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Puglia Cooking class "Le orecchiette, che pasta!"

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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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Sample Menu


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

What's Included

  • Beverages (local red wine: Negramaro, Salice or Primitivo)
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Certificate and gadgets
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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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We loved the experience...
theresa_b, Oct 2022
We loved the experience and learned so much about the origins of the local cuisine and it's history.
Great day out 🥰
Kirstyne_N, Oct 2022
Had a wonderful day with Simone, her mother and friend learning to make Lokal classic pasta dishes. Was more than a cooking course learned about her Trullo and the ways and traditions of the region. Simone made a great atmosphere and integrated all the international guests. We ate the meal together with lots of laughter. I totally recommend it 🥰
Too many guests and way too long
Kathy_V, Oct 2022
21 people in the class is way too many. We didn’t get started for 1 hour due getting every seated, waters, and the host asking where everyone was from. 6 hours long versus the 4 it was scheduled as it took a long time to help 21 people learn the right technique. The mother would yell in Italian at the guests doing it “wrong.”
2 travelers found this review helpful
Don’t miss this!
Charlotte_M, Sept 2022
Simona was absolutely fantastic! We were taught how to make a variety of delicious traditional plates. Simona also gave us a history of the traditional Trulli houses of the region and the hours flew by. I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Puglia
An Italian passionate pasta experience
Ian_L, Aug 2022
Chilled out day learning about the Italian pasta passion! Informative, learnt how to make 2 different sauces and made fresh pasta and salad. We also saw inside a Trullo and learnt the history if these amazing buildings. Relaxed, outside setting but covered against blazing sin and torrential rain! Would not plan another activity the same day as this activity may last longer than you think and you want to be soaking in the experience rather than clock watching! Would highly recommend. A day to remember. Got precise instructions beforehand and this made it easy to find!
Fun cookery class for all levels
Steven_R, 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
Marieke_M, 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
AlisonGonce, 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
Timea_S, 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!!!
Anayis_K, 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!!!
Kylie_C, 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
Laurie_S, 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
Anastasia_A, 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
Holly_M, 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!
Faith_S, 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
Marieke_H, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Unforgettable day spent learning history and cucina of Puglia
Lisa_J, 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
PJ_M, 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.
Thomas_H, Oct 2022
Sehr nette Gastgeberin Simona, moderierte alles in gutem, gut verständlichem Englisch, interessante Einblicke, gutes Essen!
Accueil très sympathique....
FRANCOIS_B, Oct 2022
Accueil très sympathique. Beaucoup d'explications sur la préparation des orrechietes, la culture des pouilles et les trulli. Nous recommandons vivement.


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