Cooking classes

Let's cook my family's traditional sicilian recipes

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Francesca Maria


Duration 3h

Max 6 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian and English

Hands-on cooking class with bruschetta, 3 recipes (starter, pasta and dessert) followed by an Italian aperitivo and a tasting of the recipes prepared during the lesson

Private Experience

Private experiences are reserved for you and any guests you have booked for: no other people will be added so that you can enjoy maximum privacy.

Your experience
  • Eggplant Caponata
  • Potato gnocchi with tomato sauce and burrata
  • Almond biscuits or Cannoli

Hands-on cooking class with bruschetta, 3 recipes (starter, pasta and dessert) followed by an Italian aperitivo and a 3-course menu with the recipes prepared during the class.

The menu offers: an eggplant Caponata, followed by potato gnocchi with tomato sauce and burrata and lastly either almonds biscuits or sicilian cannoli.

26 reviews
Fun! Francesca is a lot of fun and a great teacher! Can’t wait to try our new recipes on family and friends when we get back to California! Gracie, Francesca!

Cindy and Joe Delumen - May 2024

Wonderful food, welcoming atmosphere, beautiful setting! Come see Francesca and mangia bene! Bellissima!

Carrie Bailey - May 2024

We had a wonderful experience with Francesca in Bagheria! We made caponata, gnocchi and almond biscuits. The food was absolutely to die for, although the caponata was a personal favorite. Francesca was a very good teacher. You can tell she has excellent food knowledge. She is very welcoming and has a great sense of humor. We came with our three year old son and she was very sweet and patient with him as well. Her kitchen is the perfect set up and a great place to host classes. We even got to use basil and lemons from her own garden. Thanks Francesca!

Hayley  - May 2024

We decided before our trip to Palermo that we wanted to experience a Sicilian cookery class. I looked online at a few but Francesca's really stood out as traditional, homely, fun and welcoming. She didn't disappoint. We made fresh pasta together, she showed us around her garden and we ate. The pasta was delicious. She showed us how to cook with simple ingredients and make a couple of traditional Sicilian pasta dishes, we will definitely be making at home! Without doubt, this was the highlight of our holiday, and when we return to Palermo again, we will return to make different dishes. Grazie mille!!

Hannah & Nathan - April 2024

My husband and I had such a lovely dining experience with Francesca. This was the first time we’ve ever done an experience like this and I would recommend it to everyone! The food was absolutely amazing, best of the whole weekend spent in Paloma. It was also so nice to talk with Francesca and learn more about her and Sicily and the local foods. She was so helpful and welcoming and I hope we get the chance to go back and do this again with friends!

Rachel  - April 2024

€145.00 per guest

€72.50 per child

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Francesca Maria
Cesarina from 2021Location: Palermo    Languages: Italian and English
Francesca lives in Bagheria, the 'city of villas', a land kissed by the sun and the sea breeze. Our Cesarina brings Sicilian recipes to the table, rich in contrasts, where sweet is combined with salty, sweet and sour is used a lot and dried fruit is perfect on meat, fish and vegetables. "All this is the result of the cultures that have passed through our land. My cuisine is linked to the traditions of both my area and my family. I only use local products and I hope to be able to pass on to my guests all the passion and love that I put when I cook."
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