Sicilian cooking class

WHEN 

Villa Britannia events – Food club organises our Sicilian Cooking  class any date from  Monday- Sunday .

STARTS

Morning classes at  11.00 am – 15.00 ( approximate you can stay however long you wish)

Afternoon Classes at : 17.30 pm (advised  in July -August ) 

On a normal bases we create small private groups so we don’t get too over crowded and we enjoy each others company .and giving a one to one experience.

PRICES  

Prices  Adults range from 90 – 130 euros per person

Depends on selected menu and number of people per class

Prices for children 6  –  15 age  : 40-70 euros per person

** LARGE PRIVATE GROUPS :  Maximum capacity is 30 people   please contact us for the best rate and full details.

 

 

INCLUDES  

  • 1.30- 2.00   hour class  with our chef
  • Aperitif  with finger food tasting with local cheeses and our Sicilian  preserves.
  • 4 course Lunch combined with generous amounts  of Sicilian wine and homemade Mandarinetto , coffee/tea.
  • Recipes and procedures of each dish
  • Villa Britannia Apron for each participant

BOOKING  

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INFO 

Our chef will show you how to make 3 different Sicilian dishes using only what Sicily offers best .

Each dish is prepared from scratch and our aim to express our love for simply Sicilian food , looking at its history and explosive flavours . Also looking into the ingredient which is  key to great   cooking so we use only local sourcing and farming   which is priority . 

Once we have completed  our 3 different  dishes , enjoy  Villa Britannias atmosphere , our staff will serve you the lunch and explain to you what wines and oils  are combined with your Sicilian lunch which you helped prepare .

 

THE DAY


The chef  will demonstrate and you will help prepare a 3  course
Sicilian dishes  . Time out Dolce Vita Aperitivo Drink served with finger food . 

 The 4  course meal   will be served to you on Villa Britannia terrace accompanied by DOC Sicilian  Wines (red & white) – Home made Mandarinetto & Coffee. 

MENU EXAMPLES

STARTER
 Aubergine Balls   “Polpette di Melanzana ” 
Sicilian  Orange salad  with shrimps
Summer Sicilian vegetable Medley  “La Caponata Siciliana ”  
Aubergine layered cake   ” Parimgiana alla Siciliana      

FIRST COURSE 
Home made Pasta alla norma ” Maccheroni di casa alla Norma  ”  
 Bucatini  with Sicilian Anchovy sauce “I bucatini con sarde alla palermitana “

Broad bean and Wild fennel Pasta – “Maccu di Fave”

Timballo alla Siciliana – Pasta bake 

 Classic Sunday lunch Sicilian  lasagna  * The pasta will be handmade and made at the class  with Semola Flour di Grano Duro – Only Sicilian flour is used. 

 SECOND COURSE
Swordfish rolls ” involtini di Pesce spada” –   Tuna alla Sicliana (cooked in humid with onions & mint )

Calamari Ripieni – Filled Squid cooked in white wine alla Messinese Veal rolls “Involtini di vitello  ”  

Lemon leaf Meatballs – “polpette di limone “

** Vegetarian option is always available on request

DESSERT
(These will not be made throughout the class )
“Foglie da the ” – Traditional Sicilian Almond or Pistacchio  biscuits from Zafferana Etnea  –

 “Cannolicchi “- Mini Siclian Ricotta Cannoli –
Sicilian Biscotti –
Sorbetto al Limone  Lemon Sorbet  & Homemade Ice cream

REVIEWS FROM TRIP ADVISOR
“Fun – Sicilian style!”

On a recent trip to Sicily we found that a number of family members and friends were to be in Taormina at the same time so my son organised cooking class at Villa Britannia.

What can I say – one of the most memorable days of our 4 week European trip comprising an amazing cooking experience with equally amazing eating experience and impromptu piano recital led by a very capable master and far less capable, but appropriately primed novice – rock and roll will never be the same!!

The whole experience was topped off by the best restaurant recommendations in Taormina from the masters of food and fun at Villa Britannia. Cant recommend highly enough.

Thanks for such an incredible experience – hope to do it again sometime.

