Roman Holidays!

I spent a great deal of last year travelling throughout Europe, with one of my final destinations being my beloved Rome. I’d been there for the first time only several months earlier, and loved it so much that I just had to revisit. And it happened to be perfect timing, as it was around the time we’d just started to do our first Tadaku host hunt, and a lot of the initial interest was from Rome.

One of our very first interested hosts, Andrea, was kind enough to invite me around to their house to ask a little more about how Tadaku works, and to hear whether I felt they were suitable as hosts. And suitable hosts they were indeed!

Andrea and his wife offer 3 traditional Italian menus in Rome.

Andrea and his wife offer 3 traditional Italian menus in Rome.

Andrea, his lovely wife and their 8 year old son live in a beautiful apartment right next to one of the largest parks in Rome, Villa Doria Pamphili. A beautiful surrounding, but an even more beautiful home! They grow olives, lemons and other fruit and vegetables on their rooftop, where they like to host parties overlooking the park.

Villa Doria Pamphili, right across the street!

Villa Doria Pamphili, right across the street!

After the amazing hospitality I witnessed as soon as stepping in the door, the next thing I noticed was their real passion for food and cooking. Being busy with their work and their son in recent years, Andrea and his wife have had limited time to travel for leisure, and so loved the idea of sharing their culture with international travellers through Tadaku.

Andrea and his wife have clearly read these books a few times.

Andrea and his wife have clearly read these books a few times.

While offering me a range of delectable antipasto and bruschetta with fresh tomatoes and basil, they explained to me the various types of pasta, olive oils and cheeses in Italy. Not only was it a treat for the taste buds, but a great learning experience in Italian culture and cuisine.

The antipasto arrives.

The antipasto arrives.

And then came the carbonara. Oh, the carbonara. Many may not realise this is a dish local to Rome, but while being so simple, it was just unforgettable! I learnt a trick or two from the kitchen about cooking pasta to perfection, but I’d likely be in big trouble if I was to share that one here.

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Andrea and his wife are offering 3 different menus on Tadaku:


Roman Holidays – only Rome! – featuring the carbonara I was lucky enough to taste!

Cotoletta alla milanese

La Dolce Vita – a bite of Italy – with traditional Roman bruschetta and homemade fettucine

Parmigiana di Melanzane - Eggplant parmigiana

The Leopard – a traditional Sicilian menu, inspired by the beautiful novel based on the history of the Sicilian family of the Prince of Salina

Throughout all my extended travels of Europe and Asia, this evening was one of the most memorable, and it just reinforced in my mind how rare and invaluable an experience like this can be.

Many thanks to Andrea and his family!

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