Puglia Wine School

Puglia Wine School, Squinzano: Address, Phone Number, Puglia Wine School Reviews: 5/5

Puglia Wine School

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31 contributions
One of the best things to do in Puglia
Oct 2019 • Couples
This was absolutely the highlight of our trip to Lecce. The owner, Ylenia, was entertaining and passionate about bringing authentic Apulia cooking made by the village mamas back. They accommodated my request for a vegetarian option on the spot and with a smile. We made focaccia with tomatoes, olives and onions, orecchiette with a delicious broccoli sauce, miniature meatloaf, a zucchini side and a delicious pear and chocolate pastry. I can’t wait to try all of the dishes on our gourmet club. If you like to cook this is the place to go in Puglia.
Written October 7, 2019
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Roger E
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An amazing Italian cooking experience
Sep 2018 • Couples
Hosted in an idyllic location in a small sure in Squizano, the atmosphere felt authentic.
Although hot outside the large airy building felt cool inside. We started with Focaccia bread and moved on to making a past dish, a veal dish and a delicious peach dessert.
We spend about 3 and a half hours at the school and learnt no only about cooking but also about the lifestyle of the people of Puglia. An excellent host aided by 2 equally helpful mammas. Thoroughly recommend.
Written September 21, 2018
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The Hague, The Netherlands1,156 contributions
Great place to learn and enjoy Italian cooking
Aug 2018 • Family
We took the cooking class with our daughter of 15 and we all enjoyed it. The location it really nice, the old city hall of Squinzano. And the great explanation by our host lady, plus 2 Italian mama's that assist in the kitchen is great. We were with a group of 5 only in total, which meant that we got a lot of attention. During the class (from 10.30 to around 15.00 hrs) we prepared several dishes and also ate what we prepared. Plus enjoyed some really nice wines that were served with it. I can really recommend this class for the full 100% even though we paid 90 euro's each person. Worth it!
Written August 11, 2018
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Bainsville39 contributions
A delicious experience!
Sep 2017 • Couples
My husband and I were in Puglia celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. It was his dream to take a cooking class and we stumbled upon the Puglia Wine School as we were staying at the Palace de Castro right across the charming square. Ylenia and her partner Nicolas made this dream come true with grace and flair! The building itself is a historical delight and the wine selections paired with the dishes were nothing short of spectacular. Nicolas' knowledge and collection of wines is impressive to say the least. The "mamas" in the kitchen were patient and skilled, especially when it came to making the traditional orecchiette pasta, which is a true art! Although I was only there to be a cooking voyeur (I don't share my husband's passion for cooking, although I do love to eat his creations!), Ylenia encouraged me to share in all of the food, wine, and the fun! A truly wonderful hostess! The opera music and elegant setting coupled with the focaccia bread, eggplant parm, and pasta plus dessert and limoncello finale made for an unforgettable experience. You will not be disappointed! In fact, it will likely be the highlight of your trip!
Written November 27, 2017
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Bentonville, AR7 contributions
Fantastic Cooking Class!
Sep 2017 • Friends
Our group learned to make fresh orecchiette pasta, eggplant parmesan, parsley crusted cod, Sporcamusi Leccesi and focaccia bread in this class! The Mamas were so amazing and patient with us as they tried to teach us their techniques for making the pasta. I would highly recommend this activity if you want to learn how to make authentic Italian cuisine! The wine pairings with each dish were perfect!
Written November 19, 2017
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Michael C
Bangkok, Thailand21 contributions
Just the best day!
Aug 2017 • Family
Our family did a half day cooking class and it was so fun. The Palazzo is so light and welcoming and we were introduced to the Mamas in the kitchen right away. We made Foccacia, fresh pasta, a fish dish, melanzane parmigianna, and even dessert - all of which were yummy and paired with local wines presented at each course. They served a wonderful antipasti at the start. We are doing this every time we come to Puglia and would recommend this for anyone with an interest in regional food and wine and the strong connection Pugliese people have with food.
Written August 29, 2017
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Brooklyn, NY7 contributions
Special, unforgettable, delicious cooking experience
Jul 2017 • Couples
