Walking into Latteria Studio is like visiting your coolest friend’s new house.
You know the friend I am talking about.
That one who has traveled everywhere, picked up bits and pieces here and there, pulled out incredible finds at thrift shops, and always has the best taste.
As the days get the shorter, the nights deeper, and the weather colder, I begin craving more intense and layered flavors.
Hearty sauces and Jimmy’s Irish stews come back into our kitchen rotation at home.
But Vietnamese cooking? I wouldn’t really know where to start.
Alice is one of the brains behind Latteria Studio, and a talented food stylist- which, let’s be honest here – is basically the coolest job.
Having just worked on a piece on duck, we deviated from the usual shrimp to hand roll vibrant spring rolls with INCREDIBLE savory duck breast.
We chatted while julienning vegetables and rolling pasta.
The pasta became wonton wrappers, which Alice expertly taught us how to fill and seal.
Alice’s styling skills was on full display when we sat down to dinner.
The smallest details were thought out – small flowers in campari aperitivo bottles, and Vietnamese-language newspapers folded as placemats.
And the food?
So so good.
We kept talking about life, Italy, and food as we passed the lettuce wraps.
It has been awhile for me since everything just clicked.
But cooking and talking, while surrounded by beautiful things, was exactly what I needed.
Latteria studio hosts some fantastic classes, many of which are Italian food focused.
The Vietnamese cooking class was also lovely and now I really need to plan a Mercato Esquilino run so I can get all the ingredients to recreate the dishes at home.
….or I could just go back to Latteria. That would be even more fun. (The next one is on December 2nd).
Via di Ponziano, 29
Rome (Trastevere) 00152
Phone: +39 8352 9990