“You won’t regret it – fabulous hosts and charming home with Sicilian culture”

If you want to immerse yourself into the Sicilian culture this is a must. Louisa, her husband Marco, (and their almost newborn) and chef Pippo couldn’t have been nicer or more entertaining. We were there for dinner. Pippo, who was funny and willing to overlook our inexperience, was a great teacher. Louisa answered all our questions and gave a great primer on Sicilian food and culture. We were there with 2 couples, friends and relatives. Wine was flowing early, or liquor if you chose, and the class was terrific and fun. After helping Pippo and Louisa prepare our meals, we sat down on a beautiful porch and were served. It was the best food we had on our trip. Prosecco, wine and Limoncello was non-stop. We were there in September 2016, so we discussed US and Italian politics with Marco. Needless to say it was lively and fun. When it was time to go, Marco lead us to a point where we wouldn’t get lost in Taormina. Overall, it is a must do if you are there. And, we thought the price was inexpensive for what you got and to have such a great experience. We are also preparing pasta at home as we did with Louisa and Pippo! Louisa also recommended a winery on the foothills of Mt. Etna (Barone di Villa Grande). Wow! We highly recommend that, too.

“Fabulous cookery morning followed by a wonderful lunch”

A fantastic morning of authentic Sicilian home cookery. Louisa is infectious with her genuine love and enthusiasm for Sicilian cuisine. We immediately made to feel welcome by Louisa, Marco and Pepe. Their home imbued a wealth of warmth and friendship. Don’t hesitate to book this wonderful cookery class. Gargantuan amounts of food paired with delicious wines of the region.

“Truly memorable experience ”

This cooking class was the highlight of our trip. Having tried so much wonderful food during our time in Sicily, it was great to turn our hand to learning how to make some of the dishes.

Louisa and Marco are fantastic teachers of Sicilian cuisine and wine; we enjoyed the historical anecdotes and appreciated their tips for adapting the dishes to the produce that we are able to source at home.

Chef Pippo is excellent with his explanations of the different techniques involved in making the pasta, rolling the swordfish rolls and stuffing the anchovies. We’ll certainly be trying these out again at home.

To top off a fun afternoon, it was a real treat to have our meal on the terrace after the sun had gone down. The delicious food
was accompanied by excellent Sicilian wines and a lovely local limoncello.

The whole experience was fantastic and we can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who likes good food and wine. We just wish we could take the delicious Italian tomatoes back to the UK!

“Best cooking class and lunch expeience”

Louisa hosted our traveling group of 23 last week for a cooking class and fabulous lunch with live music. It was the best hands on experience I’ve had with a cooking class and I give my highest recommendation. I hope to visit again!

“Fabulous, fun cookery class and dinner”

We were lucky enough to book in to a cookery class at Villa Britannia earlier this month. I’d arranged it as a surprise treat for my partner, Rob. I’m so glad we didn’t miss this great opportunity, which is also great value. Louisa and Marco, who run Villa Britannia, are so helpful and are all round great hosts. Classes can vary in size, I believe, but in our case there were 4 of us learning with Louisa and chef Peppo (sp?).
Louisa speaks fluent English, and keeps all the conversation and directions clear and inclusive (for those who don’t speak Italian, like us). We had great fun making starters, pasta, sauces and various fish dishes. After a few hours laughing and cooking in the kitchen, we moved on to eating and drinking and socialising with our cookery classmates as well as other guests. It was a real highlight of our time in Sicily and very memorable. Thank you Louisa, Marco and Peppo for your generosity with the wine and for such a great night. Amanda and Rob xx

“Relaxed, friendly and very tasty”

We signed up for this cooking class during our excellent stay at the Villa Britannia. It was not to be missed. Pipo was our master-class chef, ably assisted by Louisa. Pipo’s style along with the great tips and tricks he taught us were shown in such an easy manner. The resulting food was probably the best meal we had during our entire holiday in Sicily. The vino was plentiful and it was a superb evening in. We would most definitely do this again once we revisit Taormina and would highly recommend it to anyone visiting this town.

“Taormina Cooking Class”

I highly recommend the Villa Britannia cooking class!! We learned how to prepare regional dishes and how to recreate them when we are back in the US. The class was interactive and intimate, in a beautiful setting! The food was sensational and the paired wines perfectly chosen. We will definitely do this again during our next trip to Taormina, Sicily!!

“Perfect Sicilian Night!”

My husband and I ended up with a private class with Louisa and Chef Pippo. Both were so lovely and fun to learn from. Cooking at Villa Britannia feels just like you are in a friend’s home thanks to the environment that Louisa and her family have created. This was definitely a major highlight of our trip!

