Sicilian Cooking Between Palermo & Trapani™

Chef Rosario’s Cooking Week ~ 6 Day

Chef Rosario leads you in the kitchen for your Sicilian cooking class week. Tie on your apron and get ready to cook Sicilian food while sipping local wine.  This five-night and six-day program will introduce you to western Sicilian cooking near Palermo. The food and cooking style of Sicily has influence from Spanish, Arabic and Norman flavors in recipes such as Pollo Marsala, Caponata, eggplant and caper salad, pasta with fennel and sardines, red mullet in sweet onion sauce, fresh calamari stewed in sweet tomato sauce, Coniglio con salsa di mandorle, lots of artichokes – served roasted on an open grill, stuffed or sautéed – Sicilian orange salad, and zabaglione.

Chef Rosario prepares fresh, healthy pasta with local garden herbs and spices, baked or grilled Mediterranean fish such as swordfish, tuna, sardines and mackerel, and shares his tricks for traditional local classics like cassata, cannoli and pistachio biscotti.

The region from Palermo to Trapani is famous for its history and natural beauty, boasting such landmarks as the Zingaro Nature Reserve, the magnificent castle and churches of Alcamo, the Byzantine beauty and Arab symmetry of Monreale’s cathedral. Also nearby are the salt pans of Trapani and the ancient Greek monuments of Segesta, all a reflection of the extraordinary heritage of this corner of Sicily.  For the food, art or history lover, there is something for everyone in Sicily.

Sicily Cooking Classes

Sicilian cooking is seasonal and staple ingredients include tomatoes, eggplants, bell peppers, artichokes, along with freshly made ricotta cheese, almonds, pistachios and an infinite variety of fresh fish. These ingredients make up the basis of your cooking classes with Chef Rosario, who will have you creating a variety of his specialties such as pasta finocchio e sarde, with wild fennel and fresh baby sardines, pesce spade in agrodolce, sweet and sour swordfish, ending with cassatelle di ricotta, fresh ricotta pastry. You can also learn how to make pasta al pesto Trapanese, and timbales of artichoke and scampi along with rustic Sicilian Antipasti, a variety of local meats grilled, roasted and stuffed, and always ending with a delicious dolce such as cassata siciliana.

Classes and menus vary with the seasons and the availability of fresh produce, and can be tailored to accommodate all food allergies and dietary needs.

Trapani & Alcamo

Trapani offers the enchanting panorama of the most important salt pans of Europe, and Sicilian sea salt is known throughout the world. Located in a sickle-shaped peninsula, Trapani is a city whose origins are surrounded in myths.

Alcamo is a small city in the province of Trapani, situated in the center of the Gulf of Castellammare. Rising at the foot of Monte Bonifato, it represents one of the most important locations in Sicily for wine production. Historically, Alcamo became famous for the writings of poet Cielo d’Alcamo, and had a boom in its cultural and artistic growth with the construction of churches and buildings at first in Baroque style, then Renaissance style. This was followed by an influx of numerous international painters, sculptors and artists who have helped this small city gain international recognition.

“I have searched Calabria, Tuscany and Lombardy, Puglia, Constantinople, Genoa, Pisa, Syria, Germany, and Babylon, and all Barbary: I have not found a woman so gracious. I have taken you to be my queen.”
                                                                                                          ~ Cielo d’Alcamo

Sicily Accommodations

Set on the beach of the coastal road of Castellammare del Golfo, your accommodation offers breathtaking views over a crystalline sea. The 23 rooms, which include 3 suites and 2 rooms with disabled access, are infused with Mediterranean colors and attractively furnished, and are equipped with modern amenities: Satellite TV, telephone, Wi-Fi internet connection, mini bar, in-room safe, and air conditioning. The private ensuite bathrooms come with shower or bathtub with hydro-massage, hairdryer and a complimentary beauty kit.

Naturally, all other areas of the hotel are equally comfortable: a beautiful terrace that comes with a gorgeous pool complete with lounge chairs and umbrellas, and a lounge bar and restaurant where guests can sample the delicious local cuisine. The daily Continental breakfast is served in the breakfast room and also on the terrace, and the buffet comes with the added bonus of typical Sicilian sweets. In this little corner of paradise, you will find a relaxing and welcoming ambiance where you will be taken care of by warm Sicilian hospitality, at your service for anything you may need.

Add On Extra Days And Experience Sicily!

Excursions to Segesta and Erice – touring to the towns of Segesta and Erice with delicious tasting of traditional sweets.

Marsala Wine Tour and a visit to Saline – A guided tour of an historic winery with a wine tasting included.  Also included is a walking tour in Saline between the windmills.

Mini Cruise to the Egadi Islands with transfers by a luxury minibus from Castellammare del Golfo.

Mini Cruise of Castellammare del Golfo, Tonnara di Scopello and Zingaro Nature Reserve.

