- 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 three 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.
Recent Photos of This Tour
What You Can Expect
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 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 three 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!
My wife and I were fortunate to be the only participants on this day, not that it would have made any difference I am sure. Mimo met us and took us for a walk to the local market. We had the opportunity to taste some of the produce before purchasing a few items for the cooking class. When we arrived at the family restaurant his Mum, Francesca was our instructor. She had us doing it all while she patiently showed us how to do things correctly. We prepared and cooked everything while Mimo helped with English translations and plied us with Prosecco and Vino Bianco. Then we relaxed while we were served up a banquet style meal that would have fed 4 of us. We finished off with Pistachio and Almond pastries which were amazing! I was just so full with all the good food that I could only eat one of each. They were delicious and I wish I could have eaten many more. This is a must do for anyone interested in Italian cooking.
Lots of fun and great food!