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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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I can not think of a more fun, culturally interesting, relaxing and delicious way to spend a week... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2017
jayne10017
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New York City, New York
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It's not just about cooking (but that is the best part!).

Silvestro and his team made learning about the Puglia region a very entertaining and tasty week... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2017
rhuber1
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San Diego, California
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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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Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

I can not think of a more fun, culturally interesting, relaxing and delicious way to spend a week with 8 friends.live in a castle eat food you helped make and learn all about southern Italy from soup to nuts! Silvestro is the host and will...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

There are those that keep coming back and each time is sweeter than the last. Your visits are like that. We can't wait to have you back for your 4th visit. Olive You at the castle?

Reviewed 20 October 2017

Silvestro and his team made learning about the Puglia region a very entertaining and tasty week. The trips to the market, the hours spent in the kitchen or around the table all were accompanied with discussions on the wine you were drinking or the food...More

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Reviewed 15 October 2017

We were completely blown away by Silvestro and The Awaiting Table. We came expecting to learn a fair amount about Italian food and gain some practical cooking tips, but never expected the depth of cultural insight, wine knowledge and just plain fun that we had....More

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

It was great to have you with us! We hope to see you again, for our Bici /Cucina / Vino course next year!

Reviewed 14 October 2017

I would have given the place, the experience and Silvestro six stars if I could! We spent part of a day in Lecce's school and 6 other days in Spongano's school at the Castle part of a week-long course. We were treated like kings and...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

A true pleasure to have you with us. And thank you for all the talks on the Mediterranean Diet and its effects on the health. It's fascinating when cooks and doctors agree. We hope to have you back soon.

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We spent a day of learning about freshness, fish, Puglia and food - all extraordinary! A market trip, and the education with the wonderful owner and his diligent kind (for us who never had made fresh pasta or octopus) staff - highly over the to...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

A day is such a short about of time. We hope to see you again soon! Maybe for our bicycle, cucina, vino course!

Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Wow!!! We came with expectations! They were exceeded. 5 days of culinarily and wine learning, local and national history..... and fun!! Thank you so much Sylvestro ( and team) you were fantastic! Lindsay and Susie Joyce

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

the wind is still whistling through all the empty holes of our wine racks, the damage you all caused! ;) Truly a great time with you. We hope to have you back soon. Maybe at the castle.

Reviewed 8 October 2017

My significant other and I spent a week at the cooking school in Spongano. It was wonderful!! The school provides a good balance of lessons, day trips and free time. The lessons were a great mix of local and cultural food history and hands on...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

It was great to have you two with us and we hope you make it back again soon. Perhaps for our bicycling /food /wine course at the castle!

Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Silvestro and his team did an amazing job from start to finish! For a dinner class, we met in town and visited local markets to shop and learn of the ingredients, local culture and each other. We came back to his kitchen, an impressive place...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Short courses are always so bittersweet: we get to meet fascinating people from all over the world but just as we get to know each other, the course is over. We hope to have you back! Maybe if the Rolling Stones play Lecce someday. It...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

I learned a ton about amazing Italian food, and how to make it. I made wonderful new friendships with Sylvester and the other families who were there with us. I loved the education we got about Italian history, language & culture in the area. I...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

We love kids! Especially for our family-based courses. It's a great way to learn, when it's multi-generational. We hope to have you back one day!

Reviewed 4 October 2017

Just spent a week at the Awaiting Table at the castle in Spongano. It exceeded high expectations on all counts. The food was the centerpiece. Sylvestro knows more about the food and wine of the Salento, than most people know about anything. And he shares...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 October 2017

Wow, such compliments! And thanks for the kinds words on our wines that we serve. It's a great passion of ours, to choose wines that are indicative of this part of Italy. We hope to have you back soon!

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icjg
18 May 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
23 April 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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