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Cesarina from 2018

My speciality: Homemade pasta with swordfish, eggplant, tomatoes, mint

I live in: Reggio Calabria

Spoken languages: Italian and English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

Hi from Antonella!

In the heart of the Mediterranean, in the deep south of Italy, there is a corner of light, sea and poetry. We are in Reggio Calabria, whose waterfront offers one of the most scenic and beautiful walks on the Italian peninsula. Here, you can inhale the scents of the sea, admire the unmistakable skyline of Etna and enjoy the sunset over the Strait of Messina. Just a few steps away from the historical town center, we meet Antonella. Our Cesarina welcomes us into her cozy home that has a panoramic terrace overlooking the sea. At Antonella’s table, we can discover the typical dishes from the Calabrian tradition, which include strictly homemade pasta, such as maccheroni al ferretto. The colors and flavors come from both land and sea. There are cured meats accompanied by vegetable preserves, eggplant and other vegetables under oil and dried tomatoes. Finally, there are the desserts and liqueurs. Here, bergamot, with its unmistakable aroma, takes the spotlight, making it highly sought after.

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My specialities
  •  Tasting of: zucchini flower; salad with stockfish peppers and capers; friselle with tomatoes, olives and red onion of Tropea
  •  Homemade pasta with swordfish, eggplant, tomatoes, mint
  •  Swordfish rolls
15 reviews
Our time spent with Antonella and her family was priceless to us siblings. It was our first time to our heritage roots. To eat and watch her make our local regional food and receive and education in the process was worth it all. We highly recommend this experience if you are going to Reggio Calabria.

Judy, Randy, Paulette - April 2024

Our evening with Cesarina Antonella was everything we hoped for and more. We received a warm welcome to her home. She truly went to great lengths to give us an authentic food experience, with each ingredient selected regionally- keeping with what people directly from Reggio Calabria would come to expect. There were so many dishes and courses we could not count. Everything was made by hand and was of exquisite taste. She even accommodated for my wife’s vegan vegetarian diet. Conversation was fun and we learned more about the city than we could have possibly gotten from a tour. This was truly a special night and one we will never forget!

Jamie & Susan - March 2024

My friend and I booked a cooking class with Antonella and it was amazing. Not only is she very knowledgeable and excellent at engaging and including us in the cooking process, but her warmth and generosity was amazing. We cooked, we shared stories, we laughed, and we sat down and shared our meal together. It was definitely a family type experience, and one I will cherish for the remainder of my life.

Tricia - November 2023

Incredible! Best cooking course I've ever done. Antonella and her family were very welcoming and provided my partner and I will an evening full of pasta and passion. She was very patient and a wonderful teacher. We opted for the course that focused on colouring pasta with natural dyes and I'm glad we did. It was very unique and creative, I never thought we cold make ravioli roses but we did. She truly went above and beyond to provide us with a memorable experience. The evening finished with the whole family and us sitting down, sharing stories, laughs and eating a pasta feast. Cannot recommend this experience enough. Nick and Elly from Australia.

Nick - October 2023

Learned so much in a warm and inviting home. The food was amazing and Antonella was patient with all of our family members with various cooking levels of experience.

Nicole M - September 2023

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