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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
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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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Take me back to Puglia

A truly wonderful day with excellent hosts and fellow students. Out of a 6 week trip around Italy, this was definitely my highlight (a difficult thing for others to believe, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A truly wonderful day with excellent hosts and fellow students. Out of a 6 week trip around Italy, this was definitely my highlight (a difficult thing for others to believe, but not difficult for me to pick). Silvestro and his team arrange a flawless day to experience the flavours of Puglia; from visiting the market and buying today's produce, making... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Sylvestro and his team are excellent...very aware of the types of information we would like as visitors to the region, covered wine, olive oil, and food culture of the area very thoroughly. Great to shop at the market, cook then eat together both lunch and dinner. Also good to note that the mix of people attending was truly international and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was almost 2 years from the first time The Awaiting Table Cookery School caught my attention until I was finally able to arrive in Lecce (with my best friend in tow!) As you can imagine, my both my excitement and expectations were pretty high...! From the first evening, during which we had a delicious welcome dinner prepared for us... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

In June 2016 we did a 1 day class to cook and eat lunch and dinner (200.- EUR per person) - Unless other cooking classes i have done in other countries we did all do different tasks (except the pasta making which we all did the same). So many of the interesting steps of the cooking is done only by... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback. It is hard to get it right every time- the amount and content that each student wants to cook and learn. As the weather starts to warm we try to teach more history and theory, in the cool of the dining room with a glass of wine in hand. It sounds like we missed hitting... More 

San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

Silvestro and his whole crew were fun, informative and the resulting food was delicious. Never has "school" been this enjoyable. You can tell that everyone involved really enjoys sharing their knowledge and enjoying the camaraderie that develops. From the tour of the marketplace and description of local meats/ fish , pasta, grains and vegetables to the kitchen and finally to... More 

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

What a pleasure to have you with us! And we love that you posted on Facebook for the new recipes you have been cooking at home. Keep an eye out for the wines of the Salento at home as well. The pinks and reds are always great finds. We hope to have you back! More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

My daughter and I had great hands on experience with Silvestro's cooking class. We have receipes that we can replicate back home. The experience was so good that we speak about various aspects as we continue our travels. The website is also another follow up means of keeping in touch. Everything had been planned and no request was too much... More 

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

It was a pleasure to have you two with us, especially as you know southern Italy so well, being from just one region over. Are you drinking your Cirò back at home? We are! Some to see you both again very soon. More 

Wakefield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

We enjoyed everything about our one day experience with Silvestro and his two assistants. We were impressed by the amount of knowledge of food, wine and cooking that Silvestro shared with us. Everything was organized well and we prepared a lunch and dinner that was simply delicious. Having a varied group of participants with us increased the enjoyment of this... More 

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

Thank you for the kind words! It was fun having you with us, even if for such a short spell. Keep an eye out for our new videos on our Youtube channel. You're in one of them! More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

I can't begin to say how wonderful & amazing our week was with Sylvestro, the owner and teacher of regional cooking & wines, Italian history, as well as facilitator of learning about everything under the sun through our contact with him, his 2 assistants Desi & Mauro, and all the other students at the school from different backgrounds & countries.... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela 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 

Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

We had one day with Silvestro. First, a trip to several markets, with Silvestro imparting lots of knowledge about each place, the food they were selling and why he shops at each place. Then a great lunch, which we helped prepare, including pasta. And, of course, local wine, about which he's very knowledgeable. In fact, Silvestro's background is fascinating as... 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 with us! Come back for our Southern Italian wine course! More 

Lecce, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2016

From making the booking to the day itself everything was superbly done. If you don't give a day to this while in Lecce you will be really missing out. You don't need to be the world's best cook just be prepared to give it a go. It's about the fresh food, making pasta, the cooking (of course), the wine and... More 

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

It was great to have you with us! We look forward to your next visit! More 

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