One of the best ways to appreciate Rome's amazing cuisine is on a food tour. And, the Eternal City will spoil you with choices because there are at least a hundred food, wine, and beer tours in Rome. This list will help you choose the right tour or class for you depending on your interest.
Eating Italy Food Tours
If you want to learn more about Italian food and ways to eat, then your first choice should be Eating Italy Food Tours. Founded by Kenny Dunn, a former New Yorker and Italian food lover, Eating Italy Food Tours takes visitors through the less frequented Testaccio and Trastevere neighborhoods to meet chefs, market producers, and shop owners. The best part of this tour is that you get to sample everything from aged parmigiano to balsamic vinegar to great gelato and cacio e pepe pasta. The guides integrate the tastings with an overview of Italian food in general and stories about the many shops and restaurant owners that you will meet.
If you're heading on to Florence and Venice, the company also has tours in those cities.
Cooking Classes in Rome
At Cooking Classes in Rome, Chef Andrea Consoli brings Italian food lovers into his Trastavere kitchen to learn how to prepare a four-course authentic Italian meal using seasonal ingredients. You might be making pasta with pesto, meatballs, stuffing squash blossoms, or braising artichoke hearts. No matter what, you're pretty much guaranteed to have a fun and delicious time. He accommodates all dietary restrictions.
Italian Gourmet Cooking School
If you have fewer time constraints, then consider Diane Seed's Italian Gourmet Cooking School which provides extensive week-long courses in Italian food. Diane is an award-winning cookbook author and expert in Italian food and immerses her students in the social history and science of Italian food, such as an in depth seminar on olive oil. She then provides hands on experience at markets and in the kitchen. Only eight students are accepted per class and classes are consistently rated amongst the best in Italy.
Vino Roma for the Wine Lover
Vino Roma offers small wine classes, including an overview of Italian wines, a wine and cheese pairing, and themed master classes. For example, at the Italian wine class, visitors will taste a variety of wines, identify the various aromas, learn about the cultivation and production techniques, and learn how to choose wines in the future.
Katie Parla Tours for the Beer Lovers
Katie Parla, noted Italian food blogger, writer, and lover of all things Italian food, offers a unique Roman pub tour that matches Italy's craft beers with Italian cuisine. Katie has an impressive resume: bachelors at Yale, Master's degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture, Sommelier certificate, and an archaeological speleology certificate. She pulls all these skill sets together in her varied six-person small group tours.