A Culinary Adventure in Roma!

DATES: 09/29/2023 - 10/06/2023
LOCATION: Rome
PRICE: $3,250.00
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:

Linda Mironti is a graduate of The Art Institute of New York formerly The New York Restaurant School. Linda was chef and co-owner of 2 Diva’s catering company and has been working as a professional chef for various companies and as a private chef for the last 25 years.

Linda’s real passion and experience, however, first began in her grandma’s kitchen when she was a little girl. Then at age 11, she traveled to Italy for the first time – to her parent`s birthplace Morolo, a small mountain town about 1 hour south of Rome. There she was like an Italian Heidi. She loved the idea of living off the land. She constantly followed her aunt around, watching and helping her make fresh pasta, gnocchi and polenta. She foraged for chestnuts and mushrooms with her cousins and picked and prepared treasures from her grandfather`s garden. The abundance of fruit and nut trees, some of which she had never seen before gave her an appreciation for what the Italian soil had to offer, not to mention her first love affair – figs!

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Linda learned that taking the time to make food a loving and special experience can bring joy and warmth to peoples lives. “Some of the best times in my life have been in a kitchen or around a table sharing good food with friends.” As the Executive Chef at Il Chiostro for the last 25 years she has had the opportunity to be in Italy and take advantage of the finest fresh seasonal ingredients. This, combined with a creative sense of adventure has made cooking an art form for her, second only to her love of singing.

Rome is one of the most exciting food destinations in Italy!

Rome is the cultural, political, religious and historical capital of Italy.  And the food reflects all of that.  Come with us on a sensual investigation of the food, culinary traditions, markets, wine, coffee and gelato of Rome – and its surroundings.

Roman pizza a taglio

From Linda, who, along with her “Roman boys”, Antonio and Stefano, will lead this adventure:

As a first generation Italian and the executive chef of Il Chiostro, I have to admit Rome is one of my favorite places in Italy to experience food. This might be true because I built an intimate relationship with it for 7 years when it was my home working as a singer in the early 90’s.

Lunch at Roscioli

I have many favorite tastes, textures and sense memories. For me Rome has the best balance of all that the country has to offer agriculturally as well as traditionally. Being centrally located it is ideal for growing a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and that is reflected in its cuisine.  The traditional food philosophy of fresh seasonal ingredients is ever-present in this city and its surroundings. Romans are not fancy with their food; one ingredient supports the other in a dish so none of them are covered up resulting in a multi-layered flavor experience in your mouth.  This means there are rarely more than 3 major ingredients in a dish so each is there for you to savor as a combined flavor experience.

The Romans are picky with their food. They want it fresh and local. Boy does this come through in their cuisine! For example, Mozzarella di Bufala produced there and throughout the south, will bring you to your knees and you will no longer be able to eat it anywhere else. Pizza Bianca so simple, yet a taste/texture experience when coupled with some mozzarella is CHURCH!  I have never had pizza bianca anywhere else in Italy that measures up, BUT you need to get it at a local pizza-a-taglio, many children get that on their way to or after school as their merenda (afternoon snack).

Burrata with sun-dried tomatoes

This Roman food week has been on my mind for many years and I am thrilled to finally have the chase to have all of you experience it with me. We have a wonderful hotel located between the famous Campo de’ Fiori and the Tiber River.

We will explore the food culture in various neighborhoods and its importance in history to this day. Let’s not overlook the wine! Not far from Rome are the Castelli Romani of which Frascati is perhaps the most famous, where they produce many delicious wines that we know and some you will be surprised to experience.  Below you will find some of the delicious experiences and excursions we will be having.  So come with me as we have a true Roman food holiday!

