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One of the most important symbol of Puglia, orecchiette home-made Pasta is a pillar in our culinary tradition.

TIPS OF HISTORY. Their particular concave shape remembers the cone of our Trulli (our typical buildings) and collects at the best the sauce made with fresh tomatoes, grown under the hot summer sun.
The Orecchiette remembers also a little ear and this is the origin of the name. In any case, this shape let the pasta dries quicly so to be better conserved for a long time.

During ancient times, the Orecchiette was the best food to take on ships for long voyages also with another typical Puglia’s food: the frisa.

WE OFFER to learn how to do this home-made pasta in the charming atmosphere of Trulli and the magic  of the Mediterranean Musquee of Valle Itria (Itria Valley). From wise hands, you’ll learn to do this old piece of art, following the traditional receipe and symple instruments/ingredients: water, flour, a pastryboard and a knife.

All ancient secrets will be revealed to realize a perfect “Orecchietta”, with the unexpected ingredients of Love and Patience.

WHAT WE WILL DO: The class is based on learning how to do this typical Puglia’s pasta with some variants too. We will cook the pasta and eat it during the included lunch/dinner (depending on the season and the sunset hour. Look at the above calendar).

LUNCH/DINNER: We will eat all togheter this special meal in the lunch/dinner composed by a typical appetizer, a first course based on the self-made orecchiette with meat sauce or vegetables (depending on the season) or simple sauce with cacioricotta cheese, a second course based on meat or vegetables, fruits, water and winer included (Negramaro, Salice Salentino o Primitivo wine, depending on availability).

It is possibile to prepare theOrecchiette with gluten free or wholemeal flour.

Kid friendly.

Duration: 3,5 hours, lunch/dinner included.

Days and starting hours:

From February to May

Monday  – Wednesday – Saturday 10.30

From June to September

Monday 18.30

Wednesday and Saturday 10.30

Little animals admitted.

In the enchanting Itria Valley (Unesco heritage), in the countryside of "Murgia salentina", we offer an experience to live one of the aspect of Puglia's traditions and to know the origins of our cuisine in the typical Puglia's buildings: the Trulli.

Doing the Orecchiette (our typical pasta) is an ancient art part of a ritual made not only of flour and water but also of soil and wind and a slow time spent in the countryside in the same way our grandparents did: in a peaceful place we will discover and collect spontaneous herbs, fruits and vegetables from our organic vegetable garden (tomatoes, melons and other seasonal products).

At home, a pastryboard, flour and  the wind wil be the simple ingredients to realize a treasure, the Orecchiette. You will learn todo this particular home-made pasta with all its variants and we will reveal the secrets linked to.

You'll partecipate to prepare the sauce (with meat or vegetables) and all necessary that we will taste all togheter during our lunch/dinner.


Breve visita del territorio circostante (omaggio).

Laboratorio di realizzazione delle orecchiette (circa 1,5 ore).

Pranzo tipico composto da leggero antipasto di terra o frise condite a scelta,  primo di orecchiette prodotte con sugo di pomodori freschi o coltivati da noi, basilico e cacioricotta, secondo di carne o verdra su richiesta, frutta e bevande (acqua e vino locale)

Attestato finale.

Attrezzatura per la produzione (a coppia).

Servizio fotografico.

NB: Per i Gruppi da 25  a 30 persone il pranzo non è incluso.

Assicurazione: facoltativa, al costo di 5€/ persona.

Adatto ai bambini.

Assicurazione. Nord Salento Tour consiglia comunque di richiedere la copertura assicurativa specifica che include inoltre assistenza e copertura assicurativa per tutto il periodo del tuo soggiorno.


SU RICHIESTA (non inclusi):

Spuntini e degustazioni.

Servizio Transfer.

Pernotto: Casa Monacelle – pernotto ad Ostuni

Baby sitter

Traduttore per lingue straniere

Ogni altro aspetto non inserito nella sezione “Comprende”.

