Rome

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Federico Fellini

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Eating Adventures

Eating adventures in Rome

Our leisurely neighborhood tasting passeggiatas, market forays and discovery food experiences off the beaten path, take us to some of Rome’s most interesting and food-forward neighborhoods. Along the way you’ll learn about local culinary history while sampling an assortment of what Romans eat everyday.

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Markets & Food in Rome

Our Market & Food forays allow food lovers to explore some of Rome’s most representative and characteristic neighborhood markets. Participants learn about the area’s specialty shops surrounding the marketplace, while mixing with the locals and tasting delectable samples. We hold our Market & Food explorations in 3 equally characteristic areas to choose from, each offering different aspects of local culture.

Trionfale Market & Neighborhood

Rome_market genericOur Trionfale Market foray introduces food lovers to the Mercato Trionfale, the best farmer’s market in Rome, some say even in Italy.

Near the Vatican food lovers chat with friendly and trusted vendors; taste and experience Roman food culture by observing the work and products of local fishmongers, butchers, farm-to-market organic produce sellers, salami and prosciutto vendors, bakers and pasta makers, tasting samples of each as we move through the market. We discuss the meaning of eating seasonally and how Italian cuisine is connected to fresh produce and traditions.

After the market visit, participants are guided through the neighborhood, to learn about the area’s best pizza al taglio, cheese, pastries and gelato, then we finish off with an espresso or a glass of wine.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Testaccio Market & Neighborhood

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In the shadow of the Mattatoio, Rome’s ex-slaughterhouse – which now houses contemporary art installations – food lovers have the chance to experience the Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio, one of the most versatile neighborhood markets in the working class and food-centric Testaccio area of the city. Relatively untouched by mass tourism, the farmer’s market and surrounding specialty shops, offer a wonderful insight into local cuisine.

We encourage talking to the friendly and trusted vendors; and experience cucina romana food culture by observing (and tasting!) the work and products of local fishmongers, butchers, farm-to-market organic produce sellers, street food kiosk owners, cured meat and cheese vendors, bakers and pasta makers.

Tasty samples as we move through the stalls may include local Pecorino cheese, pizza, coffee, pastries, olive oil and balsamic vinegar, beer, natural wine and street food, and for the brave, tripe and other offal stuffed in sandwiches, and much more. Between tastings and photos, we discuss the meaning of eating seasonally and how Roman cuisine and cucina povera are crucially connected to market-fresh produce and traditions.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Rome Farmer's Market at Circo Massimo

Circo Massimo_cheeseOn weekends, conscious Romans shop for fresh produce at the Rome Farmer’s Market located near the Circus Maximus. The sustainable agriculture producers gather in a lovely covered market and sell everything fresh from their farms located in Lazio (the region of which Rome is capital) guaranteeing shortest supply chain and next to zero transport miles.

Our market visit brings food lovers in contact with farmers and cattle breeders, learning about the goods on sale: fresh local produce, cheese, breads and baked goods, stone milled cereals and flour, pasta and legumes, to cold pressed olive oil, fresh meat, charcuterie, organic honey, preserves, raw milk, even plants and flowers.

On our market walks there are always tastings on site and in the surrounding neighborhood, ending the experience with locally produced porchetta sandwiches and craft beer.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Neighborhood Food Explorations

Our Neighborhood Food Explorations introduce food lovers to typical Italian specialties sold at small, family-run purveyors as well as renowned epicurean boutiques. Our neighborhood eating adventures focus on tasting as well as sharing our insider knowledge about regional foods, local customs, gastronomic history, and off-the-map secrets. We hold our Neighborhood Food Explorations in 4 equally characteristic city areas to choose from, each offering different aspects of local culture.

Centro Storico Neighborhood

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Our “historic center” neighborhood passeggiata introduces food lovers to an area of Rome comprised within the Piazza Navona, Pantheon and Campo de’ Fiori triangle, where participants taste typical artisan specialties, like freshly roasted coffee, chocolate, bread products and pizza al taglio, plus prime quality cured meats and cheese, typical Roman fried snacks, gelato and many other characteristic local delights. Eating adventures in the centro storico may end toasting to la dolce vita with a glass of wine or with a flight of craft beers.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Prati Neighborhood

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The white-collar district of Prati, is an elegant residential area extending as far as the confines of the Vatican State, and a culinary hotspot. By meeting and talking to shop owners, then tasting fresh, seasonal and local specialties, participants have the unique experience of living the neighborhood like any Italian.