Full day excursion to Agrigento with driver included.

Full excursion to San Vito lo Capo with driver included.

Prices vary depending on group size.  Call us for pricing.

Itinerary: 6 Days, 5 Nights

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In

  • Arrival transfer from Palermo/Trapani Airport or Train Station to property.
  • Welcome Aperitivo and introduction to your cooking program.
  • Welcome dinner featuring a Chef’s tasting menu of Sicilian fare. (Wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge.)

Day 2: Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, head to the kitchen for your Cooking Class 1 with Chef Rosario. Learn the basics of choosing and preparing fish and make a menu with three dishes: antipasto, pasta and dessert. This unique class has you cooking alongside your chef in the kitchen and enjoying tastings of the dishes you make with your chef at an open table during your class . Wine, beverages, liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge. (Menu can be substituted for non-seafood eaters.)
  • Afternoon free to explore your surroundings or soak up some sun.
  • Dinner on your own. (Suggestions available on request.)

Day 3: Cooking Class 2 and Wine Tour & Tasting

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, tie on your apron and head into the kitchen for Cooking Class 2 with Chef Rosario, who will help you to prepare a menu including three traditional dishes: antipasto, main dish and a delicious dessert. Enjoy tastings during your class at an open table with your chef. (Wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge.)
  • In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to a local winery with wine tasting included. Sicilian wines are luscious, full-bodied and full of sun, and of course, the best place to sample them is right where they’re made.
  • Dinner on your own. (Suggestions available on request.)

Day 4: Cooking Class 3

  • Breakfast is served.
  • In the morning, head to the kitchen for your Cooking Class 3 with Chef Rosario and learn more about the delights of gutsy Sicilian pasta sauces, handmade pastas and mouthwatering desserts. Follow your chef as he prepares four dishes – antipasto, pasta, main dish and dessert – all of which make the best of local ingredients, and look forward to an indulgent Cassata Siciliana. The Cassata has a long tradition; originally from the Palermo area of Sicily, Rosario shares his prized recipe with you. Layer sponge cake with just the right amount liqueur, fresh Ricotta and canditi, and top it with colorful marzipan to make this Sicilian specialty. Enjoy tastings during your class at an open table with your chef. (Wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge.)
  • Afternoon free and time for touring on your own. Suggested itineraries provided.
  • Dinner on your own. (Suggestions available on request.)

Day 5: Excursion to Palermo-Monreale & Chef’s Tasting Dinner

  • Breakfast served.
  • After breakfast, enjoy an excursion to Palermo. Palermo, the capital city of Sicily, is bustling with markets and street vendors, with the Vucceria market perhaps the most famous of them all. The word “Vucceria” means voices or babble in Sicilian dialect, and once you’re there you’ll realize why! Stroll the city streets – around every corner is an incredible church – almost always with architectural styles blended like a colorful collage. Roman, Baroque, Byzantine and Norman blend together, just like the culture of Sicily.
  • Stop off for some of Palermo’s famous street food, maybe a deep fried arancino, rice ball, crocché, potato croquettes, panelle, chickpea fritters, and more. Return to property.
  • Chef’s farewell dinner at your residence. (Wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge.)

Day 6: Departure & Arrivederci

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and transfer to Palermo/Trapani Airport or Train Station.

*Note: This schedule may vary due to inclement weather, saint days or festivals. All activities, in the event of rescheduling, are always included during the program.

Program Includes:

  • 6 days, 5 nights accommodations in a sea-view room, based on 2 guests.
  • Daily breakfast and maid service.
  • Welcome antipasto, welcome dinner.  (Wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge).
  • Farewell dinner at your residence.  (Wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge).
  • 3 hands-on cooking classes with 3- or 4-course menu with Chef Rosario, with lunch/dinner following on the foods prepared in class. (Wine, beverages, after-dinner liqueurs and caffè available at a surcharge.)
  • Visit to local winery, tasting included.
  • Excursion to Palermo with its beautiful cathedral and bustling markets.
  • Arrival and Departure transfers from and to Palermo/Trapani Airport or Train Station.
  • Cooking Vacations welcome bag with chef’s apron, Prosecco and recipe booklet.
Program Prices:

Low Season: $1,695 per person, based on 2 guests, in sea-view room.  September 1 to June 30

High Season: $2,695 per person, based on 2 guests, in sea-view room.  July 1 to August 31.

For Single Guests: If you are traveling on your own, please call us for the best group price. We are happy to welcome you into an already scheduled group.

*Prices start at an additional $300 per person per program for a suite or jr. suite. Call for availability and pricing.

Check Availability

2022 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. Check in and start your cooking program on any day of the week. Rates are subject to change, based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included. Group transfers for any cooking tour or tours that include transfers, are for the group and are not private. Transfers before, after or to another destination outside of your cooking tour are not included in the program price. If you would like to add on a private transfer or transfers, let us know and we will send you pricing.