A full guide to the best food tours in Rome, Italy (+ the best pasta and pizza making cooking classes and the most popular wine day trips).
Italy is not only famous for its history and art, but also for its delicious food! Usually, when people think about Italian food, they think only about pizza and pasta. In fact, Italian cuisine differs a lot depending on the region.
Of course, everywhere you go in Italy, you’ll find the much-beloved pizza and pasta. Yet, you’ll notice many differences in the sauce, the shape of the pasta or the toppings of the pizza. In addition to this, there are meals and foods that are available only in a certain region.
And believe me, you won’t be disappointed by the Roman cuisine! Pasta Carbonara, Amatriciana and Cacio e Pepe, Saltimbocca, Pizza al Taglio – these are just a few of the many mouth-watering foods that you can try in the Eternal City.
I love taking food tours when I travel and the food tours in Rome are amongst my favourites! I’m such a big fan of Italian food, that I can eat pasta every single day.
Most popular food tour in Rome
Looking for a walking food tour that allows you to sample the best local products in Rome? Then check out the 4-Hour Food Tour by Night. You’ll sample the best local foods and wines (with over 20 tastings).
This guided walking tour through the city takes you to the most famous foodie neighbourhoods. You’ll enjoy over 20 tastings, including balsamic vinegar, truffle cheese, prosciutto and local wine. Also, you’ll learn how to spot real gelato, so no bad gelato for you anymore!
Why book – 4-hour evening walking tour of Rome, 20 tastings (including authentic gelato and 25-year-aged balsamic vinegar), special substitutions are available for those with dietary restrictions
Best food tours in Rome
Food tours are the best way to experience Roman cuisine and taste its most popular meals. The tours in Rome focus on quality food at local eateries that you’d probably won’t find by yourself. Plus, you’ll learn about the history of Roman food, what locals eat and how to avoid tourist traps.
My advice is to take a Rome food tour early in your stay. Most of the tour guides will happily provide you with plenty of recommendations for local restaurants. Plus, you’ll be more familiar with the menu and know what to order.
Another advantage of food tours is that they provide small portions. In this way, you can sample plenty of Roman foods, without getting stuffed. This simply is not possible if you decide to visit the eateries on your own. In addition to this, the tours take you beyond the familiar pizza and pasta, offering foods which otherwise you may not have the chance to try.
With so many food tours available in Rome, it’s hard to pick the perfect one. So, to make your choice easier, I’ve prepared this list of the best food tours of Rome.
Best food tours in Rome, Italy
- Rome Food Tour with Pizza-Making
- 4-Hour Food Tour by Night
- Traditional food tour and wine tasting
- Guided street food tasting tour
- Taste of Testaccio by Eating Europe
- Twilight Trastevere Rome food tour
- Espresso, gelato and tiramisu tasting tour
- Pasta-making class with a local chef
- Pizza Cooking Class
- Pasta Alfredo at Alfredo alla Scrofa
You just have to decide beforehand what kind of tour you want. Do you opt for a street food tour or do you prefer a cooking class experience? Or maybe a wine tasting in a small winery in the countryside is your thing? Make up your mind which type of experience suits you the best and just pick it from the list below.
Traditional food tour and wine tasting
This walking tour of the historic centre and Trastevere is focused on food and wine. It’s a great introduction to traditional Italian food culture.
You’ll visit local eateries, historic shops and an excellent restaurant in the Trastevere. There you’ll sample authentic Roman specialities like baccalà fritto, supplì and artisanal salamis accompanied by a nice wine. The tour ends with a gelato tasting at a famous gelateria.
Why book – 4-hour food and wine tour, authentic Roman specialities including the famous pizza Romana
Guided street food tasting tour
If street food is your thing, this is the tour you need to book. You’ll have the chance to try the street food that Romans have been eating for centuries!
You’ll visit more than 5 historic eateries and shops, tasting delicious cheeses, prosciutto and truffle tartines. All this, combined with some of the most celebrated wines of the region. You’ll also visit a family-run ice cream parlour, where you’ll learn the secrets of gelato making!
Why book – best authentic street food of Rome, including pizza, gelato and Zucchini Flowers
Taste of Testaccio by Eating Europe
This food walking tour will take you to Testaccio, the neighbourhood where the Roman cuisine was born. You’ll visit the famous Testaccio Market, where you’ll try real buffalo mozzarella.
