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Cooking Classes in Rome, Italy

As the Romans Do Culinary Adventures

Deepen your appreciation for authentic Italian food. With the guidance of a local (that speaks native English) learn the kitchen secrets and enjoy a personalized experience of eating all together in a cozy living-room in a real Roman apartment. Cook and taste first-hand why eating in Italy is so amazingly good (and important) by enjoying the dolce vita..

Chef and food connoisseur Julian Epstein (before he grew his beard) about to cut some delicious, sweet "Merinda" heirloom tomatoes for bruschetta; (pronounced brewskaytta). 

A plate of antipasti, including bruschetta with ricotta and sundried tomato, and asparagus and black olive dip, gray sea salt...

Specialties from a broad range of Italian regions may include tasting buffalo mozzarella with an eggplant caponata, pate' of porcini mushrooms drizzled with truffle oil, olive pate' with sweet tomatoes and basil, and mint-scented artichokes cooked in amazing extra virgin olive oil, garlic and lemon zest...

Then comes the first course with some traditional Roman pastas like bucatini all'amatriciana, spaghetti alla carbonara, tonnarelli cacio e pepe, rigatoni alla gricia.. and dishes from other areas of Italy such as tagliatelle alla Bolognese, risotto with pumpkin, peas and sweet peppers, orecchiette with broccoli rabe and spicy sausage, trofie with homemade pestopappardelle with shrimp and radicchio..

Orecchiette with radicchio and roasted cherry tomatoes

Farfalle with eggplant and zucchine

The Roman second courses could be "saltimbocca" veal wrapped in prosciutto with fresh sage, "pollo alla Romana" chicken with red and yellow peppers and tomato sauce, beef "straccetti" with arugula.. A seasonal vegetable such a spinach, broccoletti, cicoria could accompany the meat dish, or a special salad, such as fennel with oranges and grapefruit topped with roasted pine nuts, or arugula, mushrooms and shaved Parmesan.

Baked fresh figs with almonds, honey and mint

Julian Epstein is passionate about finding the best ingredients. He likes cooking healthy and maintains a mostly vegan diet at home. He loves having great conversations around the table and meeting new people. He began working with chefs in Italy as an adolescent while assisting the As the Romans Do Culinary Adventures in Rome. Julian was featured with his family, in connection with the book, As the Romans Do: An American Family's Italian Odyssey, on the Oprah Winfrey Show, filmed as he was cooking in his family's kitchen at the age of eleven. He then went on to become a private home Chef, and has worked in restaurants in both Rome and New York City, both front and back house. His experience being the Chef at Numero 28 on the Upper East Side in Manhattan caused him to strongly reconsider whether the restaurant life was right for him. A year after he graduated with a degree in International Business Management from Pace University, he returned to Rome and gradually took over the family business.


For more of Julian's cooking, please visit his gallery of culinary photos.

For questions, prices and to discuss how an As the Romans Do Culinary Adventure can be tailored to your taste, please contact:

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