To fully get to know the culture of a place, visiting museums, churches, and galleries, admiring monuments, and exploring archeological sites is simply not enough. So much of what makes a culture unique can be found in what the locals eat, the ingredients that play a major role in the traditional dishes, how they are prepared, and the wine or other beverages that are enjoyed alongside them. Left on the margins for far too long, today, gastronomic culture is finally getting the attention it deserves by travelers curious to discover the culinary customs of the places they visit.
Enter InRome Cooking. This family-run company was born out of a deep love of traditional Roman cuisine. Brother and sister Marilena and Salvatore Barberi brought to life their dream of opening a cooking school, in part as a tribute to their father’s legendary restaurant near the Vatican. After 20 years of hosting and guiding visitors around Rome, the Barberis now welcome food-lovers to learn Italian recipes from scratch while spending time in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. So, if your love of Italian cuisine has reached a new level since arriving in Rome, why not throw on an apron and get your hands into some dough? InRome Cooking is a culinary school offering hands-on cooking classes, with one location around the corner from Piazza Navona, and the other a stone’s throw from the Pantheon. Learn how to make pasta, pizza, gelato, and tiramisù from scratch, assisted by their friendly teacher-chefs. But the culinary exploration doesn’t end there. You can also enjoy a gastronomic experience on one of their walking food tours. Wander the side streets and piazzas of Rome with local guides to discover historic food shops, learn about the city’s culinary traditions, and taste delicious samples of Roman food and wine. Cooking classes and food tours run all year round and can be private or shared with other passionate foodies. For an even more in-depth experience, sign up for a tour and cooking class at the Pope’s own country estate at Castel Gandolfo. Visitors can dine divinely on exquisite produce from the farm of the Papal Estate, while creating and indulging in time-honoured cuisine through a hands-on cooking class. InRome Cooking offers a wide range of cultural and culinary experiences at Castel Gandolfo, the most popular being the full- day papal adventure. Starting with a VIP early access tour of the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel 90 minutes before the general opening time, guests are then whisked off to Castel Gandolfo to visit the Apostolic Palace and the Barberini Gardens before getting creative in the kitchen.
Corso Rinascimento, 65 – Tel. 0668805375 – +39 3833646013 inromecooking.com