Giuliana Nocera Cooking Lesson Palermo

Cooking Lesson Palermo

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Come in our kitchen and enjoy a hands-on cooking class followed by a wonderful full course meal. Join a unique cooking classes in Palermo and discover the secrets of our traditional cuisine. You will learn how to cook some of authentic and Sicilian typical dishes (pasta al forno, sarde a beccafico, arancine, pasta con le sarde, involtini di pesce spada, cannoli, cassata and much more).

And also you will learn how to make the authentic Sicilian Limoncello made following a traditional recipe and method. The lemons we will use are: Femminello, Lunario, and Verdello that we grow in our farm nearby the Natural Park of Nebrodi, in front of the Eolian Isles.



The Chef uses only naturally raised lemons from her garden that blossom and bloom four times per year.

We start off the class with an informal discussion on the history behind the lemons and how they made their way to the area. Then it is hands-on, where you will peel, mix and make the famous lemon liqueur. And at the end you will take away a bottle with you!

We start with a walking tour around the most beautiful Market, where chef Patricia or Giuliana will give you plenty of tips on picking local, seasonal products.

They will go to visit together with you the fruit & vegetable vendor to find out what’s in season and the fishmonger to choose the best fresh catch of the day in Palermo’s historic fish market. You will pick up the ingredients for your hands-on cooking class while learning about the local in-season products, Patricia and Giuliana’s family traditional recipes. Their main inspiration is based on the roots of a familiar cooking tradition, mother and grand mother excellent cooks, improved by the experience, the study, but most of all because of passion!

Along the way going back home you will pass through the most beautiful historical area of the city, rich of monuments and beauty, before arriving in our charming home nearby the old market Vucciria, where you will continue your cooking experience and you will end your day adventure enjoying the food you have prepared in a friendly and casual atmosphere!!

Each hands-on cooking class includes the preparation of a full Sicilian menu including a typical Sicilian dessert. Lunch or dinner follow featuring the foods prepared in class and are accompanied by a selection of very good local Sicilian wines, dessert included.

Our Sicilian cooking course is set in an elegant setting with an experienced chef with a wider experience about the sicilian world of wines, of sicilian culture and history.

You will discover what makes Sicilian cuisine different: the food, certainly, but there's much much more... Take home the taste of Sicily! Don't miss out!

We offer cooking classes for individuals and groups, also private groups, and team-building workshops for companies.

Cooking Class and Market Tours are available Monday to Sundays, begin at 10:00am and located nearby the oldest and charming market VUCCIRIA.

Private cooking classes and different starting times on request.




Cooking lesson Palermo

One day cooking classes in Palermo
One day cooking classes in Palermo

 Handmade Sicilian Pasta Cooking Class

Make authentic, fresh Sicilian pasta, in different shapes and size such as the typical  ‘’busiate’’ from Trapani, or the classical  ‘’tagliatelle’’.
Discover the best filling and sauces for your pasta dishes
Delicious meal of pasta dishes prepared, a dessert and two paired wines, a white and a red

Homemade Pasta cooking Class:
Under the guidance of our chef you will learn all there is to know about making fresh pasta. You will knead, cut, roll and fill ravioli, typical sicilian busiate, tagliatelle, tagliolini or other varieties. Her recipes are all based on freshness, high quality of ingredients, tradition and, most of all the chef's long experience.
Your chef will explain and show the technical aspects of homemade pasta preparation, in Sicily usually eggless, including the preparation of three different sauces.
With this expert guidance, you will be making homemade pasta in your own kitchen like a pro!  This class is also highly recommended for families with kids.

Sample Menu:
Busiate with pesto trapanese and pistachios
Tagliatelle alla norma
Ravioli stuffed with fish preparation
Sicilian cassata pie

What’s included:
Hands-on pasta-making class with a professional chef  
Preparation of 3 different pasta dishes, and dessert
Delicious meal of prepared dishes together with wine and water
Tasting of local wines and food products
Main topics and recipes of the dishes prepared During The class
Class duration: 3 hours plus time for lunch | Approx. 4 hours

Should the minimum not be reached for the day you selected, you will be given the choice to pay an additional fee for a private class, change your date to another day.   
Note that because we only use fresh, seasonal ingredients from local suppliers and farms, the menu will vary depending on what is available that day.
Please do let us know if you have any food allergies or preferences.


