Breakfast with Corrado Assenza

A Morning with Italy's Maestro of Pastries


This experience, designed exclusively for Italy Segreta’s clients by the extraordinary interpreter of Sicilian pastries Corrado Assenza, will unfold inside historic property La Commenda di San Calogero.


At the south-easternmost tip of Sicily lies Noto, also called the Garden of Stone, thanks to its wondrous baroque honey-coloured buildings. Along Corso Vittorio Emanuele, in the shadow of the Cathedral, is Caffè Sicilia. A historic establishment for locals, it has gained world-wide attention in recent years thanks to the pastry mastery of Corrado Assenza. Manager and owner of the Cafè, Assenza made himself known to the general public as one of the protagonists of “Chef’s Table”, the celebrated format broadcast on Netflix. Many have described him as the man who revolutionized the concept of pastry in Italy, pushing beyond the sweet-salty relationship with his visionary “Oyster / Almond Granita”, almost a challenge to previous generations. 


The backdrop for the private breakfast with Assenza, will take place inside the Commenda, a villa set in an unspoilt rural landscape and surrounded by a lush garden with views of Mount Etna and the sea. He’ll prepare and set up a breakfast of delights, showcasing some of his most skilful and refined creations: from his classic and timeless almond or peach and hibiscus granita to more elaborate and peculiar creations – which will vary according to the seasons –  such as the ​​Pan d’Iblei cake with almonds,  lemons, oranges and wild herbs; tepid rice with butter and gold and quince, muscat grapes and yellow pumpkin salad, to mention a few.