Classic Palermo Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class

Learn to craft three iconic Italian delicacies from a professional chef and sample premium wines

Travel Flexibly · 3.50h · Palermo, Sicily, Italy

Casual pizzerias can serve up a great menu of delicious pies, but did you know that what’s considered Chicago and New York-style are still a step away from a traditional pizza? This pizza and gelato cooking class in the heart of Palermo introduces you to a real Italian pie, along with a taste of Sicily’s classic “sfincione” and a scoop of fresh-made gelato. This class is a culinary journey across Southern Italy, from the streets of Sicily to the coasts of Palermo.

  • Take a culinary trip to Sicily
  • Work with fresh, local Ingredients​
  • Learn classic pizza recipes from a professional “pizzaiolo” chef
  • Hands-on pizza-making session​
  • Taste your own magnificent creation
  • Discover how to create homemade ice cream and gelato
  • Pair local food and wines​
  • You will receive a recipe booklet with pizza and gelato recipes

You’ll meet your professional “pizzaiolo” chef at Piazza Giuseppe Verdi in Palermo, outside of Italy’s biggest opera house, Teatro Massimo. After you arrive at your cooking classroom, you’ll be walked through the steps for making a traditional Italian pizza, starting with dough fresh-made by the pizzaiolo, and the regional favorite “sfincione.” While you wait for the dough to rest, you’ll enjoy a jovial intermission of churning fresh gelato and preparing the ice cream cones. The memory of those sweet and savory aromas is going to be one of the best lifetime mementos from your Sicilian travels. Expect a quick taste of premium wines and locally-made olive oils before piecing together your classic pizza. Everyone leaves with a graduation certificate and a digital recipe book to recreate this experience at home.

Classic Palermo Pizza and Gelato Cooking Class

Your 3.5-hour Palermo pizza and gelato cooking class includes:

  • All necessary ingredients for the pizza and gelato

  • Tips for making traditional Italian pizza

  • A Sfincione demonstration

  • Steps for making gelato and ice cream cones

  • A taste of premium wines and olive oils

  • An English-speaking “pizzaiolo” chef

  • A digital booklet with the recipes you learned

Starting a Traditional Pizza Pie

Your pizza cooking class starts with an introduction to your “pizzaiolo” chef in Palermo. Your English-speaking chef and culinary guide will navigate the region with you through a verbal history of pizza and another traditional pizza-like treat that locals love, “sfincione.”

Making Gelato and Ice Cream Cones

While the dough rests until it’s optimal for pizza-making, your pizzaiolo will help you make another local favorite—gelato. You’ll mix and churn the frozen dessert and learn how to make Italian cones to enjoy it in later.

The pizzaiolo takes some time here to explore the history of Italian ice cream while providing adult guests with glasses of premium wines. Everyone gets a taste of olive oils before attention is turned back to the pizza for the finishing touches.

The Finished Product and Samples

The evening ends with a sample of the finished pizza and gelato you put together. Your successes in the kitchen are met with a graduation certificate and a digital recipe booklet that includes Palermo classics easy enough to make at home.

What you get with this tour
Take a culinary trip from Palermo to Sicily
Learn classic pizza recipes from a professional “pizzaiolo” chef
Have a bite of traditional Sicilian “sfincione”
Enjoy a glass of premium wines
Taste rich and bold olive oils
Receive a recipe booklet with pizza and gelato recipes
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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

All you need to worry about bringing is your appetite.

What to bring?

All you need to worry about bringing is your appetite.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

No, this tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Palermo, Italy.

Is lunch included in the price of the tour?

Yes, you will enjoy pizza, sfincione, and gelato paired with premium wines and olive oils.

What if I have food allergies, intolerances, or other dietary requirements?

Please contact us in advance so we can do our best to accommodate your needs. We will work with our tour partners to provide you with an alternative when possible. Unfortunately, accommodations cannot be specifically made for celiacs.

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