Amazing experience!! Highly recommend to all visiting Palermo, Sicily. Patricia was a wonderful host and chef from the meeting point in the square to the wonderful shopping experience through the market to the preparation and enjoyment of the wonderful meal we prepared together. I brought home the recipes and do fully intend to try to recreate at home. My husband has said of our 15 days in Europe, this was the most enjoyable day we shared.
Patricia was wonderful. I entered her home as a stranger and left with having made a new friend. The food was amazing. Cooking with her was a blast. The wine flowed the conversation and laughter was endless all night. Her helpful tips were great. I can't say enough good things about this outing. It was clearly one of the fondest memories of our trip to Palermo!
This was a really terrific experience. Patrizia was warm, friendly and a great cooking teacher. She adapted the recipes for my diet. This is a great way to get to know Sicily and it's culture. I would definitely do it again.
I loved this class! My family and I spent 5 months in Palermo while my husband was working at the university there with a scholar exchange program. I decided to take a cooking class before we returned home, so I could learn how to cook some of my fav Sicilian dishes. I am really glad I choose this class. Patrizia and and her daughter Giuliana who is a chef are very talented cooks and really know their ingredients. They guided us thru the Capo and Vucciria Markets and knew just what vendors have the freshest ingredients. After gathering all of our ingredients, we went to a historic apartment near the beautiful Piazza San Domenico. There we were greeted with wine, beer, cheese, fresh bread, and Sicilian olives to start. We each had our own cutting board station at the large main table in the kitchen. I was impressed about how many dishes that we were able to prepare in such a short amount of time. We made eggplant caponata, spaghettone with a classic Sicilian tomato sauce featuring wild fennel, involtini rolls with fresh swordfish, and cassata al forno a baked cake with sheep's milk ricotta, candied fruits and chocolate chips. I loved everything that we prepared and thought that the eggplant caponata was the best I had ever had. After cooking, we sat down in the dining room while Patrizia and Giuliana plated all of the dishes and served wine pairings for each dish. I felt very much at home and it was a wonderful lunch. I had previously taken other classes in Italy at La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese and Gelato University in Bologna which I both highly recommend, but really liked this class for the variety of dishes and seeing whole meal evolve from shopping for ingredients to cooking to lunch. Probably the best compliment that I could give is that I have just returned home to Atlanta a few days ago and I have already made 2 of the dishes at home. Patrizia and Giuliana, thank you for such a wonderful memorable class! You are great hosts and very talented cooks.
I had a one-on-one evening with the chef! Lots of fun, very knowledgeable, and so tasty and relaxed!!!
It was the best tour we've been on in our four cruises, to date. Patricizia, the owner and chef made us feel at home immediately. It was like we were with dear friends making a wonderful dinner! Patricizia has a real passion for cooking and readily shares this with her guests. We have lived in Italy and shopped in the open air markets everyday but the other four people on the tour with us had not. They especially enjoyed going to the open air market in Palermo and shopping for the food we prepared. Most tours you go on allow you to see the new place but this one also allowed you to experience living in it! The different was incredible. We strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the Sicilian culture!
A great insight into Sicilian cooking from a very talented local cook in her own kitchen in central Palermo followed by a fantastic meal with the best of local wines. I highly recommend this cooking class!
I highly recommend this Sicilian Cooking Class. It was a wonderful experience to shop at a local market, selecting the most fresh ingredients from a colorful open air market in Palermo's historic center. We returned to have a wonderful time learning to prepare exquisite dishes - and special cooking tips on preparing a set of wonderful dishes, enjoying wine, music and conversation improving my Italian and learning some Sicilian words!. I really highly recommend this course - as it will enhance your time in Palermo! Not to be missed.
Excellent cooking lesson with Maria Luisa, best caponata I have ever eaten. Very enjoyable.
A fantastic evening - Highly recommend. Great food, Great company.
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