  1. :

    My wife, her family and I have visited the cooking class in June 2018. It was an amazing experience: very warm welcoming, determined coaching, a lot of fun and great lunch at the end. As for the latter, we ate not only the pasta we had prepared but also different delicious local dishes with Italian wine. We definately recommend this cooking class!

    • :

      Hi Jean-Brice… Yes, very determined coach! 🙂
      Thank you so much. Nice time with you!

  2. :

    What a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon – this course was described as 3 hours long and we would learn how to make a particular kind of pasta. Simona was great at responding and we arrived exactly where she arranged.The course was held in a restaurant and there were 6 of us sharing 3 pasta boards. This meant that whilst one was making pasta the other person just watched. The lady demonstrating was nice and very talented but we felt that things were not clearly explained and that we did not get a printed sheet at the end or during the course to explain to us what we had done so we finished the course in a happy mood but with no reference so we can try at home. The course started at 6.30pm and finished at 8pm and if we had not chosen to eat at the restaurant but to take our fresh pasta home with no sauce etc the 45 euros would have been rather overpriced in our opinion. However we chose to eat on the balcony of this pretty restaurant and enjoyed antipasti and our pasta in generous portions which made the course value for money. My group definitely thought that one pasta tray per person should have been provided so we could all have tried to do things together and that it should be made clear that the course itself is only 1.5 hours. Otherwise a most enjoyable time was had by all but a reference sheet would have been really nice to take away as a souvenir and helpful reminder the next time we will try to make pasta. Thankyou Simona and Leonardo for a lovely evening.

    • :

      Hi Lisa! Thank for your review and for your advices!
      We are happy to have suggestions and performing better…
      Thank you too so much!

  3. :

    Simona was really nice and helpful accommodating 4 of us for the pasta course in Ostuni followed by lunch for 9 so that our family can join us. We really enjoyed the pasta making, very informative and good fun. We had a recipe and certificate to take away. The course plus lunch would have been a reasonable cost but as the rest of our family only joined us for lunch we felt that €25 per adult €15 per child for lunch were expensive as we had a large portion of orecchiette with tomato sauce but only one tiny fresca per person. The cost does include drinks. Despite the lunch cost my son really enjoyed the pasta making and said it was the highlight of the trip. Thank you.

  4. :

    Simona graciously accommodated our family by creating an evening class for us. We made orecchiette and gemelli and the setting was lovely. Finished off with a great feast just a few meters from the piazza. Very lovely time.

  5. :

    “Thank you Simona for hosting this truly unique and wonderful experience. It was the highlight of our trip! For anyone who loves and respects food this experience is a must! Simona hosted our large family, meeting us first in Ostuni and then taking us first to a neighbouring farm to pick berries and then to her own farm where we proceeded to make pasta with her mother (mama Stella). We then foraged for salads, learning much about the local trees and plants and finally ate a fantastic meal. Thank you so much! I hope our paths will cross again in the future!!”

  6. :

    “We booked the cooking experience for our group of 9 on a recent holiday to Puglia. We couldn’t say enough good things about the day it was wonderful from start to finish. We learned how to make two types of pasta – orechiette and macaroni from Simona’s mother. While the pasta was cooking we went foraging in her garden for the side dishes and desert – fresh figs from tree, arugula and also got to try some almonds. We ate lunch all together and shared a carafe of wine. It was a truly wonderful authentic experience, we really felt like we learned a lot, had a lot of fun and of course enjoyed a wonderful meal! Definitely do this if you are staying around Ostuni! Thank you Simona for the wonderful experience! ”

  7. :

    We had a wonderful time at Simona’s House. It was truly a joyful and authentic experience. We went to their country house and first walked around their garden, tasting figs and spicy arugula and almonds. We also had appetizers and wine and then the pasta making began. Simona’s mother was instrumental in teaching us how to make the pasta and it was touching to see a family tradition passed down through the generations. We then enjoyed a great meal together al fresco. You must do this if you’re in Ostuni and want a truly local experience!

  8. :

    We loved this!! It’s perfect whatever the weather too! We were welcomed with an apperativo and soon got to the pasta making with Simona’s mother. We harvested vegetables from the garden before putting the pasta we’d made together a delicious sauce for lunch. There was a starter and main too! It was a great experience that would come highly recommended!

