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Cucina in Masseria - Homestay Cooking in Italy

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Cucina in Masseria - Homestay Cooking in Italy

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Strada Provinciale 165 Mola Conversano n. 35, 70042 Mola di Bari Italy
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Puglia Half-Day Opera and Food Tour
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Puglia Half-Day Opera and Food Tour

Enjoy a walking tour in Monopoli town. Attend an opera concert with piano playing and lyric singer in a noble palace. In Monopoli admire noble palaces, churches and large squares, where locals spend their free time. Have a detailed tour into the Cathedral. In Monopoli port enjoy at the sight of colorful gozzi, admire the vivacity of its sea tradition especially late afternoon, when fishing boats come back. Here stand out the magnificent Carlo V Castle and the Gothic arches of Palazzo Martinelli.Second stop Mola di Bari for a great live experience of opera concert at Palazzo Pesce. Guided tour inside this 18th century noble residence, discover its splendid Etruscan frescoes. It's time for an aperitif: taste some wine and some Apulian local products, before attending the concert, especially designed to meet your musical taste. NOTE: According to opening times and days, the Cathedral of Monopoli could be replaced by the Chiesa della Matrice in Mola di Bari or another available church.
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Jenn R wrote a review May 2019
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During my trip to Puglia, I decided pretty last minute that I wanted to learn how to make some dishes from the region. I did some quick research and reached out to Rita to arrange a cooking class and stay at her Masseria. It was definitely the highlight of my time in Puglia! It started off with the easiest communication to book the class and accommodation, and ended with me never wanting to leave. Let me tell you the experience was absolutely wonderful. We spent the day cooking the most beautiful dishes, talking and laughing. We used local ingredients that we picked up that morning and the freshest seafood from the market that afternoon. We also made the best gelato I've ever had, a secret recipe I’m anxiously awaiting to make again this weekend at home. If you are looking for a cooking class to take in Puglia, this is the one, you’ll leave with a satisfied belly, a bunch of excellent recipes and a full heart. Rita and Victoria are just amazing and I can’t wait to go back!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Rebecca H wrote a review Apr 2019
New York City, New York49 contributions
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This is an incredibly delayed review, but I knew I had to write it 6 months later because I’m still dreaming about the focaccia and ragu and other delicious food we made at the Masseria. First off, the masseria itself is beautiful. All the rooms are very large with en suite bathrooms and we had a very comfortable stay. Rita, Victoria, and all the others were extremely welcoming and genuine locals who wanted to share their food and culture. One thing that drew me to this homestay cooking program was how responsive and accommodating Rita was-we made a combination of meat and seafood dishes, plus the famous (seriously life-changing) ragu, fresh pasta, and she brought in someone to also make fresh mozzarella. Everything is so fresh, they often use ingredients grown right in the yard. We thought of a couple other things we wanted to make (eggplant parmigiana, Christmas cookies, etc) and Rita accommodated those without a problem. Many of the recipes are her family’s, we even found some from the late 1800s! I also have a lactose sensitivity and she was so kind and found lactose free cheese for me for the pizza making. This is a serious cooking vacation, we were probably in the kitchen 6+ hours a day making lunch and dinner which I personally loved, but can be long for others who don’t cook as much...don’t worry, they give you plenty of wine. You then sit down to eat together. Be sure to try the liquors Rita makes herself post-dinner, they are amazing. You can also mix up your itinerary by exploring nearby towns-Rita took us to Alberobello and a nearby winery. Another day, she also took us to see a local artisan who makes all the terracotta dishes used in her kitchen (highly recommend). You’ll also have the chance to buy some if you want. My brother was on the trip with me and we have made many of the dishes multiple times at home. Compared to other cooking courses I’ve taken, this one was less about strict techniques and more about learning the recipes and culture of southern Italy, which made it more laid back and allowed you to be as involved as you wanted to be in the process. One PSA: there are multiple cats on premises, so if you have an allergy or sensitivity, make sure to pack that Claritin. In summary, this is one of the favorite vacations I’ve taken, and is an unforgettable experience if you love to cook (and eat!). Definitely mix it up with some local trips if you’re there for more than a couple days. & be sure to make the focaccia, the tiella, and the ragu!!!
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Date of experience: October 2018
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e w wrote a review Jul 2017
