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Puglia Cooking class "Le orecchiette, che pasta!"

Ceglie Messapica, Italy
Puglia Cooking class "Le orecchiette, che pasta!"

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Orecchiette is one of the most traditional specialties from Puglia, but you may not know the trick to making this unique ear-shaped pasta. With this countryside cooking class, learn how to turn out orecchiette like a true Italian nonna and discover other classic dishes made with seasonal herbs and vegetables grown in the Itria Valley. Celebrate your new skill with a four-course meal featuring your freshly made pasta.
  • Learn to make Puglia’s classic orecchiette pasta in a private country home
  • Insights into the Valley di Itria’s traditional cuisine with a local cook
  • Prepare a starter, fresh pasta and sauce, a meat dish, and vegetables
  • A final four-course meal with wine to cap off your experience
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La Frisa or Acqua sala
A typical Puglia food that you can't find in a restaurant.
Orecchiette al sugo
The typical menù prepared with the Orecchiette with cheese. We can also propose "Orecchiette con cime di rapa" (vegetables) or a meat menù
Orecchiette with sauce
Alternative to the meat menu for vegetarians and vegans and lactose intolerant.
The typical meat menù with rolled meat cooked in tomato sauce.
Vegetables and appetizers
Seasonal vegetables as contour.
Seasonal and organic fruit
Beverages (local red wine: Negramaro, Salice or Primitivo)
Bottled water
Certificate and gadgets
Coffee and/or Tea
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)
Nord Salento Tour , via Padula del Cimitero, sn, 72013 Ceglie Messapica BR, Italy

I will send you the position via Whatsapp, but in case of difficulties reach the SPexSS581 (road Ceglie Messapica - Martina Franca). Just outside the city of Ceglie Messapica you will see the cemetry on the right and a road called "Padula del Cimitero". Turn to right and go on till number 3.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian, vegan, pascatarian options are available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Simona Ciccarese
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Puglia Cooking class "Le orecchiette, che pasta!"?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
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What is the social distancing policy during Puglia Cooking class "Le orecchiette, che pasta!"?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Puglia Cooking class "Le orecchiette, che pasta!"?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Fun cookery class for all levels
, Aug 2022
Simone was a great host and very patient. We learned a lot about the region and the different types of pasta.
Very nice cooking class
, Jul 2022
Simona is a very good host and together with her mom they were very passionate about the Puglian history and traditions. The pasta we prepared tasted lovely during lunch!
Wonderful cooking class at a trullo
, Jul 2022
My family and I spent almost 3 weeks in southern Italy, and we’ve done many cool things. However, this cooking class ranks among our top activities. It was warm and personal. We sat around a family table, met many other families, received pasta making help from nonna, and leaned about the trullo (including a trip to the roof) before eating a delicious meal we made together. Our English speaking host, Simona, spent authentic time with us. This is not for you if you want a quick meal and a chance to drink too much. We spent almost 6 hours at Simona’s trullo, talking, working, learning, and eating. It was an evening we will always remember.
Orecchiette under Trullo
, Jul 2022
Wonderful time at Simona’s The whole course is practical and everybody is participating.Magnuficent surroundings, though High temperature. I recommend her course highly ✨
Amazing unmissable experience!!!
, Jul 2022
The whole class was amazing from start to finish with the lovely Simone being an incredible teacher explaining the history behind the “orecchiette ” pasta shape and the Trulli. There was then a three course meal using the freshly made pasta as well as wine. The food was so delicious and authentic and this is an experience which I will be talking about for a long time as it was truly great. Do not miss out on this if you are in Puglia! Thank you so much :)
An experience not to be missed!!!
, Jun 2022
What a memorable and fun experience! Simona taught us how to make and cook pasta and a local specialty meat dish. We had coffees, wine, water and lots of delicious treats as we spent the day in wonderful company. Simona is so knowledgeable about the trulli houses and the history of the area. We even climbed up on her roof to examine the workmanship of the construction. The end meal was so delicious. We all had a marvellous day. I would highly recommend. Do not miss this one!!!
Definitely go to this class
, Jun 2022
When we were lost Simone came to find us. We started off with coffee and a little conversation. Then we started making braciole….meat rolls. Then we made dough for the pasta. We made orecchiette with required a bit of time to get the knack… Simone’s mom helped us. She also showed us how to make various other types of pasta. We worked, laughed, we listened as Simone taught us about which pasta went with each sauce. We learned about history and did a tour of her trullo. Then we sat down to a great meal which we prepared. We lingered over wine and fresh apricots in her overflowing garden. It was a wonderful day and she was great! We were so full there was no room for dinner. Don’t miss this opportunity.
Wonderful experience
, Jun 2022
Wonderful experience. Simona is a great host and very attentive to her guests. The food was amazing too.
Must do authentic Italian cooking experience
, Jun 2022
Highly enjoyable experience. Simona gave a fantastic history of the area and it’s food. The pasta making process was very fun and we were able to eat a delicious meal at the end. Very much recommend the day!
, Jun 2022
Loved being in a Truly home! Excellent local knowledge-beautifully presented!!! So enjoyed the experience and meeting mamma and papa
Authentic pasta workshop
, Jun 2022
We've enjoyed the +4h programme at Simona's trulli home & garden very much! The workshop included making the traditional orecchiette pasta, beef roll and frisa with pommodori, with a small group. The atmosfere was relaxing and authentic (no tourist trap) thanks tot Simona.
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Unforgettable day spent learning history and cucina of Puglia
, May 2022
This was the best cooking course I've ever done. Simona is such a welcoming and warm lady and taught us all about the true heart of puglia cooking. We as a family couldn't recommend this course more highly. We did not want to leave! The orichette and brasiola that we created together were delicious and we will definetly be cooking them for our friends and family in Ireland! Simona give us a really informative tour of her stunning trullo and all the history behind it. It really was an unforgetable experience were we made lots of happy memories.
Amazing local experience
, Oct 2021
Fantastic experience from a wonderful host learning not only pasta Making but the history of the area and the products of the area.
Super moment hors du temps
, Aug 2022
La professeure était très gentille et pédagogue. Elle nous a transmis ses astuces pour réussi les pâtes et nous a également raconté l’histoire des pouilles, de la terre, des oliviers et des trullos.
Un superbe moment
, Jul 2022
Un superbe moment avec Simona et sa maman. 5h à discuter faire les pâtes tout en profitant d’un excellent repas. Je recommande les yeux fermés
Excellente expérience en famille
, Nov 2021
Nous avons passé un délicieux moment sous le soleil de novembre à cuisiner et déguster les orechiette en famille. Simona est une hôtesse très agréable et généreuse . Nous avons pu profiter d’explications historiques sur les Trulli. Encore un très grand merci à Simona et à son jeune voisin Gabriele. Je recommande vivement cette expérience inoubliable au cœur des Pouilles
, Oct 2021
Wat een heerlijke dag! In de zon een Kookworkshop met Simona en haar moeder gevolgd. Wij hebben veel geleerd, heerlijk gegeten en genoten van de authentieke sfeer. Een echte aanrader!

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