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Latest Review

Palermo Cooking Classes

Palermo Cooking Classes


Patrizia and Giuliana, we enjoyed our time with you immensely. Enjoyed the conviviality, learning about Sicilian food and, of course, the food itself.
Chuck and Peggy

 Giuliana Nocera

Giuliana Nocera

"Palermo Half-Day Cooking Class & Market Tour" (Cooking Class).
What an awesome experience!
We were made to feel like family. Patrizia and her daughter Giuliana are knowledgeable foodies that share their expertise in a generous manner. We had a lot of fun perusing the market where we had a chance to experience a slice of Sicilian every-day life. The lunch we prepared together was delicious along with great company, music, and wine. It was a definite highlight of our time in Sicily.
Mark and Simmy

Cooking Class Palermo

Cooking Class Palermo

Amazing experience!
Viator review: Sicilian Cooking Class in Palermo
We had the BEST time during the cooking class! I wish I could give it more than 5 stars. We got to shop at the local market to pick out fresh ingredients, then assist in all the prep work. We were also provided with local bread, olive oil, wine, and olives to snack on while we cooked. My husband and I made some new friends on our trip who joined us for the cooking class. Total there were 6 of us, and it was the perfect number of people. This class was probably the best thing we did during our vacation. We learned quite a few tips and tricks, plus the food we prepared was amazing. If we go back, we're definitely doing a class again with Sicilian Days! They also have a website for more cooking class options.

Palermo market: Sicilian cooking and enjoying
TripAdvisor review: Sicilian Cooking Class in Palermo - Private Option small groups
My husband and I, with 2 other visitors to Palermo, enjoyed a wonderful time shopping for fresh produce for our Sicilian cooking class in Donna Patrizia’s kitchen. Together with her daughter, Giuliana, she choose the food for our meal and then explained how to prepare it. The meal itself was delicious and we were given the recipes so we could prepare the dishes now that we are at home. The entire time was well organized and lots of fun. Highly recommend this experience.

Wonderful experience
TripAdvisor review: Private Cooking Class
Patrizia is so special. When someone loves their work as much as Patrizia the classes, shopping for food and touring Palermo becomes a special event. Three days in Palermo covered a whole world of Sicilian food. But more important a special friendship with Patrizia. Loved your class and your enthusiasm. Don't miss!!

Hi Patricia, We had such a great time at your Siciliandays Cooking School.

We are still thinking about your Caponata and Cassata! The sardine dish was both beautiful and delicious.
Also, I would love your recipe for the bread you served as well if you could.
Thanks again, Carol & Zach

Palermo Cooking Classes


“Great Sicilian Cooking Experience”
We had a great 6 hour experience, shopping for ingredients in the open air market of Ballaro'. The Patrizia had us participate in creating a 4-5 course meal that we then appreciated at her studio. Lots of excellent food , very good Sicilian wines and and great sense of humour. Highly recommended.
DNO3705 Vancouver, Canada

“Fabulous Wine Tasting and Cooking Class”
We had a wonderful time at both the wine tasting and the cooking class. Alfredo and Patrizia are very warm people who make you feel at home. We enjoyed the wine and cheese one evening and the cooking class the next day for lunch. Before preparing lunch, we accompanied Patrizia to the open market for the grocery shopping and that was lots of fun. Overall a great experience.
Newport Beach, California

“Do not miss this experience ”
Hands down the best part of our visit to Palermo. We planned on doing a wine tour based outside of Palermo but soon discovered it was slightly difficult in terms of transport. Instead we booked with Alfredo and are so glad we did. We tasted 6 generous glasses of wine not to mention delicious cheeses, caponata, and and their great extra virgin olive oil named ''Nucidda'' with the bread of Monreale, and dessert too. We felt we were in the home of a family member. Definitely worth the money - an amazing experience! Grazie Mille!!!
stephange12 Adelaide, Australia


