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Shop and Cook Like a Local - market tour + cooking class + lunch in Rome

Host The Carettos

$107.82 per guest

At a glance

Start time



approx 4 hours

Group size

2-6 guests

Class language

English (basic Spanish and Malay also available)

Meeting point

Main entrance of Mercato Trionfale, at Via Andrea Doria


Are you a foodie like us? Interested to experience a local market and treat yourself to a sensory adventure of sights, smells, sounds and taste? Then we invite you to shop and cook like an Italian with us!

We will start the day with a visit to a famous neighbourhood fresh market beloved by Prati residents and beyond, Mercato Trionfale. Learn about the history behind this market, which was recently restored to its current grounds. Over 200 stands await you, featuring fresh and dried fruit, vegetables, artisanal pasta, extra-virgin olive oils, wine, cheeses, fresh seafood, meats and more. We will be visiting some of our favourite vendors that come as far as Puglia to sell their products. We will get to see, smell, touch, sample and discover the fresh produce that are known ingredients of Matteo's beloved Italian cuisine. We will also share tips on certain ingredients that are very unique to our country, depending on their seasonal availability. At the market, you may purchase your own Italian products to take home. Vacuum-sealing option is available for most of the cheeses and cured meats.

After grocery-shopping, we will then walk back home, where we will teach you some of the recipes Matteo inherited from his grandmother. Interested to learn how to make fresh pasta from scratch? What about tiramisu? The cooking class will be hands-on, and you'll be treated to a personal and intimate walk down memory lane as Matteo recreates some of his favourite childhood dishes, be it pasta all'amatriciana or pollo ai peperoni.

We will then enjoy the fruit of our labour, and dine together in the comfort of our living room or garden.

Expect a day filled with fun, laughter and a love for living life!


The menu is usually dependent on what is in season and what inspires us. We like to work closely with our guests and so if you have any dietary preferences, do let us know in advance!
Wine,water and coffee/tea will be served throughout the meal.

For each category, please choose one of the following:
Antipasto (appetizer):
1) Bruschette con scamorza and handpicked rosemary – sourdough Roman bread, toasted and topped with smoked mozzarella and our dried, handpicked wild rosemary
2) Fritelle di zucchini - pan-fried zucchini fritters with parmesan and chickpea flour
3) Insalata di friselle – Unique, Pugliese salad with rehydrated rusks, fresh salad greens, cherry tomatoes, cheese, extravirgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
4) Insalata di stagione – Seasonal salad with fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Primo (first course):
Homemade pasta with a choice of one of the following sauces:
all’amatriciana – tomato sauce, pork belly and pork cheek
piselli e salsiccia – Italian sausage, peas, cream
alla Norma – tomato sauce with eggplant, basil and grated seasoned ricotta
alla crema di peperone – bell pepper and ricotta sauce
funghi e salsiccia – mushrooms, Italian sausage, cream
alla gorgonzola e noci – blue cheese and walnut sauce
sugo di fagioli – tomato and bean sauce with pork belly
alla sorrentina – tomato sauce, basil and mozzarella
al pesto - classic basil and pine nut pesto from Genova

Alternatively we can make homemade gnocchi or ravioli. Please enquire directly with us for availability and sauce options!
Saltimbocca alla romana – Veal fillets with sage, prosciutto in a white wine sauce
Pollo con i peperoni – Chicken sautéed with bell peppers and white wine
Friggtelli ripieni all tonno – Stuffed friggitelli peppers (non-spicy) with tuna filling
Fegato alla veneziana - veal liver, white wine, onion, vinegar
Tiramisu classico – a chilled, layered dessert of mascarpone, pasteurized eggs, coffee, savoiardi
Limonisu – a chilled, layered dessert of savoiardi, limoncello syrup, lemon-mascarpone cream (contains eggs)
Dolce tricolore – a chilled, layered dessert of crushed amaretti cookies, rosemary, pistachio liquor, sweetened ricotta, homemade berry or fruit compote
Torta di cioccolato al olio di oliva, vino rosso - a cross between a mousse and cake, featuring chocolate, olive oil and red wine


Central location in Prati close to metro A. Who knows... You might just be treated to live music by Matteo!

Contact Host


The Carettos

The Carettos

We are an inter-racial couple from two corners of the world. She is an actress/English teacher/yoga




from Amsterdam

The Carettos took us first to some great markets and shops and teached us on how ingredients were made and why they chose them for the dishes. Then we learned some great dishes, some of which we chose by ourselves. They both speak English fluently and we had a great night with them as our companions!

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