Siracusa & The Sicilian Signora™

Cooking With Chef Fiora Angela ~ 8 Day

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Join Signora Fiora Angela in the historic center of Siracusa for hands-on traditional Sicilian cooking and a true food lover’s experience. Your week includes three hands-on cooking classes with Fiora Angela, as well as excursions to the market, a local prized vineyard and olive oil maker.  This program is perfect for those of Italian origin, looking to learn more about Sicily’s flavors, perhaps to bring back the perfumes that floated from nonna’s kitchen, or those just looking for an incredible cooking style in a beautiful and historic seaside setting.  No matter what your interest, Fiora Angela in one of the most beautiful parts of Siracusa is sure to inspire your cooking skills.  Though there are many artisan made products, wines, olive oils that your friends and family would love, the best souvenir you can bring back to those at home is the promise of lunches and dinners with your new Sicilian recipes learned in class.

Cooking Classes

Chef Fiora Angela is your teacher and her traditional kitchen is your classroom for your hands-on cooking classes.  A member of the Accademia Italiana Della Cucina, Italian Cooking Academy, Fiora Angela provides a fun, informal environment in which to learn fresh and healthy recipes of the region.  Her passion is cooking and she teaches the history and culture behind each recipe, reflecting the many different influences on Sicilian cuisine.

After each cooking class, participants sit down and enjoy the foods they made in class for a full course lunch or dinner, wine and beverages included.  A recipe booklet is provided with the recipes made in class.

Menus vary based on the season, and may include: fried pizzette with tuna & anchovies, Sicilian cheese with pepper, beccafico fish, cherry tomatoes, olives, impanate and caponata.  First courses include cous cous with fresh fish or eggplant timbale, or perhaps a fresh tuna fish with mint caponatina.  One of Fiora Angela’s specialties is a local fennel & orange salad as a contorno, or side dish, and for dessert, cornucopia with ricotta.  These are just a sample of foods you may make in class; all menus vary depending on the season and can accommodate special diet needs and/or menu requests.

Siracusa

Your base for your cooking week is in southeastern Sicily, in Siracusa.  Dating back in time from the once Greek rule of this land, Siracusa is steeped with ancient traditions of cuisine, history and folklore.  During your stay, you can also visit a most interesting part of Siracusa, a straight which is divided into nine neighborhoods, (each with a name also in Sicilian dialect): Graziella (Razziedda), Bottari (‘Uttari), Mastrarua (Masciarrò), Spirduta (Spidduta), Maestranza (Mascianza), Duomo (Domu), Giudecca (Jureca), Turba (Tubba), and Castello Maniace (Casteddu).

The Piazza Duomo offers a great place to have a caffè and do a little people watching, or simply admire the incredible architecture around you, presided over by the impressive Baroque-faced Duomo dedicated to Santa Lucia, the patron saint of Siracusa. The Duomo was originally a Greek temple dedicated to the goddess Athena, and the Doric columns can still be seen along the sides of the Duomo, though now built into the walls after two major earthquakes shook the ancient frame.

The island’s picturesque alleyways make for wonderful evening passeggiate, strolls, and the area around the Castello Maniace at the southern tip of the island, and the seafront promenade along the western shore is the center of local nightlife and is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. The Castello was originally built in 1038AD as a fort, but was transformed into a castle in the 13th century. Today, events and exhibitions are held in the parade ground inside the fortress walls.

The Fonte Aretusa, is the freshwater spring on the western shore of the island, named after the nymph Arethusa, who, according to Greek mythology, was transformed into this spring that flowed underground from Greece to Sicily while trying to flee from the river god, Alpheus. Papyrus plants grow in the spring today, and legend says that Greek flowers appear in the fountain, whose waters, they claim, flow directly from Greece.

Accommodations

The B&B is set in a historic palazzo overlooking the port.  Décor is simple and reflects the traditional Mediterranean style.  Each room has a private bathroom, air conditioning, TV, telephone and minibar.  Breakfast is served each morning on the roof garden terrace surrounded with jasmine and bougainvillea and features Fiora Angela’s homemade cakes, marmalade, jams and fresh locally grown produce.  Gambero Rosso even declared Fiora Angela’s mandarin orange marmalade ‘unforgettable.’  Upon request, lunches and dinners can also be served, and room service is available.