“Cooking class ”
Definitely a recommendation for everybody who enjoys lovely home made food, good wines and a great host. Patri is such a nice person who is not only very warm hearted but also very knowledgeable about Sicilian culture and cuisine. If you are in Palermo a must-do!
gehirn Colonia, Germania

“Amazing time in Palermo”
My friend and I spent the day with Patrizia and her daughter. We walked through the market, cooked in a home, followed by a wine and cheese class. Her family and friends are so lovely and we had such a great time getting to know them. Afterward, we all went to a local bar and walked around the city. This was by far my favorite thing I did in Palermo. I highly recommend both classes!!
San Francisco, California

Palermo Cooking Classes

 “Wine and cheese and so much more ”
James D Rochester, New York
I booked this wine and cheese tasting a couple months prior to getting to Palermo The day before we were supposed to meet I called Donna Patricia, the owner, to see if we could change the time. She was very accommodating and agreed to change our meting time. She met us right on time. She led us through the narrow streets to a small apartment in a beautiful restored old building that she does her business in.
We sat and relaxed at her table as she opened 6 different wines for us to taste. She provided us with cheese, homemade caponata, toasted bread, nuts and dessert. All the while we sat and talked like old friends. It was so relaxing and interesting. We learned lots about the area, the wines we drank and Sicilian culture and cuisine. Donna is very friendly and easy to talk with.
It was a nice relaxing 3 hours that we enjoyed thoroughly. If you are looking for something different to do while in Palermo and enjoy wine and cheese this is the one you should book. I know she also does walking tours and cooking classes. Next time we are in Palermo we will cook with her.
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon
Jim and Roberta

One day cooking classes in Palermo
One day cooking classes in Palermo

“Feels like home”
Emilio L
After a short walk through the mercato del capo we had very warm welcome at Patrizias home. Everyone got to cut some ingredients for the menu. While Patrizia explained a bit how to prepare the dishes and stared cooking she shared very funny and interesting stories about Sicilian family life and Sicilian cuisine!! We (in total 8 participants, maybe a bit too many for a cooking lesson but all of them nice people) got to taste some cheese, extra virgin olive oil (Patricia 's production), and wine while she prepared the dishes. We had a wonderful time!! I just would have like to really cook a little bit instead of just do a bit of cutting. But Patrizia and her daughter made up to that! Highly recommended to who wants to get in touch with the locals!

“Tour and home cooked meal; a cooking class”
paullips3 Portland, Oregon
This was an exception experience. Very small group. They aim for 6 max. The heart of the tour is in the old city, where we'd find most of the places we wanted to see. They are Palermo residents and they LOVE the city. Informative, small group, best part of the town to visit. That was good enough.
The first tour included a home cooked meal. It was fun, delicious, informative, and very relaxed. They host this at a beautiful little apartment in the heart of the old city. Lively conversation, laughter, and great insights into Sicilian cooking.
We took a second tour which was a visit to the outdoor market (an event in itself) to buy the food for another meal. Which the small group of us would cook that day. Then to the apartment and a very fun, more food-informative, and incredible meal. All was perfecty seasoned with their evo (extra virgin olive oil) named ''Nucidda'', that we bought straight from the owner of Siciliandays.
PLAN on having more time than less...they are so generous with their time and sharing so much that they love and is at the heart of the life in Sicily.
My wife and I love these two different events (on two different days) and by the end felt close to them. So close, we shared some of the best of the 'bad words' of both our languages! Fun bonus!

“Great Sicilian Cooking Experience”
Vancouver, Canada
We had a great 6 hour experience, shopping for ingredients in the open air market of Ballero. The Patrizia had us participate in creating a 4-5 course meal that we then appreciated at her studio. Lots of excellent food , very good Sicilian wines and and great sense of humour. Highly recommended.

“Cooking school ”
Patrizia was wonderful, engaging helpful and providing great lessons in traditional Sicilian dishes. Two hours of instruction and cooking after a great trip to the local market for the freshest ingredients. Then another 1 1/2 h enjoying the meal.