On our leisurely Prati eating adventure, food lovers are guided to the neighborhood’s best places for local snacks and specialties: renowned cheesemongers, critically acclaimed bakers and pastry chefs, historical coffee roasters, pasta producers, artisan gelato makers, aperitivo mixers and the city’s most lionized pizza al taglio bakers.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Trastevere & Jewish Quarter

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Trastevere, the bohemian “rive gauche” of Rome offers insight into the history of Roman cuisine with its local eateries and specialty stores only insiders know to put on their maps, permeated by a charming neighborhood vibe.

Across the Tiber, in an area locally named il Ghetto Ebraico, the vibrant Jewish community of Rome–the oldest in Western Europe–culturally expanded to develop its own stellar cuisine, which became the foundation of Roman popular cookery.

On our eating adventure, food lovers are guided through the alleys of Trastevere and the fascinating Jewish quarter, learning about the history of Roman cuisine. Participants taste local specialties along the way, snacking on traditional pastries, gelato, freshly baked bread, cured meats, artisanal cheese and fresh produce. The stroll may end in a typical trattoria, where, seated around a convivial food tasting, a prominent figure in the Roman Jewish community will be happy to answer questions.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Monti Neighborhood

Rome_Monti2Monti is one of Rome’s liveliest quarters. Residents are a mix of cool bohemian types, artisans, intellectuals and nightlife bar hoppers. Elegant architecture in the shadow of the Colosseum and a relaxed, un-touristy vibe are Monti’s striking characteristics.

Our Monti Neighborhood eating adventure guides food lovers through the historical neighborhood where Julius Caesar’s family once lived, and during our passeggiata, participants meet local vendors and sample representative delicacies like traditional pastries, crisp pizza by the slice, freshly brewed coffee, artisan chocolate, innovative gelato as well as natural wine or a cocktail at sunset, beneath romantic draping vines.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Discovery Food Adventures in Rome

We pride ourselves in knowing the intricacies of the Italian cities we love, so with our Rome Discovery Food Adventures, food lovers can benefit from a truly unique tasting experience that won’t be found anywhere else. Eating adventures in this category may feature exploring off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods, scootering around the city in search of the perfect morsel, or learning about and tasting Rome’s best pizza, gelato and authentic cucina romana.

Welcome to Rome Aperitivo

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Benvenuti a Roma! Let’s toast with you and spend two hours mapping out your eating and drinking destinations, and answering all your questions at your hotel bar or a quiet location during our 2 hour orientation aperitivo. Besides pointing out the location of classic places of interest like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Pantheon, the Vatican and other sights, we highlight the map with all our favorite local hangouts, like the best pizza and gelato spots, a choice of restaurants in your area, as well as family-run pastry shops and other tasty destinations hardly anyone knows about. We also share practical information, like nearby drugstores, ATM machines and emergency numbers.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Street Food Evolution

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In Rome’s growing street food scene there is a strong impulse to evolve from the ubiquitous choice of often poor quality pizza by the slice. Our 3-hour street food evolution adventure takes food lovers to Rome’s prominent cibo da strada destinations for a curated exploration of how the street food phenomenon has evolved in the course of the centuries, bringing the city to a superb level of quality and choice. Visiting the neighborhoods that define said evolution, participants taste representative street food like supplì, and other fried delights like arancini, portable panini and pizza pockets filled with quintessential cucina romana, gelato, focaccia and ending with a glass of either natural wine or craft beer inside a neighborhood farmer’s market buzzing with life and energy.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Off the beaten path: Pigneto

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On the outer edge of town, the trendy Pigneto neighborhood, with its offbeat vibe, is the stomping ground for local bohemians, radical literati and zero tourists. During our off-the-beaten-path eating adventure, food lovers explore the area’s tree-lined avenues, trendy bars and edgy boutiques adjacent to old family-run shops and market stalls lined up on Pigneto’s traffic-free main thoroughfare.

