Sure, Rome is known for its history, culture and effortless sense of style. But for many visitors to the Italian capital, all that is a mere sideshow to its main attraction: food.
So how do you swerve the city’s tourist-trap trattorias and dine out as the Romans do? From pasta-making workshops to walking tours of the most authentic eats in Rome's best foodie neighbourhoods, GetYourGuide connects go-getting gourmands to local guides who know the secrets to the city’s most sought-after cuisine. All you need to pack is an epic appetite.
Get a pizza the action with an expert pizzaiolo
So just what is the secret to the perfect Roman pizza? Get some insider intel from a local pizzaiolo in a private lesson for all cooking abilities (yup, kids, too) at a working restaurant in the centre of Rome. Here, you’ll be taught how best to knead the dough and what authentic ingredients to top it with (and, this being Rome, what not to top it with). The best bit? You’ll get to eat your own thin-crust creation, with a bruschetta starter and a glass of local wine or soft drink of choice.
Meeting point: Jazz Café, Via Giuseppe Zanardelli
Learn how to prepare pasta like a real Roman
This vibey, all-abilities group class starts at a buzzing local food market. Pick up some fresh ingredients before heading into the kitchen, where you’ll learn how to cut and fold authentic Rome-style pasta like a real Italian nonna. Then, take a slow lunch with your new kitchen cohort and compare notes on your pasta-making prowess over a glass of wine. Ingredients, lunch and drinks are all included in the price. Bellissimo!
Meeting point: Via Palestro 51, 00185 Rome
Savour Italian cuisine's greatest hits on a walking food tour
For Rome’s finest flavours, embark on a lively, four-hour walking tour from Campo de’ Fiori – one of the city’s finest food markets – to the essential eating-out neighbourhood of Trastevere, home to many of the capital’s most authentic bites. Sample street-food staples such as baccalà fritto (fried salted cod) and supplì (arancini-esque rice balls) along the way, and finish with dinner (and wine, lots of wine) at a traditional, Rome-style trattoria. Did someone say gelato? It’s also included.
Meeting point: Ristorante La Carbonara, Piazza Campo de' Fiori
Discover the secrets of perfect pasta and top-tier tiramisu
The glam, decades-old Ristorante Tucci (close to the Pantheon) is the setting for this professional-led cooking class. First, you’ll learn how to cut, fold and cook fresh pasta from scratch. Then, they’ll reveal a time-tested trick to making the perfect tiramisu. When you’re done, take an alfresco table on Piazza Navona and sip on a glass of wine while the restaurant’s chefs cook a meal with your pasta, finished with – you guessed it – a slab of tiramisu.
Meeting point: Restaurant Tucci, Piazza Navona 94
Take a train out of town and into wine country
Hop on a half-hour train out of Rome and you’ll find yourself deep in Lazio’s glorious wine region of Frascati – best-known for the fresh, crisp whites beloved of the city’s populace. Take a guided, day-long tour to a stunning wine estate with epic views of the countryside and a sommelier-led wine tasting, as well as lunch at a local trattoria (plus some time to idle around the historic hilltop town of Frascati itself).
Meeting point: Frascati Train Station