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  • Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Cook a 2-course Sicilian meal at Il Nettuno Restaurant in central Taormina, and then savor the dishes with samples of local wine! The 5-hour cooking class is led by a professional local chef, and includes a visit to Taormina open market to select the freshest ingredients of the day. Learn about Sicily’s varied, fresh and fragrant cuisine that follows the seasons, and learn about classic Sicilian dishes like ‘Parmigiana di melanzane.’


  • 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.

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What You Can Expect

Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

Select fresh fruit and vegetables at Taormina's open market!

Meet your host, a professional local chef, near Porta Messina in the historical center of Taormina, and start your cooking experience with a stroll to the open market. Sicilians – like all Italians – tend to shop for locally produced ingredients in markets, selecting simply whatever looks best. Follow their example, and help your host select the finest ingredients of the day to cook with.

The market is near to Il Nettuno 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 cooking certificate to take as a keepsake!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Such fun! Mimo and his mum Francesca were delightful tutors in shopping for and preparing a delicious Sicilian lunch. The food was incredible and I can't wait to try these receipes at home.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This Sicilian Cooking Class at Ristorante Il Nettuno in Taormina was one of the highlight of our trip to the south of Italy. Mimmo and his family are great hosts. As mentioned in the tour, we started with a trip to the market to pick up fresh ingredients for the dishes that we were going to cook. Then we walked to the restaurant where everything was set up in the dining area which was sort of outside (all the patio doors were open as it was a gorgeous day). The décor of the dining area is all white and pristine. We then proceeded to start cooking. Mimmo's mom was the chef and she was very patient with us. She took her time explaining every steps. Mimmo served up some white wine from the region as we were cooking. When everything was ready, we took our seat at a table and we enjoyed the fruits of our labor, along with more wine. The whole afternoon was absolutely amazing. Oh, and did I mention that usually, this course is set up to accommodate about 12 people. But somehow, maybe because it was later in the season, my husband and I were the only ones cooking that day. That was fabulous. I highly recommend this Sicilian cooking class. You will not be disappointed. It is one thing to enjoy Sicilian food when visiting Sicily. But it is a whole new experience when you actually cook it and then eat it.

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