Think of it as an Airbnb for the food world: head over to a local's home for a delicious, authentic lunch or dinner.
To connect travellers and holidaymakers with local home chefs, BonAppetour has a great website. Here you can browse for locals and find your perfect meal.
We followed Alessandro's instructions and found their home easily. We met Alessandro, his girlfriend Elena, and an extra guest - Emily. They were all really lovely!!
We then went inside, and were happy to see a menu - I don't know about you, but I love knowing exactly what my meal is called.
Alessandro is a professional chef and a sommelier so each course of the five course meal was spectacular, and all authentically Roman!
Our evening started with a very traditional Italian starter: Bruschetta. These are yummy toasts topped with olive oil, garlic, tomatoes and herbs. We've had these a few times in Italy, but Alessandro's were by far the best - it was so fresh!
Orecchiette Coi Broccoli
Next came Orecchiette coi Broccoli: ear in Italian is orecchio, so this basically means 'ear pasta with broccoli' - because the pastas look like ears!
The texture of the pasta was really great, and the broccoli was actually Romanesco broccoli - Roman broccoli! It was steamed making it really fresh and tasty.
Zuppa D' Legumi
After the pasta came my favourite savoury dish of the night: Zuppa D'Legumi or soup of legumes. This soup was so incredible! Chickpeas, herbs, lentils, carrots, tomatoes, celery, herbs - really delicious and healthy. Alessandro joked that he was our doctor as well as our chef (he wanted to make sure we had a good balance of protein and carbs)!
Insalata Di Cavoli
The penultimate dish was Insalata di Cavoli - cabbage salad. Alessandro described it as 'coleslaw' and I was scared (I hate coleslaw). BUT, like a magician, Alessandro not only made coleslaw bearable, but also delicious! I loved this dish! I guess I've never had nice coleslaw before. Thank you Alessandro for showing me the light.
Vegan Cake and Limoncello
Dining with locals
As if our evening wasn't already perfect, Tony and Elena gave us a parting gift - a goody bag!! Is there anything better than having a delicious meal with kind locals? Having it for breakfast the next day as well of course!
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This was one of the best meals we've ever had, not just in Rome but in the entire world! Everything was delicious and the evening was so much fun.
We love the concept of BonAppetour and will be henceforth trying home cooked meals everywhere we go :)
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Disclaimer: Travelling Weasels were invited as guests of BonAppetour, but as always all opinions are our own. This was the highlight of our week in Rome and we hope it is for you too!
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