In the original filming locations of Pasolini’s Accattone and Rossellini’s Roma Città Aperta, while mingling with contemporary culture pundits, we taste local specialties like porchetta, cheese, cured meats, Italian craft beer, plus coffee, focaccia and wine.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Foodies on Vespas

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During our 4-hour chauffeured scooter safari, food lovers discover eating destinations and neighborhoods not easily reachable by foot. Our customized scooter rides start at your hotel or accommodation, greeted by your personal Vespa driver.

Safely buzzing around Rome, passengers have an open-air view of the Eternal City, meet local food experts and visit both traditional and modern shops, acquiring insight into Rome’s alimentary habits as well as its evolving food culture, all while savoring delicious pizza, espresso coffee, rare cheeses, cured meats, street food, gelato and wine. Each itinerary is customized according to tastes and preferences.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Just Gelato

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Gelato is never a bad idea. How would you like to visit a selection of artigianale gelato makers, and taste in each a few signature flavors? Along the way, as we stroll between gelaterias, we discuss the history of gelato, current trends in Rome and abroad, and note the differences in making gelato, sorbet and granita.

During our visit of Rome’s best family-run and artisan gelaterie – where gelato is mostly still homemade, using the freshest ingredients – food lovers notice the difference between commercial and proper gelato in order to consume only quality products.

To make this a complete gelato experience and see first-hand the technique that goes into mastering the art of producing gelato, we also visit a renowned gelato maker for a live demonstration.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Cucina Romana – Eat Like a Roman

Rome_cacioOn our cucina romana eating adventure, food lovers can immerse themselves in daily Roman life. Guided by a local expert, participants weave through some of Rome’s neighborhoods, browsing food shops or markets before enjoying lunch at some of the city’s acclaimed cucina romana restaurants.

Sitting under a canopy of vines, or in a gorgeous indoor climate-controlled dining room, participants are introduced to select and seasonal Roman dishes, with wine pairings to boot. The menu changes depending on the season and personal taste. Typical dishes may feature appetizers like croquettes and  other fried starters, pastas like rigatoni con la pajata (pasta with lamb intestine sauce) and entrées such as Roman style tripe.

Those not interested in offal may enjoy Roman classic pastas like gnocchi, amatriciana, carbonara and cacio e pepe; and entrees like baccalà, lamb or veal, plus seasonal side dishes. Wine pairings may feature bottles from small organic and biodynamic Italian wine makers.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Pizza & Gelato

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You can never go wrong with pizza and gelato: two of Italy’s favorite foods. During our pizza & gelato eating adventure, food lovers are introduced to all kinds of pizza toppings and signature gelato flavors in a fun collective experience for all ages.

For more information about this eating adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Wine Tasting Adventures

Wine tasting adventures in Rome

Italian oenology can be daunting. The focus of our custom wine tastings is not strictly didactic but rather encourages the enjoyment of wine, learning through exploration while acquiring the basics of wine and food pairing. Our wine tasting adventures are customized to suit both the connoisseur looking for a more in-depth tutorial, and the novice approaching Italian wine for the first time.

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Vino 101 in Rome

Wine_GenericEach Italian wine region has its own character, and so many variables, that often it can be daunting to choose the best Italian wine. Our Rome Vino 101 wine tasting adventure, set in one or several acclaimed wine bars, allows wine lovers to sip, acquire and discuss the elements of food and wine pairings. Certified sommeliers provide an overview of the history of winemaking and the basics of production, from grape harvest to bottling and highlight the characteristics of each grape variety, region and wine producer.

In pairing a selection of several wines with appetizers, participants have a chance to explore the local area of Lazio (the region of which Rome is capital) and sample wines from other regions. By the end of the night, participants are able to describe their ideal wine, select it, and tackle an Italian wine list!

If you’re interested in a specific region, feel free to tell us and we can design the wine tasting accordingly.

