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Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

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Taormina, Italy

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Overview

Dig into delicious Sicilian cuisine by taking this fun half-day cooking class at a restaurant in central Taormina. With a professional Sicilian chef by your side, learn about the history of the regional cuisine and prepare a lush 3-course meal. Visit the outdoor market to purchase ingredients and then head back to the restaurant to begin cooking and, eventually, eating.
  • 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
Starter
Sicilian Caponata
Mixed sauted vegetables with sweet & sour sauce
Main
Hand-made maccheroni with tomato sauce
Macheroni are freshly hand made by the customers. Sauce is prepared with fresh tomatoes.
Fish "alla ghiotta" style
Fish is cooked with tomatoes, garlic and parsley and evenntually capers and olives.
Local multilingual guide
Lunch
Coffee and/or Tea
Water
Wine tasting
Apron
Cooking certificate
Cheese and salami tasting at the restaurant
Extra alcoholic beverage

Departure Point

Corso Umberto, 1, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet up with your host and professional chef near Porta Messina in the historical center of Taormina and begin your day of indulging in the cuisine of Sicily. Walk around the outdoor food market, taking in the various fruits and vegetable and listening to the food sellers yell out their goods for potential buyers. Aide the chef in picking out ingredients for your meal and discuss what makes the perfect seasonal ingredient for the meal.

Then walk to nearby restaurant to begin the next phase of the day: cooking. Strap on an apron and get ready to create a delicious meal. Learn about the unique landscape and soil of Sicily that breeds excellent vegetables; that the volcanic soil is the ideal fertile dirt in which to grow veggies. And learn how the waters around Sicily produces some of the most delicious seafood in the Mediterranean.

Chop vegetables. Make pasta. And sear meat and fish. While the menu changes regularly based on what's in season, 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.

When the cooking is complete, pull up a seat to a table in the restaurant to devour your delicious meal. Wash it down with some locally made wine. The cooking and eating experience finishes after you've eaten and sampled some local wine. Before heading out of the restaurant, receive a certificate that you completed the course.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers of 2 apply.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY SAT Group

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina.

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Really worth doing, won’t regret it!
harry_a
, Oct 2020
The cooking class was amazing. From our interesting trip to the market, to the very tasty 3 courses we cooked. I couldn’t recommend it more! We enjoyed lovely conversations with the chef and cooked in a beautiful surrounding area, with great wine to match.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
You are an amazing customer!! Thank you ! Customer Care Manager SAT Group
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Highlight of our two week trip to Sicily!
Rebecca_R
, Sep 2020
Me and my partner absolutely loved this cooking class. We we're lucky enough to be the only ones doing the course this day, which I think worked in our favour. The host was so friendly and accommodating, we had a laugh and really enjoyed his hospitality. His love for Italian cooking was clear, and the food he taught us to make/assemble was delicious! We're looking forward to reproducing the same for our families and friends once we get back to England ☺️ Thanks again!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
That's great! Thank you so much! Customer Care Manager SAT Group
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Incredible experience -- BOOK THIS NOW!
33janicel
, Oct 2019
Of my three-week stint in Italy, this experience was by far one of the most memorable and heart-warming. We learnt so much while at the market and later, by making our meal itself. Chef Domenico is charismatic and you can tell that he truly cares about food, and also the people he connects with through the class. I definitely made friends and lived my BEST life that day. I can't wait to go back and bring my boyfriend along. BOOK THIS CLASS NOW!!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello, what can we say? Your review is just amazing! You are judging our Cooking Class as the best experience of your life. It is so important to enjoy life and make new friends. This is just extraordinary! Thank you a thousands times. Greetings from Taormina, Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Good not great
Peter K
, Oct 2019
It was a good experience with a personable chef/teacher. The dishes we made were tasty, the wine was a good addition. From others we met in our travels, that attended other cooking experiences, it seems we did the minimum and other classes offered more dishes and a wider variety. I thought that during the session, that we would do more dishes, but it was confirmed.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello Peter K, thanks for sharing. During our Sicilian Cooking Class we include the preparation of a complete meal with caponata as entrée, handmade pasta with tomato sauce and a fish main course . The handmade pasta takes quite a long time for preparation, so we cannot include other dishes. If you wish, next time, you can send a special request and we will statisfy it for sure. Looking forward to welcoming you back! Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Excellent way to spend a few hours
hplclear
, Oct 2019
A really interesting half-day starting with a trip to the local market. Domenico was really generous with his time and we learned a lot. The cooking session was also really interesting as we learned to make Sicily style pasta, caponata and baked sea bass. The restaurant was great nd is certainly go back there to eat
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Dear Customer, we thabk you so much for sharing your happy experience during our Sicilian Cooking Class. We are having a lot of success thanks to the skills of our chef and their humanity which makes the difference, in our opinion. We send you our warmest regards. Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Excellent, totally recommended.
920lyny
, Oct 2019
Every aspect of this class was excellent. The instructor, Dom, was charismatic and knowledgeable, and began the day with a nice visit to the little Taormina fish and vegetable market, offering plenty of tips and responses to questions. Back at his family restaurant, the class was held in a very pleasant semi open-air setting, and he coped very well with a fairly large group of 17. We had hands on involvement in all three course - handmade pasta; an entree of caponata; and an interesting fresh fish dish. The class was varied in age and nationalities and the atmosphere was extremely congenial, with a nice lunch and wine to conclude. Would very highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello, that is very rewarding! We profusely thank you fo posting. All the very best, Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Great for foodies
Katina G
, Sep 2019
I really enjoyed participating in this cooking class we prepared lots of different dishes really showcasing many styles of Sicilian cooking. Such a fun day!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Hello Katina, that's great! Thank you so much!! All the very best, Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Cooking class
Meander743773
, Jun 2019
Fabulous experience. Enjoyed the shopping and class. My only complaint is that I never received the recipe email
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi! Just send us your mail address and we will ask the chef to send you. Probably he just forgot, sorry for the inconvenience! Normally recipes are sent to those who specifically request. Guest Relations Manager SAT Group
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Don't you dare take another cooking class!
Meander06565254018
, Mar 2019
This was an unforgettable late morning and early afternoon with the most personable chef/person that you could imagine. Much thanks to Dominic Siciliano, owner and operator (with his family) of Ristorante Nettuno. Dominic, we hope to stay in touch with you and repeat any and every time we return to Taormina. Thank you so much for such a special memory.
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Sicilian Cooking at Its Best
Cheryl O
, Oct 2018
What an excellent experience! Cooking with Chef Giovanni and Lucca was fantastic. After a trip to the outdoor market featuring Sicilian vegetables, fish, and meats. We baked the bread for the Ristorante Porta Messina. Then we cooked swordfish rolls, baked a fish under salt, made homemade macaroni and sauce Norma and eggplant parmesan. Eating all that we created was certainly satisfying. I must say it was delicious! Wish I could have eaten more. Sadly we did not take away what was left. What were we thinking!?Highly suggest this tour. It was enjoyable and informative. And did I say FUN.
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