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Palermo, Italy
Sicilian Cooking Class in Palermo

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icon4 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the unique flavors and influences of Sicilian cuisine with a 5-hour, hands-on cooking class in Palermo. After shopping for fresh, seasonal ingredients at a local farmers’ market, head to a well-equipped home kitchen in an 18th-century building. Under the guidance of a chef instructor, learn to prepare an authentic 4-course meal of classic Sicilian dishes including dessert. Sit down to savor your freshly made creations paired with local wine.
  • Small-group cooking class in Palermo
  • Learn what makes Sicilian food unique from other Italian cuisine
  • Shop for seasonal ingredients at a farmers' market
  • Prepare an authentic 4-course meal of classic regional dishes
  • Held in a gourmet home kitchen in a historic building
  • Savor the homemade meal along with Sicilian wine pairings
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Starter
Caponata
A stew vegetable salade, with eggplants, onions, capers and green olives and the typical taste ''agrodolce''
Main
Busiate al pesto trapanese
Busiate is a typical pasta shape from Trapani town, and we will prepare it with a local special Trapani pesto, different from the common green one.
Cooking lesson
Lunch or Dinner (depending on the departure time)
Wine and food tasting
The listed price does not include the parking fee, payable at the time of tour check-in
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Porta Carini , Via Porta Carini, 1-21, 90138 Palermo PA, Italy

H 10:30 ar PORTA CARINI, entrance to Capo Market. Not Inside the market, but outside at the gate PORTA CARINI H 05:00 p.m. same meeting point if dinner class

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • If you are a group of more than 20 people, we can do the class as well,In this case please send an email to ask
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Siciliandays
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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  • "They also have a website for more cooking class options." See review

