Cooking classes

Salento appetizer, orecchiette and tiramisu

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Duration 3h

Max 8 guests

Spoken languages:  Italian, English, French

Cooking class: learn how to cook Italian recipes and taste the dishes prepared during the lesson

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Your experience
  • Pittule (deep-fried bite-sized balls of leavened dough), eggplant parmigiana, croquettes
  • Fresh orecchiette or sagne 'ncannulate with fresh tomatoes
  • Italian tiramisu with mascarpone cream, finger lady biscuits and coffee

Authentic fresh pasta made from scratch: you will learn how to create the classic orecchiette from Puglia, the twisted 'sagne 'ncannulate,' or maccheroni (your choice). Before we get our hands on the dough, we will enjoy an aperitif in the garden with Salento's pittule (soft, deep-fried leavened dough balls), eggplant parmigiana, and croquettes. All accompanied by fine local wine. The tiramisu will be the classic one, with mascarpone cream, ladyfingers, and coffee brewed in the traditional moka pot. We will conclude our gathering with a refreshing homemade limoncello.

8 reviews
We had a great evening with Lidia and her family. They were very warm and welcoming. They involved us in the preparation of a delicious meal and we enjoyed it along with homemade limoncello in their lovely garden. It was a perfect southern Italian evening!

Eileen O - June 2024

It was the best Italian experience you could wish for. Lidia and her family were amazing. We had so much fun learning how to cook and seeing the master herself in action. The food itself was amazing, and definitely best tiramisu we have ever tried. It was so lovely to have lunch with the family. And homemade limoncello is just another unforgettable small part! We loved it all, and wish we could do it again. Thank you!

Adam - June 2024

Siamo stati ospiti dalla Signora Lidia a Otranto. Lidia e tutta la sua famiglia sono persone straordinarie. È stata una serata bellissima e ci siamo sentite a casa. Tutto quello che ci ha preparato era davvero buonissimo, fatto con tanta esperienza e amore. Abbiamo imparato tanto e consigliamo a tutti questa meravigliosa esperienza che porteremo nel cuore.

Milena - August 2023

My family's cooking class with Lidia was fantastic -- a highlight of our trip to Otranto. She and her daughter welcomed us into her home and got us all cooking right away -- and was especially good at making my 7 year old feel empowered to participate and comfortable doing so. Lidia was so warm and generous, and we learned a ton -- skills we will definitely use again: from the detailed order or seasoning eggplant parmesan, to how to make two kinds of pasta by hand, make tiramisu, fritters -- it was a delight! The beautiful lunch in her garden after cooking all morning was amazing. Highly recommend!

LAC - July 2023

I felt welcome, at ease and comfortable to visit Lidia's wonderful home and to meet her family. It was wonderful to see and be involved in making tiramisu and pasta. I have never done this before, so it was a completely new experience and Lidia was amazing with her instructions, guidance and support. Her family helped explain the cooking process, and the four courses were all amazing. I was blown away with the quality of the food and cooking. A really amazing experience that I will cherish.

Michael - June 2023

€129.00 per guest

€64.50 per child

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Cesarina from 2020Location: Otranto    Languages: Italian, English, French
Our Cesarina Lidia has always worked in the restaurant business and knows all the secrets of traditional Salento products and recipes. "My son Elio and I are a perfect team: I take care of the kitchen, while he is an expert in wines and ancient recipes. A mix of gastronomy and culture that we love to offer to friends, relatives and tourists from all over the world."
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