Cocktail Course: Caffè Shakerato @ Coccaro Beach Club

Do you like the Italian Classics the way we do?
Then you might have heard about a beautifully tasty cocktail, that gives you just the right push without giving you a big head: It’s called Shakerato and you can order it in any Italian bar: It’ll look quite the same from Bolzano down to Bari, you’ll find the difference in the details…

There’s only few places where they the barmen still know how to do it the classic way, without using the blender machine, since it takes exerience and passion to add the right amount of all the ingredients and then shake until you can no more. Coccaro Beach Club is such a place. Our barmen certainly do have a professional blender (and in busy times they need to use it, otherwise they won’t make it); but ususally it’s a matter of honor to prepare the Shakerato the way it’s meant to be: in an old fashioned shaker.

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Bike Tour: Savelletri – Porto Ghiacciolo – San Vito/Polignano

Puglia is a great destination for bikers, professionals as well as pure fun cyclists. There are interesting and highly challenging up- and downhill tracks all around the masseria, heading towards the Itria valley for example; or stunning coastal roads with hardly any traffic passing.
Enzo, one of our head waiters who has been crossing the entire country on two wheels, will be happy to help you work out a suitable tour for your needs and fitness levels. If you’re really lucky he’ll invite you along on one of his own private tours… Attention though, Enzo is not so much of a fun rider, he’ll be taking it seriously!

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Cooking School: Altamura Bread Icecream & White Chocolate Cream Meet Vegetable Garden

No kidding, he’s an artist: Coccaro pastry chef Martino Neglia, 26 (stations & stages: Bulgari Milan; Sadler Milan; Locanda Solarola Bologna), sure knows how to surprise! He loves simplicity and detests a big show around nothing.For creating a heavenly dessert like our sweet signature dish (Coccaro Summer Menu 2012), it doesn’t take him much more a brief walk through the vegetable garden and a look in the fridge, where he will always find favorite ingredients like cream or milk. “There’s no use knowing how to manipulate if you don’t know the principles“, he wrote in his thesis (“An interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper“), where he claims a return to pure nature in the kitchen, for what concers the preparation of a dish as well as the ingredients.

Here’s what he came up with for the summer season 2012: A dessert like a fresh vegetable garden, fresh and light as well as creamy, crunshy and sweet, with a couple of pure natural ingredients and a few interesting taste twists. Impressing, isn’t it? And not hard to imitate. “See, it’s as simple as that: All it takes are pure and fresh ingredients and dedication during the preparation. This way you won’t miss your Wow Effect!

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Coccaro Pizza @ Easter Olympics!

Ever joined one of our famous kids’ cooking classes around Easter? This year we welcomed more than 30 kids as talented young chefs in the Coccaro Frantoio, where the “professionals” taught the little ones how to make pizza, one next to the other on a long wooden table, or how to paint the most beautiful designs on chocolate easter eggs.
Apart from all the laughing and chatting and shouting and competitive “fighting”: It’s an unforgetable experience for both the kids and their parents (who were curiously watching from behind what their children were up to), following a Pizza from the very first step until one of the chefs takes the “artwork” out of the oven: Crispy and yummy and exactly the way a truly Italian Pizza must be!! Would you like to join in? Here’s the secret recipe of Vincenzo, our Coccaro Pizza specialist (foto):

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Fashion Tip: Swimwear & Bikinis by Sucrette, Lecce

Looking for beautiful swimsuits and bikinis for your holiday in Puglia? It’s as easy as that: Drop by Terry Calogiuri’s recently opened boutique Sucrette in the heart of Lecce.

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