“Cooking Class in a Relaxing Villa”

My wife and I had a great time at the cooking class learning about and helping prepare several traditional Sicilian dishes. By coincidence we were the only two taking the class so it really turned into a private lesson. The host Louisa was great in explaining what we were cooking while giving some history in Sicilian food and culture. Being able to attend a class in their villa is fantastic as you are able to relax while you are eating just as if you were at home. Plenty of food, plenty of wine, and overall a great experience.

“Fantastic Experience!”

My husband and I were lucky enough to have the lesson with just Louisa and Chef! And were lucky enough to meet Louisa’s partner and father. It was a fantastic experience and we learnt so much that we have already tried the recipes at home! If anyone is looking for authentic Sicilian food, this is the place to be. Highly recommended!!!

“Amazing local experience”

Absolutely brilliant day!! We had a group of 9 people and everyone absolutely loved the course. Louisa and Marco welcome you into their home, an amazing Sicilian villa, and host a truly authentic Italian cooking experience. Could not recommend the class more highly, guaranteed to have an enjoyable and memorable da

“The BEST Cookery class””

Fantastic course. Just myself and my husband and another couple. Lovely location and very knowledgeable chef. Prepared our own meal including fresh macaroni, then enjoyed this on the terrace accompanied by wines and limoncello. Louisa was a great host. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it!

“A true Sicilian Culinary experience! Bravo!”

My travelling companion and I spent half the day cooking, eating and drinking with Louisa, Pancrazio and Marco. We were truly at home in this beautiful private villa and lovely kitchen. The dishes we requested were all prepared as well as others….so much food, we couldn’t eat it all! ( leftovers were sent with us to go) We had regional wines and liqueurs paired with the dishes as well. I will be returning and bringing friends….
All in all , this is a worth while activity that is both delicious and entertaining.
If your lucky, you might even get to meet Louisa’s Dad….

“Amazing culinary experience!”

We had such a fantastic time cooking and learning about locally grown produce! Louisa was both informative and simply a lovely and genuine person, the chef was also fantastic in demonstrating preparation techniques!
I highly recommend this to any food and wine lover, even if you don’t particularly like cooking, it doesn’t matter as the eating and drinking at the end is fabulous! A great experience and I’ll be sure to book again when I’m next in Italy! Thank you for your warmth and hospitality!!!

“A Perfect Day!”

We spent a wonderful day with Louisa, Marco, and Pancrazio (or to us “chef”) making arancini, eggplant stuffed with spaghetti and fresh tomato sauce, and pork involtini. It was like hanging out at a friend’s home preparing dinner. Chef spoke no English so Louisa translated as we prepared. There were 6 in our family visiting that day and the meal we created has been a highlight of our visit to Sicily.<

“A wonderful experience in a beautiful place”

We did this cooking class based on a recommendation from our airbnb host and it was fantastic. Louisa is just beautiful, she made us feel so welcome in her lovely B&B and she has such a lovely manner it was a pleasure just to talk to her. We had only 3 people in our group which was the perfect size for a hands on experience. Our chef was charming, he did not speak english but at no time was this a problem with Louise interpreting along the way. Marco helped out with the wine and a chat and he was also quite charming. After cooking, we enjoyed our personally prepared meal on the terrace with Marco keeping us supplied with wine to accompany each course. Overall it was a pretty perfect day.

“A Great Cooking Experience”

We had a fantastic day cooking at the beautiful villa Britannia. Who knew cooking could be so relaxing. Louisa ,Marco and the chief made the experience interesting and fun and informative. The food and wine was delicious and the limoncello my favourite of all. I would love to go back to Sicily and have another cookery lesson. Thank you Louisa.

“JUST FANTASTIC”

Louisa is a beautiful person inside and out. She has created a little piece of Sicilian paradise and she radiates something very special that I can’t quite define. We felt at home from the moment we stepped into her quirky, fun, but stylish B&B. It takes someone very special to create something so fantastic. We loved our cookery and then ate our lunch on her terrace.The rest of the day is a bit of a fog after all the wine and her homemade Limoncello – you MUST buy some to take home. If you have a reasonable amount of time in Taormina, this is an essential thing to do. Don’t waste time going to the market with other tutors. The market is a bit of a let-down in Taormina. Let Louisa welcome you with her huge smile and get stuck right in. You couldn’t possibly regret it.

