Sicilian Cooking Classes in Taormina
Gian Luca was speaking to the adjacent table, when he mentions he offers Sicilian cooking classes. The patron at the table pipes up with, ‘Oh, I’d loooove to do a Sicilian cooking class.’ And I, not being shy to acknowledge I’m eavesdropping, say, ‘I would, too.’
I was very impressed with the menu as it’s organic, and you can see the kitchen from outside. While the menu is quite substantial, they always have 3-4 specials of the day based on what is fresh. So, we arrange to meet in a few days time, and I am happy to get some of my ‘to-do’ list organized.
Start of my Sicilian Cooking Class
I arrive at 9:30 and wait for the other couple in the class. In the meantime, Gian Luca brings me a traditional Sicilian Brioche with chocolate granita – think gelato, because that’s what it is. We share some conversation over the Granita and cappuccino, and wait even more. By now it’s 10:30 and the other couple appears to have bailed. On one hand it is sad because Gian Luca spent time arranging this; on the other, I have a private cooking class. We decide to wait no longer and head to the local market in Taormina to buy ingredients.
Shopping at the Local Sicilian Market in Taormina
He creates the menu of the day with what is fresh, and even he doesn’t know what he’ll make until he scours the market. A fruit vendor hands me a juicy peach, which I gobble down, and the florist wraps up a rose for me. It now appears everyone knows me, too! With five shopping bags filled, we head back to the restaurant.