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The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy

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Address: Via Idomeneo 41, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Phone Number: 39 347676 970
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: Going on ten years now, The Awaiting Table Cookery school is the most...
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 selected weeks throughout 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.
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Inspirational day spent feeding my passion

I had the joy of spending a day at the cooking school in Lecce at the end of June and I thoroughly loved it! I will definitely be heading back there for a week's course, as it was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2015
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I had the joy of spending a day at the cooking school in Lecce at the end of June and I thoroughly loved it! I will definitely be heading back there for a week's course, as it was simply inspired! The passion with which Silvestro talks about the food and produce from Salento is contagious and you can't help but... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

It was great to have you come for our regional cookery course, and you were right to point out how little national cuisine there is here in Italy. It's ALL regional, and we're thrilled that you liked ours! More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

I was looking for something special to spend a free day while in Lecce, and this caught my attention based on the quantity of very positive reviews on Tripadvisor and the nice vibe of the website. Although the house in Lecce is really nice and was definitely the highlight of the day to me, I found the overall vibe (and... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

As the owner of the business I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your day with us. It's hard to know exactly when you came (we knew you by name but not your TripAdvisor version) but it sounds like you came when we had some Americans at the school (which make up between 15 and 30 % of... More 

Fredericton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Our group of 15 Canadians spent 3 days at The Awaiting Table's castle location in Spongano, where the kitchen is pretty much an exact replica of Silvestro's kitchen in Lecce. The castle setting is enchanting and the accommodations excellent. Each day, we made two types of pasta that were typical of the Puglia region. We also made delectable chicken, fish,... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you with us! We await your next visit! More 

Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I was lucky to get one of the places at a one day course at Awaiting Table and the experience was simply great! Silvestro is a very interesting person who gives insights into Puglia, the culture and the food (especially concerning the background and traditions) which would be hard to get otherwise. Our day included a first coffe in a... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you with us! We await your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Silvestro Silvestori who runs the school, together with Desi who helps on everything, go out of their way to make the stay with them enchanting and so special. We learned to prepare pasta, chicken, anti pasta and drink lots of wine as we worked. This was an all day event that encompassed everything from buying produce in the market, understanding... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

It was great to pour wine for you, to teach you about our regional cooking. We hope you make it back someday! We're here when you are ready. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

In June I spent a week at the Awaiting Table cooking school in Lecce. It was a fabulous week of learning - about the Mediterranean food, cooking simply with great taste, and the wines of Salento. I met, laughed and cooked with some delightful people and had a thoroughly memorable time. Silvestro and his staff deliver as advertised and so... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

Truly our pleasure to have you with us! Come back for our Southern Italian wine course! More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

I really enjoyed my weeklong class at the Awaiting Table. Desi made the booking and preparation very simple and she was very good at communicating with me before I got to town. The first night Silvestro and his staff cooked a delicious dinner for the students, then the class really began on tuesday. Each day, we met in the morning... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

Grazie! We're thrilled that you like our little-known region almost as much as we do! We look forward to your next visit! More 

Ottawa, Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Enjoyed 3 days with Awaiting Table in Spongano. It was a tightly compressed course. Silvestro's intense passion for the food and wine of Puglia is evident in the way he teaches not just the recipes, but the history of the region and its cooking. Picked up some new techniques ad recipes. I found 20 plus people in the classes way... More 

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It was great to pour wine for you, to teach you about our regional cooking. We hope you make it back someday! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I just returned from a week long course at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce. It is the best cooking school in Italy! Silvestro's knowledge and love of the food in Puglia is amazing! No matter what level of experience you have in the kitchen you will learn new things each day. It's off to the market each day... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

Grazie! We're thrilled that you like our little-known region almost as much as we do! We look forward to your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

My wife Grace and I along with several new friends from Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Thornhill, Toronto and Fredericton NB, spent a wonderful three days at the Castle in Spongano. The hospitality was unparalleled and the food and wine was GREAT (if not somewhat excessive). Meeting new people from New York, Washington, San Francisco, Hong Kong, London and Connecticut was an added... More 

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- What a pleasure it was to have you with us! Don't forget to come back again More 

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