“Unforgettable!!”

Would definitely recommend this cooking and food tasting experience to those visiting Sicily/Taormina. It’s a lovely setting, very Sicilian. The food we made was amazing and I will definitely be trying these recipes at home. I attended solo, the hosts were very welcoming, this day is suitable for anyone of any cooking ability

“Villa Britannia”

This was fun, authentic, easy going, and yummy! Louisa is a superb hostess and the property is charming and unique with beautiful, calming views – you can see the ocean from the kitchen! Class size is limited, making for an intimate and personal experience. I highly recommend this cooking class. We took our 6 year old daughter and she had a blast. They graciously welcomed our 19 month old when we made the reservation, but thankfully I was able to put him in the local ludoteca/day care (the name is Wonderland which I highly recommend as well). Bon appetito!

“A MUST DO IN TAORMINA””

An incredible Sicilian food experience and a must do whilst in Taormina. Louisa and Marco welcome you into their beautiful villa for a hands on lesson with Louisa and chef, followed by the most amazing meal you will have in Italy. Not to be missed!
Reviewed by Eliza pro July 2016

“”GREAT COOKING CLASS “”

A wonderful introduction to Sicilian cooking. Luisa, the hostess together with her husband and excellent chef made the course both fun and instructive. I will be trying the recipes at home! This should be on everybody’s list of things to do in Taominia.
Reviewed world travel pro July 2016

“FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE”

My husband and I were lucky enough to have the lesson with just Louisa and Chef! And were lucky enough to meet Louisa’s partner and father. It was a fantastic experience and we learnt so much that we have already tried the receipes at home! If anyone is looking for authentic Sicilian food, this is the place to be. Highly recommended!!!
Reviewed Jessica 2016

“AMAZING LOCAL EXPERIENCE”

Absolutely brilliant day!! We had a group of 9 people and everyone absolutely loved the course. Louisa and Marco welcome you into their home, an amazing Sicilian villa, and host a truly authentic Italian cooking experience. Could not recommend the class more highly, guaranteed to have an enjoyable and memorable day.

Reviewed Charles R July 2016

“FANTASTIC

Fantastic course. Just myself and my husband and another couple. Lovely location and very knowledgeable chef. Prepared our own meal including fresh macaroni, then enjoyed this on the terrace accompanied by wines and limoncello. Louisa was a great host. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it!
Reviewed by LM227 July 2016

 

 

 

“A true Sicilian Culinary experience “bravo “

My travelling companion and I spent half the day cooking, eating and drinking with Louisa, Pancrazio and Marco. We were truly at home in this beautiful private villa and lovely kitchen. The dishes we requested were all prepared as well as others….so much food, we couldn’t eat it all! ( leftovers were sent with us to go) We had regional wines and liqueurs paired with the dishes as well. I will be returning and bringing friends….
All in all , this is a worth while activity that is both delicious and entertaining.
If your lucky, you might even get to meet Louisa’s Dad….

Natalina from Canada Italian cooking school Toronto June 2016 Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina

“Amazing Culinary experience “

We had such a fantastic time cooking and learning about locally grown produce! Louisa was both informative and simply a lovely and genuine person, the chef was also fantastic in demonstrating preparation techniques!
I highly recommend this to any food and wine lover, even if you don’t particularly like cooking, it doesn’t matter as the eating and drinking at the end is fabulous! A great experience and I’ll be sure to book again when I’m next in Italy! Thank you for your warmth and hospitality!!!

Michelle and Beth Australia June 2016 Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina

“A perfect day “

We spent a wonderful day with Louisa, Marco, and Pancrazio (or to us “chef”) making arancini, eggplant stuffed with spaghetti and fresh tomato sauce, and pork involtini. It was like hanging out at a friend’s home preparing dinner. Chef spoke no English so Louisa translated as we prepared. There were 6 in our family visiting that day and the meal we created has been a highlight of our visit to Sicily.

