- 5-hour Taormina cooking class including market visit and wine tasting
- Visit Taormina open market and help select fresh produce to cook with
- Learn about Sicilian food and regional sauces like pesto di pistacchi from a local chef
- Prepare two courses featuring meat, fish, pasta and local vegetables
- Savor your creations at the end of the class along with samples of local red and white wine
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
It’s a real test of willpower to wait until the class finishes before eating! The wait is worth it though; sitting down at the end of the session to savor your creations with a glass of Sicilian wine is my favorite bit.
What You Can Expect
The market is near to Il Melograno Restaurant, a traditional Sicilian seafood restaurant, so walk there next, and head inside for your cooking class. Put on your apron as your host explains the dishes of the day and gives an introduction to the cuisine of Sicily.
While the countryside’s soil tends to be more sun-baked than verdant, Sicily’s produce is lush, characterized by delights like ruby-red sun-ripened tomatoes, plump olives and fresh nuts. The seas around the island supply enough fish to satisfy an insatiable appetite for fresh seafood, and Sicilian desserts, like cannoli (pastry rolls of sweetened ricotta), are legendary.
Help chop vegetables or prepare pasta for your first and second course, and learn how to sear meat and fish to perfection. The menu changes for each cookery class, but you can expect dishes like Parmigiana di melanzane (baked eggplant, layered with tomato and Parmesan) or pasta al pesto di pistacchi – pasta with a pesto sauce made from pistachio nuts.
After cooking your two courses, take a seat in the restaurant and savor your creations with samples of wine. The restaurant has a wide selection of both red and white wine, so let your host select different varieties to complement your food. The number of samples varies, but you can expect to try enough to constitute two glasses. Your cooking experience finishes after your meal and wine-tasting session. Before you leave, collect your recipe book and cooking certificate to take as a keepsake!