For more information about this wine tasting adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

A Taste of Orvieto

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Bordering Tuscany, Lazio and Le Marche, Umbria is known as Italy’s green heart and is loved for its medieval hill towns, dense forests and local cuisine, particularly wild truffles and superb wines. Orvieto is a beautiful Medieval town located in southwestern Umbria, perched on the flat summit of a large volcanic butte.

Our full day Umbria wine excursion includes visiting two vineyards and enjoying lunch in the Orvieto countryside. Your wine expert will introduce you to wines and wineries renowned in Italy and abroad for the high quality production. After our morning vineyard visit, wine lovers enjoy a lunch and wine pairing led by your sommelier and have the opportunity of meeting the vineyard owner upon request. The tasting menu includes creative and traditional Umbrian dishes that complement each wine. After lunch participants visit a second vineyard to fully grasp what makes Umbria a standout wine region, and understand how the soil, climate and grape varieties become Umbrian wines.

For more information about this wine tasting adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Craft Beer Tasting

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Craft beer brewing in Italy is undergoing what many call a true Renaissance. With hundreds of breweries nationwide, thousands of labels, and constantly evolving trends in production, the Italian craft beer culture is booming. Our friendly and knowledgeable experts introduce beer styles from ales to stouts and lagers during our 2 hour tasting with starters. We will compare the styles, taste trends and production methods of each beer in a vibrant journey through the intricate aromas and flavors of products from around the Italian peninsula and the rest of Europe. Our craft beer tastings are customized to client requests and tend to focus on unusual beers created by some of the world’s most adventurous breweries and small local productions.

For more information about this wine tasting adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Apertivo | Cocktails | Amaro

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The Northern Italian aperitivo trend is catching on in Rome, and while until recently the cocktail scene was largely dominated by 5-star hotel bars, more and more quality lounges and wine bars are enriching the Eternal City’s pre-dinner drinks offer. Aperitivo is how Italians normally relax post-office and how they work up an appetite before a meal during a glorious couple of hours – generally between 7 and 9 p.m. – with a glass of wine or a cocktail, sipped alongside small plates of food like crostini, brined olives, chips, taralli, bruschetta and other savory snacks. What could be more evocative of the Dolce Vita than imbibing on a Rome rooftop under an open sky or shady pergola, steeped in the history of one of the world’s greatest cities?

The recent success of digestifs and bitters has prompted us to add amaro to this tasting experience, during which niche producers and the history of digestivo culture are examined.

For more information about this wine tasting adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Lazio Vineyard Discovery with Lunch

Lazio_WineExcursionThe best way to taste and understand wine is from the source. Our vineyard excursions allow wine lovers to learn about Italian wine through a unique experience: meeting the wine makers at the estate, walking through the vineyards, seeing the grapes, and tasting the wine in the cellar.

Our guided discovery begins with a walk in the vineyard located one hour from the center of Rome. After a tasting in the cellar and a conversation with the vineyard owner, we visit a nearby village in the heart of Roman wine country, where a lunch and wine pairing are led by a certified sommelier.

The tasting menu includes creative and traditional local dishes that complement each wine. Seasonal appetizers, pasta, entrees, vegetables, dessert, coffee and amaro or grappa round off the meal. Ready to experience the Roman countryside through all five senses?

For more information about this wine tasting adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Exploring Natural Wine

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What is natural wine? We are used to hearing “we are what we eat”. We  add, “we are what we eat and what we drink”. This tasting focuses on exploring the world of natural wines. In its simplest definition, it’s wine made with minimal intervention and no artificial additives. It’s the way wine has been made for thousands of years. Natural means being hands off in the winery.

During our tasting we sip delicious natural wines with appetizers. Tastings may include sparkling, orange and red wines. Choices are based on your interest and curiosity.

For more information about this wine tasting adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Cooking in Rome

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Italy is a country of regional cuisine, and the way to discover this is with knowledgeable food experts, certified chefs and expert cooks. Menus are seasonal, geared for the home cook and designed to suit all dietary requests. The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial. Classes held in either English, French or Italian, culminate with a traditional meal.

