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Taormina, Italy
Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina

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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
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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.
Local multilingual guide
Coffee and/or Tea
Wine tasting
Cooking certificate
Extra alcoholic beverage
Corso Umberto, 1 , Corso Umberto, 1, 98039 Taormina ME, Italy

Meeting point is Porta Messina Arch. The host will ask for the ticket.

10:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
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
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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A nice day cooking with Chef Mimmo
, Jul 2022
Learning how to cook good Siciliansk food, Caponata, making pasta, Sicilian pesto and Involtini di Pesce Spada, It was fun and good 👍
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
That's great! we profusely thank you for your nice review. Chef Mimmo will appreciate. Regards, SAT Group Guest Relations Manager
Fantastic cooking in Taormina!
, Jul 2022
Great time at this cooking class. Met some great young couples from Australia and had a wonderful time preparing great Sicilian dishes with chef
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
This is one of the coolest thing during our cooking class: meeting nice people and starting a friendship while learning and having fun. Thanks for your wonderful review. Regards. Guest Relation Manager SAT Group
Fun Authentic Sicilian Cooking Class in Taormina Italy.
, Jul 2022
We just loved the entire experience. Chef Mimmo was amazing, fun, easy to work with and talented. He made the entire experience fun while teaching us about the local food, tastes and the culture of the Sicilian people.
Fabulous day!
, Jun 2022
This was a fun experience, with easily transferable recipes to make at home. We met new people and had a great time!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Good occasion for making new friends besides learning techniques. Thanks a lot! Warm regards, SAT Group
Best Day in Sicily. We made our own pasta!! Can't wait to do it again.
, May 2022
THEE BEST day in Sicily by far!! Our instructor/chef Dominic was a warm, lovely person who took us shopping for all the ingredients at the local market, carefully explained everything we were going to make, showed us how to make pasta from scratch, and took us through all the steps in creating a fantastic 3 course lunch. Dominic is talented, well organized, fun to be with and has a great passion for food. I HIGHLY recommend this fabulous experience!!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
So nice to read, Dominic is so pleased. Thank you a thousand times. Warm regards, Customer Care Manager.
Fantastic cooking class
, May 2022
The cooking class was fabulous. We each had hands-on experience making maccheroni and caponata. Dominic, Ivano, and mamma were fun and helpful and we were in a lovely outdoor area of their restaurant. I highly recommend this class
, Oct 2021
Can’t say enough good things about this awesome experience. It was so much fun and we made the most incredible meal and the chef was amazing. Don’t miss this if you enjoy cooking, eating and fun! Each person in the class felt the same.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thank you Beth, we remember you. It was such an honour to meet you. See you next time in the future!
Best Cooking Class
, Sep 2021
Best experience of my trip to Taormina! I’ve taken many Cooking Classes before but this one tops them all. It was a true learning experience in the Sicilian cooking techniques; shared family recipes that we were able to shop for local fresh ingredients at local market , cook together in small group and enjoy eating and drink local wines, lemonechello made from lemons picked fresh from a limoncello tree at our table. Staff were professional, clean and organized. Met snd made friends with couples from a Germany and France. By the end of day felt like Family .
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Hi Sallie, such a pleasure to receive your review, it really makes us happy to do this job as the satisfaction of customers is our satisfaction. See you soon back in Taormina. Warm regards, SAT Group staff
Best cooking experience
, Sep 2021
Our morning with chef Dominico was incredible, we made so many things, learned so much and ate the most delicious food. Would highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Domenico will be very glad to receive this awarding review. Many thanks. SAT Group
Amazing cooking class - highly recommend!
, Sep 2021
This cooking class was amazing. We met the chef in downtown Taormina and then walked to the local market to pick up ingredients for our meal. At the restaurant we were given water and wine while we cooked our 3 course meal. The instructions were clear, fun, engaging and educational. I cannot recommend this class enough!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
This is the best promotion for our Sicilian Cooking Class, a tru discovery of Sicilian culture. All the very best, SAT Group staff
Totally worth the money! Loved it.
, Sep 2021
Excellent day! Stefan and Luca were amazing - we were taught many dishes and provided so much food to eat along the way. Top quality activity and lovely people. Highly recommend!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
That's great. The best satisfaction! Stefano and Luca will be so happy to know. Thank you and regards.
Lorenzo!!! Great memories and laughter!
, Aug 2021
This was hands down so much fun! Not your run of the mill class, Giovanni and his crew were attentive, informative, and went above and beyond to make the class fun. We met great people from across the globe and had plenty of laughs over food and wine. Truly a memorable experience and I highly recommend taking the class - you won't regret it!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
That's fantastic! Make people happy especially during these hard times. Thanks a thousand times!
Really worth doing, won’t regret it!
, 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
Highlight of our two week trip to Sicily!
, 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
Incredible experience -- BOOK THIS NOW!
, 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
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
Excellent way to spend a few hours
, 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
Excellent, totally recommended.
, 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
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
Cooking class
, 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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