Click this link to see why burrata is so sensual:


Pomodori in padella

Suggested itinerary:

  • Art & Food Tour in Trastevere district including lunch
  • Walking tour to Circo Massimo: Portico d’Ottavia – Campidoglio –Circo Massimo.
  • Walking tour of the Colosseum with discussion of “What did the ancient Romans eat?”
  • Visit Mercato Campagna Amica – a farmers’ market very popular in Rome)
  • Stops at one of the best artisenal gelato shops in Rome
  • Half day tour to the beautiful Castelli Romani wine district with visit to a vineyard and wine cellar in Frascati for wine tasting
  • Food tour around Campo Marzio (Pantheon and the best granita di caffe at the famous Tazza D’Oro in Piazza Navona
  • Cooking class in a private house with dinner on a Roman terrace
  • Full day Tour of the untrammeled Tuscia area and Palazo Farnese north of Rome
  • Visit to a farm where ricotta cheese is made and lunch by the lake
  • Stroll through the hidden Monti district with pizza a taglio and gelato at Angeletti 
  • Treasure hunting art and wine – discover objects in art around the center of Rome that recall wine and winemaking ending in a wine bar, learning how to taste wine and how to sharpen the senses
  • Dinner in the Jewish Ghetto

We’ll travel by foot, by taxi and by private vans to discover so many of the flavors abounding on the streets of this ancient city.

Join Linda with her fellow local foodies, Antonio and Stefano, as they lead the small group on a pilgrimage of discovery around their favorite city.


Accommodations:  we will spend the week at a quiet hotel – the Hotel Ponte Sisto between the Tiber River and the Campo de’Fiori.  It is centrally located and easy to travel in all directions from there.  Rooms can be singles or shared doubles, all with ensuite bathrooms.

Dinners: During the week we will be eating a lot together with lunches, samplings and dinners. We will leave you some time to continue your exploration on your own.  Two nights of the week you will be independent to follow your nose to restaurants or concerts or wine bars or whatever else might pique your curiosity in this fabulous city. There is plenty of time for independent exploration, to sit in a piazza with a glass of pro secco, to have an espresso at a stand-up bar on the Via Veneto or a spritz in Trastevere.


The famous Spritz!

Price: $3,250 p/p

Supplements:  $550 for single room-limited availability

$500 deposit upon registration.

Balance due by August 1st (we’ll send you an invoice).

Includes:

  • Shared double room in Hotel Ponte Sisto (single room available for a supplement)
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • 5 dinners with the group, (including wine)
  • Daily food excursions with Linda and her boys
  • Transportation for all excursions outside of Rome
  • Cooking class, tours and presentations as outlined above
  • All excursions fully escorted

Does Not Include:

  • Airfare
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing

To Register:  just click on the Sign Up Now button.  A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop.  Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail.  Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program.  You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance.  Final Balance is due by August 1st.  Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Call us for more information:  800-990-3506

For the week we will stay at the4-star Hotel Ponte Sisto in the center of Rome.  It is very conveniently located both near the river and Trastevere as well as the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Campo de’Fiori.

The hotel has a lounge courtyard to relax, a rooftop bar, breakfast room and even a piano room.  Rooms can be either private singles, or shared doubles, all with modern ensuite bathrooms.

Participants should arrive at the hotel independently.  (It is a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport.)  We will meet in the rooftop bar for an orientation on the first day of our adventure.

Rome is easy to reach from just about anywhere in the world!  Direct flights arrive in the Leonardo Da Vinci-Fiumicino airport.  From there into the center of the city you could:

  • Take the Leonardo Express train to the Termini station, then a short taxi ride to the hotel
  • Take a white taxi from just outside the airport terminal

Personal travel insurance is strongly recommended for this trip and whenever you travel. It protects you against costly penalties in the event that you need to cancel your trip at the last minute. Two reputable companies are: Travelex (800) 504-7883 or www.travelex-insurance.com or Travel Guard International (877) 901-7599 orwww.travelguard.com/travelsmith.

Rome is the Eternal City for many reasons.  It was the seat of the greatest empire of the ancient times that stretched over most of the then-known world.  Since then is has become the center of the Catholic Church, the capital of the Republic if Italy, Mussolini’s central government and an important center for the administrative offices of the United Romans.  Rome keeps resurfacing in many iterations and formats, keeping traces of every culture that came before.

It is stuffed with art from the ancient, Baroque, Renaissance and Romantic periods, relics from every saint that ever existed, churches of every shape and style, food and wine from all over Italy.

There is nothing like Rome – anywhere in the world!

Piazza Navona