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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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A Fabulous Escape into Southern Italy

I don't know that I can write a review to do my experience at the Awaiting Table justice. I have... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
JVE08
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Great time and great food

Wonderful experience. It's more than a cooking class -- Silvestro brings together the region's rich... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bonnie R
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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 6 days ago

I don't know that I can write a review to do my experience at the Awaiting Table justice. I have followed the school and Silvestro for many years and I was finally able to celebrate my 60th birthday with 2 of my sisters and 6...More

Thank JVE08
Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

It was a GREAT pleasure to have you with us! We await your next visit! The staff

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful experience. It's more than a cooking class -- Silvestro brings together the region's rich history with its wine, food and culture -- for a true "taste of Puglia." Loved the community aspect of it, too. Met some really interesting people. We're planning to "gift"...More

Thank Bonnie R
Cucinapugliese, Guest Relations Manager at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Awaiting Table offers an excellent balance of experience, education, and conversation, and allows students to engage in a full day as a local with the host at his home and in the town of Lecce. From the stroll through town to the green market...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I signed up for a week long course on Southern Italian wines. Our group was small and fluid (not everyone was there for the week) which meant that Silvestro was able to adapt the flow and content of the course to suit...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

It was great to have you two with us and we look forward to your return in the future. Bicycling /Cucina / Vino? We'd love to have you back!

Reviewed 18 May 2017

I spent a week learning about the Salento region of southern Italy, including pasta making and cooking, wines, olive oils, history, and Salento life. It was a most amazing week and I would reccomend it to anyone wishing to learn more in about southern Italy...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

After such a long time waiting, it was great to have you finally visit. And we look forward to your next visit. And in the meantime, keep looking for Southern Italian wine in your town. It's worth seeking out! Thanks again!

Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

The main reason my partner and I came to southern Italy was to learn more about the wines of the region. After seven days in the beautiful Baroque styled Lecce, under the passionate, knowledgeable & astute tutelage of Silvestro and his fantastic team, we feel...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

It's one of our favourite courses of the year, when we move beyond the wine of the Salento to learn and teach about all of Southern Italy. And it particularly rewarding to have two industry experts with us. We learned a lot from you as...More

Reviewed 15 May 2017

My husband and I took an all day cooking class from Silvestro and loved it. We have never done a class like this before. Not only did we learn how to make pasta and various Southern Italian dishes and about Salento wine, but we learned...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Yes, it is true, the artichokes were past their prime, but at least we were able to sneak in a lesson on how to carve them. Our classes in Lecce are small enough to allow us to change things up on a whim. It was...More

Reviewed 5 May 2017

Our one day food and wine course in Lecce was the best thing we did during our two week stay in that beautiful town. The day is so much more than a cooking experience; it is an education in the food, wine, history and culture...More

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

It was a treat to have you with us! Our only regret is that we only had a day together. If you're ever in Puglia again, we'd love to see you two again!

Reviewed 2 April 2017

Three of us booked a day with Silvestro and Co at Awaiting Table in Lecce, late March 2017. We wanted a cultural/culinary introduction to Puglia, and were thrilled at the quality and intensity that Silvesro, Desi, and Anna provided. Beginning with a short stroll to...More

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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2017

What a pleasure to have you with us, even if for only a day. We hope you enjoyed the rest of the south. It's a nice to be, being the entry point for Southern Italy to the outside world. It's a role we don't take...More

Reviewed 18 November 2016 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...More

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icjg
We would like to book a week in May 2016, but all courses are at the castle. The description of the course in Lecce mentions going to the market everyday, but this is not mentioned in the course description at the castle. Are there visits to the market from the castle?
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
Would like day course for 4 adults May 30-June5, we will be in the area. What are our options? thanks Shelley Minchew
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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