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The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy

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Wonderful culinary experience!

My wife and I had been following The Awaiting Table for 10 years. FInally the timing worked out... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
PandGinthe901
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Budapest, Hungary
Second visit to the Awaiting Table planning my third visit

When I first heard that people attend classes at The Awaiting Table multiple times I didn’t... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
DLZ0307
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For the last 15 years, The Awaiting Table Cookery school has been the most praised cooking school and wine programme in all Puglia. (And now the oldest too). Located in the historical centre of Lecce, Italy--or during selected weeks throughout the...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Via Idomeneo 41, 73100, Lecce, Italy
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I had been following The Awaiting Table for 10 years. FInally the timing worked out and we were able to attend the school, and it did not disappoint! Silvestro and his staff are beyond friendly and knowledgeable. The school itself is beautifully...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Let's hope it doesn't take you ten more years to come back! (The record to date is 13 years between visits, two German school teachers that had had small children between visit one and two). We hope to see you two for harvesting extra virgin...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When I first heard that people attend classes at The Awaiting Table multiple times I didn’t understand why. Just completed my second visit and planning my third so now I get it. If you want to improve your cooking skills, spend lots of time with...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

As you've already booked your 3rd visit, you'll need to tell us what you'd like to have printed on your third apron. 'Casanova'? 'Don Giovanni'? It will be great to have you back!

Reviewed 8 November 2018

I found myself back at The Awaiting Table for the third time in October, 2018, and was delighted to see that my memories of previous visits had been accurate. Time had not embellished the experience in my mind; it was as lovely as I remembered....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

Your visit answered the question: is this part of Italian cuisine and history as compelling to those without a Jewish background? To me it is. And to you as well, it seems. For your 4th visit I suggest our new canning course. Or our new...More

Reviewed 23 October 2018

My Mum and I have been talking about attending 'The Awaiting Table' for a number of years and we are very happy to have finally taken the plunge. We attended the 5 day course in Silvestro's home. Silvestro went out of his way to make...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

It is too often overlooked, the value of taking a trip as an adult with a parent. It was touching to see how much you love each other, not in fixed historical way, of parent and child, but as two people. As intimate friends. I...More

Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

I had a great 5 days in Lecce at the Awaiting Table Cookery School. We started on Monday meeting our teacher and host, Silvestro, under the statue of Saint Oronzo not far from the school. There were 3 of us most of the time but...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

It was a great to have you with us for the week! And I'm thrilled that you've been making pasta at home!

Reviewed 3 October 2018

My husband and I travel extensively and regularly. We visit Puglia often. We have travelled the Salento. We had high expectations of what the week would bring. Where to start about our superb time at the Castle in Spongano on the bike /cook/wine week with...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

You could see it in the eyes, the fact that you two would be back. And in fact when you booked your second visit only 9 months after your first, we were vindicated. And the fact that you're bringing friends this time is even better....More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

I've brought groups to The Awaiting Table since 2008, but this was the first time we combined biking with the cooking school, and it's a winner! We biked for about 2 hours, returned to the castle for an incredible lunch, lounged poolside in the afternoon,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

The bicycle/wine/cooking program at the Palazzo south of Lecce is a wonderful introduction to the Salento region, BUT be sure to ask a few important questions before you book. The accommodations at the Palazzo Bacile vary greatly, so be sure to be specific about the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

We were surprised to hear that you were unhappy with your room, especially as you had asked about the ability to stay on in the same room after the course was over. The 'tour director that ran the course', as you say, is a great...More

Reviewed 16 September 2018

If you are interested in learning more about a culture, enjoying the best it has to offer in terms of food, wine, and community, then this is the place for you. I spent a blissful week with Silvestro and and his amazing team, and would...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

It was a pleasure to have you and we're pretty sure the picture of you making our annual tomato sauce has made it onto our site. Take a look! We look forward to your return next year.

Reviewed 31 July 2018

For someone who loves food (and wine) nothing could be better than a cooking school experience that involved two market trips a day and the preparation of simple but delicious lunches and dinners using fresh, seasonal ingredients (including the oil that Silvestro harvests each fall)....More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Cucinapugliese, Owner at The Awaiting Table Cookery School in Lecce, Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

It was a treat to have you! We hope to have you back soon. We're sorry (not that we did anything wrong, but just in solidarity with all of our friends of Canada. We're sorry too!). ;)

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Selmapedretti
23 August 2018|
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Response from Cucinapugliese | Property representative |
Thank you for writing. We'll be at the castle south of Lecce that week, at our second location. Please write us thorough our site and we'll be happy to tell you how to arrive. We'd love to have you with us!
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979hannyg
18 August 2018|
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Response from Cucinapugliese | Property representative |
Hello Hanny! Thanks for your question. Like most businesses here in Italy, we close for the month of August. We reopen again the first of September and we'd love to have you with us!
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icjg
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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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