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Sicilian dessert: a long pastry-making tradition

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Duration 3h

Max 6 guests

Spoken languages:  English, Italian, Spanish, French

Cooking lesson: learn how to cook Italian recipes with a local Cesarina

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    Sicily is world famous for its sweets, the origins of which are the result of the many dominations that have passed through it. The different dominations in addition to having left traces in the architectural sphere have left a gastronomic legacy that has evolved, giving rise to Sicilian cuisine. Desserts are a fundamental pillar, without which a lunch or dinner cannot be concluded worthily, especially during festive periods. During the cooking class you will learn how to prepare 3 traditional Sicilian desserts as well as discover curious anecdotes about the origin or name of the dish. From almond cookies to cassata, via watermelon gelo and biscotti reginella. The desserts prepared vary according to seasonality and the holidays when it is customary to prepare them.

    98 reviews
    The pasta making experience with Alice was great! She added context to all that we were doing by explaining some culinary history and rationale for why things were done the way they were - plus the food was delicious! I would absolutely recommend to others.

    James McNeely - July 2024

    This cooking class was a highlight of our trip! Great recipes and felt like we were cooking and eating with our new Italian friends - highly recommend!

    Rachel Gallagher - July 2024

    I had a lovely time with Alice and Francesco. I was the only one in the class. They were knowledgeable and lovely to chat with. Highly recommended.

    Judith - July 2024

    Alice & Francesco were amazing hosts! Our group absolutely loved visiting their beautiful home, cooking traditional Sicilian pasta & tiramisu, & trying different local foods. What made our evening with A&F so special, was their incredible generosity! We were also blown away by their friendliness & the amount of information they were able to share with us, not only about the local produce & traditional recipes but also about Palermo’s politics & history. We could not recommend A&F enough- they were fantastic teachers & wonderful hosts! Thank you!!

    Genevieve Price - July 2024

    Alice and Francesco were amazing hosts. This was our first time in Italy and they were by far the most memorable part of our trip, also the best food we ate on the trip. We would highly recommend booking a class with her while you are staying in Palermo.

    Ryan  - July 2024

    €135.00 per guest

    €68.00 per child

    You’ll receive the exact address after the booking
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    Cesarina from 2022Location: Palermo    Languages: English, Italian, Spanish, French
    "I was passionate about cooking and food since I was a child, accomplices grandmother who loved to cook and the whole family who loves to eat well. I therefore decided to pursue a university career in the field of gastronomy. I have faced a multidisciplinary and holistic path that has treated the world of food at 360 o'clock. I love cooking for my family and for others, starting from the choice of recipes and the selection of ingredients. I like to experiment and I'm particularly passionate about pastry and leavened foods. I do research on ancient cookbooks and asking around, especially older ladies, their family recipes. Sicily, like all Italy, has an invaluable gastronomic heritage, whose recipes and preparations vary from house to house, not only between cities and provinces. This gives the palate the opportunity to enjoy the same traditional dishes with different ingredients, techniques and stories."
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