When visiting Rome, it’s wonderful to spend time in the historic center visiting museums and monuments, but we must be sure to leave time to wander off the beaten path. Because the place right around the corner is a treasure waiting to be discovered on the side of Rome locals enjoy – each neighborhood with its own distinctive personality. So in a city where locals drive scooters at warp speed, together, we'll take the time to imagine a leisurely stroll through the city's best spots to enjoy an aperitivo, gelato or coffee, or all three.
During our conversation, we'll learn about three unique coffee shops, three gelaterias, and three spots for delicious apertivo – loved by locals and visitors alike – and the importance of each to Italian and Roman culture.
Led by a food expert and certified sommelier, Gina Tringali, this interactive seminar will combine history, culture, and suggestions on how to experience the Roman food culture. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased interest in trying a must-have food and wine experience, shoulder to shoulder with locals.
Gina is a food historian, coffee connoisseur and cook. Born into an Italian-American family, Gina spent countless hours in the kitchens of her mom and her Neapolitan and Sicilian grandmothers – watching, cooking, tasting – dreaming of living in Italy. In 2007 she relocated to Rome where she earned a Master's degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, and became a certified sommelier and member of AIS. She also holds an MBA from NYU. Before relocating to Rome, she worked for Tom Colicchio's Craft family of restaurants in NYC in business development and marketing and she spent some time in the kitchen. Her writing appears on numerous food and travel publications.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.