Small-Group Cooking Lesson in Roman Countryside
Reviewed by: Patricia J, September 2014
A simply wonderful day with Monica. A drive out to the country where we shopped for fresh ingredients. Then to the beautiful home where we made lunch. A truly magical experience with Monica making us feel very welcome, more like friends having a lovely day together.
Reviewed by: John I, August 2014
Arriving in Rome, jet lagged, there is no better way to acclimatise that with a full day of concentrated activity. Door to door pickup and delivery was a real bonus. We also got to enjoy some Roman countryside on our forty-five minute journal to a delightful country village. After purchasing some ingredients from the local vendors, Monica, our guide and chef, introduced us to and took us through the finer points of preparing pasta. Without going into the details of the day, we learned several amazing techniques and recipes that we will take back home. I can thoroughly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to expand his/her knowledge on Italian cooking and who would enjoy something off the normal tourist track.
Reviewed by: Cynthia L, July 2014
Words can not express how much fun this cooking lesson was! My husband and I had the best time EVER and it made our Italy experience that much more special. We were greeted by our driver, tour guide, chef... Claudia. She was so much fun. It was a short drive about 45 minutes to a very small village with a population of 50. It was quaint and a lovely location. We stopped at the butchers, the fresh market for veges and fruit and then to the local market for our bread and cheese! We purchased all our fresh ingredients that we'd be cooking with for the day. We entered the home and was greeted by her assistant and everything waiting for us. We prepared food, listened to music, laughed, ate and drank lots of wine. My husband does not eat cheese so he was referred to and nicknamed "Victor No Frommagio" "Victor No Cheese"! We had a blast and met a wonderful group of friends. Just typing my review now makes me so happy and thankful we were able to experience this day.
Reviewed by: Janice C, July 2014
Had lots of fun. Wonderful experience. Monica and her coworker were wonderful. Let's not forget how delicious everything was
Reviewed by: Jacqueline G, July 2014
This was great. We loved the appetizers and the pastas. THe main course were soso but that may have been our fault. I would highly recommend this. It is a nice way to get away from the hustle and bustle of Rome and see how people live on the outskirts. Our two chefs were sooo nice and made the experience incredible.
Reviewed by: Evan S, July 2014
We LOVED this excursion! I had my reservations about a simple cooking lesson, but it turned out to be a wonderful side trip into a tiny Roman village. Our chef was very welcoming and patient. We had a wonderful time walking around the small town, hands-on cooking at the house, and enjoying a LOT of food!
Reviewed by: Shelley W, May 2014
We participated in this tour on April 26, 2014. I have to say it was a magical experience. The location was great. I have a love of Medieval villages and this was not spoiled by tourists! The private home where the class was hosted was terrific and spacious. Our instructor, Monica, made us feel like friends visiting for dinner, we learned to make pasta and traditional village dishes and drank wonderful wines. Best of all we met lovely people who we will never forget.
The tour company was easy to work with and the communication was good. I had the opportunity to communicated via email and telephone and both were easy experiences. We were staying at a local apartment so we arranged to be picked up at a large nearby hotel in Piazza Barberini. The bus was about 15 mins late. Just enough time to cause me concern, but I was reassured by the doorman at the hotel that they are always late (Italian time!).