Cooking classes

Around the table kneading and tasting

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Duration 3h

Max 6 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian and English

Small Group hands-on cooking class with 2 pasta recipes and tiramisù followed by an Italian aperitivo and lunch or dinner with the dishes prepared during the class

Shared Experience

In a shared experience, other guests may be added, up to the maximum number of people that the host can accommodate. Therefore you may have the opportunity to share your passion for good food and cooking with other people from all over the world!

Your experience
  • Homemade fresh maccheroni "al ferretto" with eggplants or meat ragù
  • Homemade fresh Ravioli
  • Tiramisù

Giovanni and his wife Roberta will welcome you tasting a glass of good wine and the local wonders, with a little talk among the cured meats and cheeses.

Talking about the journey of these dishes from side to side of Sicily, you will knead together with Giovanni the Maccheroni, handmade with the "umbrella stick" just as Aunt Amalia used to make them 80 years ago, and bring to life the Ravioli with a heart of fresh ricotta and spinach, or with fresh ricotta e sicilian orange. After some memories and laugh, you will be delighted by the typical Tiramisù, a classic recipe that you will carry with you in your hearts and homes.


3 reviews
Absolute delightful time with Giovanni and Fam. Personal, friendly, funny and so MUCH FUN!!!

Deborah - May 2024

What a lovely visit to Chef Giovanni and family in Palermo. Giovanni grew up in the restaurant world in surrounding towns and while cooking was the focus today, we learned much more. We enjoyed Giovanni’s hospitality showcasing our own creations and some local appetizers in his home in central Palermo. Bravo!

Malcolm - April 2024

Giovanni is a great cook and teacher. He’s warm and friendly and speaks excellent English. He was very communicative before and during our time in Sicily, which was really nice. We had fun at the market where we bought things to cook and Giovanni shared a lot of information about the food and Palermo. It was amazing to meet his family, get to know them, learn to make pasta, gnocchi and artichokes in his kitchen and then eat a feast on his beautiful roof deck, which he worked hard to create and served so graciously. We felt like family! He was very flexible about the things we cooked, especially after I saw so many artichokes in the market! He’s a good teacher, fun and patient. It was a terrific experience!

Karen - April 2024

€149.00 per guest

€72.50 per child

You’ll receive the exact address after the booking
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Cesarina from 2023Location: Palermo    Languages: Italian and English
At Giovanni and Roberta's home, you'll find the typical dishes of Sicilian tradition. Giovanni grew up amidst the kitchen aromas of the family restaurant on the bay of Taormina. He inherited his father's recipes and brought them within the walls of his home in Palermo, creating new flavors with a sprinkle of memories. Fresh pasta takes the spotlight in his first courses: maccheroni alla norma, gnocchi with pistachio and shrimp, and ricotta and orange ravioli. Continuing with eggplant or swordfish parmigiana that pairs with lemon-infused meatballs or traditional Messina-style braciolettine. The meal concludes with the bittersweet taste of orange sorbet or the special almond blancmange.
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