  9. :

    Ho adorato la mamma di Simona dietro i cui occhiali si respira una profonda saggezza pastaiola..

  10. :

    A really fun time at Simona’s learning to make and shape the pasta as well as preparing the meat dish it was accompanying. Simona also had lots to say on the history of the pasta style and aspects of Puglia and its own incredible history. Simona and Leonard also organise historical tours and cave tours locally so could connect a lot of the facts from the area and its cuisine. We also collected wild herbs from their garden and she talked about what was available to be foraged in the area. It was a great and informative way to spend a long lunch and I’m planning to go back with the rest of the family.

  11. :

    Simona et sa maman ont été formidables ! Une expérience unique dans le magnifique Trullo ! Nous avons fait un tour de son jardin d’Eden à la rencontre de la culture des Pouilles ! Mille merci

  12. :

    My daughter and I spent a lovely afternoon with Simona preparing our meal from start to finish. She is gracious and very passionate about her heritage and sharing it with her guests. I would recommend this to anyone who wanted to indulge in southern Italian cooking skills and a sense of the region’s culture and history.

  13. :

    Great experience for four of us. Simona and her mother Stella guided us through the process of making orichietta and involtini and then we enjoyed a great lunch and fun discussion sitting around the table at her trulli. Everyone felt it was a day very well spent.

  14. :

    It was an amazing experience and we can recommend it to everyone who is interested in food and the culture of puglia. Simona was an amazing host dir our experience.

  15. :

    What a wonderful experience! Simona, her mom and her aunt shared all their pasta making secrets with us and we prepared a delicious meal together. Simona’s aunt even babysitted our 10 month old son so we could completely immerge in the pasta making process. Also, Simona’s trulli is a very original and inspiring place! Thank you very much, grazie mille!

  16. :

    Simona and her mother were brilliant. The children also loved the day out and keep asking now when will we make the pasta again. Soon!!

  17. :

    We had a lovely time making and eating our lunch! We were three adults, two small children, and everyone was able to help. We “mastered” pasta making and went for a walk around the property, learning a great deal about the plants. Simona and her mother were great teachers, and fabulous cooks!

  18. :

    A lovely experience. Down to the fantastic hostess [great English] and the great people that we were lucky enough to experience this with. Set in the heart of the countryside [beautiful (Website hidden by Airbnb) was a great evening and one I won’f forget. I particularly liked the walk around the Trulli / interesting facts about the foliage etc. Simone was a great hostess and a great pasta maker!

  19. :

    It was a lovely experience, fun and entertaining, and a delicious reward at the end of it, if you’re interested in taking home a little bit of puglia you should definitely take this class, simona was a lovely host and made this a great night

  20. :

    Definitely an experience! A rather rustic approach to a cookery class. Worth a visit to pass a spare morning/afternoon in Puglia. The host (and her mum!) are fab.

  21. :

    Simona’s cooking class was an amazing experience! She really cares about everything from start to finish and not only is her place beautiful the food was beyond delicious and her mother was also there to offer her expertise and care as well. I would definitely recommend this experience. Grazie mille Simona tua madre & famiglia

  22. :

    We loved learning how to make pasta from Simona and her delightful mother! Not only was the experience informative and fun, but this turned out to be the best tasting pasta we had in Puglia accompanied by Simona’s flavorful sauce. Nice people. Good time. Great food. I’d go again and can’t wait to try making pasta at home!

  23. :

    Simona was kind enough to make the trek to the trulli our group was renting outside of Ostuni, rather than hosting at her home. She and her family showed up right on time and came ready to get to work. Few of us had workable Italian, but her English was more than sufficient for the task. We began with her mother guiding us through making bombettes. We then moved on to making pasta from scratch. We made orochiette and a simple macaroni. They were patient as they guided 13 amateurs through kneading dough for the first time. The end result was delicious and definitely demonstrated the value in making homemade pasta. I look forward to taking these skills home. I’m so glad we did this and Simona and her family were lovely company for dinner!

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