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star-5
Excellent food and company (and wine)
Georgia_O
, Sep 2019
Although the initial trip through the market was lacking some involvement from the guests we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves! STILL 5 STAR THOUGH as the food was AMAZING and we got to join in with the cooking and drink wine as we go along with cheese etc. sourced from their own farm, as are a lot of their ingredients. They are very warm and friendly and we had a really great time, thank you for having us! They also send through the recipe afterwards if you want them and have their own cookbook which I hope to buy once available as they are honestly excellent cooks.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Georgia, Thanks so much for your kind comment and mention about our book. We really appreciate that and we will let you know when it will be on line. Come back and visit Sicily again Sincerly Patrizia and Giuliana
star-4
Cooking class
Rhys_J
, Jun 2019
A little overpriced, but had a great day. Food and knowledge was amazing. Used local ingredients and very convenient location
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Hi Rhys, thanks for the review, we had a great day too and It has been a big pleasure to have hosted you in our house for cooking together Patrizia
star-5
Amazing experience!
Laura_D
, Jun 2019
We had the BEST time during the cooking class! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. We got to shop at the local market to pick out fresh ingredients, then assist in all the prep work. We were also provided with local bread, olive oil, wine, and olives to snack on while we cooked. My husband and I made some new friends on our trip who joined us for the cooking class. Total there were 6 of us, and it was the perfect number of people. This class was probably the best thing we did during our vacation. We learned quite a few tips and tricks, plus the food we prepared was amazing. If we go back, we're definitely doing a class again with Sicilian Days! They also have a website for more cooking class options.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
HI! sorry for my delayed follow up but we habeen cooking all the time!! Thanks so so much for your great and generous comment, we appreciate it and we wish you were here to cook again together. Best Patrizia and Giuliana
star-5
Cooking class
teresa_k
, Sep 2018
Patrizia was a great cooking hostess! She was very informative and had a great selection of food.The atmosphere was pretty amazing as well.
star-5
Great experience!
Christopher_S
, Sep 2018
Great food and very nice host. We started in the market and then went back to an apartment to cook and drink wine. Our group had six people.
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This was a family event and we all...
Aviad M
, Aug 2017
This was a family event and we all had a great time. Our hosts were very friendly and accommodating to our special dietary needs. We prepared a wonderful meal together and really enjoyed the whole experience.
star-4
Great instruction, great food, great...
skyeblue04
, Jun 2017
Great instruction, great food, great company. I was in a small class there were only two students, but that made it even better because that meant we did more of the hands-on stuff and got to chat more. Ours was a fish-based meal, and I'm not much into fish, but it was delicious and really opened my eyes and taste-buds to new possibilities. I still have and use the recipes we made!
star-5
We had a fantastic experience with...
Hussain A
, May 2017
We had a fantastic experience with Julie and Patrizia. This was more than just a cooking class. It was about learning about food and sharing it with lovely people. Thank you so much!
star-5
Patricia met us on time at the...
MaryPat C
, May 2017
Patricia met us on time at the appointed place in central Palermo. From others we went to the local market to shop for the ingredients to use for our class. Once we arrived at chef's charming, well appointed apartment we got down to business. The instructions were made, the food was being prepared and the wine was being opened. We made four classic Sicilian dishes and each one was delicious. Then we sat down and enjoyed the fruits of our labor, with some more whine of course. This was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in cultural immersion. A truly fantastic day with a charming, talented chef.
star-5
The best day ever !!!A morning...
bernie_h
, Apr 2017
The best day ever !!!A morning shopping and cooking what dreams are made of . Our hostess was a real darling ..Patricia..She welcomed us into her home and we had such an informative time delicious food wine and home made limencello...Just wonderful..Can't wait to return..Do it you won't be disappoi
star-5
Amazing experience!! Highly...
JoeandAmanda_R
, Nov 2016
Amazing experience!! Highly recommend to all visiting Palermo, Sicily. Patricia was a wonderful host and chef from the meeting point in the square to the wonderful shopping experience through the market to the preparation and enjoyment of the wonderful meal we prepared together. I brought home the recipes and do fully intend to try to recreate at home. My husband has said of our 15 days in Europe, this was the most enjoyable day we shared.
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Patricia was wonderful. I entered her...
Maria Tollefson
, Oct 2016
Patricia was wonderful. I entered her home as a stranger and left with having made a new friend. The food was amazing. Cooking with her was a blast. The wine flowed the conversation and laughter was endless all night. Her helpful tips were great. I can't say enough good things about this outing. It was clearly one of the fondest memories of our trip to Palermo!
star-5
This was a really terrific...
Kim F
, Aug 2016
This was a really terrific experience. Patrizia was warm, friendly and a great cooking teacher. She adapted the recipes for my diet. This is a great way to get to know Sicily and it's culture. I would definitely do it again.
star-5
I loved this class! My family and I...
Robin_Y
, Jul 2016
I loved this class! My family and I spent 5 months in Palermo while my husband was working at the university there with a scholar exchange program. I decided to take a cooking class before we returned home, so I could learn how to cook some of my fav Sicilian dishes. I am really glad I choose this class. Patrizia and and her daughter Giuliana who is a chef are very talented cooks and really know their ingredients. They guided us thru the Capo and Vucciria Markets and knew just what vendors have the freshest ingredients. After gathering all of our ingredients, we went to a historic apartment near the beautiful Piazza San Domenico. There we were greeted with wine, beer, cheese, fresh bread, and Sicilian olives to start. We each had our own cutting board station at the large main table in the kitchen. I was impressed about how many dishes that we were able to prepare in such a short amount of time. We made eggplant caponata, spaghettone with a classic Sicilian tomato sauce featuring wild fennel, involtini rolls with fresh swordfish, and cassata al forno a baked cake with sheep's milk ricotta, candied fruits and chocolate chips. I loved everything that we prepared and thought that the eggplant caponata was the best I had ever had. After cooking, we sat down in the dining room while Patrizia and Giuliana plated all of the dishes and served wine pairings for each dish. I felt very much at home and it was a wonderful lunch. I had previously taken other classes in Italy at La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese and Gelato University in Bologna which I both highly recommend, but really liked this class for the variety of dishes and seeing whole meal evolve from shopping for ingredients to cooking to lunch. Probably the best compliment that I could give is that I have just returned home to Atlanta a few days ago and I have already made 2 of the dishes at home. Patrizia and Giuliana, thank you for such a wonderful memorable class! You are great hosts and very talented cooks.
star-5
I had a one-on-one evening with the...
GinaM_F
, May 2016
I had a one-on-one evening with the chef! Lots of fun, very knowledgeable, and so tasty and relaxed!!!
star-5
It was the best tour we've been on...
Michael S
, May 2016
It was the best tour we've been on in our four cruises, to date. Patricizia, the owner and chef made us feel at home immediately. It was like we were with dear friends making a wonderful dinner! Patricizia has a real passion for cooking and readily shares this with her guests. We have lived in Italy and shopped in the open air markets everyday but the other four people on the tour with us had not. They especially enjoyed going to the open air market in Palermo and shopping for the food we prepared. Most tours you go on allow you to see the new place but this one also allowed you to experience living in it! The different was incredible. We strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the Sicilian culture!
star-5
A great insight into Sicilian...
Emma O
, Feb 2016
A great insight into Sicilian cooking from a very talented local cook in her own kitchen in central Palermo followed by a fantastic meal with the best of local wines. I highly recommend this cooking class!
star-5
I highly recommend this Sicilian...
Timothy S
, Jan 2016
I highly recommend this Sicilian Cooking Class. It was a wonderful experience to shop at a local market, selecting the most fresh ingredients from a colorful open air market in Palermo's historic center. We returned to have a wonderful time learning to prepare exquisite dishes - and special cooking tips on preparing a set of wonderful dishes, enjoying wine, music and conversation improving my Italian and learning some Sicilian words!. I really highly recommend this course - as it will enhance your time in Palermo! Not to be missed.
star-5
Excellent cooking lesson with Maria...
kristine b
, Sep 2015
Excellent cooking lesson with Maria Luisa, best caponata I have ever eaten. Very enjoyable.
star-5
A fantastic evening - Highly recommend...
Joanne_W
, Sep 2015
A fantastic evening - Highly recommend. Great food, Great company.

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