Our last evening "Celebration dinner"!

Trip Start Mar 15, 2012
Trip End Mar 31, 2012

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Flag of Italy  , Lazio,
Thursday, March 29, 2012

Day 15 - evening

Once all settled in at the Sheraton Roma Hotel and after a quick change of clothes, we all gathered in the hotel's entrance lounge for our 6:00pm departure.   This evening, we were having a special evening out with the group to celebrate the end of our tour! 

We were heading to one of Rome’s famous "Italian School of Gourmet Cooking" where the apprentice chefs were to prepare for us a seven meal course dinner complete with wine and music!   This should be very entertaining I told Michel and different at the same time as I read in the brochure that it would be a feast to be proud of!

The ride from the hotel to this “special school restaurant” took a good half an hour or so due to the traffic being heavy at times.   Wanting to avoid this and since Ciro knew his way around Rome quite well, he hastily took an exit and drove us on side streets which in a way, it kind of gave us a “city tour of Rome”!    No complaints here because it certainly made the ride a lot more interesting!  

And then we were there.   A big square five story high building stood all by itself surrounded by a paved parking lot all around it.    It had this modern architecture look to it being mainly comprised of glass windows!    Looking around, the entire area appeared almost deserted leaving Ciro lots of choices to park the motor coach.

Once inside the school, we had a choice of either taking the elevators or escalators up to the top 5th floor being where this special restaurant was located.  I opted for the escalators since the building had an open concept to it and these were right in the middle of the place.   They would definitely provide me with more views of the building’s interior structure, I told Michel while making a dash towards them.   Others follow suit deciding to do the same as us! 

On our way up, classes in progress were seen through glass windows where junior student cooks all wearing the traditional white apron listened attentively to the teacher Chef!     Since the 4th floor was the highest that these escalators could go to, a metal staircase had to be taken for the rest of the way up.

Upon entering the dining room, we were greeted with a warm welcome by several of the young chefs.   They were all dressed in white complete with the long cylinder chef’s hat.   Without being too much flashy, the dining room was modernly decorated and had that cozy feeling to it.   Since we were now on the 5th floor, a magnificent view of the city of Rome could be seen from here.

Michel and I quickly settled at one of the five rectangular tables in this big private room where some of our friends joined us shortly afterwards.  Red and white Italian wine was poured and we happily toasted to our trip.  It was sad in a way just knowing that it was the end of it but hey, what an incredible time we had!

 Our seven meal course dinner was served one plate after the other one in which every little detail was paid close attention to.  The brochure was right on something; it was definitely a feast to be proud of!  

Feeling now heavier than when we first arrived, the escalators were taken once again for our way back down!   After all, I now needed that exercise.......Mama Mia!

Monique   :-)
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