Half Day Cooking Classes
Learn the authentic Italian cuisine with the LOCAL EXPERTS.
Learn Italy’s culture through its food and wines.
Learn the secrets of an ancient cuisine, handed down by Southern Italian Women.
Learn a simple, tasty and healthy cuisine.
Have fun meeting new friends!
CLASSES TAUGHT BY CINZIA
-Learn with a LOCAL EXPERT (Cinzia is native to Puglia; certified wine sommelier and extra virgin olive oil taster);
-Learn an ancient cookery method (slow cooking);
-Use highest quality ingredients;
-Learn to cook with extra virgin olive oil;
-Make traditional, simple, tasty and healthy home-made recipes (we never FRY!);
-Pair food with excellent wines from Puglia;
-Classes are HANDS ON and in English;
-Small groups: min 4, max 10 people (please enquire for larger groups);
-Time: from 4pm to 9pm (including following meal based on your creation);
We also run special classes which are focused on the health benefits of the ancient Mediterranean cuisine of Puglia and extra virgin olive oil.
You will learn that both ingredients and the cookery method are important to preserve antioxidants content, nutrients and enhance food flavors.
You will learn about the benefits of extra virgin olive oil and how to cook with it.
These classes are hands on, in English and for minimum 4 and maximum 10 people.
These special classes take place at specific dates.
Cooking classes with Cinzia cost 140 euro per person per class (including 21% VAT tax).
Price does not include transfers (please ask and we can help you arrange them).
You can join one or more classes. There are usually three cooking classes per week.
You may also attend the ONE WEEK Cooking & Wine tour
Special classes with Cinzia & Marika cost 180 euro per person (including 21% VAT tax).
For dates and availability of the special classes please contact us.
Please specify which class you are interested in.
Cooking classes are in English and personally taught by Cinzia.
During the cooking classes you will learn the authentic and traditional Italian cuisine of Puglia that only locals know (Cinzia learned everything from her Grandmothers). This cuisine has never been written down but handed down from mother to daughter (very unlikely Italian men cook!).
You will learn that the quality of the ingredients is key in the Pugliese cuisine and that extra virgin olive oil will be used almost for everything. Cinzia personally selects the best olive oils and ingredients (locally sourced, organic and in season) to ensure the highest quality.
You will learn that also the cookery method is very important in order to make very tasty and healthy dishes. Food is never fried and always cooked in a way that enhances flavors and nutrients. The real Pugliese cuisine is home-made in its essence.
Each class with Cinzia features the preparation of three recipes (from fresh hand-made pasta with durum wheat, freshly made tomato sauce, seafood or meat courses, stuffed focaccia, courses with vegetables, to sweets). On request Cinzia provides classes for vegetarians or people who are intolerant to gluten.
The Stile Mediterraneo Cooking School is located in Squinzano, nearby the best wine and extra virgin olive oil areas in Salento Puglia. Squinzano is 15 minutes from the Lecce historical center and off the tourist tracks.
For the accommodation you may stay at theStile Mediterraneo B&B. Or, if you prefer other accommodations, we will be happy to refer you to the best boutique hotels and villas.
If you rent a car, you can easily drive to our place (we will send you directions). As an alternative we can organize group / private transfers from Lecce (little extra), or private transfers from Brindisi, Otranto, Gallipoli, Ostuni, Fasano or any other location where you may stay.
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