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Giovanni

Cesarina from 2023

My speciality: Lemon meatballs

I live in: Palermo

Spoken languages: Italian and English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

Hi from Giovanni!

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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My specialities
  •  Fresh pasta macaroni alla norma
  •  Lemon meatballs
  •  Eggplant parmigiana
Experiences
Reviews
5.0
5 reviews
Before we even had our experience, Giovanni was super communicative….right from the start. He gave us a couple different food options, answered any questions we had, and made sure we knew how to find their location. Our family of 4 absolutely loved our time with Giovanni and Roberta. We immediately felt we were at home, so comfortable from the start. Giovanni taught us how to make homemade gnocchi and macaroni. And after hearing our 9 year old’s love for “mac n cheese” he even cooked a homemade version of that as well! We relaxed on their rooftop terrace with wine and appetizers while the pasta cooked. We all loved hearing about their Sicilian lives. Our kids got so much more out of this authentic experience than they would have from any bus or walking tour. Thank you Giovanni and Roberta!

Mary Q - July 2024

Great food, even greater people! Authentic italian cuisine, taught by a chef with years of restaurant experience. Those 3 hours will fly by!!

Thomas - May 2024

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

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