Marco paired lovely wines with our meal and topped it off with cannoli, fresh cherries and mandocello. Exquisite! This experience is worth every penny!
Maria Australia June 2016 Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina

” A wonderful experience in a beautiful place “

We did this cooking class based on a recommendation from our airbnb host and it was fantastic. Louisa is just beautiful, she made us feel so welcome in her lovely B&B and she has such a lovely manner it was a pleasure just to talk to her. We had only 3 people in our group which was the perfect size for a hands on experience. Our chef was charming, he did not speak english but at no time was this a problem with Louise interpreting along the way. Marco helped out with the wine and a chat and he was also quite charming. After cooking, we enjoyed our personally prepared meal on the terrace with Marco keeping us supplied with wine to accompany each course. Overall it was a pretty perfect day.
Susan and Husband Australia June 2016 Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina

” A great cooking experience “

We had a fantastic day cooking at the beautiful villa Britannia. Who knew cooking could be so relaxing. Louisa ,Marco and the chief made the experience interesting and fun and informative. The food and wine was delicious and the limoncello my favourite of all. I would love to go back to Sicily and have another cookery lesson. Thank you Louisa.

” JUST FANTASTIC !”

Louisa is a beautiful person inside and out. She has created a little piece of Sicilian paradise and she radiates something very special that I can’t quite define. We felt at home from the moment we stepped into her quirky, fun, but stylish B&B. It takes someone very special to create something so fantastic. We loved our cookery and then ate our lunch on her terrace.The rest of the day is a bit of a fog after all the wine and her homemade Limoncello – you MUST buy some to take home. If you have a reasonable amount of time in Taormina, this is an essential thing to do. Don’t waste time going to the market with other tutors. The market is a bit of a let-down in Taormina. Let Louisa welcome you with her huge smile and get stuck right in. You couldn’t possibly regret it.

Donna Surrey – May 2016 Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina

” Amazing !!”

Would definitely recommend this cooking and food tasting experience to those visiting Sicily/Taormina. It’s a lovely setting, very Sicilian.
The food we made was amazing and I will definitely be trying these recipes at home.
I attended solo, the hosts were very welcoming, this day is suitable for anyone of any cooking ability

Rebecca Uk  – May 2016 Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina

“Unforgettable ”

This was fun, authentic, easy going, and yummy! Louisa is a superb hostess and the property is charming and unique with beautiful, calming views – you can see the ocean from the kitchen! Class size is limited, making for an intimate and personal experience. I highly recommend this cooking class. We took our 6 year old daughter and she had a blast. They graciously welcomed our 19 month old when we made the reservation, but thankfully I was able to put him in the local ludoteca/day care (the name is Wonderland which I highly recommend as well). Bon appetito!

Amy and Family November 2015 from Carolina –  Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina 
“Awesome”

If you are interested in understanding what makes Sicilian food so good you need to treat yourself to this cooking class. Louisa, the proprietor, is a lovely English/Sicilian young woman that translates while the Italian chef directs the show.

How authentic is it? Chef uses his grandmothers pasta tools to make macaroni. He estimated they were 100 years old.

The food was Sicilian simple and authentic. The wine was plentiful and wonderfully paired with the food.
Brian and Family Colorado October –Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina October 2015

“What a wonderful experience”

Our travel agent booked this cooking class for us and we didn’t know what to expect. It turned out to be one of the best experiences of our entire trip. The location is magical, high in the hills of Taormina. The chef is funny and entertaining. The food is an extraordinary experience. Best we’ve had in a long time. Louisa is warm and welcoming. Thank you for sharing your home with us. We loved it.
Family Glendale California –Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class TaorminaAugust  2015

“Magical cooking experience in Taormina”

Six of us had a cooking class two days ago at Villa Britannia and it was fabulous!!!
Louisa, Marco, the chef and Louisa’s father made for a wonderful and fun cooking experience for us all! The food and drink were great and the setting magical. I would recommend it to everyone!

Gail & Family USAVilla Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina October 2015

“Highlight of our Trip !!”

Our family (8 of us) scheduled a cooking class at Villa Britannia during our visit to Taormina. What a wonderful experience! Luisa is such a wonderful hostess. Carmello is such a great instructor full of knowledge and humor. The Villa and view are breathtaking and come with great family stories from Luisa. We were made to feel right at home and had the best meal of our entire trip! This was truly the highlight of our vacation..

Baton Rouge Lousianna –Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class Taormina March 2015

“Fun , Relaxing and beautiful !!”

Our stay at the Villa Britannia & the cooking class were by far the high point of our visit to Sicily.
Amjox USA –Villa Britannia Sicilian cooking class TaorminaFebruary 2015

” Experience the full Italian Experience!!”

