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Culinary Loft[ Rome

Oh, I understand how that might have looked. Okay, here's the scoop: we spent six days in Rome and had really only two truly memorable meals (Culinary Loft and Trattoria Cadorno), but I went with the boyfriend and his two kids, so we were looking for simple pizza and pasta and trattoria places, not the foodie places we normally seek out (we live in Paris, and just so you all know, La Table d'Aki is my new favorite place as of last night--exquisite food). So, our best trattoria meal was at Trattoria Cadorno, where the staff were adorable to the kids and we had lovely pasta and antipasti (fried bread with tomato sauce, usually a Neapolitan specialty, very nice here, and grilled vegetables that were perfect). We would've happily gone back, but they are closed on weekends. We were disappointed by Trattoria Costanza (I had linguine with scallops which were overcooked and rubbery, but the waiter was very nice and apologetic about it and didn't charge us and the kids liked their pastas). We had a solid, good meal at Trattoria degli Amici. We had very simple but nice meal at Ar Galleto in Piazza Farneses. We never found a pizza place we really liked, much to the kids' displeasure. We ate at six different gelaterias (Frigidarium, Tre Scalini, Giolitti, Flor, Claudio Torce and another one I can't remember). The kids loved Giolitti for the fruit flavored gelato (the pear, apple, blueberry and pink grapefruit), but we all agreed the other flavors, aside from chestnut weren't that great. Frigidarium was just okay, as was Tre Scalini. The kids liked Flor, again for the fruit flavored gelati--raspberry in particular, but watermelon was nice too. My favorite was Torce, for the sophisticated flavors and the 12 different kinds of chocolate. I tend to prefer sorbets for fruit flavors (Berthillon in Paris) and gelati for chocolate/nut/chocolate chip/ vanilla etc flavors, if that makes sense. So, that's the Rome report. Culinary Loft was our favorite meal, not just because we got to make pasta, but because the pasta was perfect. Truly, a brilliant carbonara (with fried artichoke) which has, perhaps ruined me for any other, and the ragu sauce Asia and Gaia made to go with the pasta we made was lovely. I don't think I'd have the patience to watch anything simmer for 8 hours, so I don't know when I'll eat anything like it again, but I'm confident I could probably make a decent imitation of the carbonara, if I could get my hands on Tuscan ingredients in Paris.
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May 11, 2012
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Culinary Loft[ Rome

Thanks for posting! Because of this post, I reserved a cooking class at the Culinary Loft for my boyfriend, his two kids and me. Asia and Gaia are incredibly nice, very kind and patient with children, informed foodies and superlative cooks, and we had a wonderful time. We all loved making our own pasta (which was served with a ragu that had been simmering for 8 hours!), we ate the best carbonara EVER, everything accompanied with wonderful Tuscan wines. Our starters included excellent cheeses and hams, and dessert was fragrant poached apples and pears. Definitely our favorite meal in Rome during our six day stay. As above, the Culinary Loft email contact is Asia at Culinaryloftrome@gmail.com

May 08, 2012
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