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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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Amazing

The staff was so kind and helpful. The region is breathtaking. The handmade pasta was delicious... read more

Reviewed 27 September 2013
Lhdonicus
Spectacular and scrumptious experience

I've just returned from a glorious week of food and wine, celebrating The Awaiting Table Cookery... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2013
Musicspanker
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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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Via Idomeneo 41, 73100, Lecce, Italy
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

The staff was so kind and helpful. The region is breathtaking. The handmade pasta was delicious and now I make it at home with my daughters. I have a new appreciation for family meals, olive oil, good pasta, and wine! Hope to go back someday.

2  Thank Lhdonicus
Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

And that was in September, when our olive oil was already 11 months old. You should come back in November or December, when even the neighbors can smell it when we open the bottle! It was a pleasure having you!

Reviewed 19 September 2013

I've just returned from a glorious week of food and wine, celebrating The Awaiting Table Cookery School's 10th birthday, in a beautiful castle in Spongano, Italy (an hr away from Lecce) Silvestro, the passionate and knowledgable owner, and his warm, genuine, and helpful staff made...More

1  Thank Musicspanker
Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

You can see how much you liked your time at the castle by the video of you posted on Youtube, making the annual tomato sauce. You beam like a 5 year old! Hope to have you back and hello to everyone in Singapore!

Reviewed 17 September 2013

What an adventure my wife and I had while enjoying the 10th anniversary of the The Awaiting Table Cookery School. The staff of Giorgio, Silvestro , Giuseppe and Anna where amazing to work with, what patience as mentors and their passion for what they do...More

1  Thank scott m
Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

what a pleasure it was having you two for your honeymoon! And a famous chef no less! We hope you can make it back someday. We'd be thrilled to have you in the kitchen with us again!

Reviewed 14 September 2013

What a fantastic week in Spongano, Italy, at the Palazzo Bacile di Castiglione for the Awaiting Table Cookery School's 10th anniversary. Silvestro's knowledge of Puglia's food and wine is extensive and he teaches about them with both passion and humor. The food we learned how...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

You hit the nail on the head, the difficulty of choosing a course at the castle or one in Lecce. Both have strengths. Lecce's strength is as one of the prettiest cities in all of Europe. The castle, is, well, it's a castle and completely...More

Reviewed 13 September 2013

From the moment we met Silvestro in the Piazza to drop off our luggage we felt so welcome. After a delicious lunch at the main school in Lecce we were transported to the wonderful castle location about 1 hour away. The grounds were spectacular and...More

1  Thank Natalie C
Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

thrilled that you're coming back next year with a group! The second visit you're even more family and we can't wait to see you again and catch up about your culinary school in Canada!

Reviewed 12 September 2013

This is a very special week. The journey is long but well worth the effort. Cooking classes were an inspiration to a novice cooker who generally cooks from the seat of their pants. Only to find out that much of this style is done the...More

Thank bwigington
Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

Yes, do come back and do our Lecce course. Our wine bottles flow freely in both our locations! Hope you're using the recipes from the book you left with!

Reviewed 21 July 2013

This was our fourth different cooking class in Italy, and it was both unique and excellent. To respond to the few negative comments out there, this cooking class is not for the expert chef running a restaurant, or for the person who just wants to...More

3  Thank tgrella
Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

Thanks for the kind words! It was a shame we had so little time together but a blessing that you're considering coming back! We're here when you're ready!

Reviewed 29 June 2013

Silvestro and his staff do an amazing job at this gem of a cookery school. The staff gives generous instruction and individual attention. All details are meticulously taken care of. The days are well planned and organized, giving you the opportunity to be totally immersed...More

1  Thank bventure27
Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

The record is now 5 visits, so you'll have to scramble to keep up! ;) We'd love to have you back and consider coming to a cold weather course when the food and wine of Southern Italy is at its absolute best.

Reviewed 24 June 2013

Took part in a one day cooking class which included lunch and dinner. Silvestro is the perfect host and teacher. He has huge amount of knowledge not only about food and wine but also of the local region's culture and history. For anyone interested in...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2013

Thanks for the kind words, especially those regarding our pricing. It's not easy to explain how we run our courses, and what we actually include in the price. Hope to have you back! Consider coming back in the colder months, when the reds of Puglia...More

Reviewed 17 June 2013

We booked a day course for 4 people. It was a very full day, with a lot of hands on cooking. I've done a few cooking classes around the world, and I greatly appreciate that the Awaiting Table has every student involved in every recipe....More

1  Thank tgohollo
Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2013

What a pleasure it was having you all with us, even if it was for only a day. And thanks for the compliments regarding value. It's important to us to do the region proud. We're looking forward to having you back as well!

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icjg
19 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
24 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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