Mimmo and Francesca are GREAT! nice atmosphere and good food.
Jlyuppa United States of ...
This cooking class was amazing! Stefano was excellent - so kind, generous, and helpful! We started off at the market and then went on to the restaurant to begin the cooking portion of the class. It was very hands on! So interesting to see all the different ways the food is prepared. There was food and wine available to us throughout the class. Once all the cooking was complete, we then sat down to enjoy all of the food we prepared. TONS of food! Everything was delicious! They even gave us leftovers to take back with us. And the other people on the tour made it even more enjoyable. Shortly after the class, Stefano emailed everyone the recipes which made it even better! I would highly recommend this class to anyone!
John j. B United States of ...
This was an excellent experience. Going to the market we learned so much about buying fresh vegetables and fish. We cooked, learned so much and ate the wonderful foods that we prepared. This is a must do. Immortal and his family were the best. We will never forget this experience.
Dominic was sensational! My husband and I had the best afternoon cooking and interacting with the class. Dominic made it fun and informative and his families restaurant is definitely a spot we will be returning to on our next trip to Taormina. Two thumbs up. Ps - a lot of food! Come hungry!
This was an amazing experience ! Loved every minute of it. Porto Messina restaurant and our chef were the best. We had no idea what to expect when we booked this tour four friends traveling to Sicily and it far exceeded our expectations. What a fun day !
The cooking class we took in Taormina was awesome! Our chef met with us and immediately took us to the local market where he spoke about the meal we were going to prepare. He gave us a lesson on the local produces, meats, and seafood. After we selected our produce and fish, we went to the restaurant and started our cooking class. Dominic's mother was there to assist us with the cooking class. We learned how to make their local version of Sicilian Eggplant dish called caponata, homemade tomato sauce, and several types of pasta. The four-hour class went quickly because you were in engage in every aspect of the class. We were also able to sample their local wines. I would highly recommend to class to anyone who is thinking about visiting Taormina.
Fantastic. Stefano led us a short distance to a narrow alley that brought us to the fresh markets where he showed us the fish and incredibly fragrant and colourful fruit and vegetables of the land. Back to the restaurant to sample the fresh seasonal fruits we had just gotten, before hitting the hot bricks of the pizza oven to make breads and pizzas like a local.
All the kitchen staff were enthusiastic and friendly, helping us to understand and appreciate their food. participating in the professional Kitchen production was like being part of the family - then we got to eat everything we made. Sensational morning and mum and I will treasure the memories forever.
An enjoyable, entertaining and instructive experience with Mimo and his family. Mimo is passionate about Sicilian food and cooking and was eager to answer our questions and to volunteer details about the food he showed us and bought at the market and how it was to be cooked.
We had a great time preparing and cooking the lunch with Francesca, his expeienced chef mother, and Bianca, his apprentice 10 year old daughter - it was all great fun yet educational. This was serious instruction and I really copped it for my heavy handed use of pepper....
Even more serious was to sit down and enjoy the fruits of our labour cabonata, hand made macaronni with tomato and basil sauce, and rolled fish fillets in savoury breadcrumbs with lemon - the fish was the local delicacy the extraordinary long, thin, silver spatula - just delicious! All washed down with an excellent DOC Etna Insolia white wine.
Just do it!
This was an amazing experience. I was able to learn a great deal about selecting the best ingredients for a meal. Cooking with the kids just made it even more fun. I had a really wonderful couple who I cooked with and enjoyed the morning too. Thank you so much to the family and viator for allowing me the opportunity to learn and enjoy my own great meal.
If you book ONE thing in Taormina it
needs to be this! Mimo takes to the local market, explains what you and #39;ll be making and the ingredients you and #39;ll be using. Then, at his restaurant you meet the other star of the day, his mother Francesca. She and #39;s the epitome of a Sicilian Mom. A MUST DO!
was amazing, first class of the season, so it was just me and my husband. We had a great time, highlight of Taormina. My husband isnt much of a cooker and he has even made the dishes since coming back to Australia. Highly recommend.
Carl B Ireland
Great fun. I lovely balance between teaching and entertainment. And a great way to spend lunch in Taormina. We may have been fortunate to share our class with a great group of people, but I suspect our guide Mimmo and his mother the chef did a lot to encourage the lovely atmosphere that developed.
We loved it! I would highly recommend this class. First we shopped for our groceries with the son of the chef. He explained what to look for in the produce and fish that we selected. Then we went to the restaurant where we met the chef and started cooking. She explained everything thoroughly. My favorite part of the class was learning to make fresh pasta. Following the cooking we had a lovely lunch with our classmates.
Very Welcoming and informative host Mimmo and excellent cook - his father!
We cooked caponata, made pesto,Sicilian style with almonds beef patties in Orange leaves and macaroni!
The subsequent lunch in their beautiful Redtaurant Nettuno was accompanied by Prosecco, Sisilian White wine and coffee. Would recommend to anyone!
Wonderful way to spend a rainy day in Taormina. Highly recommend it.
The guide was excellent and the place was pleasant to sit there. The experience of going to the local market was very nice and leisurely. The only problem was that not enough background was given - history of cooking, types of vegetables used, tips for cooking, etc. Other than that it is a highly recommended experience. Thanks!!
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.
great fun really enjoyable group and the hosts were knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend this to anyone who loves great food
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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!
This was so much fun, I would do it again. And the food was excellent.
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