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Pasta Making & Dolce

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Have you always dreamed of making pasta like a pro? In our Pasta Making & Dolce class everyone helps out to prepare a traditional Italian meal, focused on freshly rolled pasta and homemade dessert. Students spend 4-5 hours learning how to mix, roll and shape pasta dough, and cook 2 different sauces. Sauces vary depending on season and ingredient availability, and may feature classic pomodoro e basilico (tomato and basil), amatriciana, and puttanesca.

But no meal is complete without dessert. Prepare and savor anything from classic tiramisu or tiramisu made with seasonal fruit, panna cotta or the delectable crostata ricotta e visciole, a ricotta and wild cherry tart. The class ends with a convivial meal savoring the dishes prepared together. Buon appetito!

For more information about this cooking adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Pizza & Dolce

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Learn the tricks to becoming an expert pizza maker in our half-day Pizza and Dolce making class, and then reward yourself with dessert! Our trained chef teaches students how to mix, knead and roll out pizza dough; shares tips on how to top the pizza with fresh local ingredients, plus demonstrates baking techniques that can be easily replicated at home. Eating the homemade pies is not the only perk: participants also make a classic Italian dessert, like tiramisu or gelato. At the end of the class, students and chef enjoy a convivial meal together, savoring the pizza and dolce prepared together. Buon appetito!

For more information about this cooking adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

Sweet & Savory Pies

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Torta rustica is a seasonal Italian staple: a flaky crust enveloping a savory mix of vegetables, cheese and other tasty local ingredients. Crostata is the open-face tart every Italian knows how to make: pastry crust interlaced with fresh fruit, jams, spreads. During our half-day Sweet & Savory Pies cooking class, our trained chef teaches students how to mix, knead and roll out dough for both savory and sweet rustic pies; shares tips on how to fill them with seasonal ingredients, plus demonstrates baking techniques that can be easily replicated at home.

At the end of the class, students and chef enjoy a convivial meal together, savoring torta rustica and crostata prepared together. Buon appetito!

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

For more information about this cooking adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Roman Cooking Class

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Our professionally-led cooking class gives food lovers the chance to prepare and eat a traditional Roman meal in their trained chef’s home setting or professional kitchen.

Cooking class students can experience a ‘hands-on’ approach or they can just watch, if preferred. Recipes span classic cucina romana dishes like amatriciana, cacio e pepe, carbonara, as well as introduce participants to the cooking of seasonal vegetables like artichokes, puntarelle and other typically local produce, plus entrées like saltimbocca, involtini or scaloppine, and of course dessert. There are snacks and sparkling wine for everyone throughout the lesson, and classes culminate with a full meal.

Options such as Ancient Roman menu, pasta and pizza making, and a market visit prior to the lesson are also available.

Vegetarian, gluten-free and lactose-free menus are available.

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.

For more information about this cooking adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

 

Regional Italian Cooking Class

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Italy is a country made up of 20 regions, each boasting uniquely different characteristics.

Every province, town and village makes the same dish in radically different ways, and sometimes recipes change from neighbor to neighbor. Local cooking customs and flavors are influenced by geography, history, and climate: Alpine regions are landlocked and mountainous, coastal regions are hilly and face three very different seas. Some regions bask in the dazzling Mediterranean sun most of the year, others are characterized by cold, foggy winters and snow. This same biodiversity is found in the kitchen and at the Italian dinner table.

Visit the local market before delving into your cooking experience at our trained chef’s home setting or professional kitchen. The recipes that can be explored in our Regional Italian Cooking class depend greatly on season and market availability, but may include tagliatelle alla bolognese representing the opulent cuisine of the Emilia-Romagna region; trofie al pesto hail from the coastal area of Cinque Terre in the Liguria region; eggplant parmesan, spaghetti alle vongole and pasta alla norma are typical dishes of the southern province of Naples in the Campania region and from Sicily. Ossobuco and risotto are typical dishes of Milan; sarde in saor and creamed baccala are classic dishes of the Veneto region, while Fiorentina steaks are a Tuscan stalwart. Northern Italian tiramisù, panna cotta and other representative regional desserts are only a few of the specialties participants may want to investigate during this class.

For more information about this cooking adventure in Rome, please email rome@italyfoodandwinetours.com

Please notify us in advance of any food allergies and aversions.