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Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

1. Taormina: Half-Day Pizza Making Class

Discover the secret to making an authentic Italian pizza at a half-day pizza making course in Taormina. Held in a pizzeria in the beautiful resort town, the class is led by a professional pizza maker, who will demonstrate how to prepare and bake a perfect pizza. Learn the basics of pizza preparation, following the simple advice and techniques demonstrated by your guide. Enjoy a hands-on experience as you discover how to make perfect pizza dough, get tips on what goes into a good pizza sauce, and hear how to have fun with pizza toppings. Learn the importance of a good wheat flour rich in gluten, water, and fresh yeast, discover how to stretch your dough, and how to transform it into something everyone will want to eat. Then, enjoy your pizzas for a complete meal that also includes mixed bruschetta, complimentary mineral water and soft drinks, and some local wine. Before you leave, your chef will present you with a pizza certificate to confirm that you are now a qualified pizza cook.

Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

2. Taormina: Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Spend a morning in Taormina learning how to cook delicious Sicilian food from a professional chef. At the end of the class, participants enjoy the lunch they created along with wine. Meeting at 10:00 AM at the Arch of Porta Messina, the activity starts with a guided tour of the market of Taormina. Shopping for fresh ingredients, the group will enjoy learning about the local produce and take part in a small tasting of salamis and cheeses. Back at the restaurant the chef will explain the recipes in program while guests take a break for coffee. The preparation and the cooking of the food will then start, with the making of hand-made pasta a highlight. Once the dishes are prepared, everybody is invited to the table for the typical local lunch with accompanying wines. Afterwards, each participant will receive a certificate and an autographed apron as a souvenir of this special day.  

Taormina Half-Day Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

3. Taormina Half-Day Sicilian Cooking Class & Market Tour

Enjoy a full-day journey through the food culture of Sicily on a half-day combined market tour and cookery class. Start by meeting your chef for a guided tour of the local markets. Savor the aromas and colors of Sicily’s produce, selecting ingredients to prepare your lunch. Meet the fruit and vegetable vendors to find out what’s in season, and the fishmonger to choose the fresh catch of the day. Then, head to the kitchen for a hands-on cooking class in the company of Chef Massimo. You will learn to make some of his family recipes and Sicilian specialties, such as ricotta-stuffed zucchini flowers, a rainbow of sautéed peppers, eggplant and zucchini caponata, stuffed artichokes, and fresh egg pasta. For your main, you will prepare a fish, meat or vegetarian dish, such as involtini (rolled stuffed beef), fish cooked Taormina-style, or polpette (meatballs). End by making a typical Sicilian dessert, before enjoying a lunch based on the foods you prepared in class. Wash it all down with some delicious Sicilian wines.

Taormina: Market Tour with Cooking Class in Local Home

4. Taormina: Market Tour with Cooking Class in Local Home

Discover what makes an Italian local market distinct and learn how to recognize the best produce with the help of a local expert. Experience the joy of Italian food in a cooking class at a local home and savor the food you make over some red and white wines. During the lesson, your host will reveal their own personal secrets to making three authentic recipes. Relax, as your host will ensure you are equipped with all the necessary ingredients and tools to make the dishes.  Finish your meal with a hot cup of coffee, and feel connected to a local cook. Take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you forever.

Taormina: Half-Day Cooking Class

5. Taormina: Half-Day Cooking Class

The first thing that must be done when you want to prepare a traditional Sicilian meal is to find the right ingredients. So let’s start this culinary experience merging yourself with the colors, smells and flavors of a typical Sicilian market in the enchanting location of Taormina. Here, you will get tips on how to choose the best fish, meat and vegetables. The restaurant will be within a stone's throw of the market itself and that is where you are going to learn how to cook the day's meal. The chef will explain the day's menu and show you how to perform each step. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to try your hand and gain practical experience of the Sicilian cuisine from someone who’s really keen and expert about Sicilian gastronomic culture. When you then enjoy the Sicilian meal you created by yourself, a sommelier will help you and show you how to select the wines that best enhance the flavor of your food. Sicily is definitely famous for its culinary tradition and this will be a perfect opportunity to sharpen your 5 senses and, of course, your cooking skills.

Messina Private Home Cooking Class

6. Messina Private Home Cooking Class

Uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, Your guide, or Cesarina will share their wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. Immerse yourself in a private cooking class at your guide's home. Learn the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labor accompanied by local wines.  During the lesson, the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of 3 authentic local recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test. Participants will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of red and white local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that'll stay with you for life.

Messina: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

7. Messina: Private Pasta-Making Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a private pasta-making class at the Cesarina's home, learn the secrets of the region's most famous pasta dishes and taste the fruits of your labor accompanied by a glass of local wine. During the lesson the Cesarina will reveal the tricks of the trade of three authentic regional pasta recipes. Have fun putting your cooking skills to the test.  Each participant will have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Then, taste everything you have prepared with a selection of red and white local wines

Messina: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

8. Messina: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

Taormina: Market Tour and Home-Cooked Meal

9. Taormina: Market Tour and Home-Cooked Meal

If you want to uncover the secrets of Italian family recipes on your travels, this is a fantastic way to learn the locals' wisdom, which has been passed down in their families for generations. You can visit the local market with your "Cesarina", enjoying the atmosphere of an Italian local market and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. When you return to your Cesarina’s home, you will attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of their family cookbook while preparing one of the dishes right in front of you. You will sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, a main course with a side dish, and dessert. Drinks included are water, a selection of red and white wines from regional cellars, and coffee. You can feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people.

Taormina: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

10. Taormina: Cooking Class at a Local's Home

Immerse yourself in a cooking class at a local home, learning the secrets of the most famous dishes of regional cuisine and taste the fruit of your labour accompanied by local wines. Throughout the lesson, your cook will reveal the tricks of the trade for 3 authentic local recipes. You can have fun putting your cooking skills to the test, and will also have a workstation equipped with utensils and all the ingredients to make the dishes. Next, taste everything you have prepared accompanied by a selection of local wines. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home Italian cooking skills that will stay with you for life.

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What people are saying about Province of Messina

A most enjoyable 4.5hrs. Chef MImmo patiently showed us typical Sicilian food and pasta making after buying the goods from a nearby market. He also sent us the recipes by email. He also offered us prosecco and water. Setting is also excellent. Great and much fun.

My family and I had such an amazing time meeting new people, and most important of all making pasta noodles and pizza from scratch. An all-around great experience that I would recommend everyone to experience.

What a great day! We received a lot of explanation, we laughed a lot and had a delicious meal. A nice group and very good guidance from the chef and his wives ;-). For us it was worth every penny!

We had a wonderful time! Chef Mimmo was a delightful teacher and the food was superb. I’m so glad I added this cooking class to our trip!!

Great day …. Top guy …. Lovely family restaurant !!