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Maurizio

Cesarina from 2023

My speciality: Pasta with almond and basil pesto

I live in: Catania

Spoken languages: Italian and English

Good to know

I offer vegetarian alternatives

Hi from Maurizio!

My main expertise lies in pasta dishes, but I don't underestimate the importance of velvety soups and meat and fish entrees. My culinary creations draw inspiration from traditional Sicilian and Calabrian recipes, reinterpreted with a modern twist. I prefer using local ingredients, so-called "zero kilometer" products, to create a unique harmony that enhances the authentic colors, fragrances, and flavors of our region. I invite you to try a pasta dish seasoned with my almond and basil pesto, or an intriguing pistachio and sun-dried tomato pesto. I also offer delightful options made with red tuna and mint; pork or beef fillet enriched with vintage vinegar and white onion cream; potato meatloaf embellished with red tuna and capers. And to sweetly conclude, I propose traditional desserts made with ricotta or pistachio cream, among many other delicacies.

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My specialities
  •  Local cured meats/cheeses with chili and fig jams
  •  Bruschettas with insalata della nonna, sun-dried tomato pâté, olives, etc
  •  Pasta with almond and basil pesto
Experiences
Reviews
5.0
4 reviews
Our evening with Maurizio and his charming sister exceeded our expectations.From the appetizers through dessert, all of the dishes were incredible. We enjoyed learning to make pasta, tiramisu and pork cutlets under the supervision of this entertaining brother and sister team. To top off the evening, Mauricio treated us by sharing his musical talent, playing our favorite Billy Joel hits on the piano. Our evening hosted by Maurizio will definitely be remembered as a highlight of our time in Catania.

Kinley Family - May 2024

I highly recommend doing this, it was so much fun. When we arrived at Chef Maurizio’s house there was a table full of antipasto and refreshments waiting for us. Did not take long for Chef Maurizio and his lovely sister to put us to work making the pasta. That’s when the fun started, there were eggshells in the dough and they started bickering, like siblings do, on who was at fault, this was so funny. I over soaked the lady finger for the tiramisu on purpose so I could get in on the bickering :) It really felt like I was at home cooking with my family. They had us laughing, slicing, dicing and drinking throughout the day. Everybody participated in the cooking and laughing. So be prepared to work and eat. But the memories will remain forever!

Antoine - May 2024

This was so much fun making authentic Italian in the chefs kitchen. Not only did we leave full and happy, but the setting was absolutely beautiful. I have to say I loved the chef, but the highlight for me was the chef’s sister. An amazing cook in her own right, and though she didn’t speak a word if English, my group had no problem deciphering her playful banter with the chef. Amazing experience. Don’t pass it up.

Tricia McKee - May 2024

It is said that the gods gave the island of Sicily to Sicilians. Maurizio cooks food for the gods. He knows the soil, the flavours and artisan products which combine to make soul food. I will definitely be back for more. Thank you for a wonderful culinary experience.

Clair - January 2024

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