Cooking Class in Taormina With Chef Massimo

Cooking Class in Taormina With Chef Massimo

Cooking Class in Taormina With Chef Massimo
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Join Chef Massimo in Taormina as he leads you through a guided market tour in our Shop With The Chef Tour showcasing Sicily's colorful foods. After the market tour, everyone returns to the kitchen for your hands-on cooking class. Visit the fruit & vegetable vendor to find out what's in season and the fishmonger to choose the best fresh catch of the day in Taormina's historic fish market.
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  • theatermomMaryland
    99 contributions
    Learn and laugh with Massimo
    Massimo is not just a good chef, he is a great teacher. He leads his group around the local market and teaches the best way to find fresh fish, meats and vegetables. He then has a well organized menu based on the fresh ingredients from the market. We made pasta, caponata, sun dried tomato pesto and salt incrusted branzino. The whole experience was wonderful. I hope to try his recipes at home in the States.
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 26, 2020
  • Pammie667
    New York City, New York64 contributions
    SUPERB!
    We have just returned from a cooking class with Chef Massimo and what an afternoon! You meet the Chef by a gate in town and then travel to the market to select your ingredients for the meal. You then travel to a local kitchen (that overlooks the water) and you have a hands on food preparation class! We made pasta, caponata. meatballs in lemon leaves and many other dishes! Massimo is a fabulous chef and teacher. A wonderful afternoon!!! I would highly recommend taking this class.
    Written August 26, 2019
  • ecwaugh
    Edwards, Colorado164 contributions
    A wonderful and delicious cooking lesson with Chef Massimo
    My husband and I found this class online and booked with Chef Massimo. Everything was exactly what we hoped for. We started with an informative trip to the local market where Chef picked out the seafood and meat and vegetables for our class. He answered all of our questions and explained why he picked certain types of vegetables, how to tell if fish is really fresh, and many other helpful tips. My husband and I both found it fascinating and Chef Massimo's English is very good so it made it easy to follow along. He is very animated and obviously loves what he does, so it made our whole group more enthusiastic as the day went on. We then walked to the setting for our class, which was a lovely open space in a dining room of a restaurant. I walked by many other cooking classes during our 10 days in Italy, and usually everyone was crowded in a hot kitchen, but we were in a lovely open space where he set up 4 electric burners and plenty of table space. We made homemade pasta, multiple antipasti, meatballs baked in lemon leaves, calamari, and 3 different kinds of fish. Afterwards, we all sat down to enjoy our meal, along with plenty of wine. Everything was SO delicious. He made the whole experience so fun, and we would recommend this to anyone who likes to cook and loves to eat great, fresh food. Thank you Chef Massimo!
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 15, 2017
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Sheila T
New Orleans, LA4 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
What could be better than learning how to cook Sicilian food ... and then eating it?? As part of our Sicily vacation, my husband and I took a 1/2 day cooking class with Chef Massimo Tomarchio in Taormina, Sicily. Our day began with a trip to the local market that included selection of the ingredients for our meal - sea bass, squid, veal, and lots of fresh vegetables. The market tour was both fun and informative. We then walked with the chef to the kitchen in which we would prepare our lunch. From that point on, we went to work making homemade pasta, caponata, veal rolls, breaded squid, and sea bass in red sauce. It was definitely a learning experience. The chef let us do the work - but provided lots of instruction along the way. When our work was done, the chef then served us one of the best meals that we ate in Sicily - including wines from the region. Although we did not know what to expect when we signed up for this class, it turned out to be one of the highlights of our vacation. Definitely would recommend this type of cooking class for anyone who has the opportunity
Written December 29, 2014
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Storyteller705969
3 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Chef Massimo’s 9.00a - 2:30p cooking class was packed with hands-on lessons about what veggies, fish and meat to purchase and why. Chef’s passion for cooking rubbed off on all of us amateurs! We had a fabulous time cleaning and cooking the sea bass, mussels, calamari, meatballs, veggies and making the homemade pasta. The group accompanied Chef on a trip to the local market where he instructed us how to chose the seasonal produce for our menu. Additionally, when at the market, my husband saw zucchini flowers and excitedly commented how his Sicilian dad and granddad used to make them when he was a child. Chef instantaneously decided to add them to our menu! When I originally made the reservation for our class, I had mentioned to Chef that the day of our class would be my husband’s birthday. The stuffed zucchini flowers were an incredible treat!