“Our best experience in Palermo”
brockreynolds Perth, Australia
This was a delicious introduction to Sicilian home cooking. We had a small group of 3 and so it felt more like an intimate dinner party than a class, which was great. Our two hostesses (mother and daughter) were excellent and gave us a great insight into not just Sicilian food, but Sicilian culture as well.
Only qualms was that it wasn't quite as hands-on as we were hoping for and we didn't get to do the market tour as I think the host was trying to accommodate another guest who had to depart early for a flight and had already run a larger group earlier in the day.
Strongly recommend.

Cooking Classes Palermo (one day)
Cooking Classes Palermo (one day)

“Delicious, relaxing, and fun”
Cris B Cherry Hill, New Jersey
My wife and I booked this Sicilian wine/food tasting and didn't know what to expect. It turned out to be a great decision!
Patricia and Alfredo, the couple who run the tasting, were the best. We spent maybe 3.5-4 hours trying 6 different wines (3 white and 3 red) and zibibbo (dessert wine). Everything was thoroughly explained by both. They also made traditional Sicilian foods with cheese to eat throughout the night. Everything was delicious and fresh. The wine was great, and we were free to have as much as we wanted. This all took place in their beautiful apartment in Palermo by Piazza San Domenico.
However, I think the best part of the night was not the food and drink (although it was all beyond excellent), but Patricia and Alfredo themselves. They were so friendly, so genuine, and so funny! We spoke as if we knew each other for years and got to know each other well. It was just me and my wife at this tasting, so it truly felt like we were having dinner with friends. Although my wife and I were there over the "scheduled" 3 hours, we were never rushed out or told that the night had ended.
We give this experience 5 stars, it is well worth it. You will try amazing wine, delicious food, and overall have so much fun. Even now, two weeks after our trip, my wife and I can't stop bringing up this night to everyone we speak to. So many thanks to Patricia and Alfredo! If we are back in Palermo we will definitely look them up!

“don't miss experience”
ronaldzera Samoa americana
A full day that will last a lifetime. Food shopping with Marialuisa in order to prepare a gourmet lunch in the middle of a day that captured the essence of Palermo and its people. My wife and I will treasure this gem always.

“Fabulous 3 hours”
Stephen M
Hereford, Regno Unito  
We booked this activity as we were stopping in Palermo on our cruise and we were both so glad we did. Our hosts met us in a location which was easy to find and a few minutes walk from their town house. The wine and conversation flowed all afternoon interrupted only by the cheese a snacks prepared by out hosts. We also loved so much the extra virgin olive oil that Patricia produces in her farm, named ''Nucidda'' and we also asked to have it shipped to our home! We would recommend this tour to anyone and the bonus is we got to take any unfinished bottles of wine we wanted away with us.


One day cooking lesson in Palermo
One day cooking lesson in Palermo

“Highlight of our entire trip in Italy!”
Dorothy C
My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful family twice! We were able to do the cooking class and the wine tasting- both were unforgettable. We felt like we were at home with our family members cooking and talking- we learned and ate so much! Definitely worth booking and spending time with this beautiful family! we will be back!

“Definitely recommend! A memorable experience”
Jwdwc Hong Kong, Cina
I did a private cooking class with Patrizia to learn more about Sicilian desserts. What I gained was not only now to make these recipes but an inside look at Sicilian life in Palermo. We had a great tour of a local market and discussed everyday life.
She had delicious snacks prepared and a glass of wine to wash it down. We made so many different desserts (see photos) and I was allowed to take as much home as I liked to my family. I really recommend this as a great experience in getting to know Sicily and Palermo as much as learning authentic local dishes.

“Absolutely Loved Our Cooking Day in Palermo with Patrizia!”
Saint Louis, Missouri
We spent our second day in Sicily with Patrizia and her daughter first shopping at the local market for ingredients for our lunch FEAST then drinking wine as Patrizia whipped up an amazing authentic Sicilian lunch for us. Patrizia is delightful and a marvelous hostess who prepares a multi-couse delicious lunch while managing to entertain her guests as she goes. It was also fantastic to taste the extra virgin olive oil she produces that is named ''Nucidda'', a dialectal word with a long story! Recipes are shared after the class. Highly recommend this activity!

