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Lentil pasta is one of the traditional dishes mostly eaten in the past by humble people. But how most of the time happens, the poorest food always becomes the most delicious and this is what you will experience with this lentil pasta cooking class.
Surrounded by the quietness of Sicilian cultivation of citrus trees, we will prepare with the heat of the wood a typical dish with the legumes of “Terre di Santo Stefano” farm that we will slowly boil in a traditional terracotta pan called “pignata”.
Pending the cooking, we will discover together with the local farmer Nino, the highlights of the small village of Santo Stefano di Briga to then end the walking tour for lunchtime where we will taste the pulses with the pasta, fresh citrus and a good glass of wine.
Hey there! We are Chiara, Katia, Mariarita and Sara. Come to Messina and prepare with us and Nino the typical pasta with legumes, grown right in his property.
Visiting the small villages, such as Santo Stefano di Briga will carry you to the core of genuine Sicily, where the simplicity and warmness of the locals will make you feel at home: Nino and our guide will introduce you to this part of our island, learning also the story behind the existence of “Terre di Santo Stefano” farm, created with passion and devotion.
Cooking class: A culinary experience through a basic dish commonly known in Italy as “pasta and legumi” that you will be able to prepare for your own lunch. All the ingredients are carefully chosen and proudly cultivated by Nino on his ground, assuring a great quality and a unique flavour.
Walking guided tour: Led by our guide, you will admire the few but important monuments of this peaceful location, for example, Saint Rocco’s church founded in 1224, located at a strategic point of the village from where you will also admire a wonderful view.
Take the opportunity to discover a different type of travel, done by emotions, and visit unique locations where you will meet local people and where you will find the values of simplicity.
Starting from the established meeting point - that we will decide together, we will reach the small village of Santo Stefano di Briga and its countryside where the small agricultural holding “Terre di Santo Stefano” is.
Here we will meet the owner, Nino Crupi, and with him we are going to start the preparation of the lentil pasta, with pulses cultivated by Nino in his property. Nino will teach you the secrets of the preparation of the best lentil pasta, with the ancient traditional recipe.
While our lentil pasta is cooking we will walk around the historical center of Santo Stefano Briga, where we will visit the most important cultural monuments such as the ancient Church of San Rocco, a mill, and La Molinara shop where you can buy fresh pasta and local pulses grown in “Terre di Santo Stefano” estate.
At lunch time we will be back in the countryside, and finally we are going to taste our delicious lentil pasta. After lunch we can go back to the village to taste a unique gelato in the most ancient bar of the area, Bar De Stefano.
Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes. A windbreaker and an umbrella could be helpful, especially in the autumn season.
Our Sicily experiences will be only assured for the accommodation located in North Eastern Sicily.