The homemade fresh egg pasta was delicious! The sautéed veggies, fish prepared Taormina-style and secret recipe lemon leaf meatballs were out of this world! After the prep and cooking, the group sat down together at a beautiful linen dressed table with lovely plates and stemware overlooking the Ionian Sea. The amazing meal also included local delicious wines. What I didn’t know was that Chef had also stopped and bought scrumptious, fresh cannolis as a surprise for my husband’s birthday! It was a perfect, amazing event and celebration that my husband will always remember! So much fun! My 2 adult, half Sicilian sons in their 20s also participated and loved every minute! Add a day with Chef Massimo to your itinerary in Sicily!! You will be so glad that you did!!
Written July 16, 2019
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Dori2010
ocon129729 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
Massimo's class was more than how to prepare and cook the amazing produce, fish and meat of Sicily that was chosen at Mercato Centrale. It was also a lesson on how to choose the best local fish, and vegetables. After shopping we arrived at the upper floor of his restaurant and everything was "a posto". Macaroni made by hand, Caponata, Norma sauce, Cauliflower "affogato", baked calamari with bread crumbs, sauted then baked Branzino, This was one highlight of my trip. Massimo revealed to the goup the fantastic foods and cooking style of Sicily.My heritage is from Northern Italy so it was a delight to learn the cooking style of Sicily that is influenced by layers of different ethnic groups- Saracen, French, Spanish, and Sicilian.
Written October 31, 2016
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Lisa I
Long Island City, NY1 contribution
Aug 2016 • Family
Cooking with Chef Massimo was the highlight of our trip to Taormina! Our group of 8 ranged in age from 12 to 74. Chef Massimo managed to engage the entire group in an amazing cooking experience. His passion and energy are contagious. We were like family by the end of the class. After shopping for local ingredients, we had a hands on cooking lesson and later sat to enjoy our delicious fruits of our labor. Chef Massimo provided us with all the recipes and upon returning to the states I wowed my friends with a homemade Sicilian dinner! I highly recommend this class!!!
Written August 21, 2016
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Piotr W
Hamburg, Germany68 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
This was an amazing experience! Massimo has taken us first to the local market and explained more than everything about local fruits, veggies, fish and meat. How to pick those that are of good quality and will be tasty. Then we were together preparing amazing meals in a restaurant. A few dishes including Pasta Rustica, amazing Calamari, fish dish and finally Sicilian Caponata! Everythin was delicious and we have learnt many culinary tricks. Make sure to tell Massimo what you would like to cook as these classes can be tailor made! Just perfect!
Written May 21, 2015
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Julian W
Manchester, UK19 contributions
Sep 2014 • Couples
We started in Taormina market and Massimo explained the best way to buy your vegetables and what to look for and importantly what to avoid when doing so, some hints and tips which we can bring home. We were then back to the restaurant to eat what we cooked and bought. Massimo is a very nice guy and very easy going and obviously enjoys what he is doing, makes it fun for everyone and as we were only 4 in the group he was able to spend more time going through things.
We ate caponata, fried vegetables (in more oil than you would ever imagine :O)) and then breaded fish and created a tomato sauce. Sitting down to eat your own fresh pasta after slaving (well sort of) over the stove was great. Accompanied by some very nice local wine in a nice setting it was one of the most satisfying meals we had in our week.
This was a great way to spend the morning and afternoon...my only suggestion - dont have breakfast as you will have such a great lunch...Thanks Massimo!!
Written September 22, 2014
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Åsa F
Eskilstuna, Sweden5 contributions
I attended a class in Sicilian cooking at Al Melograno Restaurant in Taormina this summer and I enjoyed the class very much! It was a one day event and during the day, Massimo, the chef, covered everything from how to pick the ingredients at the local market, cleaning out fish, and making your own hand-made fresh pasta as well as some other local dishes. After we were done cooking, we sat down and enjoyed our food together with some local wine. It was awesome! Thanks Massimo!
Written August 26, 2013
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Arvid S
Oslo, Norway2 contributions
Earlier this week we attended Massimo's cooking class in Al Melograno in Taormina. We met Massimo at the restaurant at nine in the morning, had a cup of coffee and then went to the market to buy the ingredients. As Taormina is less busy in October, it was just me and a friend who attended class that day, and we got such wonderful treatment. We learnt not only Sicilian cooking, but also a lot about Sicilian culture, history and society. Massimo is a fabulous chef and a great teacher. We made fresh pasta (my first ever), Caponata and prepared fish in different ways - the one prepared with breadcrumbs was my favourite. At the end we had a fantastic meal and we got to taste different types of Sicilian wine. Delicious! And not to forget: a slice of the wonderful Sicilian Cassata cake and a good espresso rounded up the day.

Massimo and Domenico has made Al Melograno to a great restaurant just off the main street in Taormina (at the eastern gate), and I would advice everyone to have lunch or dinner at the restaurant! Or, if you have the time, go learn some good Sicilian cooking! You won't regret that!
Written October 14, 2012
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Yakoub
Kastrup, Denmark39 contributions
We cannot emphasize it enough.. Take Chef Massimo's Class!! This was amongst the greatest and most insightful experiences on our whole trip around Sicily. Prepare yourself to get blasted with pro-tips, cultural knowledge, great humor and getting hands on with different local dishes.
First off we went to the market where Massimo in a film like manner was greeted by all of the vendors, he then proceeded to explain how to choose the best products and explaining background knowledge of the local and imported ones. When we were cooking in the kitchen his flow of teaching was smooth, comprehensible, fun, energetic, generous, professional and very welcoming. My girlfriend and I have made several of the dishes since we came home and used a lot of the advice we received! Thank you chef Massimo for the great experience!! 😁
Written September 13, 2020
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Shumei
24 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
The cooking sessio started with a tripto the local market where Massimo shared with us about the local produces. Amazing knowledge
We then proceeded to the Hotel restaurant for our cooking.
The view at the venue was spectacular!!
We started with making pasta; then chop & prepared the vegetables to cook the local dishes. The 3 if us attending the cooking got to know each other; over sparkling/still water plus generous mount of wine
Massimo we most helpful; friendly & professional
We then cooked in the kitchen

We had so many dishes!!
So yummy
Totally enjoyable
Massimo has the talent to make us feel engaged & accomplished. He also made cooking so interesting
I also made friends
It was a superb experience
Thank you Massimo
Written November 26, 2019
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