Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dine with locals in Italy

"Dispatches," one of my favourite CBC Radio programs, recently re-ran reporter Nancy Greenleese's piece about Home Food (scroll down to "Culinary wrongs made right"). The Home Food organization, which started in Bologna and has now spread to other parts of Italy, allows travellers to enjoy a meal in an Italian home for roughly the same price as a good restaurant dinner. The focus is on traditional dishes and local ingredients, and it sounds fabulous.

For a great peek into one Home Food dinner in Milan, check out Jessica Spiegel's piece at BootsnAll's WhyGo Italy site.


margaretcowan said...

Thank you! I've been travelling to Italy for years and didn't know about Home Food. What a wonderful way to experience a slice of local life and meet local people!

Cooking lessons in people's homes are another way, but if you don't have the time or inclination, dining in a home is a great idea.

Years ago I took an Italian language course in Rome. I asked the language school to find me a homestay room with a family where nobody spoke English. They matched me with Lucia, we became friends and now I stay with her twice a year in Rome.

Buon anno e buon appetito!

Laura Byrne Paquet said...

Glad you found the information useful, Margaret! I checked out your site and it is gorgeous. It makes me want to go back to Italy!