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Flavours of Sicily with Ursula Ferrigno – Weekend

Get a taste of the unique cuisine of Sicily with Italian expert Ursula Ferrigno


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Elevate your skills to new heights in this home-cook course


Best suited for people with little or no culinary experience


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Join our Italian expert Ursula Ferrigno for a day immersed in Sicilian cookery, a unique cuisine which is a melting pot of Arabic, North African, Spanish and Greek influences.

You will cook a mix of classic and lesser known recipes including a vibrant, vegetable rich Caponata, fresh pasta, and the popular panelle. To complete your day’s menu you will create the iconic Sicilian dessert Cassata al forno di ricotta, made with a light sponge, dark chocolate and much sought after Candite.



  • Panelle – chickpea fritters
  • Caponata



  • Linguine al mare – parsley pasta with clams and black olives
  • Fresh egg pasta
  • Cassata al forno di ricotta


Menu may be subject to change

Images from Cucina Siciliana by Ursula Ferrigno (Ryland Peters & Small, £20)

Photography by David Munn © Ryland Peters & Small

Course Structure

Cooking with your classmates is an integral part of your Leiths experience. You will cook some of your recipes in pairs, and some independently. Regardless, there is always more than enough food to go around, and often food to take home too. 

Your day will comprise of a mixture of practical cookery and demonstrations performed by the teacher who is running the session. The exact format will vary from class to class depending on the style of cuisine and, in the case of visiting chefs, their individual teaching style.  

Around 1pm, you will break for lunch and enjoy the dishes you have cooked with the rest of your class, accompanied by a glass of wine or other refreshments. In some classes, such as skills classes, where dishes may not be appropriate for lunch, a mezze lunch will be provided.   


What’s included:  

  • Refreshments on arrival 
  • A recipe booklet 
  • All ingredients provided and weighed out for you in advance 
  • Lunch of your own making or sharing platters prepared by the school, with wines or other refreshments 
  • We do the washing up 


What to bring: 

  • Flat soled shoes 
  • Long trousers and a long-sleeved top are advisable 


Allergies and dietary restrictions 

We are happy to make adjustments where possible. However, some classes are unsuitable for people with particular intolerances as the menu would need to be completely different. We require 10 days’ notice to check requests are possible and adjust our ordering.  Please read our full policy on allergies and dietary restrictions here. 

Your Teacher

Ursula Ferrigno

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Ursula Ferrigno is a talented cook and prolific food writer who grew up amongst the sun-drenched lemon groves and vineyards of Italy’s rugged Amalfi Coast. She learned to cook as a child by assisting her grandmother preparing the traditional family dishes.  Ursula writes for numerous food magazines including Taste Italia, American Gourmet, Olive and BBC Good Food. Ursula is also a passionate baker, teaching both professionals and amateurs to make an array of national and regional breads from ciabatta and focaccia to volcanic stromboli.