Seattle, Washington10 contributions4 helpful votes
Great 5 day hands on cooking under the guidance of Dona Rita and Victoria. We prepared lots of regional dishes from the freshest organic ingredients. Accomodation is perfect. If you want to perfect your italian culinary skills you will not be disappointed. Bellissimo!
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Date of experience: July 2017
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BrightonEgghead wrote a review Jun 2017
Brighton111 contributions52 helpful votes
If you want to do something a little different a stay at Cucina in Masseria could be for you. We did the three day course which included all our meals plus a couple of restaurant visits and going to a farm to see mozzarella being made, visiting farmers houses and visiting both Polignano and a half day to Trulli Valley. The cookery classes are absolutely amazing and cater for all abilities. It is all conducted in a relaxed and very friendly manner and would make anyone feel at ease. The owner Rita is absolutely charming and makes you feel totally at home as do her two lovely staff members Floriana and Victoria. We met some great people while we were staying there and enjoyed much humour over numerous glasses of wine. The food was absolutely fabulous and just seemed to keep on coming!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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891236503 wrote a review Oct 2016
Germany42 contributions26 helpful votes
I stayed at Masseria Serra dell’Isola for eight days in October, 2016, and wish I could have stayed for another eight days . . . or eight months. The owner, Rita Guastamacchia, embodies the spirit of Puglia; Puglia defines Rita. She is kind, caring, full of enthusiasm, and knowledgeable both about Puglian history and culture as well as Puglian food and cooking. I will treasure memories of her gentle smile and sense of humor that guided me through my days there. If you are looking for a five star hotel catering to tourists, please don’t book here because you will not find the excessive luxury and glitz you are seeking. On the other hand, if you want to understand Puglia and meet people who shower you with genuine smiles and warmth, you will be happy here. You will experience a working farm, well populated with much-loved cats, that produces olives and citrus fruit. You will live in a family home filled with 400 years of memories, love, and history, eat some of the best food you will ever encounter, and meet local people who love their land and help you feel at home. You can book at room at the Masseria, spend a few nights, and eat your breakfast and evening meal there. But if you want to experience the real Puglia, I suggest that you book some cooking lessons. This is the best way to meet the people and to learn about some of the region’s traditional recipes. Among the highlights for me were cruising through the nearby town, Mola di Bari on a Sunday morning looking for fruit and vegetables for our evening meal. As we drove down quiet streets, Rita pointed out chairs piled with fruit and vegetables placed on the sidewalk outside homes. Rita stopped near several of these chairs and we followed her into the homes, where the dining room tables were piled high with local produce for sale. We made our selections--pumpkin, zucchini, eggplants, cicchoria, and my favorite bitter green, cima di rapa. If you are looking for direct marketing, you will never beat this method! After a final stop at the fish market (just a few meters from the sea front) where we bought a pile of the clearest-eyed fish I’ve ever encountered and an octopus minutes out of the Adriatic, we piled back into Rita’s car and started cooking as soon as we got walked into the kitchen. Rita also took me into one of her fields, and pointed out the wild fennel and chicory, and showed me how to harvest them. We filled a large bag with enough herbs for several of the recipes she wanted to make. That night we feasted on zucchini marinated in vinegar, eggplant Parmesan, thin bread stuffed with wild greens, roasted pumpkin with cinnamon and oregano, zuppa di pesce (fish soup) and roasted fish. There were so many dishes on the table that I lost track of everything we ate. But be assured, every mouthful was fresh, well-cooked, and bordering on divine. Our days flew by, divided by cooking and trips with Rita to some of the towns in the region: Polignano, Conversano, Alberobello, Castel del Monte, Matera, Altamura, Trani, and Bari. Rita both drove and provided the historical background of each town to help us understand the significance of what we were seeing. Her perspective and deep knowledge of southern Italy’s history provided much depth of understanding--I so appreciate Rita’s efforts. I know she is working constantly to give her guests the best experience possible. In summary, I brought home recipes for dishes that I have already begun to recreate in my own kitchen. Rita is generous with sharing her cooking skills and teaching how to cook dishes that have been on her family table for decades, if not centuries. if you want to experience the essence of Puglia, see the region through the eyes of someone rooted in its culture and history, and open yourself to truly enjoying life, you couldn’t find a better place than Masseria Serra dell’Isola.
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Date of experience: October 2016
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