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Alessandro

Alessandro

Rome, Italy

English, Italian

#Cooking - Wine - Rugby - Cinema

Hi, I'm Alessandro (Tony for my friends!). I'm a true Roman living very near the Vatican City and St.Peter's! I've always had a passion for cooking, though I studied and practiced law for a while. I learnt cooking by watching my grandmother, Iolanda and my mother Maria Pia. As a child, I loved experimenting in the kitchen. My passion for cooking, led me to quit law and pursue a diploma by Chef of Hotel where I also worked as a Chef at a famous international hotel chain. So I'm certified by HACCP. Actually I'm a Personal Chef and I'm also a graduate Sommelier registered in the Worldwide Sommelier Association. I also have a Guest House next door to my Home Restaurant. My cozy cottage hosts until 5 guests! Here you can relax while waiting for taste my delicacies! It is always a pleasure to cook for guests. I find it relaxing, rewarding and I am always happy when guests love my dishes. I love to experiment with new recipes, starting, by tradition, and then adding a modern touch to it, or even designing completely new delicacies! I hope you will join me soon in my Home restaurant!

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A truly Roman feast overlooking the Vatican City

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Best seafood in Rome: only Roman fish!!! Go aboard my braves!

Looking for the best seafood in Rome? For this event, Tony, your Personal Chef and Sommelier, will be your captain! From my kitchen, Elena, my ...

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The Real Roman Barbecue!

Are you looking for good places to eat in Rome? If you are meat and barbecue addicted, this is the right event for you! This time I'll light my ...

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Honeymoon Special: A Romantic Gourmet and Private Dining Experience

If you are visiting Italy on honeymoon and are looking for romantic things to do in Rome, I would like to cordially invite you to a gastronomical ...

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An Italian Fine Dining Experience like no other!

Are you looking for places to eat in Rome on your special day? Or would you like to arrange a special surprise be it for birthdays, proposals, or ...

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Let's celebrate Christmas and New Year in Rome together!

If you are spending your Christmas or New Year in Rome, I'd like to invite you to come and celebrate it together with me and my family, the ...

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A Traditional Easter Meal Near the Vatican

In Rome on Easter Sunday but not sure where to eat? Consider a home-dining experience at my apartment close to St.Peter's Basilica! Our dinner will ...

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Autumn-Inspired Aperitivo & Dinner at My Home

I'd like to welcome you to my home for an autumn inspired aperitivo and dinner. Enter a private garden for a refreshing welcome drink - prosecco ...

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Secret Walks of the Vatican Neighbourhood and Wine Pairing with a Sommelier

Immerse in the world of Rome together with other expats and travellers. We will be taking you through the ancient street of Rome with a free ...

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Cooking class: Fresh Handmade Italian Pasta

Are you looking for a cooking lesson in Rome? How about taking a cooking lesson with locals in Rome? Join me for a hands-on cooking lesson in Rome, ...

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An Ode to my Vegan Friends

In a city whose cuisine thrives on guanciale and pecorino, being vegan can be a challenge. Most trattorie offer classic dishes like cacio e pepe and ...

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Grape Expectations: Learn how to Pair Food and Wine!

The world of wine is rich, nuanced, and goes far beyond red pairs with meat and white with fish. Join me, a certified-sommelier, chef, and Rome local ...

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License to Grill: Real Roman BBQ

If you are meat and barbecue addicted, this is the right event for you! This time I'll light my barbecue in the garden and will prepare a mixed grill ...

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Latest Reviews

Kyla
Kyla

So much fun! Enjoyed every minute!!

Kyla
Kyla

We had so much fun at this dinner. It was a blast meeting Alassandro and Elena! They made us little candy bags and got flowers for our anniversary ! It was a blast and we would definitely do it again and recommend to our friends!

Spike
Spike

We had such a wonderful time. The food was incredible. Alessandro's knowledge and skills are exceptional. It was so fun to sit at the table with strangers but leave as friends. Such a great way to experience the true nature of a place. We are grateful.

