There is plenty for tourists to take in at the Ortigia market in Syracuse, Sicily: the distinctly southern Italian hum of the crowd; spices and vegetables so diverse they could color a rainbow and the calm blue sea in the distance. But just wandering around this site, where Archimedes is said to have once helped the Greeks fight the Romans, and buying a few peaches is not the sort of authentic culinary experience that many visitors seek. That is where the chef Lele steps in. He leads gastronomy-focused travelers around to teach them how to shop and then prepare delicious Sicilian food.
The ingredients bought at a local market, your chef will take you back to the kitchen to try your hands at a meal. The menu varies according to seasonal products but is always simply delicious. Here is a sample menu:
- Sicilian eggplant meatballs
- Spaghetti with zucchini and mint
- Tuna with caramelized onions (an old Sicilian recipe)
Once the work is completed, take a seat and enjoy the fruits of your labor in a convivial atmosphere.
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