I booked my three daughters and I into the class for the last day we were in Taormina. I wanted them to experience a taste of the real Italian life that you would have in someone’s home – and we were not disappointed. We were greeted warmly by Louisa and allowed to linger and be ourselves. It helps too that Louisa has perfect English and Italian Most of the ingredients came from the Chef’s home garden, as they would in any home, and our chef Carmello was indeed a charmer, an experienced world traveler and a real Italian gent. The class and laughter flowed whilst the lesson progressed and everyone was given preparation tasks to help out. We did learn many things whilst the class was underway and helped at every step. Apertifs are served in the parlour and then lunch is served on the lovely balcony overlooking the amazing calm view of the Med. We shared a class with a lovely young couple from England and it was great for the girls to mix with other cultures. We drank lovely local wines and ate waaay too much (as you do) and stumbled home. We were given the recipes on return home – via email – and have been re living our wonderful experience. Thanks so much and hope to see you again one day I love doing this sort of thing as it makes you really feel like you have been and lived in that country for just a little while

Homefood Co. Australia Villa Britannia Cooking class Taormina  September  2014

” Absolutely Wonderful Experience !!”

We booked in advance to take part in one of Villa Britannia‘s cooking courses on the first full day of our honeymoon. We had decided we would like to do a Sicilian cooking course while we were there and researched in advance to find the best one. The positive reviews on TripAdvisor and the information on Villa Britannia‘s own website helped us make up our mind and we organised it all via email with Louisa who was very helpful. We were staying in Taormina and Villa Britannia was a 20 minute walk from our hotel and a 10 – 15 minute walk from the main street of Taormina (Corso Umberto). We found it quite easily following Louisa’s instructions, so we thought the location was good, especially when we saw the view from the terrace. We had been put in a group with some lovely Australian ladies and we all got on well which was nice, Carmelo and Louisa were also wonderful people and under Carmelo’s instruction we all helped to prepare a four course meal consisting of prawns in an olive oil and lemon juice marinade on toasted bread, vegetable lasagna, veal rolls with bean salad, and crepes with a citrus sauce, all made with fresh ingredients all from Carmelo’s own garden. We were all able to get involved in every part of the preparation of the meal and learned a lot, making everything from scratch and using traditional methods. The class didn’t feel commercialised at all and was just like we had been invited into their home to help make and eat a lovely meal. After everything was all prepared and in the oven we went out on to the terrace to enjoy some drinks, and then were served our 4 course authentic Sicilian meal! This was the only day of our honeymoon where we actually managed to eat a full 4 course meal (my husband even had seconds of the lasagna!) and it was definitely worth it! We also got to sample local wines and limoncello and mandarinetto made by Louisa herself I believe. Louisa also very helpfully suggested things to do and restaurants to eat at in Taormina for the rest of our honeymoon, although no other quite meal matched up to our Villa Britannia feast! All in all we had a wonderful experience that we will never forget, we are so glad that we did our research and chose Villa Britannia, and Louisa has promised to send us the recipes for the meal we made so we are very much looking forward to giving it all a go ourselves now we are home. Thank you so much to Carmelo and Louisa!
By Beth & Husband UK  Villa Britannia Cooking class  Taormina July  2014

“Best Sicilian Cooking Class !”

Our family of 13 including 2 teens and 3 children) had a most memorable experience at Villa Britannia with Louisa and Chef Carmelo.They graciously allowed all of us to participated in the food preparation.Our children were introduced to new tastes and can’t wait to take out the pasta machine and begin making their own pasta!This was truly an experience of Sicillian hospitality as well as the best in food preparation that we could hope for.The connection to our heritage (we are part Sicilian) was most valuable .We learned more than food preparation.We experienced the true Sicilian culture.Being in this beautiful setting ,using fresh ingredients from both Chef Carmelo and Louisa’s garden and learning food preparation from a Master was most memorable.. We count it as the best meal we had in our week in SicilyNot only did we learn much but we got to enjoy an unforgettable 4 course meal complete with an amazing aperitif that Chef Carmelo prepared as we watched.We were even treated to and Louisa’s dad’s homemade limoncello and mandarincello.We can”t wait to recreate this amazing meal for our friends and family at home. Do not miss this opportunity when in Taormina.

