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Culinary Loft[ Rome

In terms of eating in Rome and Italy in general, I have to say that overall I was very disappointed. I went to Italy expecting to be bowled over by the food and I was not. Much of it was repetitious and pretty tasteless,which was the exact opposite of what I had expected. I did enjoy the pizza at the restaurant the Rick Steve's claims has the best pizza in Rome, cannot remember the name. After that, we had one great dinner in Spoleto, another great lunch in Montefalco after being referred by a local vintner and one great dinner in Venice at the Georgian (sp?) after getting a tip from the manager of a hotel. I am sorry that I cannot remember the names of all of the restaurants, but I could find them again if I return. The Culinary Loft was by far the most unique, delicious and inspiring dinner that we had in Italy. As for other restaurants, I would count on the locals.

May 08, 2012
shadtrain in Italy

Culinary Loft[ Rome

Your loss!

May 08, 2012
shadtrain in Italy

Culinary Loft[ Rome

My friend learned about this experience for dinner in Rome through Chow Hound. We made a reservation and it turned out to be a very unique and fun experience. First, the Culinary Loft is actually in a fabulous loft full of art and unique design. The chefs, Asia and Gaia, were warm, friendly and fun. They presented us initially with three delicious appetizers: pears with pecorino cheese and grapes, mozzarella with home made sun-dried tomatos and three kinds of salami served with artisanal bread. This was served with prosecco which was delicious. Then Asia and Gaia took on the daunting task of teaching us to make homemade pasta. This was messy and fun and the end result was delicious, even with our lack of experience. It was clear that making homemade pasta comes naturally to the Italians; our hostesses had learned the art from their mothers and grandmothers. We had two pasta courses, one with a light tomato-vegetable sauce. The second pasta presentation was served with sausage, porcini mushrooms and chanterelles. Both pastas were delicious. The main course featured salmon with capers and tomatoes, prawns and spinach. Dessert was baked apples and figs. A wonderful chardonnay was served with dinner. The entire evening was photographed by our hostesses and those photos were emailed to us by the next morning. Also, all food was described and sourced for us by our hostesses. It was obvious that they both delighted in the small details and the art of cooking and presentation. This was a very special experience in our tour of Rome and one that we would highly recommend to those who want something different when they visit Rome. When you make your own reservation, you get to select whether you prefer a fish or meat entree. To make a reservation, email Asia at Culinaryloftrome@gmail.com.

Oct 14, 2011
shadtrain in Italy