Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina
  • Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

    Cook a 3-course Sicilian meal at a 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.’

    Meeting at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina to buy the various fresh ingredients. Back at the restaurant the Chef will explain the recipes in program during a coffee break. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start. The hand-made pasta represents the highlight of the activity. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical festivity lunch with the tasting of local wines described by the wine steward. At the end of the activity, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.

    Sample Menu

    • Sicilian Caponata - Mixed sauted vegetables with sweet & sour sauce
    • 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.


    Informacion Adicional
    "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"



    • Hora de Inicio10:00 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Corso Umberto, 1, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy
    • Duración: 4 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Local multilingual guide
    • Lunch
    • Coffee and/or Tea
    • Water
    • Wine tasting
    • Apron
    • Cooking certificate
    • Cheese and salami tasting at the restaurant

    No Incluye

    • Extra alcoholic beverage
  • 10/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 100%
    Rating basado en 71 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Janice L
      Publicado el Lunes, 28 de octubre del 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!!!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Howard L
      Publicado el Lunes, 07 de octubre del 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

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Lyn Y
      Publicado el Lunes, 07 de octubre del 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.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Ann V
      Publicado el Miércoles, 03 de julio del 2019

      Fabulous experience. Enjoyed the shopping and class. My only complaint is that I never received the recipe email

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • John H
      Publicado el Martes, 19 de marzo del 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.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • sherry
      Publicado el Viernes, 05 de octubre del 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.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • jamesdean
      Publicado el Viernes, 06 de julio del 2018

      Perfect format for this class! Love going to the market and hearing about the indigenous foods and where they come from. Learning how to make pasta was great and something I take home to my own kitchen! Really appreciate the family heritage of the Nettuno restaurant where the food was prepared... and the meal was delicious in the end!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Kenalyn C
      Publicado el Lunes, 25 de junio del 2018

      This was outstanding! Excellent chef who gave us wonderful instructions. The walk to the market, learning the cooking techniques and of course, eating!! Yum! Don't change a thing!! So wish we could go back and do it all again. This was a highlight of our 3 weeks in Italy and Sicily, and this was by far the very best tour.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Michael V B
      Publicado el Martes, 02 de enero del 2018

      Wow what an experience! Nima met us in town to go to the local market. He taught us how to choose the freshest vegetables and fish. After purchasing the things we were going to cook, we went back to the kitchen/restaurant where his mother guided us on how to make fresh pasta, fresh tomato sauce, grill the fish and make eggplant caponata. We then sat down to eat this delicious meal. We would absolutely do this again!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Linda T
      Publicado el Viernes, 10 de noviembre del 2017

      Luca the Chef is amazing. We learned about his family and how to make the dishes that his Grandma taught him to make. I would highly recommend this class. It was the high light of our trip.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • dtoolin
      Publicado el Miércoles, 01 de noviembre del 2017

      Taormina is a must visit township when one is in Sicily. An absolute gem with lots to see and do. Built on a cliff with a cable car down to the beach, the town offers a main street with many shops, markets, and great places to eat. A bus ride from Taormina Hop On/Hop Off up to the higher elevation of Castle Mola is strongly recommended, where one can have lunch while taking in the view of Mt. Etna and the surrounding mountain sides.
      The Cooking Class held in the center of Taormina was a fabulous experience and great value. Our chef met us at the Messina Gate, the main portal to the shopping main street, and took a mixed group of about 12 people shopping in the local market. There we selected fresh fish and vegetables, mixed with the locals, and sampled wine and cheeses and got to know our class mates, a mix of Australians, Norwegians, Brits, and Americans.
      In the center of Taormina, is the family restaurant where our cooking class was held. We were taught by the family how to make pasta from scratch, prepare appetizers Sicilian style, roll and stuff fish, etc. at individual work stations in an open terrace setting. After cooking the meals we all settled down to eat a delicious multi course meal with wine. The experience lasted some 5 hours, and each person was presented with a Certificate of Completion and an Apron.
      The class was certainly a main highlight of our trip to Italy/Sicily, and strongly recommended as a must do activity.

      Maurice and Diane T

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • jaynegw
      Publicado el Jueves, 05 de octubre del 2017

      Really enjoyed this class. We were lucky to be in a small group of 4 in total. Enjoyed the pasta making .....they made it look so easy !