By Joanne New York USA Villa Britannia Cooking Class Taormina July 2014

” Sicilian Cooking at its finest !!”

Our family of nine (their largest group to date), spent a wonderfully enjoyable day with Luisa and chef Carmello at Villa Britannia! The hands on experience and wonderfully relaxed atmosphere was more than we ever dreamt of. Great recipes, fresh ingredients direct from Carmello’s garden. One of the best days of our 13 day vacation. We would highly recommend taking a day off of touring to experience this delightful day.

By Palatine Illnois USA Villa Britannia Cooking Class  Taormina May 2014

“Perfect way to spend a day in Taormina!!”

My wife booked us into a cooking class at Villa Britannia. I had high expectations because of previous classes especially Mama Agata in Ravello. I needn’t have worried, we were invited into a world of simple Sicilian hospitality. It was wonderful to be invited into Louisa’s home and to be bossed around in the kitchen by Chef Carmello and even though he was visibly suffering with Sciatica, still managed to pass on his obvious love of cooking. It was a fabulous day and even more enjoyable by the arrival of Louisa’s father Niño who plied us with offers of Cuban cigars and Mandalincino! The food, the wine and atmosphere – Bellisimo

By Andrafella Austria Villa Britannia Cooking Class Taormina MAY 2014

” Classic and Lovely !!”

Perched on a hillside with lovely views and kitchen garden, this class was as much about history and tradition, as it was about local cuisine and technique. The chef, talented with much attention to detail, helped us to create a multi-course meal that was delicious and easily adapts to my home kitchen! Louisa, the gracious owner and hostess, was delightful in her enthusiasm of the cuisine as well as insights to Taormina and surroundings. Topped off with her dad’s homemade limoncello, an end to a perfect day!

BY Lywinner New York USA Villa Britannia Cooking Class  Taormina May 2014

This one tops the charts”

Best adventure I ever had on vacation, certainly the best food, and most charming hosts. The chef Carmelo cooked a complex three course feast. A numero uno apperitif (wow), marinated anchovies and prawns, lasagna with made from scratch pasta, sea bass & swordfish, and six layer cherry cake with only garden fresh, mouth watering ingredients. Wow, wow, wow. Everything was totally delicious. Louisa our host is utterly charming and her Dad is a sweetie. Everyone speaks perfect English and probably several other languages. The kitchen is top shelf and the house is a work of art. We ate outside with a spectacular view of the ocean. Worth every penny. Unforgettable experience.

BY JHAVAND CHICAGO Villa Britannia Cooking Class Taormina September  2013

“Our Favorite Thing We Did in Sicily!!”

My family and I wanted to take a cooking class while in Sicily and found this one through Trip Advisor. Villa Britannia is a beautiful villa with friendly gracious hosts. Louisa was a pleasure to work with from the moment I started inquiring about the class. This was by far our favorite experience while in Sicily and the best meal we had while we were in the country! If you are thinking about doing a cooking class you MUST choose Villa Britannia! The class size is smaller than most others and there is plenty of hands on experience in the kitchen. Carmelo doesn’t believe in using machines in the kitchen and so you really get to learn how to make everything from scratch!

BY EUGENE OREGAN AUGUST Villa Britannia Cooking Class TAORMINA 2013

“A most memorable meal in Sicily “

We had a wonderful experience at the Villa Brittania Cooking Class in Taormina Sicily. Louisa has a beautiful villa in heavenly Taormina where she hosts Sicilian cooking classes under the direction of Chef Carmelo. Everything is made with fresh local ingredients and the menu was authentic and original. After we assisted with the preparation we had the pleasure of eating our seafood salad, swordfish involtini, risotto and cassata on the terrace surrounded by the garden. We laughed, ate and enjoyed. Highly recommended.

BY WALLENS NEW YORK – Villa Britannia Cooking Class TAORMINA 2013

“Wonderful! Fabulous food & Sicilian Charm!”

with Louisa. What a wonderful surprise. Louisa is a beautiful hostess, the Villa is so pretty with wonderful views. Carmelo, the handsome, extremely talented professional chef provided us with a full menu, and a hands on experience. He was definitely in charge of his kitchen, but encouraged our participation. There were four of us cooking. After 2.5 hours of cooking we sat on the terrace and thoroughly enjoyed the food prepared. Fresh seafood salad, risotto, swordfish rolls, fabulous dessert and wine to share! We spent 6 hours having a wonderful time, in a beautiful place with very charming people. I can’t say enough good things about this experience. Thank you Louisa & Carmello….and your charming father.

