Roma, Italy

Offbeat Food and Wine Tour of Rome

with Esther M.

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22 reviews

Esther M.

Style: Offbeat

Do you want to taste a real high-quality food and wine in Rome escaping from the crowds of the city centre? And maybe you don't want to spend a lot of money, but you think it's impossible to have tasty, local food and wonderful wine for a good price...

Well, in Italy, especially in Rome, this is possible if you are with a local. I'd like to propose you an alternative food and wine tour of the district where I live, Monteverde (literally "Green Mountain"), where you can try an aperitif followed by a typical Roman dinner in a traditional "Osteria".

I've personally tried all the places that I'd like you to know, and I'm sure you will really love them as well.

Monteverde is a beautiful district located a few steps away from Trastevere. It's well connected by tram number 8, departing from Piazza Venezia (in the heart of Rome).

The tour will start in the evening, around 7.00 pm, and I will guide you through original places that only offer local products.

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Esther M.

My name is Esther, I'm from Rome and I'm a tour guide. As a Roman I like to offer new, original experiences to people interested in discover the hidden Rome behind the most famous places of the eternal city. I can be your real, human contact in Rome and I can also organize your transfer from the airport and give you other options about things to do in Rome and in the surrounding area and suggestions about restaurants and accomodation. I've studied Art at the University and I'm studying foreign languages for my job to work with people proceeding by different countries. At the moment I work in Spanish, English and Portuguese language, and of course in Italian, my mother tongue. I hope to see you soon in my city! Full profile

22 Reviews

Graham C.

Oh my goodness, the food was SO GOOD that no review could do it justice. Esther is so sweet, fun, and helpful. She took us to a really great restaurant for appetizers and a glass of wine, then we went to a local osteria in her neighborhood. We were the only 'tourists' in the osteria; everyone else was clearly locals, which is always a good sign. The food was the best we had our entire week in Rome. ONE WORD OF ADVICE: Starve yourself for a couple of days before this tour. Do your very best to be STARVING. There is SO. MUCH. FOOD. that no normal human being can eat even half that much. I am normally a HUGE eater, but I had to stop eating halfway through the supper because we'd already had snacks all afternoon on our Jewish Ghetto Walking Tour with Esther. To be honest I was already full after our "Appetizer" outing, and before the Progressive Dinner even started (which consisted of bread, wine, about 5 appetizers, 2 heaping bowls of homemade pasta, a 'main course meat' dish, and then 5 desserts). I would recommend pacing yourself, as you eat, because you will be astonished at the sheer amount of food they bring out for you to taste and try. I wish I had been hungrier, but that's the only 'negative' of this tour. Totally worth every penny and I highly recommend. Thank you Esther!

William B.

Esther is a charming, interesting guide. She took us to a great wine bar and then to a family run restaurant that's been around since 1931 where we sampled many excellent Roman dishes. We could have gone for gelato afterwards, but were too full to do so. If you are looking to experience a bit of Rome outside the touristy areas I highly recommend this tour.

Matt A.

Esther set up a great food and wine (and beer) tour for us that was unlike other tours available. My friend and I both left feeling we had gotten a nice chance to not only learn about the food culture of Rome, but also learn about many of the cultural nuances and quirks of the Romans. This made the tour special, more intimate, and very enjoyable and informative. Esther was very sweet throughout and might be the first person I've met who smiles more than I do! I would recommend this tour 100% if you want something a little different; it would be impossible to find the same experience in a tour guide book.

Jane W.

I booked this tour to follow the Aventine Hill tour, and at the end of the day felt as if I had experienced the Rome of the people who live and work there. Esther introduced me to a wonderful place for "aperitivo" (the Italian custom of a drink and small bites of food before their later dinner) and then a lively restaurant in a less crowded but beautiful neighborhood of Rome across the Tiber. I will forever remember the people I met, and I would not have returned home with these memories without the expert help of Esther and her tour itinerary. She will customize the tour just for you. It was a dream working with her.

Susie W.

This was the best tour we had taken in Italy. It was also the best meal during our entire trip! Esther is like having a friend in Italy. She is amazing. She is so personable and very sweet....always smiling. We chose the Roman Food option and she coordinated an excellent appetizer place with drinks. Then on to the main event.....the restaurant in Monteverde was outstanding. The food kept coming. We tried so much variety and food it was wonderful. I now know the definition of gluttony :) The restaurant owners were very attentive to Esther/our party and went out of their way to make us feel like one of the regulars. If you do nothing else....take this tour! Bon Appetito! Thanks again for a fabulous time Esther.

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