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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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Just as Wonderful the second time around!

We visited The Awaiting Table for the first time back in 2013 and we had such an amazing experience that we knew we'd be back. Well, fast forward 3 years and there we were. This... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited The Awaiting Table for the first time back in 2013 and we had such an amazing experience that we knew we'd be back. Well, fast forward 3 years and there we were. This time we attended the San Martino class, celebrating the chestnut harvest, the new wine and abundance. Even though our fellow students were all new to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have recently enjoyed one day cooking experience with The Awaiting Table. If you are in Lecce and have time, you should definitely do it! My best meal in Puglia so far and great day anyway. Thanks. A lot for this. See you soon again!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unending food, never a dull moment and a really special dinner that surprised us all mid-week. Silvestro has created a very special program, very well organized, delicious food, tireless staff and lovely group of participants to cook with. None of us were professional chefs, but all had an interest in cooking. We started as a group of 14 strangers and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Just returned from Olive Oil U, a course featuring all things olive oil. The course was held south of Lecce and the group took over a castle in a small town. We cooked lunch and dinner all but one day and learned so much about the local cooking techniques and ingredients. AND we helped pick olives, went to the grinding... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

The video that we made of our picking olives turned out wonderfully. A great keepsake of our time together. We hope to have you back next year for the tomato sauce week! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

This was my 7th trip to the Awaiting Table school to take a group of guests. People always ask me if that gets boring going back to the same place, but it's just the opposite: after a few visits, the staff have become friends, the locals no longer strangers, and the experience more intimate. I'd highly encourage you to not... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

With the 8th visit you get a free coin purse! You're our favourite guest and we look forward to your now annual visits. It's always a pleasure. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We learned so much from Silvestro and his staff at Awaiting Tables Cookery school and we had such a good time. I have already tried several of the dishes at home and I've been home less than a week. The dishes are simple but delicious. We started the day with coffee and local pastries followed by a trip to the... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this review

What a pleasure it was to have you with us, even if only for a day. It's a shame that we have so few Canadians this year, due to the poor exchange. Still, I think several of you will be returning, a great compliment to be certain. Grazie! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Our day-long cooking class with Silvestro at The Awaiting Table was fantastic! We had great coffee, shopped in the market for ingredients for lunch and dinner, made two kinds of pasta and sliced, diced, chopped, peeled and other wise assisted in the preparation of all the food for the two meals while learning about olive oil, wine, herbs, fish and... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

We had a fantastic class to learn to make pasta, as well as a chicken, fish and vegetable dinner. Silvestro is very knowledgeable (and opinionated as interesting people often are) and we learned so much about food and its connection to Italian culture and history. The cooking school is beautifully equipped and the staff is wonderful. Lecce is magnificent, with... More 

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Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

What a great way to spend a half day....trip to the market to buy the ingredients and a little history tour on the way. Learning how to make pasta and use fresh local ingredients to make a scrummy lunch tipped off by eating it and drinking some lovely wine. The team were great, very informative and willing to lend a... More 

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

- It was a pleasure to have you with us! We await your next visit! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I recently participated in a glorious week of cooking and cycling in the Puglia region, at the Awaiting Table cookery school. The classes were held in a castle and we cooked fresh pasta, which we made nightly (something I had never done before) with the expert instruction of Silvestro, as well as delicious vegetable and meat and fish dishes. I... More 

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

- What a pleasure it was to have you with us! Don't forget to come back again, maybe to make the annual tomato sauce! More 

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