Tastes of the Amalfi Coast and Rome with Cooking at Mamma Agata's Home

This spring Gourmet Getaways will be hosting an exclusive tour of the Amalfi Coast and Rome in April 2011.  Although this tour is sold out I thought you might be interested in reading about it. Dates:  April 2- 10 2011

Highlights of the trip include:

  • Accommodations at the Excelsior Victoria Hotel in Sorrento and Hotel St. George in Rome
  • Private transfers
  • Pizza demonstration in Sorrento at the Excelsior Victoria hotel by chef Vincenzo Galano
  • Free time to explore Capri
  • Tour of Naples
  • Wine tasting in Rome with a private guide, Katie Parla
  • Private tour in Rome
  • Visit to a limoncello factory
  • Mozzarella demonstration follwed by lunch
  • Cooking class with Mamma Agata followed by lunch


$4200.00 per person based on double occupancy

Single Supplement:$1130.00

Not Included:

  • Travel Insurance - highly recommended!
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses at the hotels: beverages, wine, laundry, room service etc.
  • Tips for guides
  • Other incidental costs:  entrances into museums, finicular to the top of Capri, ferry ride to Capri

There may be an adjustment to the final cost because of the fluctuating euro.

For more details please call:  973 644 0906


An Evening with Katie Parla!

The other evening I was fortunate enough to spend time with Katie at a wine tasting and 4-couse dinner at Clydz Restaurant in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The evening began with each of the 12 dinner guests toasting the start of a wonderful experience with Proseco. As each course was presented to us, Katie introduced each wine specifically chosen to enhance that particular course. As the wines were introduced, Katie educated us about its history and regional characteristics. We began the tasting with a white wine from the Campania region of Italy, which was paired with four different cheeses. The second course, a smoked tagliatelle with wild boar sausage and broccoli rabe, was accompanied by a red wine, which was my favorite, Apollinio Salice Salentino. Our main course, we had a choice of beef, lamb, or fish with potatoes and sautéed artichokes. Each of the choices were perfectly presented and all of us enjoyed another fantastic red wine, Vigne Irpine Taurasi. We concluded the evening with a choice of three desserts, all delicious, presented with a marsala wine.

It was a wonderful time. Everyone appreciated Katie’s exceptional knowledge about each of the wines presented.

I am certainly looking forward to future food and wine tastings with Katie Parla.

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