BY CAM220 KANSAS Villa Britannia Cooking Class TAORMINA AUGUST 2013

“Cooking with U-Boss: Un’ultima piacere! (Greatest pleasure!) “

Searching TripAdvisor for a cooking class in Taormina, I was drawn to Villa Britannia’s cooking class web site by Carmelo’s self-proclaimed nickname: U-Boss. Being Sicilian-American, I knew that anyone who uses “u” for the Italian “il” has to be authentic. And what a great pleasure and honor it was to be working at the side of such a skilled (very handsome, too!) chef as Carmelo.The Villa is located high above a quiet residential street. Entrance and paths leading up to the Villa explode with flowers, trees, palm plants. Waiting at the top, lovely Luisa offers a warm welcome and a tour of the Villa, which offers vacation rentals. Luisa, a Brit-Sicilian, owner and manager, and charming Carmelo are a fantastic team. Luisa had graciously encouraged my solo attendance; and what a nice surprise to see a last-minute participant appear. Brad–and American, in-between university graduation and continued studies abroad–added his delightful, youthful savvy and skill to the event.Carmelo runs an efficient kitchen, from menus and needed ingredients listed on a chalkboard, to day-before prep or more involved recipe steps, such as sponge cake and a bagna (reduced fruit syrup for the cassata). We marvel at his genial take-charge manner, yet he’s patient and amenable to our eagerness for hands-on experience. Every ingredient is fresh; and no effort is spared to demonstrate a from-scratch approach, while his commentary and technique reflect over 50 years’ experience. Shellfish, squid, fresh anchovies (not the salty tinned ones) and other fish soon become either a marinated appetizer bruschetta; chopped filling for savory spiedini (skewered swordfish rolls); or a palate-swooning seafood risotto. We behead/de-gut anchovies; pound swordfish cuts into flat medallions; grate cheese, stale bread; chop garlic, prawns, tomato, basil for a filling; chop chocolate and whip cream and ricotta to fill and cover 5 sponge cake layers. Meanwhile, to assuage our eager taste buds, Carmelo stirs up apertivo of orange-y Aperol, bitter campari, red & white vermouths, orange & lemon juice, chopped fresh cherries. Cin-Cin! Out on the deck overlooking a blue sea and Taormina, a lovely table setting with red, white wines sets the tone for our sumptuous lunch, topped off by a magnificent Sicilian cassata (cake) and mandarinetto liqueur Superba! Squisita! Meravigliosa!

BY PRESCOTT  ARIZONA – Villa Britannia Cooking Class TAORMINA 2012

“Fabulous Cooking Class”

Fabulous cooking class conducted by Chef Carmelo U Boss and his able assistant and the owner of Villa Britannia, Luisa.  Chef had assembled the ingredients the day before and he insists on fresh vegetables from his own garden and the freshness shows through. Many years of experience in London, Sydney & Adelaide hotels and restaurants is evident in his professional approach.. Chef gave four of us a great lesson in Sicilian cooking and we consumed the spoils on a terrace overlooking the beautiful blue sea off Taormina. Red and white local wines selected by our chef accompanied our beautiful meal and a point to note, our chef is a Sommelier and so his selections were excellent. This venue only conducts two lessons per week and we arrived at 10:00 AM, had lunch at 1:00 PM and finally departed in our two Smart Cars at 4:00 PM.  A wonderful day with great cooking tips, a wonderful meal and a gracious host and hostess.

BY JOHN PERTH AUSTRALIA- Villa Britannia Cooking Class TAORMINA 2012

“Fabulous”

Our experience with Chef Carmelo and Luisa was fabulous. Chef was so gracious and patient in educating our party and really grateful for his sense of humor. Every step of the way through the preparation of the meal he explained the why and how-to of using fresh ingredients and bringing out the natural flavors in each dish. We were served the meal on the terrace in grand style. An unforgettable experience! Luisa was most hospitable and made us feel right at home, Villa Brittania is a lovely B&B and I was disappointed we had not considered staying there while in Taormina.  We received all the recipes as promised and are excited to recreate our unforgettable meal. Thank you both!

Ajwrd 07 PA- Villa Britannia Cooking Class  TAORMINA 2012

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