I’m a die-hard foodie and the first thing I did when we arrived in Rome was to book a food tour with Walks of Italy for the very next day. I knew from the very first day I was in food lover’s heaven. There seemed to be multiple restaurants on every street and they all looked amazing whether they were an outdoor cafe on a big Piazza or a tiny trattoria tucked into a tiny alleyway.
Walks of Italy Rome Food Tour
The next morning, we took a taxi to meet up with our tour group for the Rome Food Tour: Pizza-Making, Markets & Tastings with Walks Of Italy. Our meeting place was at the statue of Giordano Bruno, located in the center of Campo di Fiori, an open-air market. We were a little early so while we were waiting we wandered around the market.
Our tour guide was Julia, a 30ish young Brit who has been living in Rome for over ten years. She turned out to be a complete delight.
She took us to sample olive oil and balsamic vinegar with crusty bread and some uniquely Italian liqueurs.
Next, we walked over to the Antica Norcineria Viola meat shop in a building near the market. We went into the back of the shop where the shop owners treated us to plates of Italian cold cuts. We washed them down with a bottle of wine that Julia had provided.
Be warned: This isn’t a tour for people on restricted diets, vegans, or gluten intolerant. Italians, like many other people in Europe, love their pork and bread. I couldn’t get enough of it. And, you never know what you’ll find in a meat shop. A pair of donkey balls were hanging out to dry in the photo below. Italians don’t waste any part of an animal. We didn’t try any, thank God.
After we porked out on pig meat, we moved on to the Latte Cisternino Cheese Shop. Again, we were taken to the back of the shop where we sampled mozzarella, hard cheeses, and a dessert cheese made with lemon. We washed that down with another bottle of wine. (by this time we were getting tipsy) I’m a cheesehead so I was in cheese heaven.
Our final stop was the Bomba Ciccia Pizzeria where we sat down at a table with more wine while the staff prepared a large table for us so we could learn to make pizza.
Pizza in Italy is thin and light. You can eat an entire round by yourself and not feel full. We rolled out the dough using wooden dowels. Then we swirled fresh tomato sauce on top making sure the sauce didn’t touch the edge.
Each of us had the option to add cheese, artichokes, roasted zucchini, peppers, eggplant, olives, and fresh sausage to our liking. Then we shoved our creations into the fire for a short bake.
Walks of Italy’s Rome Food Tour is a fabulous way to get to know the people who work at the market and adjoining shops, learn about Italian cuisine, and meet fellow travelers.
If you’re a foodie like I am, you won’t want to pass it up.
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