But, rules are meant to be broken and the other day I broke one of mine and had lunch at Octopus, a new spot in my Monti neighborhood.
One of the questions I get asked a lot is where can I take a cooking class while I am visiting Italy? There are so many choices, you can spend a week in one location and dive deep into a particular regional cuisine or you can set aside a few hours and learn one or two classic dishes and techniques. One of the best parts of taking a cooking class in Italy? You get to eat all of your hard work.
Here are some of favorite cooking classes in Italy.
I have a confession to make. I don't love gelato. Don't get me wrong, I like it just fine, I just don't, like some pals of mine, eat it twice a day love it. All I can say is it is a good thing there is not a frozen custard shop in Rome.
I have kind of a goldilocks thing going on when it comes to gelato. The weather can't be too hot or too cold. I prefer super creamy, clean flavors (have you had gelato made from buffalo milk?) over icier fruitier ones. On one of the first real warm summer days I spent the afternoon at Gunther Rohegger's gelato shop just behind the Pantheon tasting twenty five (yes, you read that correctly 25) different gelato flavors.
I have been spending a lot of time on the sleepy Aventine hill these days. It's not my usual neighborhood so it has been fun exploring. There are the not so secret spots like the Knights of Malta keyhole and the Giardini d'Aranci, the place to live out your Grande Bellezza dreams, and the lesser known monastery shop tucked into the grounds of Sant' Anselmo where you can buy soaps, liqueurs and chocolate all made by Benedictine monks and nuns.
Last week I strolled down towards Testaccio, past construction cranes and what remains of the 3rd century BC Servian wall to Tram Depot which sits at the boundary between the two neighborhoods.