One day Cooking Classes Sicily
One day Cooking Classes Sicily

 “Absolutely charming ”
This family is the absolute sweetest most genuine people I have met while in Sicily of shall I say in Italy!! These people are exactly what comes to mind when you think of Sicilian hospitality. They were well versed in both Palermo and Sicily as well as the cheese and wine they served, they welcomed any questions you may have with a very candid honest answer. I would encourage anyone visiting Sicily to support local people like this!! You will not find any other experience quite like this!

“An Amazing Day!”
Kathleen M
Nashville, Tennessee
Our hostess was truly wonderful! She picked up me and my husband at the cruise port and took us to two local markets to gather supplies for lunch. We started cooking when we got back to her gorgeous apartment. I was able to help her, and my husband was happy relaxing and drinking beer. We had the most delicious meal and were so full afterward! We were served caponata, pasta, swordfish rolls, and a delicious cake on her grandmother's beautiful china. She even let us try her homemade limoncello--excellent! We had such a great day talking with our hostess about Italian culture and truly felt like friends at the end of the day. I told her I was an avid home cook and she gave me a magnificent Sicilian cookbook to browse after lunch. Terrific day, and I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in food or just in eating!


Amanda R  Amazing experience!! Highly recommend to all visiting Palermo, Sicily. Patricia was a wonderful host and chef from the meeting point in the square to the wonderful shopping experience through the market to the preparation and enjoyment of the wonderful meal we prepared together. I brought home the recipes and do fully intend to try to recreate at home. My husband has said of our 15 days in Europe, this was the most enjoyable day we shared.

Kim F This was a really terrific experience. Patrizia was warm, friendly and a great cooking teacher. She adapted the recipes for my diet. This is a great way to get to know Sicily and it's culture. I would definitely do it again.

Maria Tollefson United States Patricia was wonderful. I entered her home as a stranger and left with having made a new friend. The food was amazing. Cooking with her was a blast. The wine flowed the conversation and laughter was endless all night. Her helpful tips were great. I can't say enough good things about this outing. It was clearly one of the fondest memories of our trip to Palermo!

ryezzi I loved this class! My family and I spent 5 months in Palermo while my husband was working at the university there with a scholar exchange program. I decided to take a cooking class before we returned home, so I could learn how to cook some of my fav Sicilian dishes. I am really glad I choose this class. Patrizia and and her daughter Giuliana who is a chef are very talented cooks and really know their ingredients. They guided us thru the Capo and Vucciria Markets and knew just what vendors have the freshest ingredients. After gathering all of our ingredients, we went to a historic apartment near the beautiful Piazza San Domenico. There we were greeted with wine, beer, cheese, fresh bread, and Sicilian olives to start. We each had our own cutting board station at the large main table in the kitchen. I was impressed about how many dishes that we were able to prepare in such a short amount of time. We made eggplant caponata, spaghettone with a classic Sicilian tomato sauce featuring wild fennel, involtini rolls with fresh swordfish, and cassata al forno a baked cake with sheep's milk ricotta, candied fruits and chocolate chips. I loved everything that we prepared and thought that the eggplant caponata was the best I had ever had. After cooking, we sat down in the dining room while Patrizia and Giuliana plated all of the dishes and served wine pairings for each dish. I felt very much at home and it was a wonderful lunch. I had previously taken other classes in Italy at La Vecchia Scuola Bolognese and Gelato University in Bologna which I both highly recommend, but really liked this class for the variety of dishes and seeing whole meal evolve from shopping for ingredients to cooking to lunch. Probably the best compliment that I could give is that I have just returned home to Atlanta a few days ago and I have already made 2 of the dishes at home. Patrizia and Giuliana, thank you for such a wonderful memorable class! You are great hosts and very talented cooks.

