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Since my arrival in Rome, I have been on a quest to discover Rome’s best restaurants. As it turns out, I did not have to look very far! Renato e Luisa is a small ristorante just a short 10 meters away from our Cornell home at Palazzo Lazzaroni. Lucky students had an opportunity to have a private wine tasting lesson with Signor Renato himself while enjoying a four course pairing menu. Starting with a description of various wine-making processes, students sipped a dry prosecco crisply paired with walnut studded cheeses, parmesan, and salami. The next exciting course? A floral white wine alongside plates of ricotta-stuffed squash flowers, pancetta-wrapped smoked mozzarella, and peppery, pencil-thin bread sticks. The third and final wine, a robust Sicilian red, was paired with a rich and savory mushroom crepe. When we thought our few hours in culinary heaven had come to end, Renato brought out rich chocolate brownies with fresh cream. Delizioso!

Host your own Wine Tasting with Renato’s wine list!
VALDO Spumante Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore D.O.C.G. Extra Dry
Zaccagnini, Bianco di Ciccio, Il Vino del Tralcetto
Nero d’Avola, Suor Marchesa, Passo delle Mule, Duca di Salaparuta

-Lindsay Hoolehan

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