Your Cooking holidays In Italy team during your stay
Mark founded Taste Trails Rome Cooking holidays in Italy after first travelling through Italy and came across this beautiful area that even though it is so close to Rome , had very few tourists . He settled in Sabina for a few years and has now put together a fine team who will deliver an exciting itinerary we are sure will show you a side to Italy that you would likely not find yourself - An authentic Italy , real people , real passion ,a love for its food, traditions and especially Rome and Sabina . A warm welcome awaits...
A Sabine native, a highly respected Art restorer in Italy, having worked on and supervised the restoration of some of Rome's and Italy's most important art treasures , she specialises in paintings , fresco's and stone.
Susanna will be popping in and out throughout your stay to offer her local knowledge and insight and to make your stay is a wonderful experience. A fine cook she's been making fresh pasta since she was a child, she won't need any excuse to join in the lessons !
Well travelled throughout India and Asia , she's very good company and you can be sure of a warm welcome.
giacomo and eleonora
Giacomo and his lovely partner Elenora are your warm hosts for your stay in their country house which has been in Giacomo's family for more than 200 years . They also run the restaurant here serving ' rustic ' Roman and Sabine dishes which people travel to from miles around to taste and savour.
Giacomo produces nearly everything that is served in the restaurant including their extremely high quality Sabina extra virgin olive oil .
Gambero Rosso trained Emiliano ( centre ) owner / chef at the fabulous L'Antica Bottega restaurant which lies within the walls of the Medieval hill top village of Fara Sabina , will focus on ' modern ' interpretations of Roman and Sabine recipes. He spends hours experimenting and fine tuning his skills and ideas which he then puts to good use in his restaurant.
Paula and Franco
Paula's love for cooking was born since she was a child and played in her grandparent’s restaurant inside Rome's Cinecitta movie studios.
From her mother, a refined and exacting cook, she learned the secrets and techniques of Italian cuisine and by attending a number of specialised in- depth courses.
She practiced her cooking with passion in a few small yet gourmet restaurants, afterwards she wanted to transfer her experience, passion and love for traditional Italian food and pass on her knowledge and experience.
That’s why with Franco she set up Gusto al Borgo Cooking School, where people come from all over the world to learn Italian recipes, as well as professional foreign chefs who come to be trained acquiring an overall good knowledge of Italian cuisine that they will practice in their everyday professional lives.
Franco is your warm host at Gusto al Borgo and grows their organic vegetables in his garden and takes care of his olive grove where he produces the famous Sabina extra virgin olive oil.
He’s also rightly proud of his homemade red wine: a delicious combination of Sangiovese and Nebiolo grapes.