An Italian Fine Dining Experience like no other!
$74.75 per guest
$74.75 per guest
8:00 pm or earlier
At Host's Location near to vatican city.
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 anniversary celebrations in Rome? I would like to invite you to celebrate your special moments in Rome by having a gourmet fine dining experience that is different from what you would get at restaurants in Rome. You will enjoy a more intimate and private setting, with me as your private chef and professional wine sommelier. My girlfriend will bake her cake specialties, and we will both be at your service! Together with my girlfriend, we would love to share our passion for food and wine with you, get to know you and share some stories together. We hope to make your evening in Rome a special one! Also don't forget to ask about my famous home-made limoncello to top up your evening!
I live a short distance away from the Vatican City and St.Peter's, in a beautiful, quiet and cozy neighbourhood. The way to my apartment is filled with cobblestoned pathways and beautiful old houses. As it is also on a hill, you can catch a glimpse of the Roman skyline, over the Vatican City.
In the summer and when the weather is beautiful, we can have dinner in my well kept garden where you can see and smell the herbs I will use for your dishes and the lemon tree that I use for my homemade limoncello!
Dinner with Alessandro was fantastic. It was a great experience. Not only was the food delicious, but Tony offered much great advice on where & how to enjoy the food of his home.
"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.
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.
This was the first time we tried a type of experience like this. I couldn't have been more happy with the choice we made to try it. Personalized dishes taking into account our allergies and just delicious!! There was so much attention put into every dish. You can definitely tell Alessandro is passionate about his work. The best part was having our hosts join us for the meal. Beautiful experience! They even decorated a cake for my mothers 60th!
It was lovely to be in such a beautiful home with interesting conversation. He was very generous with advice on food and on touring Italy. I loved being able to watch some of the preparation of the meal. He also took special care to make something that our kids loved. It made a dining experience something special that we and are kids will definitely have as one of our highlights of our trip. I particularly enjoyed the homemade limoncello.
Allesandro was very friendly and informative. He ensured we could easily locate his apartment. We enjoyed eating outside in the garden. I especially enjoyed the wonderful Pasta anchovy primi course he made. It was so subtly flavored and the herbs were his own organic home grown. The wine pairing with dinner was perfect. We got an education about the wines and foods and what is typical in Rome. This was a unique experience.
We absolutely loved the hospitality and delicious, authentic Roman feast prepared by Alessandro. The private dining experience provided by AlessNdro and his wonderful wife was very intimate and informative for first timers to Rome. I would highly recommend this experience for anyone looking to indulge in local, authentic Roman food and to attain first hand knowledge of Italy, the culture and local experience.
Alessandro was GREAT! A group of us booked him to celebrate a close friend's birthday! Unfortunately, were got lost and arrived late but he was extremely understanding--even after we moved our initial reservation time! He met us with smiles! He served us a 5 course meal with ingredients fresh from his garden and local wine! It's the best meal I have throughout my entire 7 day stay in Italy! And best of all was the desert! Peach cheesecake which was utterly DELICIOUS! On top of great food, he has great conversation. He asked about our lives and shared his too! I recommend anyone traveling to Italy to take full advantage of his services!
We had the most fun and culinary experience with Alessandro. He really made it into a special and homey evening and everything was taken care of to perfection. We are real foodies and this was the best dinner we had on our trip to Rome. Thank you so much Alessandro and can't wait to come back!
The dinner chef Alessandro Ricchi prepared for us was the best meal we had on our two-week vacation to Italy! Fresh, flavorful, and plentiful the experience was a memorable treat!