CAMILLA
CAMILLA

"Chef Tony" was very warm and welcoming and was very generous with his explanations and his Roman tips. His lovely girlfriend was a real asset to our conversation at the end of the evening, so it was a disappointment that although a place was set for her, she only joined us for dessert. On a personal level, we had a very nice time meeting them, and we think they are lovely people. As for the meal itself-- it was nice. I personally didn't find it to be at a "chef" level, but more like a good home cooked meal. The menu was nicely presented on a black board, and Allesandro explained the dishes to us in advance, which was nice, and he told us interesting facts regarding the Roman roots of the dishes. He served us Ricotta Stuffed Salmon, as a starter, a pasta dish, Linguine with Gamba (which was the best dish of the evening), and for the main dish, a pan friend snapper with cole slaw, which was his own personal recipe. For dessert, some home made Lemoncello, and a tart with apricot. The wine he served was a simple Trebbianno, with a sea-salty taste from where his family is from. It was a good accompaniment to the food. The were a few things that were a bit of a disappointment, however. First, I had asked for a beef menu, rather than a seafood menu, since my husband is not a seafood fan, so he was rather dismayed immediately. Also, we were served on a patio that could have been beautiful, but the set up was quite ordinary, and not how you would serve guests, unless you are family coming for a picnic or pot-luck style dinner. There was laundry hanging, and shoes laying around, and the table was set with plastic charger plates, thin paper napkins, picnic style silverware and a plastic table cloth. There wasn't any decoration. The set up was poor, so we were really counting on good company and good food, and when the girlfriend didn't join us until dessert, and he himself only ate the main dish with us, we were left without company for a good portion of time. I suppose this wasn't a real problem, but in our emailing each other, he asked if we would prefer our dinner with other guests, or with just him and his girlfriend, so we were expecting a certain atmosphere of company. I had replied to him that either was fine, so we were looking forward to having our dinner WITH them, instead, we ate his prepared dishes IN FRONT of him, while he talked at us, not with us, and his girlfriend worked in the living room where we could see her through the window. It wasn't exactly what we expected, and we felt a bit as if we were intruding. Additionally, because the chef was sitting down with us, watching us eat, it was a long time between courses and an extended dinner, (3-1/2 hours), even though the menu was quite simple. So here is my 1-5 review: I give the host a 4. He was VERY nice, and his girlfriend is also VERY nice and at the end of the evening we very much enjoyed their company. His tips and after event email was very nice. The Food: 3 First, I had been given a choice of seafood or beef, and I choose the beef menu, but we got a seafood menu. Second, the food was fine, but not at a chef level, which is what we expected from his write up. For example, the sauce on the fish tasted more of thickener, than of lemon, (not a mistake a chef usually makes), and the bread that he so passionately spoke about, was inedibely hard. The pasta dish and the dessert dish saved the day for me, but none the less, the value per euro was, in my opinion, not very high. Furthermore, I don't feel that he is of a "personal chef" level. Location and Atmosphere: 2 First: The location of his apartment is about 15 min by cab. He gave us very good and thorough directions, but the cab didn't want to take us up the hill to the address (small winding road), so I had to walk up the hill in my heals, which wasn't fun for me! Also, there were quite a bit of stairs, so if this is a concern, it should have been noted! Second, the patio in which we were served was not set in a very attractive way. Very plain and very cheap, where it could have been beautiful without too much effort. Third, using plastic charger plates, picnic style silverware and a plastic table cloth was really quite shocking. I feel that if it had been more of a socially rewarding evening for us, (especially since the food was just OK, and the atmosphere was dangled on poor), I think the aesthetics and the cuisine could have been mostly overlooked, because we did like Allesandro and his girl friend, and I think they have a good thing going, but it could definitely be spruced up a bit for the over 50E per person we paid.

ashley cowling
ashley cowling

Our experience was absolutely amazing even days later my friends were still talking about how sweet Alessandro was to us and how great the food was. This was a birthday dinner made perfect, intimate and I was the only vegan among my group so Alessandro made dishes just for me. Everything was locally sourced, organic and so deliecious.