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Culinary Loft[ Rome

shadtrain | Oct 14, 201112:07 AM

My friend learned about this experience for dinner in Rome through Chow Hound. We made a reservation and it turned out to be a very unique and fun experience. First, the Culinary Loft is actually in a fabulous loft full of art and unique design. The chefs, Asia and Gaia, were warm, friendly and fun. They presented us initially with three delicious appetizers: pears with pecorino cheese and grapes, mozzarella with home made sun-dried tomatos and three kinds of salami served with artisanal bread. This was served with prosecco which was delicious. Then Asia and Gaia took on the daunting task of teaching us to make homemade pasta. This was messy and fun and the end result was delicious, even with our lack of experience. It was clear that making homemade pasta comes naturally to the Italians; our hostesses had learned the art from their mothers and grandmothers. We had two pasta courses, one with a light tomato-vegetable sauce. The second pasta presentation was served with sausage, porcini mushrooms and chanterelles. Both pastas were delicious. The main course featured salmon with capers and tomatoes, prawns and spinach. Dessert was baked apples and figs. A wonderful chardonnay was served with dinner. The entire evening was photographed by our hostesses and those photos were emailed to us by the next morning. Also, all food was described and sourced for us by our hostesses. It was obvious that they both delighted in the small details and the art of cooking and presentation. This was a very special experience in our tour of Rome and one that we would highly recommend to those who want something different when they visit Rome. When you make your own reservation, you get to select whether you prefer a fish or meat entree. To make a reservation, email Asia at Culinaryloftrome@gmail.com.

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