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Cooking at Casa Mia in Ortigia

A professionally led cooking class held in a private home in Ortigia.

To delve deep into the local culture, there’s nothing quite like cooking in someone’s home.

Just across the bridge from the city of Siracusa lies Sicily’s little southern gem: the island of Ortigia. The architecture in Piazza del Duomo, the charming narrow streets, the city’s rich Greek history and hidden artwork are not to be missed. 

Our Sicilian cooking adventure starts at the ancient Ortigia market. Guests and their host browse the market stalls brimming with seasonal fruit and vegetables to meet fish vendors displaying their daily catch. Specialty food shops showcase local cheese like Ragusano (an Italian PDO stretched curd cheese made with whole milk from modicana breed cows in the provinces of Ragusa and Siracusa), sun-dried tomatoes and capers from Pantelleria. 

Together host and class pick up ingredients for the lesson: creating their own menu in the market. The products, season and market availability determine what will be made in the cooking class that day, along with any restrictions or special diets that guests might have.

After a short stroll, guests are welcomed into the elegant warmth of their host’s home overlooking the Ortigia harbor. After a coffee or welcome aperitivo, the class ties on aprons and gets cooking.

Guests take a seat around a table in the host’s dining room or outdoor terrace depending on the weather to enjoy each course together. Local bread, olive oil, and perfectly paired Sicilian wines to accompany the meal.


Special Information

  • Dishes prepared with our Casa Mia chef belong to both classic Siracusa cuisine as well as original preparations devised by the consummate hostess who has decades of experience in the hospitality and restaurant business. 
  • The class prepares a five-course meal in a beautiful kitchen. 
  • Dishes may include arancini, hand-rolled pasta, fish involtini stuffed with breadcrumbs, raisins and pine nuts. 
  • Seasonal side dishes may feature typical orange and fennel salad, and meals end with freshly made cannoli.

Practical Info

Key Points to Consider

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Bring a small reusable shopping bag to pick up treats at the market.

In summer we suggest wearing a hat and sunscreen and carrying a small reusable water bottle.

Aprons are provided by the cook. 

Guests can keep copies of printed recipes.

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.


Tour Length

The length of the class is 5 hours.

Start time is flexible, suggested start time for this tour is 10:00 am.


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    We reached out to Casa Mia Tours at the last minute the morning our ship docked in Sicily. Within a few hours they arranged a Sicilian cooking lesson and dinner for us. We had such a wonderful experience.