- City: Rome
- Duration: 3hrs 30mins
- Start Time: Times vary.
A complete exploration of Italian food from coast to coast; from Sicilian cannolo to Tuscan cheese.
Make your own pizza, visit a traditional food market and go behind the scenes at a local meat and cheese store.
- Learn how there's no such thing as 'Italian food' & the secret to success in the kitchen.
EXTENDED TOUR DESCRIPTION
EXPLORE A LOCAL PRODUCE MARKET WITH SPECIAL TASTINGS
Your discovery of Italy’s food starts in one of Rome’s liveliest piazzas: Campo de'Fiori. As you wander the stalls, find out how to pick your produce like a local. You'll learn which foods are in season, which aren’t, and why that’s so important to Italians and farmers. Of course, you’ll also taste the goods! Your local guide will introduce you to the family that’s run one of our favorite stands for more than a century. They sell their own, homemade olive oil and balsamic vinegar – you’ll get to try these and more, learning that there's no such thing as 'Italian food'.
Food traditions in Italy differ wildly from one region to another, as does the produce: Olive oil for example, differs wildly in profile depending on where the olives are grown and how they are pressed, as you'll learn during your tasting. This is just one of the many lessons you'll learn along the way. Led by a local foodie you'll stop for that delicious Sicilian dessert, cannolo, and learn about food culture in the south. You'll discover (and taste) the differences between prosciutto crudo or coppa, parmesan or pecorino. Find out why you’re not automatically offered parmesan with every pasta (especially in Rome) and whether mozzarella di bufala really comes from buffalo milk.
MAKE YOUR OWN PIZZA AT A ROMAN PIZZERIA
After all these tastings, it’s time to play chef. At a local Italian restaurant, you'll enjoy delicious starters of olive ascolane and Rome's favourite rice balls, 'suppli', before making your own pizza. Because it takes so long for the dough to develop, that’s already made for you so you’ll roll the dough, add your own toppings and slide it into the huge wood-burning oven, the Neapolitan way.
As you’re walked through the process, find out how pizza is different not only outside of Italy, but from region to region within Italy, too. And discover, once and for all, what pizza with “peperoni” means—so you’ll never be surprised again!
LOCAL EXPERTS TEACH YOU WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT IN ROME
With small groups of only 12 people or fewer, your Rome Food Tour will be more like a casual outing with friends than a traditional tour. You’ll be able to engage more with your guide as they teach you what you should eat in Rome; where to eat it, with recommendations specific to your taste; and how to seek out the best restaurants when you’re scouting on your own. They’ll teach you how to tell an authentic restaurant from a touristy one (not always that obvious), or which dishes on “Italian” menus back home won’t show up in Italy. Because your time in Rome should certainly be measured in meals!
Our local experts are hand picked for their passion for Italian food and produce. They’re obsessive about getting the best meals and the best bang for their buck, making them the perfect people to lead your culinary exploration of Rome. With small groups and friendly guides you’ll truly experience one of Italy’s most pleasurable passions – food!
Guests with food allergies are asked to contact us upon booking so we may facilitate you. For more, please read our Important Notes section.
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Before you travel, please read our important notes about possible disruptions & site entrance requirements
Please notify us before booking if you have any food allergies, dietary restrictions, or other special requirements. Unfortunately we are unable to cater to coeliacs on the pizza-making section of this tour as we use a working pizzeria kitchen. While we can provide an option for vegetarians, guests should be aware that tastings such as the cold meats on this tour cannot be replaced with a vegetarian alternative.
As this tour includes a meals' worth of tastings, we encourage you not to have a big breakfast before the tour begins.
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