the sea) prepared caponata, homemade pasta and vegetarian involtini for my wife and fresh fish for me. Massive is really good at it and is good at passing on his knowledge. Finally, we were fattened up with home-cooked food and Sicilian wine. It was great, we'll definitely come back next time!

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October 7, 2021

Our whole experience was wonderful. Chef Massimo is a great teacher and chef and displayed it all throughout the day. He gave us good tips at the market to make sure we select only fresh ingredients. In the kitchen, wise tips were given to help us with cooking out recipes.

October 31, 2019

If you are in Taormina and are considering taking an Italian cooking class, this would be it! Chef Massimo is a skilled, knowledgeable, and passionate chef who truly loves what he does. We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the 5+ hours we spent in the market and at the facility where we cooked the most amazing meal. Massimo has a great sense of humour but most importantly he is a great instructor. Most of the 13 people in the group had little experience and had no problems preparing the delicious meal. We learned a lot, had a few laughs and enjoyed local cuisine and wine. Couldn’t haven any better!!!

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July 30, 2019

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