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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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Puglia Perfection!

My wife and I spent one special week with Silvestro and his team in beautiful Baroque Lecce. We... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2017
fchaten
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Chicago, Illinois
Wonderful week in Lecce great host, great experience cooking and learning, wonderful region in Italy!

Week long cooking class with Silvestro was excellent. Learning the foods, wine, traditions and... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
Debbie C
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Tampa, Florida
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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 19 December 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 17 December 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 18 December 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 15 November 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 15 November 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 3 November 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 4 November 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 30 October 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 30 October 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 29 October 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 30 October 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 28 October 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

Thank Floran F
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 28 October 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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Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

What an incredible way to experience Italy! Silvestro’s Awaiting Table was perfecto! Who knew simple, straightforward ingredients could morph into the most delicious food imaginable?My friends and I descended on Lecce for a week of cooking and camaraderie, which quickly turned into one of the...More

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

You failed to mention my keen tap dancing and trombone skills. ;) It was a pleasure to have you all with us. And we hope to repeat it again, maybe next time at the castle for our week dedicated to extra virgin. Or a wine...More

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Reviewed 26 October 2017

My wife had wanted to do this course ever since we booked our holiday to Puglia. I joined in at the last minute to keep her company. We met Silvestro in the Piazza together with two American ladies, so I was outnumbered from the start....More

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

'Outvoted by women', describes my life! :) It was a pleasure to have you two with us and we do hope you make it back very soon. Perhaps to one of our themed weeks at the castle.

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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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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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