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The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy

Via Idomeneo 41, Lecce, Italy
39 347676 970
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Ranked #1 of 28 activities in Lecce
Type: Classes/Workshops
Owner description: Going on ten years now, The Awaiting Table Cookery school is the most praised cooking school in all Puglia. Located in the historical centre of Lecce,... more » Owner description: Going on ten years now, The Awaiting Table Cookery school is the most praised cooking school in all Puglia. Located in the historical centre of Lecce, Italy, and during select weeks throughtout the year, in a castle an hour south of Lecce, the school has appeared in The London Times, The LA Times, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food and Wine and countless articles in the domestic press. The Awaiting Table Cookery school has also recently added a wine programme, as well. The owner, Silvestro Silvestori, closes his school for two month each year to bicycle Southern Italian wine country, blogging about the food, wine and culture of the sunny south of Italy. « less
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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Stepping into Silvestro's kitchen is like stepping into an authentic, colorful, picture-perfect cookbook – only better. You enter the space with the same sense of wonder and curiosity with which you would flip the first pages of a beautiful cookbook, eager to discover the basics and essence of the 'cucina salentina', yet you learn and experience more than you ever... More

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I am so thrilled I chose to spend some time in Lecce at the Awaiting Table Cookery School. I found that the experience gave me so much more than cooking (although that was amazing)...Sylvestro and his staff showed me much of the essence of Italy and helped me to experience and feel what this lifestyle is all about. I loved... More

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Hallekis, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

If you are in Lecce and like food, you should definitely sign up for a cooking class. I love the food, the ambiance and the whole feeling Silvestro has created, to end the day with a meal feels wonderful right there. Hannu Sarenström Sweden.

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Had an amazing 6 days and was pleasantly surprised by all that was new! I will be back for sure and will bring my friends. ...beautiful food, wine and the friendliest locals!!#awaitingtable

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Farnham, England, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

My wife bought me a week's cooking course at Awaiting Table, the Lecce based cooking school run by Silvestro Silvestri. I actually went early to Lecce and stayed at the excellent Risorgimento Hotel - Lecce is a baroque gem of a city - and travelled around such astonishing towns as Otranto (like a kasbah overlooking the Adriatic) and Ostuni (a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014 via mobile

Beyond my expectations. My experience was at the castle for 6 days. All elements: instruction, staff, accommodations, field trips, time spent learning and cooking (and dining!!) were perfect. Silvestro and his staff anticipated everything to make our experience beyond memorable. Ahhhhhhhhh.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Silvestro knows his stuff. Although born and raised in the US (of Italian immigrant parents) he has spent almost all of his adult life in Italy. He is committed to providing excellent food and an excellent learning experience. I spent a week with the Awaiting Table staff (in addition to Silvestro, there is Anna, Guiseppe and Desiree) at the Castle... More

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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I've been to cooking schools all over the world, yet I've never returned to any of them again - except for The Awaiting Table. This year marked my fifth visit to The Awaiting Table cooking school (2 times at the school in Lecce, 3 times at the Castle in Spongano) and I intend to keep returning every year! There is... More

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Whether you are a beginner or whether you have been cooking for years, The Awaiting Table Cooking School in Southern Italy is an experience of a lifetime that you will definitely want to go back for seconds…and thirds…and fourths…you get the point. We started out our week in Lecce with a beautiful lunch reception, and from there headed straight to... More

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Neptune, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I travelled to Lecce a week before meeting my wife in Sicily. We follow Silvestro on twitter and instagram and we both want to take his week long class someday. But this was just me so I decided to sign up for a day class on Wednesday. I was in touch via email with Silvestro the owner himself and also... More

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