My boyfriend and I were on our way to Lecce from Monopoli, and wanted to do a cooking lesson en route, so we booked with Ylenia. This was truly a lovely experience - we rolled up into this small town on a Sunday, so the shops were all closed and the town's old men were all gathered playing cards in the piazza where the school it...seemed like out of a movie. Ylenia, the founder of the school, welcomed us upstairs to the spacious cooking school, where she has taken pains to decorate the school in a way that celebrates the town's agricultural and wine-making history. The cooking lesson was ostensibly why we were there (and the food was divine), but Ylenia made it a more culturally significant experience - playing opera as we worked, talking about the importance of nutritious but simple, locally grown foods in Salentine cuisine, and generally sharing her passion for the region with us - in addition to introducing us to the neighbor and the "mamas" from the town, who work in the kitchen and help prep out the food the students work with - with a generous and delicious snack / wine-tasting as well. I really can't thank Ylenia enough, it was a special experience and I wish her and the school all the success in the world.
Written July 10, 2017
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David G
Liverpool, UK4 contributions
A brilliant, memorable experience
May 2017 • Family
I booked this venue for a family celebration of my husband's 60th birthday. We arrived in a beautiful Italian square in the centre of Squinzano, which looked like it was lost in time. We were welcomed into a lovely old building and told to treat it as our casa during our time there. Ylenia is fantastically passionate and engaging, and speaks excellent English. The two mamas speak less English but this adds to the charm of the experience, and their culinary knowledge is brilliant. Our food and wine was incredible and we learned so much about Puglian food, wine and culture. Ylenia looked genuinely pained when we asked her why we hadn't put any garlic in the focaccia - food means that much to her. I cannot recommend the day highly enough.
Written May 29, 2017
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Peter R
Congleton, UK1 contribution
Memorable fun in the kitchen
Sep 2016 • Couples
We booked a half day cookery session while away in Puglia. We were looking for something to do due to unexpected inclement weather. I contacted Ylenia by e-mail with only 36 hours notice but she responded promptly and we were accommodated. In fact we got a personal class to ourselves.! It says they will accommodate only 2 people on the website - I can attest to the truthfulness of that claim.
We went to the school in Squinzano (parking a cinch c.f. Lecce & free). The school is held in the former town hall now the Museum of Oil & Wine. The building has been lovingly restored as an impressive venue and like much we saw and enjoyed in Puglia it has clearly been a labour of love. The ethos of care and attention to quality very evident. The course had much of the same flavour.
Inspired by our surroundings and warmly welcomed by Ylenia we got our pinnies on and got stuck in. The menu you prepare is dictated by what's locally available. We prepared focaccia, delicious aubergine rolls stuffed with mozzarella, basil, tomato, ham and Parmesan cheese, homemade pasta (orecchiette), chicken in a wine sauce and chocolate truffles!
Throughout the preparation the tuition was attentive, the conversation fascinating and fun. Then, just to make things even better Ylenia produced nibbles and local wines to try!
We were never rushed, even though they were expecting a large group later in the afternoon. We sat and chatted about anything and everything.
The course was a bargain for the price. The experience great fun and utterly memorable. I'd repeat it in an instant. Treat yourselves - it'll be one of the best things you do on your trip.
Written September 21, 2016
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Victoria, Canada2 contributions
Fantastic Cooking Experience in Puglia
Jul 2016 • Couples
Cook in Puglia offers one of the best cooking experiences in Italy. Ylenia answered my emails promptly and catered to food allergies and preferences. She is a lot of fun and provides a great cooking class. We made several delicious dishes including focaccia, orecchiette pasta, involtini de melanzane, zucchini and potatoe bites, white parmigiana and chicken with herbs using local products while tasting some lovely wines, snacking and listening to opera. The class is very hands-on and informative. Recipes and an apron were provided and techniques were demonstrated so that the dishes could be repeated in your own home. We began our class at 10:30 and left after several hours, an incredible meal, dessert and coffee. Squinzano and the Puglia Wine School is an easy drive from Lecce and an absolutely gorgeous place to take a lesson. I highly recommend Cook in Puglia. Thank you Ylenia for a memorable and truly fun day.
Written July 27, 2016
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