Strazzanti in Sicily


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If you, your friends and your family share a passion for the culinary arts, a penchant for gastronomic adventures and a predilection for luxury living, we have an irresistible proposal for you.

We've teamed up with chef Emilia Strazzanti for an exclusive, week-long culinary experience at Angheli, one of our Think Exquisite villas in southwestern Sicily.

Dates: let us know what a selection of dates that would work best for you and we'll check availability with Emilia to identify a week that's perfect for all involved.
Your group: the experience is designed for a closed group of  family and/or friends (maximum 12 guests in total).

Introducing Emilia, your host and inspiration

Born in the UK to Sicilian-Neapolitan parents, Emilia’s gastronomic identity is deeply rooted in the land of her forefathers. After honing her culinary skills in the kitchens of 5* hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants around Europe, including  The Dorchester, Mosimann's and Le Meurice, she set off for Sicily to work with the Planeta family and Michelin-starred chef Accursio Craparo. 

Captivated by the island’s ingredients and the flavour combinations of its cuisine, Emilia returned to the UK to set up Strazzanti with her sisters. A multi-faceted culinary enterprise, Strazzanti produces a range of Sicilian patisserie (sold at Fenwicks and Selfridges) and organises Sicilian food events, including supper clubs. In February 2019, Emilia appeared as a guest chef on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. 

Your accommodation - Angheli

Occupying a panoramic position overlooking a carpet of vineyards, the beach of the Belice Nature Reserve, and the sparkling sea beyond, Angheli blends sophisticated luxury with a sense of warm hospitality to create a refined, convivial ambience. Generously proportioned, lovingly crafted interiors spill out onto enchanted terraces, walled gardens offer orange and lemon blossom-scented seclusion, and an irresistible heatable infinity pool provides a perfect spot for a little R&R.

Angheli accommodates up to 12 guests in six bedrooms (3 doubles, 1 double-twin and 2 twins) each with its own en-suite bathroom.

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The programme in detail*

*this programme is subject to small changes

Day 1 - Saturday 

  • from 4:00pm - check-in and welcome aperitivo created by Emilia 

Day 2 - Sunday   

  • 9:00am - welcome breakfast
  • 11:00am - an introduction to Sicilian food and its key ingredients followed by a tour of the house by the owner
  • 1:00pm - light lunch cooked by Angheli's in-villa chef
  • 3:00pm –  hands-on cooking class focusing on  home-made busiata pasta, pesto alla Trapanese (a tomato and almond-based pesto), and a ragù-making master class (for tomorrow's arancini)
  • 8:00pm - dinner at Angheli

Day 3 - Monday

  • 8:00am - breakfast
  • 10:00am - cooking class focusing on arancini, a Sicilian street food classic
  • 2:30pm - lunch of Sicilian street food prepared earlier
  • 4:30pm - an optional private tour of Selinunte archaeological site followed by dinner in a local restaurant*

*Dinner at a local restaurant still included if the optional tour is not taken

Day 4 - Tuesday 

  • 8:00am - breakfast
  • 10:00am - hands-on cooking class and demo to prepare a dinner of pasta con ricotta, basilico, gamberi e pesto di pistacchi (pasta with ricotta cheese, basil, prawns and pistachio pesto)
  • 1:30pm -  lunch at a local restaurant by the beach
  • 3:30pm – Visit Sciacca. Watch the fishermen arrive at the port and spend the afternoon exploring the town to see the ceramics.
  • 8:00pm - dinner at Angheli with the pasta prepared in the morning's class

Day 5 – Wednesday 

  • 8:00am - breakfast
  • 10:30am - guided Marsala wine tour
  • 12:30pm -  lunch in a winery in Marsala
  • 3:00pm - hands-on cooking class and demo focusing on Marsala-based desserts, pastries and a cocktail
  • 8:00pm - a light dinner at Angheli prepared by Emilia, including the desserts made earlier

Day 6 - Thursday 

  • a free day to enjoy Angheli or try out one of our Think Experiences
  • 1:oopm - light lunch prepared by Angheli's in-villa cook
  • 8:00pm - barbecue dinner at Angheli

Day 7 - Friday 

  • 8:00am - breakfast
  • 10:00am – Visit a caseficio in Sambuca di Sicilia to see how the local cheese is produced.
  • 2:00pm - light lunch at Angheli
  • 4:00pm – cooking class, including involtini di melanzane (aubergine roulades)
  • 8:00pm - dinner at Angheli - a special final feast prepared by Emilia

Day 8 - Saturday 

Departure day

  • breakfast and check-out by 10:00am


The price varies depending on the time of year. Please contact us for more information.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights' accommodation at Angheli for up to 12 guests
  • 5 cookery classes at Angheli led by Emilia Strazzanti
  • all meals: 7 dinners (6 at the villa, 1 in a local restaurant), 6 lunches (4 at the villa, 2 out) and 7 breakfasts (at the villa)
  • private transfers to and from Trapani or Palermo airports and for the excursions

Please note that the above programme is subject to small changes

Price excludes

  • wines and other alcoholic beverages (why not try our in-villa wine delivery service)
  • the private tour of Selinunte archaeological site
  • airfares
  • insurance
  • gratuities and tips
  • anything not specified in the "Price includes" section

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