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Jocelyn A
      Publicado el Jueves, 05 de octubre del 2017

      Fantastic day! Lots of fun, great food and excellent guidance from local Sicilian chef.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • tonyjohn
      Publicado el Domingo, 01 de octubre del 2017

      Wow!!! From start to finish this was a great day. Going to the local market to purchase our ingredients for the cooking class was great. Our chef for the day was fantastic not to mention his Italian mama. The restaurant setting was gorgeous. The size of the group was perfect for this activity. The food we created was delicious, hoping I can recreate it a home for friends and family. Can't say enough about this day.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • raymond m
      Publicado el Jueves, 28 de septiembre del 2017

      This was a fantastic experience which allowed those participating to find out more about traditional Sicilian cuisine and how it is prepared. Following a visit to the local market to select our ingredients we retreated to a family restaurant to prepare our food. Our hosts were warm and hospitable and very patient with us as we prepared our lunch. We made Sicilian pasta, tomato sauce, caponata and a fish dish which were all delicious. The group itself interacted well and everyone seemed to have a great time.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Lucy E
      Publicado el Martes, 19 de septiembre del 2017

      Delicious and a lot of fun. There were only three students in the class, and we enjoyed lots of attention. We also enjoyed the fruits of our labors afterwards. It was great going to the community market, baking the bread, rolling the pasta, and cooking the brim, sardines and eggplant parmesan. The food and wine were great, so we ended up returning to the restaurant a few days later for a meal.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Abby W
      Publicado el Martes, 05 de septiembre del 2017

      We had SO much fun with this group! We walked to the market and chose our fresh veggies and fish then went back and made handmade macaroni and bread. Then we ate a light lunch and had some nice local wine. We went to the kitchen and learned to make lots of dishes. Then we sat down and ate it all! We met some really nice people that we have stayed in contact with! My husband and I had a great time that we will never forget! Everyone was so nice!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Ashley O
      Publicado el Miércoles, 19 de julio del 2017

      Absolutely a great activity to do while in Taormina! We enjoyed seeing the market, learning to make a few typical Sicilian items and there was SO MUCH FOOD. Definitely make sure you go hungry!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Preeti S
      Publicado el Miércoles, 28 de junio del 2017

      This was one of our favourite cooking classes. We always try and get a cooking class in every travel destination and this one lived up to the expectations. The chef was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. We went in the morning and it was only two of us so we started by going to the local market through the alleys. The local market was an explosion of colours and flavours and our chef was very patient and explained all the interesting produce, spices n meat we saw around. After a short walk back, we started with the prep and cooking in the chef's kitchen which is in this beautiful restaurant. Post the cooking session, the chef served us the meal we cooked in his restaurant and we enjoyed the lunch at our own pace. All in all, a great experience and would definitely recommend it.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Gmann163
      Publicado el Lunes, 26 de junio del 2017

      Mimmo and his mama gave us a wonderful, hands-on experience. We met near the city gate and walked to a local meat, fish, and produce market to select the fresh ingredients for our 3 course lunch. Back at the restaurant, the 15 in our class learned to make caponata, fresh pasta, and a fish dish. Highly recommend

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Rbscott303
      Publicado el Martes, 30 de mayo del 2017

      We had a little mix-up and were waiting for the guide in the wrong place but thankfully, he waited for us and our tour was underway. Dominic was really passionate about the tour and making sure everyone had a great time and he was an awesome host and guide. His mom Francesca is the chef and their family restaurant in Taormina was a wonderful venue for the cooking class. Food preparation included a trip to the market for the freshest possible veggies and fish and the dishes we made including pasta were delicious! It was a lovely setting and Dominic emailed us the recipes before the class was over. 5 Stars for the passion, the food and the ambiance of the experience!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Richard W
      Publicado el Jueves, 06 de abril del 2017

      Very relaxed and enjoyable day of good lessons, good food and beautiful atmosphere. My wife and I enjoyed every moment with Dominique and Mama! We learned to make many kinds of great Sicilian pasta and a fresh tomatoe sauce. Even ours tasted good! I didn't know what Caponata was but now I can make it too. Delicious.
      I recommend this class to everyone who loves food and nice people to share it with.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • andiamo
      Publicado el Lunes, 03 de abril del 2017

      Our cooking class in Taormina was one of the highlights of our entire vacation. Mimmo and his mother Francesca were kind, helpful, and excellent chefs! Mimmo took us to the market in the morning to pick out fresh ingredients for our meal. My sister doesn't like eggplant so he even let her customize her dish with zucchini instead. After selecting our vegetables and fish we walked back to his family's restaurant where we learned how to prepare eggplant caponata, fresh pasta, and fish. We all thought the meal that we prepared was the best meal we had in Sicily! Highly recommend!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Giuseppe E
      Publicado el Jueves, 27 de octubre del 2016

      Mimmo and Francesca are GREAT! nice atmosphere and good food.

        Calificación General: 10/10
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