5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

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  • Location: Taormina, Italy
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
Cook a 3-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.’

Highlights

  • 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.

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What You Can Expect

Best 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 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!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My daughter and I were the only ones booked for the cooking class on the day we attended, so we had the personal attention of the chef and her son. First of all we went to the market used by the local Toarmina people to select the vegetable, fish etc for the dishes we were going to prepare. We then went to the restaurant and we shown what to do by the chef, but did most of the cooking ourselves. The meal was delicious, and served with wine, prosecco and coffee, and the surroundings were lovely. Altogether it was a very good time and well worth what we paid for it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

great fun really enjoyable group and the hosts were knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend this to anyone who loves great food

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Quite simply a lot of fun. I couldn't think of a more pleasant way to spend a morning and an afternoon. Learn a little, cook a little, laugh a little, what could be better.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This was an amazing experience. I highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Simply wonderful. Friendly and knowledgeable hosts, good facility, terrific foods, good wine, and lots of fun. We enjoyed every minute of the experience and hope to do it again someday. Thank you Memo and Mama Francesca.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

With a small group of 5, trip to the local market, hands on class at a charming restaurant with mom the chef and son the tour leader was the highlight of my 3 days in Taormina. A sit down lunch of prepared foods by us was spectacular with local wines and breads. Do it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

My husband, daughter and I attended this class. From start to finish, we were so very happy. Meimo spelling? and his mother Francesca were charming, informative, patient, and so gracious!!! I would absolutely recommend this tour to anyone. Exceeded my expectations for sure!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Exceptional. Family run operation and they could not be better at what they do! The mother who taught the class obviously really knows what she is doing and everything we made turned out super delicious. We had a great time with the 8 other people in our class and the whole day was super inclusive, comfortable and fun. The son who picks you up and takes you to the market and explains everything is super hospitable and friendly and really made everyone feel welcome. We made pasta from scratch! Something I did not expect to get to do. And the caponata which we ate a lot of throughout Sicily was the best we tasted. Really fun day in an intimate setting. I expected this to run the risk of being somewhat cheesy or not very hands on because of too many people on the tour but it really exceeded my expectations. Highly recommend!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This was so much fun, I would do it again. And the food was excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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.

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