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November 19, 2004

HomeFood.it - parla Italiano?


Hope you speak Italian 'cause if you don't, you may not be able to take full advantage of this wonderful new website.

It enables people to experience real Italian cooking in the homes of the cooks themselves.

The Home Food Project carefully investigates the culinary abilities of home cooks all over Italy, and then names those it approves as Cesarina - an affectionate term adopted by Home Food for their cooks, it means "empress of the kitchen."

Cesarine are deliberately chosen from across the social spectrum, and divided into four categories: popular, middle class, and two levels of aristocratic.

Prices escalate with increasing rarification of category.

It's not only the Cesarine who are vetted, though: potential guests are required to fill out a questionnaire and promise to turn up on time, be gracious, and complain not to the Cesarine but directly to Home Food, to spare the cooks any upset.

So far Home Food has registered about 300 guests, and has a roster of 50 Cesarine positioned across the length of Italy, as far as Sicily.

Rebecca Rose, a Financial Times reporter who tried a level-four experience in Bologna, wrote, "I had the feeling that a level-four lunch was a taste of a life that was almost too good."

[via Rebecca Rose and The Financial Times]

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My friend and I will be in western Italy during Sept 6-11, 2008. We will see Milan, Torino, and Lake Como, so we'll be in this whole area of Italy. Do you have a list of Homefood sites for these areas?? thank you for your help, it will sure add something special to our trip!!

Posted by: Debbie Jackson | Aug 8, 2008 6:36:40 PM

I will be visiting Siena June 9-11th, Parma June 17-19 and Rome June 20th. Are there dinners offered in any of places mentioned? I am very interested and do not know how and whom to contact. Hope to receive a reply.

Posted by: Jacqueline Turri | Apr 27, 2006 11:57:55 PM

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