Masterchef in 7 Days

Remember Stefan Maiwald, the journalist/writer/friend of the house who happens to drop by every now and then, usually plays a few balls on the Maizza golfcourse, stays for a chat and some glasses of wine with our sommelier Paolo Scarafile and never leaves without great ideas for new articles, books whatsoever? You may have come across his book about the best pasta in the world where he featured, among others, the secret pasta recipes of our masseria chefs.
His new book, again, sounds very promising: “Spitzenkoch in sieben Tagen” (www.dtv.de;  engl.: “How to become a masterchef in no more than 7 seven days“. A real challenge, so to speak. But with professional help you can actually make it, Maiwald explains on 200 pages. Well-known masterchefs from all over the world such as Hans Haas, Heinz Winkler and some of our masseria chefs such as Cosimo Massaro (Maiwald: “the fish whisperer“) gave him a good hand…

For those of you who are curious to know what it’s all about: We’re about to organize a workshop on the behalf. Wanna join in and become a star? We’re expecting you!

Beautiful but Chilly: Winter in Puglia

It hardly ever happens – but IF winter strikes in Puglia it usually leaves its traces. This year we’ve already had our well share of snow. But as if someone wanted to check on our patience we keep having windy days, a bit of rain, temperatures below 5 degrees and… snow, funny enough. They say it’s kind of over for this year, the almond trees have started to flourish and every man and dog can’t wait to get outside and breathe fresh air. We’ll keep you posted on this one. Meanwhile take a look at Savelletri’s seagulls: They are the only ones who don’t seem to mind the cold…

Ciclocross Championships in Puglia

Biking is his passion: One of Coccaro’s chef waiters Enzo would spent every free minute on two wheels. His pasttime goes as far as taking clients (such as good friends) on his extended tours throughout Puglia. Those seem to appreciate the special service of their favorite waiter a lot. Today and over the upcoming weekend he won’t be on duty in masseria though: He’s taking part in the “Italian Ciclocross championship” in nearby Pezze di Greco. A big and somewhat dirty event Enzo has been exercising for all winter. He’ll be dealing with 12 different races (and 24 titles) on a 2850 m course. The challenge, apart from pure partecipation, is to compete with really big names in the business. Ex world champion Vito Di Tano (bottom foto) from Monopoli is organizing the race in his home region which adds a special twist. Let’s keep fingers crossed!! For all those of you who share the passion and don’t care too much about competition: Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll make sure Enzo will be yours for some unforgetable tour.

 

You won’t believe…

…what happened at Masseria Torre Coccaro over New Year’s: While everyone was expecting THE night of the year, we got quite a suprise: SNOW! Check out what that looks like in a region that’s used to heat and not the contrary. It turned out to be quite a view for our dear guests though: Children were building snowmen in the courtyard, couples took long walks around the estate or chilled in one of our famous and cosy salotti, with a nice cup of tea in front of the fireplace. Summed up, everyone was enjoying the extraordinary situation – the most beautiful group experience in masseria ever.