At a local bakery, you’ll find out how Italians start the day. And in a popular restaurant in Testaccio, you’ll try one of the best pasta in Rome. The tour offers plenty of tastings, including Italian cheeses, prosciutto, authentic gelato and even Roman craft beer.
Why book – 4-hour walking tour of Testaccio with delicious tastings, tips for the best spots in town
Twilight Trastevere Rome food tour
Trastevere is the most charming neighbourhood in Rome. This is especially true at night when the cobblestone streets come alive with locals heading to dinner. This evening food tour will take you to the best eating and drinking spots in Trastevere.
You’ll visit the famous Da Enzo al 29, where you’ll try delicious Roman cuisine. Enjoy an exclusive wine tasting in a cellar dating back to 80 BC. You’ll also meet the King of Porchetta, Piero Iacozzilli, and taste his famous roast pork.
Why book – 4-hour evening tour of Trastevere, skip-the-line at the famous Da Enzo al 29, exclusive wine tasting, visit a family-owned cookie factory
Espresso, gelato and tiramisu tasting tour
This espresso and gelato tasting tour is a must for every coffee lover. You’ll have the chance to experience Rome through its legendary coffee and gelato culture. An expert guide will show you how to order a coffee in Italy and where are the best spots to enjoy the tiny cups of espresso.
You’ll also learn about the coffee-making process from the bean to the cup. And to make things even better, the tours include gelato and tiramisu tastings!
Why book – 2.5 hours espresso and gelato tour, learn how to order a coffee, tiramisu tasting in one of the most famous pastry shops in Rome
Pasta-making class with a local chef
There is no better thing than experiencing again the amazing food you’ve had in Rome, but at home! Pasta is surprisingly easy to make, especially if you learn its secrets from a chef. You don’t believe me? Join this pasta-making class and see by yourself.
You’ll learn how to make delicious smooth pasta from scratch and get precious tips on how to cook it.
Why book – 3.5 hours pasta-making class with an expert chef, unique location – rooftop terrace in the city centre, prosecco and dessert included
Pizza Cooking Class
If pizza is your thing, don’t miss this cooking class with a local Italian chef. You’ll learn how to make delicious authentic pizza from scratch, how to roll the dough and how to bake it. The chef will provide you with practical tips on working the dough and the different ways of kneading it.
Why book – 1.5-hour pizza workshop in a restaurant in central Rome, several types of pizzas you can choose from to make
Try Pasta Alfredo in the restaurant where it was created
Visit Alfredo alla Scrofa, one of the most authentic restaurants in Rome, where the world-famous Fettuccine Alfredo was created. You can choose between lunch, a full dinner, or a pasta cooking class with lunch or dinner.
If you opt for a cooking class, you’ll learn how the original Pasta Alfredo is prepared! Note that the special menu offers are available only for online bookings.
Why book – try the original Fettuccine Alfredo, get 10% discount at the restaurant shop
Colosseum – one of the top attractions with huge queues. To skip the lines buy a combined ticket for Colosseum and Roman Forum.
Vatican Museums – also a top attraction. I’d recommend booking as soon as possible because the tickets are valid for a certain time slot. You can book your Vatican skip-the-line-ticket here.
Galleria Borghese – if you’re an art lover, this museum is a must. Tickets are again timed entry, so you need to book in advance here.
Best food day trips from Rome
Frascati Wine Road from Rome
If you want to experience a vineyard and authentic Italian meal outside of Rome, this is the tour you need to book. You’ll visit a renowned family-owned winery where wine is produced for seven generations! Taste some of the winery’s best products, including Frascati Superiore DOCG white wine, Vagnolo IGP red wine, and Frascati DOC White Wine.
Also, you’ll explore the charming town of Frascati, where you’ll try local delicacies such as roasted pork and biscotti.
Why book – experience rustic vineyard in the Lazio wine region, lunch at an authentic trattoria featuring cured meats, cheeses and pasta
Tuscany Taster Tour
To discover the delicious food of Tuscany and its famous wines, join the Tuscany Taster Tour from Rome. You’ll visit an authentic vineyard farmhouse in the heart of the beautiful region. There, you’ll enjoy a traditional 3-course gourmet lunch with local wine pairings.
In addition to this, you’ll explore the picturesque cities of San Biagio and Pienza, from where you can buy the famous pecorino cheese and balsamic vinegar.
Why book – visit an authentic vineyard farmhouse in Tuscany, 3-course meal with wine pairings (including the famous Brunello di Montalcino)