Gina F
I had a one-on-one evening with the chef! Lots of fun, very knowledgeable, and so tasty and relaxed!!!

Michael S It was the best tour we've been on in our four cruises, to date. Patricizia, the owner and chef made us feel at home immediately. It was like we were with dear friends making a wonderful dinner! Patricizia has a real passion for cooking and readily shares this with her guests. We have lived in Italy and shopped in the open air markets everyday but the other four people on the tour with us had not. They especially enjoyed going to the open air market in Palermo and shopping for the food we prepared. Most tours you go on allow you to see the new place but this one also allowed you to experience living in it! The different was incredible. We strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the Sicilian culture!

Emma O  A great insight into Sicilian cooking from a very talented local cook in her own kitchen in central Palermo followed by a fantastic meal with the best of local wines. I highly recommend this cooking class!

Timothy S I highly recommend this Sicilian Cooking Class. It was a wonderful experience to shop at a local market, selecting the most fresh ingredients from a colorful open air market in Palermo's historic center. We returned to have a wonderful time learning to prepare exquisite dishes - and special cooking tips on preparing a set of wonderful dishes, enjoying wine, music and conversation improving my Italian and learning some Sicilian words!. I really highly recommend this course - as it will enhance your time in Palermo! Not to be missed.

kristine b Excellent cooking lesson with Giuliana, best caponata I have ever eaten. Very enjoyable.

Jo W A fantastic evening - Highly recommend. Great food, Great company.

Tamara L  I felt so at home during this cooking class. The truth is I did not do quite as much cooking as I had anticipated. But the mother, daughter dynamic was so welcoming. This even made me miss my mother. The food was superb. I truly can't wait to try and recreate these recipes at home, although I know they will not be nearly as good. I was very glad to have taken this class!!



sicilian wines cheeses  Cheese and wine tasting

Do you not have enough time to visit some wineries in Sicily? Would you like to try the best Sicilian cheeses expertly paired with native Sicilian wines? Then we propose a Tour Sicilian Wines and Cheeses: a tasting of six typical Sicilian cheeses: Canestrato, Tuma persa, Caciovacallo fresco, Primo Sale, Ricotta infornata, Vastedda del Belice, accompanied by 6 Sicilian wines: Grillo, Nero d'Avola, Catarratto, Inzolia (Insolia) Frappato, and Grecanico, accompanied with brown bread from Castelvetrano or Monreale, and a rich salad. We will host you in a peaceful atmosphere inside a charming home of the sixteenth century, standing few steps from the famous market Vucciria. To close in sweetness, we will serve the delicious cassatelle of San Vito Lo Capo, stuffed with delicious ricotta cheese, fried at the moment, and sweet wine Zibbibo. Look at!

Superb tasting, interesting local wines
A relaxed, informative and interesting tasting of local Sicilian wines and cheeses. A passioned host and her charming son led us through three whites and three reds, as well as cheese and other local foods. We also managed to taste her own homemade limoncello which was excellent. The wines were all local varieties, subtle and light. Highly recommended!
Reviewed by William – Sweden


We totally enjoyed our evening. Maria was a complete delight and the wine was delicious as well as the variety of cheeses.
Reviewed by Michael – United States

Best three hours I've spent in a long time.
Wow what a wonderful afternoon. We booked this activity as we were stopping in Palermo on our cruise and we were both so glad we did. Our hosts met us in a location which was easy to find and a few minutes walk from their town house. The wine and conversation flowed all afternoon interrupted only by the cheese a snacks prepared by out hosts. We would recommend this tour to anyone and the bonus is we got to take any unfinished bottles of wine we wanted away with us.
Reviewed by Stephen – Hereford, United Kingdom

The best 3 hours we spent in Palermo.
What a fun afternoon. Patricia is fantastic and the food is wonderful Do not miss it.
Reviewed by bette – dunwoody, United States

Lovely way to spend an afternoon!
We had a really nice time! The location was beautiful, wine and cheese were very very tasty and our host was so lovely and friendly! I would highly recommend this!
Cliona from , Ireland


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