Sunday, 1 May 2022

An Italian Mother's Day : ideas from Italy for celebrating the "Festa della Mamma".

Mother's Day in Italy: when it is, how it's celebrated and how you can make it special for your mamma, too.


Do you have an Italian mamma? Or maybe your mother would just like to be Italian!

Whether she's from Italy or would like to be, whether she has Italian in her family history or she'd like to put down roots there - and wherever in the world she may be right now - here are some ideas for celebrating your mother - in Italian style!


>>>List of Italian Gift Ideas online and in-person


When is Mother's Day in Italy?

Many stereotypes exist about the Italian mamma. What is certainly true, though, is that wherever in the world they may be, Italian mothers are still the main focus of the family and family traditions.  


Although mothers are respected and appreciated all year round, the "official" Mother's Day - known as "La Festa della Mamma" - is celebrated in Italy on the second Sunday in May. This year Mother’s Day will be on Sunday May 8th! It's a day for families to come together to enjoy each other's company and to thank the person who made it possible.


Everyone who is able to returns to their family home. Those who cannot, make sure they send a card, a letter or a poem.



The day itself centres around activities bringing the family together. In most families, Breakfast will be made for mamma - generally fresh pastries and coffee.  Young children will give usually home made gifts of cards and fresh flowers and it's a tradition for young children to write a poem in school, to be given on the day.


Lunch will be held either in the family home or, increasingly, at a local restaurant. This has become the most popular day of the year in Italy to dine out. The meal is always rounded off with a sweet cake, sometimes in the shape of a heart.


Are you looking for inspiration?

We have a list of Italian Gift Ideas for your Mamma on Mother's Day - including online Italian Cooking Classes and in-person activities and experiences in Italy!

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Monday, 4 April 2022

Award Winner for 2022: Convivio Rome Italian Cooking Classes and Culinary Holidays is a Travel & Hospitality Award Winner for 2022

 

 

Convivio Rome Italian Cooking Classes and Culinary Holidays is a Travel & Hospitality Awards Winner for 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 2022

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April 2022: The Travel & Hospitality Awards is proud to announce that Convivio Rome Italian Cooking Classes and Culinary Holidays has been awarded in its 2022 European Travel Awards programme.

While this year has been the toughest the travel industry has ever faced, we endeavour to recognise those who deserve praise and to promote the hard work of tenacious travel businesses. Recipients of Travel & Hospitality awards in 2022 were scrupulously selected based on the aggregation of reviews from multiple third-party sources. Selected by a panel of experts who analyse submission material, review customer feedback and compare the facilities of each entrant. Our winners are those who can demonstrate their uniqueness, quality of services and facilities and exceptional levels of customer care across a number of categories.

In this extraordinary year of the awards over 22,000 nominations were received for this years programme, and the standard of entries was incredibly high. The judging panel had great difficulty in narrowing down the entries but the winners reflect the very best in travel and hospitality standards. The team at Travel & Hospitality Awards, said: “We were overwhelmed by the quality of entries this year. We hope this guide will be a useful tool for discerning travellers planning their next luxury getaway. Congratulations once again to all our winners.”

The full list of winners will be included in the annual awards publication that will be available for digital download in July. To receive this publication, you are encouraged to join the mailing list to be notified upon its release.

For more details on Travel & Hospitality Awards, go to www.thawards.com

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About the Company: THE TRAVEL & HOSPITALITY AWARDS is an annual celebration of excellence across all sectors of travel. The independent awards programme is an annual celebration of excellence for the best hotels, spas, restaurants and tour operators.

About Convivio Rome Italian Cooking Classes and Culinary Holidays: Chef Guido born in Italy, and Sally, his Australian wife, have been running Convivio Rome in the beautiful Rome countryside since 2001. They offer Italian Culinary Vacations, Day Italian Cooking Classes, Winery Tours and Rome Olive Oil Tours. They also offer Virtual Italian Cooking Parties and Guido's Cook Club Membership, both fun online activities that give you a 'Taste of Italy'. Web site: www.conviviorome.com


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Monday, 21 March 2022

Here is your complimentary Italian Herb Pairing Chart!

Chef Guido's Italian Herb Chart is a simple guide on how to pair the 5 top Italian herbs with your favourite food. With this chart, you can recreate the mediterranean scents by adding these aromatic herbs to your new Italian meals. Buon Appetito!





Monday, 7 February 2022

Italian Gift Ideas for your Special Valentine! Bring them to Italy!

Chef Guido's Italian Gift Ideas - Direct from Italy

Gift your Valentine a Date to Remember
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 ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ If you’re looking for something different this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got some ideas. Give an in person or online experience you’ve always wanted to try. We’re pretty sure your partner’s going to love it.


Ciao a tutti! We love Italy and all things Italian and if you have a partner or special friend who does too, Chef Guido has put a few ideas for you, together. Italian virtual cooking class experiences and Gift Certificates for in-person experiences, are a wonderful way to show your Italy loving partner and special friend that you understand their passion and want to celebrate with them.

We created this guide of Italian gifts to help you find that perfect present for your Valentine. You’ll find everything from online Italian cooking video packages, to virtual cooking parties and monthly memberships to unique in-person experiences.

