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Market tour and authentic Sicilian cooking experience

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Duration 4h

Max 5 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian and English

Follow your Cesarina in a local market tour, challenge yourself with a hands-on cooking class followed by 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
  • Fries with market products, focaccia messinese and bruschette with salumi e tipycal products
  • Paccheri with maccu di fave
  • Tiramisu or cannoli or white and black

We'll take our guests on a journey through the city's vibrant market, a place brimming with enticing scents, vivid colors, and lively atmosphere. We'll procure exceptional seasonal products characterized by their incredible flavor. Then, together, we'll dive into hands-on preparation of tagliatelle alla Norma and either the classic tiramisu or traditional Sicilian cannoli for dessert. To round off the experience, we'll serve sparkling wine, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Strait of Messina. All of this will be accompanied by a glass of fine red wine.

13 reviews
Cooking with Mariella was one of the highlights of our trip. She picked us up near our cruise ship and drove us (safely and thoughtfully) to her home. We used Google translate and she was very helpful with both that and telling us about her beautiful city. We arrived at her lovely home and she quickly made us feel welcome and got us ready for a fun morning. We cooked several different kinds of pasta and bread and then dined on them for a wonderful lunch. We met her mother and sister who were great and som welcoming. I cannot recommend this experience enough. If you are visiting Messina, Sicily in a Cruise, this is an outstanding way to use your time there. Well worth the effort and cost and a great experience you will remember! Thank you Mariella!

John - May 2024

This was an amazing experience. Mariella was so kind and patient and the location was beautiful. We made delicious pasta and tiramisu. Would definitely recommend and would definitely do it again!

Rachel - May 2024

My family and I had the most wonderful dinner with Mariella! The food was outstanding, original and perfectly prepared and served. Mariella explained everything as she cooked. We had an amazing evening in her beautiful home with a feast fit for royalty. Not only did we love the meal but also the warm and engaging conversation with Mariella and her husband Gianni. This was a most special and unique experience. We will definitely do it again on our next visit to Messina!

Harry Jones - April 2024

Mariella was amazing and food was wonderful. My whole family enjoyed this experience.

Kristen Schwager - March 2024

We had an amazing time with Mariella. She was so friendly and warm from the beginning of our day to the end. Meeting point was very easy to find and her home was close by reducing travel time. She welcomed us into her home to teach us about the making of pasta, and many other food dishes we had that day from the ingredients to the preparation. Everything we had was either a favorite dish and more wonderful to have a local version , or something new we never had before, and each dish more delicious than the last. Mariella and her husband made it seem so easy even though we see how much work and time they put into making our day special. They listened to our concerns about food allergies and accommodated without hesitation. They even made a special dish not in their regular menu to have us try a local delicacy. Everything was just outstanding. And with translation apps we communicated just fine and had wonderful conversations getting to know each other and talking about the food. We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants a personal experience and not afraid to meet new people.

Charlie, Rob, Tana - March 2024

€189.00 per guest

€94.50 per child

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Cesarina from 2023Location: Messina    Languages: Italian and English
My cuisine is linked to tradition with a touch of poetic license for some foods, which are too strong for me. Born and raised in Messina, I actually learned the Messina tradition when I grew up, because my parents were originally from Gioiosa Marea and Piraino, provinces of Messina but with several differences in methodology. I try to combine these diversities in a taste that is, I would say, pleasant. I like to know and above all I would like these traditions not to disappear.
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