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Grape Expectations: Learn how to Pair Food and Wine!

Host Alessandro

$90.67 per guest

At a glance

Start time

Usually 6:00 pm

Duration

About 3 hours

Class language

English

Meeting point

At Host's Location near to vatican city.

ABOUT THEEXPERIENCE

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 for an evening that introduces you to four wines from various Italian regions.
Along with each wine’s history and background, you’ll learn how a great bottle can make or break a meal (for example, that Prosecco you’re planning on bringing home tastes great with fried appetizers but entirely different with carbonara…); taste dishes and snacks that pair well with your selected wines; and ask everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Italy’s wine culture.
Your future dinner parties will never be the same.

ABOUT THEMENU

Prosecco
Red Wine
White Wine
Sweet Wine

Paired with assorted meats, cheeses, and nibbles.

ABOUT THELOCATION

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!

Contact Host

THEHOST

Alessandro

Alessandro

Hi, I'm Alessandro (Tony for my friends!). I'm a true Roman living very near the Vatican City and

WHAT OTHERPEOPLE SAY

Stafford

Stafford

This was the greatest Experience. Simply put! It was our topic of conversation and the measure of all things. WONDERFULL.

Matt

Matt

We had a wonderful evening with Alessandro and his girlfriend Elena at their home. The dinner was excellent, and paired with a very tasty red wine. Alessandro even prepared a birthday cheesecake for my little sister, and we sang happy birthday to her! It was so much fun chatting with Alessandro and Elena about Italy, and also learning about their many interests and projects. They are a very creative, friendly, and talented couple! We highly recommend this experience for anyone traveling through Rome, especially after a long day exploring the Vatican Museum. Next time we visit Rome, we hope to see them again!

Valerie Quintanilla

Valerie Quintanilla

We had an amazing experience with Alessandro. The food was fantastic, the wine was a perfect match, and the company was great. We loved everything about the evening. Grazie Mille!

Amy

Amy

Fantastic experience with Alessandro and Elena! Alessandro is an amazing chef and there are both fantastic hosts. He prepared authentic Roman dishes and also definitely knows his wine. A must-try when in Rome.

Erika

Erika

I can't say enough about the incredible evening we had at Alessandro's home. From the moment we walked through his white gate, we were transported to a magical place, which was a combination of his beyond compare hospitality, simply gorgeous setting and the most delicious/exquisite meal we have had on our entire vacation. (Which is saying a LOT as we are now on a cruise through Greece, Turkey and the Amalfi coast. When I asked my husband what has been the highlight of our trip so far (we have visited Santorini, Mykonos, Athens and, of Rome) his immediate response was meeting Alessandro and the amazing evening. I doubt there is a better choice in Rome as he is not only a professional chef but a phenomenal sommelier as well. Sitting on his beautiful terrace, dining on the most scrumptious meal, paired with absolutely perfect wines and phenomenal company (his girlfriend is a sweetheart) and then to be treated to his homemade limoncello (made with the lemons from his lemon tree right there on the terrace)... I don't need to say anymore, I'm sure you get the entire picture! There truly are no words to adequately describe this incredible experience, you simply MUST have it for yourself! We actually talked about returning to Rome just to have dinner with Alessandro again! He deserves 10 stars!!!! I have already recommended him to some friends that are going to spend a few days in Rome after the cruise.

Bren

Bren

Local dishes and wine, good company, pleasant surroundings. A good way to get to understand Rome and Romans.

SOME TESTIMONIALS

Allison

Allison

from New York

My husband and I had dinner with Alessandro and a wonderful guest from Holland. His home restaurant was a unique and delicious experience for us. Our food and wine was explained in great detail by our passionate host. We learned about Roman cooking, as well as having some laughs and great conversation about our different cultural traditions. I love being in the presence of someone passionate about what they do and we had that with Alessandro. The meal he made for us was fantastic. I'll be dreaming about the chicken in red wine sauce!

Kayler

Kayler

from Brisbane City QLD

My cooking experience with Alessandro was amazing. Alessandro was such a warm, knowledgeable and generous host. I learnt so many invaluable tips, tricks and traditional methods of preparation from Alessandro. Alessandro is very skilful and passionate about using simple, fresh, seasonal ingredients to prepare amazingly flavoursome and nourishing dishes. I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the prepared meal with Alessandro and his partner Elena, who were able to give me an insight into what it was like living as an Italian. I can not recommend Alessandro as a cooking experience host or private chef enough! It has definitely been a highlight of my visit to Roma.

Megan Murray

Megan Murray

from Toronto

AMAZING! This was the highlight of our trip to Rome. We learned to make fresh Pasta that was so simple and so delicious. Alessandro is fantastic and the hospitality was outstanding. We had delicious wine and limoncello and great conversation. He gave us several recommendations for Rome and other areas of Italy, and everything we tried was great. We truly enjoyed our experience and wished we could have stayed longer in Rome to do his wine tasting tour. Highly Recommend. Thank you again so much Alessandro!

Megan Dwyer and Bill Gavelis

Megan Dwyer and Bill Gavelis

from

We enjoyed a wonderful five course dinner with Alessandro at his " home restaurant" in an intimate teracce setting. Alessandro had put a lot of thought into the menu, and the dishes were perfect for a very warm August evening. Everything was fresh and light, and many of the ingredients were from his garden. Alessandro was also a gracious host shared lots of insights into local food and wine. Everything combined to make a wonderful, memorable evening.

Paula

Paula

from London

We booked a four-course dinner at Alessandro's home restaurant via BonAppetour. It was a great opportunity to experience a genuine home-cooked meal with a local host, in a non-touristy neighbourhood (albeit not far from the Vatican). From the start, communication with Alessandro was very easy - he was friendly and quick to respond. We were a group of four with very different dietary requirements and preferences, which Alessandro took into account with the menu. Our opinions of individual dishes differed, but we all agreed that the pasta and chicken were outstanding - the best dishes I'd tasted in Rome! The bruschetta made with homegrown tomatoes was also stunning. I don't drink, so Alessandro introduced me to Chinotto, which was refreshing and absolutely delicious. Alessandro was a great host. He explained how he made each dish and we had a very interesting conversation about all sorts of things! As it was summer, we sat in the (sheltered) garden and were able to go up to the roof terrace and see the homegrown herbs and vegetables he used. Afterwards he sent us an email with plenty of food-related tips and recommendations, and we visited one of the recommended food stores which was indeed amazing! I highly recommend dinner with Alessandro. There are many great restaurants in Rome, but Alessandro's kindness and hospitality, and the personalised experience, made this event truly memorable.

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