Itinerary: 8 days, 7 nights

This program is available 12 months per year. You can check in and start your program on any day of the week.

Day 1: Arrival and Check in

  • Arrival transfer from Catania Airport.
  • Check in and relax
  • Dinner is on your own. Suggestions provided at the hotel.

Day 2: Fish Market & Cooking Class 1

  • Breakfast is served
  • Head out with Fiora Angela to the fish market of Ortigia to see the fresh catches of the day and the many different types of seafood on offer, and learn about how to choose the best fresh fish for every menu.
  • Lunch on your own. Suggestion: Try the street foods available at the marketplace- such as arancini, fried rice balls, suppli’, fried potato and mozzarella, and more. Though perhaps not the most health-conscious options, they are a traditional treat, and certainly something to try.
  • Cooking Class 1 with Fiora Angela in the afternoon, dinner follows with the foods prepared in class. Wine and drinks included.

Day 3: Siracusa Tour

  • Breakfast is served
  • Spend the day discovering Siracusa, one of the most historic cities in Sicily. Your guide will lead on a journey through Greek times in the Neapolis Archeological Park which boasts monuments such as its Greek Theater, the Amphitheater and Dionysius’ Ear.
  • Lunch included at a local Sicilian trattoria with various courses.
  • Your full day tour continues in the afternoon visiting in particular the historic island of Ortigia, the oldest neighborhood in Siracusa. Visit the piazzas, churches, palazzos and the temples that make this incredible part of Sicily famous throughout the world.
  • Return to the B&B in the late afternoon. Dinner on your own, suggestions provided upon request.

Day 4: Lunch & Vineyard Visit

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Morning free to relax or go for a stroll on your own.
  • In the early afternoon, visit a local vineyard with light lunch and tasting included. This vineyard has been owned by the same family since 1908 and offers wines unique in flavor, color and aroma.
  • Return to the B&B in the late afternoon. Dinner on your own, suggestions provided upon request.

Day 5: Cooking Class 2

  • Breakfast is served
  • The morning is free to explore or do some shopping on your own.
  • Return to the B&B in the afternoon for your Cooking Class 2, your second hands on cooking lesson with Fiora Angela.
  • Dinner follows with the foods prepared in class. Wine and beverages included.

Day 6: Lunch & Olive Oil Tasting

  • Breakfast is served
  • Meet in the early afternoon for a visit to a local oleificio, olive oil maker. Grown in the hills outside of Siracusa, olive varieties include tonda iblea, biancolilla, ogliarola and siracusana and have had the certification of ‘DOP Monti Oblei’ since 2005.
  • Olive oil tasting and light lunch with local products included.
  • Return to the B&B in the afternoon. Dinner is free and on your own. Suggestions provided upon request.

Day 7: Cooking Class 3

  • Breakfast is served
  • The morning is free to return to some of the sites you have glimpsed in your days in Siracusa, or pick of some last souvenirs for those back at home.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, meet Fiora Angela for Cooking Class 3. Farewell Dinner follows on the foods prepared in class. Wine and beverages included.

Day 8: Check Out & Departure

  • Breakfast is served.
  • Check out and departure.
  • Transfer to Catania airport.

 

Program Includes:

  • 8 days/ 7 nights accommodations, based on double occupancy. Click to View!
  • Daily breakfast.
  • 3 cooking classes, followed by lunch or dinner on the foods prepared in class.
  • Full day tour of Siracusa with guide, lunch at a local trattoria included.
  • Wine Tasting and light lunch at local vineyard.
  • Olive Oil Tasting with light lunch at local olive oil producer.
  • Visit to the fish market.
  • Round trip transfers on arrival & departure from Catania Airport or Train Station.
  • Recipe booklet.
Program Prices

$3,250 per person, based on double occupancy. All taxes and Italian VAT included.

2014 Dates: This program is available throughout the year. You can check in and start your cooking program any day of the week. Rates are subject to change based on currency exchange. Call for updated rates. Airfare not included.