When in Sicily you will notice that every flavor and scent around you is a matter of food tasting and colors. A Sicily cooking class is more than just cooking. You will experience all stages of our food culture. This region offers a variety of produce and our love affair with cuisine is overall one of the main value of our families history. The first question a “Mamma” makes in the morning is: What do we eat today?
You’ll be welcomed in lovely locations of Taormina or Syracuse with local mammas and chefs, for a passionate Sicilian cooking class which could start with a walk between the colorful and vibrant food market, the perfect location to enjoy the pleasure of food and conviviality. The cooking class have basic menu of traditional Sicilian cuisine: Caponata, Pasta alla norma, Parmiggiana. We’ll present all the dishes within the story strongly connected with our territory and myth. Think about returning at home with this precious receipts in your suitcase and recreate your private Sicilian atmosphere to remember those special moments you enjoyed. The Sicilian cooking class is perfect for your family, friends and why not your couple by learning to stay together tasting delicious meals you’ve prepared with love.
Book now your Sicilian Cooking Class in one of our locations using the contact form.
Note: The Sicilian cooking class is a Full Day experience from h 9:00AM to h 4:00PM
We start with a walk between the colorful and vibrant food market, surrounded by the sumptuous and dazzling Baroque of Syracuse. Our location for this Sicilian Cooking experience is a monastery of the eighteenth century in the heart of Ortigia. The area has been preserved and renewed from a team of young Sicilian person in love with this territory. The kitchen presents wide and bright spaces, full of history and flavored of typical ancient Sicilian sites. It’s the perfect location to enjoy the pleasure of food and conviviality.
You’ll enjoy a cooking class featured on a basic menu of traditional Sicilian cuisine. We’ll present all the dishes on the menu and tell you some story strongly connected with our territory and myth.
After cooking you’ll have lunch with the dishes prepared completed with a special local wine tasting.
The historic house-museum Catania Historical Society (Società Storica Catanese) is an amazing venue in the historic center of Catania. From its balconies you can admire the principal road of Catania Via Etnea which goes from South to North, from Piazza Duomo to the Vulcano Etna. This spectacular museum keep a library with thousands books – including texts from the 16th century – collections of photographs, antiques, old furniture and a kitchen from the 19th century: a place that brings together culture, history and cuisine.
At the house-museum you can take part in a wide range of different activities:
– Traditional pastries class
– Street food cooking class
– Pescheria (traditional fish market) guided tour
– Cooking class
Sicilian cooking is strongly influenced by their ancient history. The impact the Greeks left included flatbreads that would later develop into the well-loved focaccia loaves. Sfincioni are thick focacce topped with tomato and cheese. Greeks also taught the Sicilians to use snow from the mountain tops for iced desserts flavored with local fruits and honey.
Other influences came from the Arabs that brought sugar and taught the Sicilians to make extravagant dessert dishes with it. Today, a popular fried dough called crispeddi is enjoyed sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, though a savory version may also be served with anchovy and wild fennel to flavor the pastry. They also began what would turn into a dynasty of pasta makers.
The Arabs also used tuna and swordfish in cùscusu. It uses a variety of fish, prepared with herbs and tomatoes and served over a bed of hand rolled balls of semolina wheat called couscous. Other times, swordfish is cooked with pine nuts, raisins, olives, herbs and tomatoes. Grilled swordfish is also popular stuffed with cheese and vegetables.
As with most of Italy, Sicilian cuisine often offers pasta. Most of the pasta is made from semolina wheat and can take many forms. Zite al pomodoro e tonno is made from short pasta tubes and served with a fresh tomato and tuna sauce. The dumplings called gnocculli semolino gnocchi are topped with a creamy ricotta and meat sauce. The author of La Norma, an Italian opera, so fond of pasta con la Norma spaghetti that it was named after him. This luscious dish is topped by a tomato and eggplant sauce. The most famous food of all Sicilian recipes is pasta con le sarde, generally topped with sauce of fresh sardines and anchovies and sometimes seasoned with a selection of nuts, herbs, raisins and onions.
Other kinds of starchy food are Arancini di riso fried balls of cooked rice with a filling made of chopped meat, tomatoes, cheese & peas. Sicily’s moderate climate and the rich volcanic soil grow flavorful, beautiful produce. Of course, the tomatoes are enjoyed in Sicilian cooking, as are eggplants and peppers. In melanzane alla siciliana, eggplant slices are deep fried, then topped with mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce and baked. Carciofi ripieni is a dish of baked artichokes stuffed with cheese, sardines and sausages. Other vegetable dishes are served cold. Caponata, a luscious stew of eggplant, tomatoes, capers, olives and onions, is served as a salad or appetizer. Peperonata stews bell peppers and tomatoes with onion and olives.
Sicilian recipes are famous for both their olive oil and capers. These ingredients complement the fresh sea foods that are featured in many Sicilian recipes. Fresh tuna and swordfish are marinated and served stewed, roasted or grilled as steaks.