Here are the most popular 5 items to put on your wish list, including online fun for a taste of Italy, PLUS in-person experiences when you and your Valentine visit Italy:

  • Virtual Italian Cooking Parties - A fun way to learn Italian cuisine LIVE in an interactive cooking class with Chef Guido direct from Italy. Private and group cooking class parties available.
  • Authentic Italian Cooking Package - Chef Guido selected 5 classic Italian dishes that are easy and fun to prepare, with step-by-step cooking videos, recipes, shopping lists and more
  • Guido’s Cook Club - a fun and relaxed monthly membership and community for those passionate about Italian food and culture.
  • Rome Day Trips- Select from one of our fun, informative and relaxed in-person Day Trips direct from Rome. Choose from Italian cooking classes, olive tours, touring medieval villages or a combination. Min. of 2 people. 
  • 4 Day or 5 Day Italian Culinary Vacations-  Our cooking holidays are more than just cooking, with an all inclusive experience that gives you an opportunity to live like a local in our medieval hilltop village, close to Rome, Italy. Gift a Special friend and join in too! Min. of 2 people.

How does it work? It’s easy. Contact us via email with your friend's name and the gift you’ve selected. We will send you payment details via email. Once confirmed, we will send you a personal gift voucher and link to your selected package.

Chef Guido, Sally from Convivio Rome have been offering Rome Day Trips, Rome Olive Tours, Rome Wine Tours, Italian Cooking Classes and Italian Culinary Vacations in the Sabine Hills since 2006 and also Virtual online Italian Cooking Classes since March 2020. Find out more on the links below:

Wednesday, 5 January 2022

La Befana (the Good Witch) is coming!

 

La Befana, thanks to 'Eventi e Sagre' for this image

Here in Italy, Babbo Natale (Santa Claus) is a recently imported tradition. It is La Befana, instead, who comes down through the chimney, bringing a stocking with sweets and small presents. She is a sort of good witch and a bit of an eccentric elderly lady, flying on her old broomstick through the sky at night. She comes on the 6th of January bearing gifts of sweets for those that are good and bits of charcoal for those naughty children. Adults have great fun with this tradition by setting the scene and building up the anticipation for their children and grandchildren the night before.

The origins of La Befana can be linked to the Goddess Diana in ancient Roman times, and could even date back as far as 4,000 years ago.

In Rome, there is a traditional Christmas market in Piazza Navona, that I remember going to as a child. Still today has plenty of Befane strolling around the piazza, while children eat zucchero filato (fairy floss) or mostaccioli, traditional Roman biscuits simply made out of flour, honey and walnuts.

Chef Guido, Sally from Convivio Rome have been offering Rome Day Trips, Rome Olive Tours, Rome Wine Tours, Italian Cooking Classes and Italian Culinary Vacations in the Sabine Hills since 2006 and also Virtual online Italian Cooking Classes since March 2020. Find out more on the links below:

Thursday, 14 October 2021

20 Minute Italian Dishes - Home Cooking for Busy People

Too busy to cook? No problem!  -  Have fun learning 20 minute traditional Italian meals at home!

Join Chef Guido's 20 minute Italian cooking course and learn 12 fast and delicious Italian meals in just 6 weeks, online!

FROM SUNDAY OCTOBER 24 TO SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2021

ENROL NOW and you will master simple and authentic Italian dishes so you can cook wonderful, fresh food every day. It's so easy and convenient. Let Chef Guido Inspire you!

It's a unique opportunity to learn 12 classic Italian dishes from Chef Guido, who was born in Rome and still lives in Italy. He will share his family cooking secrets and stories with you. Have fun mastering these 12 timeless Italian recipes. You will enjoy 6 LIVE, fully interactive Zoom cooking classes PLUS an additional 6 pre-recorded step-by-step cooking class videos: that all take only 20 minutes to prepare!

WE WELCOME YOU INTO OUR FAMILY HOME IN ITALY FOR A FULL ITALIAN EXPERIENCE! LET'S HAVE 6 WEEKS OF COOKING PARTIES TOGETHER. LEARNING EASY ITALIAN RECIPES THAT ONY TAKE 20 MINUTES TO PREPARE!

Sign Up Now and start learning easy to make traditional Italian recipes for busy people.

These fully interactive cooking classes will be held LIVE on Zoom and also recorded for your convenience.

Learn More and Enrol BEFORE October, 22 for a Special BONUS OFFER with Chef Guido. Find out More

Chef Guido, Sally from Convivio Rome have been offering Rome Day Trips, Rome Olive Tours, Rome Wine Tours, Italian Cooking Classes and Italian Culinary Vacations in the Sabine Hills since 2006 and also Virtual online Italian Cooking Classes since March 2020. Find out more on the links below:

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Why should olive oil be extra virgin and single estate?


A lot of my clients and friends from different parts of the world often ask me why they should buy the more expensive extra virgin olive oil, as opposed to simply olive oil. Extra virgin olive oils are the pure juice of cold pressed olives. 'Olive oil', apart from a small percentage of extra virgin, is oil extracted with the help of harmful chemicals, which of course end up in the bottle. To make things more confusing, I have seen cheap olive oil marketed as 'light' , which doesn't change the result: harmful chemicals.

extra virgin olive oil, single estate, just being pressed

The best extra virgin olive oils are 'single estate' ones, from small producers such us the ones here in Sabina, who harvest the olives at the right time, when they are turning from green to black. This ensures low acidity and plenty of antioxidants. The quantity produced might be less from each tree, but the quality is at its highest. This explains why good extra virgin olive oil is not cheap.
Moreover, would you buy olive oil from a huge company that also make washing powder and underarm deodorant? I wouldn't, even if their marketing image screams 'Italian-authentic-traditional'.


Chef Guido, Sally from Convivio Rome have been offering Rome Day Trips, Rome Olive Tours, Rome Wine Tours, Italian Cooking Classes and Italian Culinary Vacations in the Sabine Hills since 2006 and also Virtual online Italian Cooking Classes since March 2020. Find out more on the links below: