Mr. P and I are all about food, especially when traveling. A coworker recommended Eating Italy Tours to us, so I booked a Trastevere walking tour. To be honest, I did zero research and just booked it. I trust the foodies at my office.
Our Thoughts on the Food Tour
Come on an empty stomach. We ate so. much. food. Some places we had little bites. At others, it was much more. We sat down as a group and shared three platters of pasta and wine at one stop and sat at another restaurant for dessert at the end!
We learned a lot about local food and how it’s made. So many of the places we stopped at had been in business for decades or even generations. The pride in their work was evident and the food was amazing. At the porchetta shop, the owner’s 90+ year old mother still sits at the register.
We learned how to tell real gelato from fake. I consider this a necessary public service announcement so I wrote about it in its own separate post.
Easy-going, good-sized group. As you know, I don’t like tours generally. I make exceptions for food tours and this one was great. I didn’t feel like I was getting herded along. It was nice, down to Earth, and with a good-sized group.
We went back to several places we visited. Later on that same day, Mr. P had to go back and get a porchetta sandwich. It was a real porchetta emergency. We also had snacks and dinner at one of the other restaurants and had the best cacio e pepe of our time in Rome!
You get a list of the stops at the end. Don’t worry about writing everything down!
They helped us with restaurant reservations. We passed by a restaurant that we’d been trying to get into for dinner. Even though it wasn’t on the tour, the guide stepped in for us and got us dinner reservations!
In sum, I’m still dreaming about what we ate. It was that good.
Should You Go?
At 75€ per person, it’s a bit pricey but you get a huge amount of food and an English-speaking guide. I wholeheartedly recommend it if you even remotely like food. You don’t have to be a big foodie to enjoy it, it’s paced well, and you get to stop in places you never would have thought to check out. It was time very well spent for us! They cater to some food allergies/issues, so check it out!
Eating Italy Tours
Note, I am not listing our stops on the tour here as it would not be nice to the company. I received zero compensation from the tour company for my thoughts here — they don’t even know I’m writing this review. To the extent we visited any of the stops on our own, I will talk about those experiences in another post.
We traveled to Italy in May 2015. Click here for all of my tips and things we wish we’d known before our trip!