Sicilians enjoy meat in many forms. Pork, lamb and kid are the preferred meats, but rabbit, poultry and veal are also eaten. This is the region that lays claim to inventing meatballs, known as polpetti or polpettoni. Polpette are made from ground beef with grated cheese, beaten egg and breadcrumbs as a binder, then fried and served as a main course with tomato sauce. Large slices of beef or veal are pounded flat then stuffed with chopped ham and sausage, using eggs and grated pecorino as binder. These farsumagru are rolled up and braised in herb scented wine.
This region’s citrus, known as arancia rossa di Sicilia, are prized around the worlds, figs and table grapes are also famous for their lush juicy sweetness and flavor. Many of these fruits are dried and used along with nuts in the desserts that Sicilian cooking is famous for. The elaborate cassata is a sponge cake that is layered with a maraschino flavored ricotta frosting and candied fruits and nuts. Orange peels are candied and cannoli flavors sweetened ricotta with the candied fruits, then stuffs the smooth mixture into fried pastry tubes. Other desserts highlight the creamy, fresh ricotta cheese made with local dairy. Ravioli di Carnevale is a deep fried ravioli that is filled with cinnamon kissed, sweetened ricotta cheese. Nuts play a large part in Sicilian desserts as well. Almonds are ground and sweetened to make marzipan and pasta reale in Sicilian recipes. Locally grown pistachio nuts are often enjoyed in ice cream. Pignolata don’t contain nuts in the ingredients, but the name gives an affectionate nod to pine nuts because of the shape of the pastry. These fried balls of dough are placed in a pile and held together by liqueur flavored caramelized sugar and sometimes chocolate.
General Booking Conditions for all tours:
Once we receive your detailed enquiry, we will send you a proposal within 24 hrs. If you decide to book with us you’ll have to reply our proposal within requested details. Once we receive your confirm and requested additional details, we issue a proforma contract to fill and return signed to proceed with a 20% deposit to secure your reservation. This amount has to be paid with credit card or bank money transfer within receipt to be send max. 2 days after receiving our contract.
Once your initial deposit has been made, we will send you a confirmation e-mail with your receipt number and final tour details. Balance payment can be made directly on site with credit card or cash
General information for Etna Tours
Clothes: We recommend a layered clothing depending on the season (Wind Jacket or Rain coat, long trousers) comfortable and solid closed shoes suitable for hiking/trekking to prevent sand and small stones from getting inside. Health Condition: Our excursions are designed to a wide range of physical fitness and ages, however, please let us know in advance at time of booking if you have mobility disability or have reduced mobility, cardiovascular and/or respiratory system issues, suffer from any food allergies and/or intolerances for the menu of the lunch during the excursion.
Cancellation Policies for Etna Tours:
We cannot guarantee weather or natural environmental conditions nor can be responsible for any shut downs, caused by weather/natural causes or for any reason or cause out of our control. The departure of the Etna excursions is guaranteed ” Rain or Sun .” There are no cancellation risks from our side for the tour till 2200mt. Our tour is comprehensive of transport civil insurance policy which covers insurances for injuries occurred during external activities if these are not caused by non-observance of security instructions given by local staff. Following general cancellation policies:
– 20% of total reservation is not refundable 7 days before the tour
– 50% of total reservation is not refundable from 6 days to 24 hours before the tour.
– No refund for no show.
General information and Cancellation Policies for Wine Tours:
The Wine tour will be around Mount Etna so in case of adverse weather conditions that prevent a safe driving we contact you for alternative day to ensure the tour at no additional cost. If you cannot split the tour date because no other available days during your journey we charge 10% fees of cancellation. Please let us know in advance, at time of booking if you have food allergies and/or intolerances for lunch an tasting food. Following general cancellations policies:
– 20% of total reservation is not refundable 7 days before the tour
– 50% of total reservation is not refundable from 6 days to 24 hours before departure
– No refund for no shows.
General information and Cancellation Policies for Cooking Class:
Please let us know in advance, at time of booking if you have food allergies and/or intolerances for the menu of the cooking class. Following general cancellations policies:
– 20% of total reservation is not refundable 7 days before the activity
– 70% of total reservation is not refundable from 6 days to 24 hours before the activity
– No refund for no shows.
Insurance and Licenses
All transports provided have regular licenses NCC and qualified staff in possession of licenses as required by regional and Italian laws. Furthermore, all vehicles are covered by regular insurance policy for civil liability and damages on person because of extraordinary events and subject to the negligence of the staff members. All activities provided are regularly covered from civil insurances. Any accident occurring for failures and negligence from your side will not be covered by the insurance policy. We strongly recommend that you have full travel insurance to cover your holiday. By accepting our Booking Conditions you are confirming to us that your insurance cover is adequate and in force at the time of travelling with Tripping Sicily.