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Cesarina from 2018

My speciality: Cavatelli with mussels

I live in: Bari

Spoken languages: Italian and English

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I offer vegetarian alternatives

Hi from Juanita!

The city of Bari is a fascinating discovery. The city’s two “faces” consist of the elegant murattiano neighborhood (the modern district) and the old city of Bari, nestled on the Adriatic Sea.   Bari is a sun-filled city, full of historical and gastronomic traditions. Here, you can explore the narrow streets of the old city, guided by the scent of Friselle (a dry and crunchy twice-baked bread), fresh olive oil and sun-ripened tomatoes, or watch mesmerized as the local massaie (homemakers) work intently at the art of folding orecchiette, which is not just a pasta, but a gastronomic religion. The flavors and aromas of Bari’s cuisine take us to the home of our Cesarina, Juanita, who inherited her passion for the culinary arts from her grandmother Matilda, queen of the kitchen. Her name - Juanita - can be misleading; however, she really is of Puglia origins. This is made apparent just by sitting at her table, a table full of dishes linked to the local traditions, typical orecchiette con rape (rapini or broccoli raab with pasta), il polpo alla pignata (stewed octopus) or cavatelli con le cozze (pasta with mussels), and of course taralli (a dry and crunchy bread twist) that accompany every dish.

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My specialities
  •  Friselline with homemade sauces, 'focaccia'
  •  Cavatelli with mussels
  •  'Polpo (octopus) alla pignata'
18 reviews
The cooking class with Juanita was the highlight of our trip to Bari. We loved every minute of it. Juanita was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. She made us feel like family. We learned a lot and the food we prepared was delicious. I highly recommend spending a few hours with Juanita and learn to cook!

Anita & Nadja - June 2024

Juanita was a great host! She was very organized, a great teacher, and the food was delicious! It was an experience we’ll never forget! Thank you for everything!

Great experience!  - May 2024

Juanita was a joy as a teacher and had a contagious zeal for traditional Italian cuisine.

Brenda - January 2024

INCREDIBLE!!! very unique experience. she's warm, welcoming, knowledgeable. We learned so much and had a great time

Eric - November 2023

Juanita was an excellent host and chef. The class was fun and very informative we made a number of treats and then she prepared them all in her own sauces to try - much more than I expected - I would highly recommend this tour

Kim - September 2023

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