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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

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 

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

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

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I recently attended the new Cooking Wine and Cycling course at the Castle with Silvestro and his team from Awaiting Table. It was brilliant and it would be difficult to choose A single highlight as there were many ! We learnt about authentic regional cuisine and the importance of seasonal produce turned into simple beautiful meals. We were taught to... 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 

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I had the most amazing time at the Castle with Silvestro and the staff! They made the week so delightfully special. The food and cooking was incredible - I learned a lot about Italian cuisine and a different approach to cooking. The introduction to the culture of both the Salento and greater Italy was also great. And the wine, delicious!... 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 June 8, 2015

Lecce has a remarkably pure feeling of where pre christian history meets current Italian culture a La Salento. Two years ago, I was joined by three friends who spent a week at The Awaiting Table cookery school in Lecce. We enjoyed our days and nights learning much about the history of olive oil making, wine making, language skills, indigenous recipes... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

Truly our pleasure to have you back with us! Come back next year for our bicycle/cooking/wine course in May or September! We'll have fun! More 

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Address: Via Idomeneo 41, 73100 Lecce, Italy
Phone Number: 39 347676 970
Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Puglia  >  Province of Lecce  >  Lecce

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