Baroque Sicily Reviews
Sicily was an educational experience culturally and historically. Good tours. Cooking was with non-English speaking chef, but an interpreter was there. Can't say it was something I would do again. If clients want an experience of a lifetime, I recommend Don Alfonso. Maybe that spoiled me. I will use International Kitchen again and I do recommend it to my friends. One problem with smaller towns in Italy is that everything closes from one to five PM. If a tour is not planned it makes for a long afternoon.
James S., MT
How do we say outstanding in Italian? We loved everything about it. Hotel Failla was terrific; 20 foot ceilings in an old home that were painted, a balcony opening to the street, and warm friendly hosts. Mr and Mrs Failla are completely gracious, and were around most of the time, but it was the young women at the front desk, Julia and Laura, that one saw most. They were very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. Always willing to recommend a restaurant for dinner and to show us how to get there. As for the cooking part, it is hard to beat working with the head chef (David) in a Michelin rated restaurant. He was also friendly, taught us how to cook a wide variety of foods, and was very flexible. He asked if we had anything in particular we wanted to cook, and when we made a couple of suggestions, he changed the schedule around. I found that the kitchen was sized well for four participants, which we had. More could have gotten crowded. The last night we ate at the restaurant as part of the package, and David made a great assortment of dishes for us. One sees just how creative a Michelin chef really is. As for the touring part, we found the daily guided tours to be very informative. Our driver Walter was always on time and drove pretty safely by Italian standards. Nunzia was our guide, and she was as friendly and informative as the hotel hosts.We really got to see a variety of churches, Greek ruins, wineries, and other things during the outings. Finally, one has to recognize The International Kitchen for their selection of the tour package and making sure that it was well organized. Everything went well, no problems, and when there was a weather-related change, the hotel responded well. I guess what sums up our thoughts is that my wife and I, who had never taken such a tour before, talked about perhaps doing something similar in the future. I highly recommend The International Kitchen to all of our friends. Bravo, or as they say in France, chapeau.
Michael S., NY