Evening Food Tour
We have hand-tailored this tour for those who want to immerse themselves in Roman culture by experiencing real Italian cuisine. Avoid the tourist traps and find out where locals eat dinner, drink and enjoy ice cream.
Rome is divided into 22 districts, or “Rioni” as they are called in Italian, and each one of these neighborhoods has its own distinct flavor and style. This culinary adventure focuses on the Rione of Prati, a middle-class Roman area located north of the Vatican City State.
Your evening of gastronomy begins just a few blocks away from our meeting point with aperitivo. This Italian institution is believed to have been invented by either Antonio B Carpano or Gaspare Campari, as a marketing tool to sell more of their drinks. Either way, Aperitivo is now enjoyed throughout Italy and no food tour would be complete without it. Traditionally, this is a pre-meal snack, paired with an alcoholic beverage, that is said to stimulate the appetite. Here you will meet your host and fellow foodies, sample an array of Italian hors d’oeuvres and enjoy a drink as you prepare for an evening of culinary delights.
Pizza al taglio
Invented in Rome, “Pizza al taglio”, or “Pizza al trancio” as it is sometimes referred, is a great way to sample various flavors without over-indulging. This is essentially pizza by the slice, except the Pizzas aren’t round, but rectangular, cut with scissors, rather than a pizza cutter, and you get to choose how little or how much you want. We will take you to one of the best places in Rome, a pizzeria that prides itself on its artisanal heritage. Everything here is top quality, natural, organically sourced and super tasty. Pick and mix from a wide selection of fresh seasonal toppings, served up on signature dough that takes 72 hours to prepare.
Gourmet Food Shop
The next stop is Rome’s premier delicatessen, specializing in the highest quality Italian meats and cheeses. With hundreds of options to choose from, this establishment is undoubtedly an Italian food connoisseur’s dream come true. Learn the subtle, and not-so-subtle, differences between the various types of cured meat, why “Parma” is king and how to pair which type of cold cuts with what cheese, all while enjoying a glass of wine and Roman hospitality.
If there’s one thing Italians are passionate about it’s their Pasta. There is an art to making it, cooking it and even eating it. We’ll take you to a restaurant that still makes their own pasta, the traditional way. This quintessential Roman eatery has been run by the same family for over 4 decades and is a popular joint with the locals. With friendly staff, amazing pasta and even its own little garden, this is a place you’ll want to revisit.
Your tour will end at one of our absolute favorite gelaterias. The cherry on the cake is that everything here is gluten free (even the cones) and with no artificial colors nor added preservatives, this is gelato as god intended. Sample and enjoy an array of authentic flavors ranging from the classic to the whimsical and everything in between.
- Aperitivo at Le Chiccherie
- A selection of fresh cheese
- Finest ham and truffle
- Homemade pasta with D.O.C.G Vermentino wine at an award-winning restaurant
- Artisanal gelateria from Fatamorgana. Ingredients are 100% natural
- Over 20 food & wine tastings
- Bottle of water
- Umbrella if it should rain
- Liver tour commentary provided in English
- Chance to discover Rome’s culture food with a local guide
- Samplings of locally produced meats and cheeses
- Pairings of several local, Italian wines
- Opportunity to try Rome’s famed pizza al taglio, or pizza by the cut
- Delicious handmade pasta for a local Roman dish
- Private tour option available. For more Information or/ and inquiries please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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