Sicilian cuisine is distinct. Over centuries, Greek, Spanish, Norman and most notably, Arab colonists, put their stamp on the island through culture, language, architecture and cuisine. Sicilian dishes have remanants of each and every one of these societies, found in the combinations of fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs and spices that are unique to the island.

Arabs left a permanently lasting influence after colonising the island from AD827 to 1091. Some of the ingredients they introduced were almonds, aniseed, apricots, artichokes, cinnamon, oranges, pistachio, pomegranates, saffron, sesame, spinach, sugarcane, watermelon, raisins, pine nuts and the famous Couscous.

This class will explore Sicilian recipes that are indelibly Arab, using the best ingredients available. Guided by chef, artist and yogi Paolo Arlotta, you will be able to recreate beautiful, authentic Sicilian dishes in your home kitchen. Paolo was born near Turin, Italy to a Sicilian family and raised by his Tunisian nonna. Chef Paolo has cooked for illustrious restaurants such as the celebrated Noma, Vue de Monde, and Tipo 00.

This class will take place in a commercial kitchen and includes demonstration and hands-on components.

NB: This class cannot be modified to accommodate gluten or dairy intolerances. We apologise for any disappointment.

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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • Explore authentic specialities from Sicily.
  • Fundamentals of Sicilian regional cuisine.
  • Discover new ingredients and recipes.
What you will get
  • Lunch: enjoy your creations and selected wines from Sicily
  • Unique regional cooking experience guided by Chef Paolo Arlotta
  • Recipes to take home
  • 15% discount on purchases in the Enoteca Sileno retail store

What to bring
  • Your appetite.
What to wear

Neat casual with CLOSED SHOES and long hair tied back

Appropriate for

18+ year olds; cooking enthusiasts; Italian food enthusiasts; interested home cooks


Enoteca Sileno

Vendor sincce 2012

Enoteca Sileno is the trading name of L. Di Santo Pty Ltd, Australia's leading importer, distributor and wholesaler of premium-quality, authentic, Italian regional food and wine.

The company was founded in Melbourne in 1953 by Luigi Di Santo, and over the next few decades introduced many of the Italian food and wines which would transform the way Australia dined.

Today, under the direction of Luigi’s daughter Rosemary and her husband John Portelli, along with a dedicated, passionate team, Enoteca Sileno continues to set the standard for the distribution of Italian gastronomy in Australia.

In addition to the Import Office and Wholesale Division, the business also includes a Retail Showroom, online store and Scuola di Cucina Cooking School.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

A full refund, or transfer to another class will be processed if three (3) working days notice is given. Bookings cancelled with less than 3 days notice, or non-attendance to a booked class, will not be refunded and will not be transferable.

Enoteca Sileno reserves the right to alter classes and dates in this programme due to circumstances that have arisen out of our control.

In this event you will be advised accordingly and a full refund will be given if the new date offered is not suitable for you, or the transfer to another class cannot be agreed upon.

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Terms & Conditions


All bookings are dependent upon availability. All classes have a set limit and are filled on a first-in first-served basis. Full payment is required at the time of booking to secure your place. Unfortunately we cannot hold places temporarily.

Your booking will be confirmed by e-mail.

By Telephone or Email:

Please contact the Cooking School on 03 9389 7000

Bookings can also be placed with the Retail team on 03 9389 7009


In Store

You may book and pay for your class at the Retail counter at Enoteca Sileno 920 Lygon Street, Carlton North, Victoria, 3054.

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