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Host: Cristina

Rome, Italy

USD
$62-$94 per person

Classic Italian meal with a twist: family, friends and many local surprises

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Cristina

Cristina works for a multinational technology company, and for as long as she can remember, her passion has been cooking and organizing creative events with culinary themes. Her cooking passion comes from her origins in Abruzzo, an Italian region east of Rome. In Abruzzo her family produced olive oil, with her grandmother leading the production. According to Cristina, her grandmother was the most talented chef in their hometown, and she used to cook in almost every local wedding that took place!

Cristina takes her passion for food everywhere, even to her workplace. As the president of their employee association she is in charge of planning social events, and she came up with the idea of organizing theme dinners representing the most important Italian regional cuisines, such as those of Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany, Lazio, Campania and Sicily. In each event, she cooks for an average of 50 people and - over traditional regional wines of course - she blends culinary history with stories, music and even local performances! She is excited about sharing her passion for food and hosting with travelers from around the world.

Cristina will receive you at her apartment in Rome, but make sure to let her know if you are planning to visit Abruzzo and Sicily, where she has a beautiful private villa!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Cristina will greet you at their apartment with a glass of prosecco, a sparkling Italian white wine. Her home is located 20 minutes from the city center of Rome in a very traditional neighborhood, easily accessible via public transport. She will be expecting you with her husband and, when he is available, her 22-year old son.

Cristina's experience will be as Italian as it gets, so be ready for surprises. Expect to meet her family, maybe one or two friends, perhaps a tour guide who regularly eats at her home and will entertain you with information about the city, or even a professional sommelier to perfectly match your menu.

While you enjoy your prosecco and a few local appetizers, Cristina show you a very brief video of Rome. Once the film is done, she will start blending typical cuisine with local background music. The meal will have several courses, starting with her home-made soup. After your soup, enjoy a handmade pasta course followed by a fish course featuring fresh fish purchased from Cristina's local market.

At that point of the evening you might be getting full, so Cristina will offer a local and very tasty digestive alcoholic drink before serving dessert. Dessert will also be a surprise, so let Cristina know if there's something that you don't like, otherwise relax and trust your host's amazing cooking and hosting skills.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Expect a fun and dynamic class where Cristina will blend cooking with culinary history. Cristina is very well acquainted with the culinary traditions of each Italian region, so she will have a lot to share during your cooking lesson about the different styles, ingredients and specialties of Italy's diverse regions. Enjoy your cooking lesson and culinary history over some lovely glasses of Italian wine while listening to local music.

In addition to pasta and fish, Cristina is a big fan of home-made pizza. She has participated in almost every course and event related to pizza in Rome, so please let her know if you prefer cooking pizza over pasta or fish and she would be happy to provide you with a homemade pizza lesson.

Languages spoken: Italian, English

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Cristina

$62-$94 USD

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Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$94 $74 $62
Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $74 $62
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$94 $74 $62
Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $74 $62
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 8:30pm-11:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 7:00pm-11:00pm

Meet Cristina

Cristina works for a multinational technology company, and for as long as she can remember, her passion has been cooking and organizing creative events with culinary themes. Her cooking passion comes from her origins in Abruzzo, an Italian region east of Rome. In Abruzzo her family produced olive oil, with her grandmother leading the production. According to Cristina, her grandmother was the most talented chef in their hometown, and she used to cook in almost every local wedding that took place!

Cristina takes her passion for food everywhere, even to her workplace. As the president of their employee association she is in charge of planning social events, and she came up with the idea of organizing theme dinners representing the most important Italian regional cuisines, such as those of Piedmont, Veneto, Tuscany, Lazio, Campania and Sicily. In each event, she cooks for an average of 50 people and - over traditional regional wines of course - she blends culinary history with stories, music and even local performances! She is excited about sharing her passion for food and hosting with travelers from around the world.

Cristina will receive you at her apartment in Rome, but make sure to let her know if you are planning to visit Abruzzo and Sicily, where she has a beautiful private villa!

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-5 guests) Cristina will greet you at their apartment with a glass of prosecco, a sparkling Italian white wine. Her home is located 20 minutes from the city center of Rome in a very traditional neighborhood, easily accessible via public transport. She will be expecting you with her husband and, when he is available, her 22-year old son.

Cristina's experience will be as Italian as it gets, so be ready for surprises. Expect to meet her family, maybe one or two friends, perhaps a tour guide who regularly eats at her home and will entertain you with information about the city, or even a professional sommelier to perfectly match your menu.

While you enjoy your prosecco and a few local appetizers, Cristina show you a very brief video of Rome. Once the film is done, she will start blending typical cuisine with local background music. The meal will have several courses, starting with her home-made soup. After your soup, enjoy a handmade pasta course followed by a fish course featuring fresh fish purchased from Cristina's local market.

At that point of the evening you might be getting full, so Cristina will offer a local and very tasty digestive alcoholic drink before serving dessert. Dessert will also be a surprise, so let Cristina know if there's something that you don't like, otherwise relax and trust your host's amazing cooking and hosting skills.

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Expect a fun and dynamic class where Cristina will blend cooking with culinary history. Cristina is very well acquainted with the culinary traditions of each Italian region, so she will have a lot to share during your cooking lesson about the different styles, ingredients and specialties of Italy's diverse regions. Enjoy your cooking lesson and culinary history over some lovely glasses of Italian wine while listening to local music.

In addition to pasta and fish, Cristina is a big fan of home-made pizza. She has participated in almost every course and event related to pizza in Rome, so please let her know if you prefer cooking pizza over pasta or fish and she would be happy to provide you with a homemade pizza lesson.

Languages spoken: Italian, English

Traveler reviews

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$94 $74 $62
Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $74 $62
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$94 $74 $62
Cooking Experience + Meal
$94 $74 $62
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-3:00pm 8:30pm-11:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-3:00pm 7:00pm-11:00pm
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