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The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy

Via Idomeneo 41, 73100, Lecce, Italy
39 347676 970
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Cooking, education & fun!!!

A wonderful experience! Silvestro is a great host and ensures that you leave with an education... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
ninad5
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Delightful cooking experience in Puglia

Silvestro is very knowledgable about the food and wine of the region! We also learned a lot about... read more

Reviewed March 22, 2018
Ilana G
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For the last 14 years, The Awaiting Table Cookery school has been the most praised cooking school and wine programme 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, students from 52 countries come to go deeper into The Mediterranean Diet, and local, world-class wines. Our school has appeared in The London Times, Food & Travel, The LA Times, Bon Appetit, The New York Times, Food and Wine, as well as Chinese, Japanese, American and Dutch television. The owner, Silvestro Silvestori, is a nationally-certified sommelier here in Italy, as well as a wine journalist for a major international wine magazine. All classes are hands-on, fun but our students learn a lot in two of the most beautiful kitchens in Italy.
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Via Idomeneo 41, 73100, Lecce, Italy
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39 347676 970
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful experience! Silvestro is a great host and ensures that you leave with an education greater than what you arrived with.... and fun at the same time. My husband and I did the pasta class from 10am- 3pm. During this class we also learnt...More

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Reviewed March 22, 2018

Silvestro is very knowledgable about the food and wine of the region! We also learned a lot about the architecture, local mentality, food, history and many other aspects of the Sorento Region of Southern Italy. The cooking school - which is also his home -...More

Thank Ilana G
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

It was a pleasure to have you all with us here in the Sorento (;)) Joking aside, we hope to see you all again here and we hope the rest of your time in Puglia was magical as well.

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Reviewed December 19, 2017

My wife and I spent one special week with Silvestro and his team in beautiful Baroque Lecce. We had a wonderful time learning how simple and delicious the food and wine is from the Salento. Silvestro was so knowledgeable about the regional food, adapted for...More

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Reviewed December 16, 2017

Week long cooking class with Silvestro was excellent. Learning the foods, wine, traditions and culture of Puglia in a format that was engaging and hands on. Silvestro and his staff are wonderful. I felt like I was part of the family with a week long...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded December 17, 2017

It was great to have you with us, and especially in December. The winter might be the best time to eat and drink in Puglia, but it's the season that most travellers forget about. We do look forward to seeing you two next year at...More

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Reviewed November 15, 2017

I've been taking groups of guests to The Awaiting Table Cookery School since 2008, when I first discovered the program, but it wasn't until this 8th visit that I managed to schedule a visit during the olive harvest. The staff never disappoints and their attentiveness...More

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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

Had a great week learning about olive oil, wine and pasta making. Loved the dishes we were able to make then eat at a big beautiful table with all of the other people from around the world. Silvestro was very knowledgeable and made the days...More

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Reviewed November 3, 2017

It was terrible experience paying lots of money. I attended this course and expected a brilliant day as my birthday present. In fact, it was less than the worst. I paid 180 euro for one person and learnt nothing. He explained history of Puglia food...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2017

We're very sorry that we missed the mark with you. We work hard to bring groups of people together from all over the world but it seems that you felt left out of conversation and we wished we would have done a better job amalgamating...More

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

We had booked a villa near Spongano in the Southern Puglia countryside in July and when I discovered that The Awaiting Table ran cooking classes in the Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione, Spongano, it was too good an opportunity to miss. We were able to book...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2017

It was great to have you, even if for such a short time. Consider returning, this time for an entire course. We'd love to see you again.

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Reviewed October 29, 2017

The week of October 2, 2017, my wife and I attended The Awaiting Table in Lecce with six other people (two other couples and a gentleman and his aunt). On a scale of one to ten, my experience was a ten. I originally had no...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2017

Your transformation from 'I don't cook nor drink much wine' to, 'I didn't used to cook and could you please keep this full', was a great pleasure for us. A real pleasure to spend the time with you two.

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Reviewed October 27, 2017

A magical week cooking great food, tasting great wines, visiting local markets, and learning about the culinary tradition of Puglia and the history of the Salento. Can't wait to recreate the dishes we made. A delightful way to spend the week - would love to...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2017

I loved our talks, especially about the Jewish dishes you ate as a child. Our new Jewish Cooking of Southern Italy might interest. Italian food and wine, but with a different historical filter. We look forward to your return!

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icjg
May 18, 2015|
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Response from Cucinapugliese | Property representative |
Ciao! I'm Desi here in Puglia! Thank you for your interest in our cookery school! Attending a week-long course at the Castle includes everyday shopping for the ingredients. You'll go everyday to the local shops and markets... More
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sminchew
April 23, 2015|
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Response from Cucinapugliese | Property representative |
Ciao Shelly, thank you for your interest in The Awaiting Table Cookery School. We have available spots on June 3rd and 5th. Shoot us an email if you want to join us! We'd love to show you the food and wine from the place we... More
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