She’s a California native, sommelier, and the founder of Old Frascati Food & Wine ETS, a cultural association based in Frascati, Italy where we work with local vintners, artisans, chefs, historians and sommeliers to show you the best that Frascati has to offer! We have several food and wine tours that we have created with our collaborators to give the perfect experience for visitors. We are all very passionate about our town’s heritage and love to share it with the world!
Paola is the owner of Antiche Terre Tuscolane, one of Frascati’s most beautiful boutique wineries in Frascati DOCG wine country. Her 7th generation family run winery produces wines which are authentic and sustainable and truly capable of making those who taste them happy. She is excited to meet you and share with you the history of her 16th century winery in the beautiful Frascati wine country.
Eugenio and his family are at the center of daily life in Frascati. Everyone in town buys their fresh bread and pizza from his bakery ‘Antico Forno Ceralli’ and has done so for generations. His porchetta is a local delicacy which is slow roasted in their wood burning oven for 10 hours. Eugenio is a world traveler and ambitious entrepreneur with dreams of opening a wood fired pizza place in South Africa one day.
Daniela is a Frascati native, born and raised in Frascati, her family has been living in this land for over nine generations. Despite her strong roots, Daniela has always moved in an international environment, first as a teacher of Italian language and culture for foreigners, and now sharing her passion for our food, wine and our ancient culture with the rest of the world! She is passionate about art, literature and languages, especially local dialects, and she is always ready to go wild with traditional music and dancing!
Giovanna or Gio as everybody calls her, is a Frascati local who has always worked as a tour guide. She loves her job because she gets to meet people from all over the world. She is a very sociable person and loves to show people around Frascati and share her favorite parts of the city. Her hobbies include art history and languages and during her spare time she loves taking care of animals.
Not only is Paola smart, funny and beautiful, she is also a very talented chef! She grew up in one of the most historic families of restaurateurs of the Castelli Romani. She spent several years living abroad teaching courses on Italian cooking. You will find Paola a wealth of knowledge and information on Frascati food & wine pairings, along with insights into which herbs and flowers are edible in the vineyard.
Lynette is originally from Utah but spent most of her adult life in California. Moving to Italy has been the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, one she hopes never ends! She has a Masters degree in art history from John Cabot University in Rome. Her expertise is ancient Roman fresco painting, but she loves all Italian art. Her love of wine first brought her to Frascati years ago, and she couldn’t resist returning for good. She joined the team in July of 2019. Cultural heritage is a passion of hers and she wants to work to bridge the gap between academia and the public to help promote and conserve cultural resources.
Marco is in charge of all transportation for Old Frascati Food & Wine Tours. Transportation around Frascati is included in our ‘Classic Half-Day Wine Tour’ and our ‘Sunset Wine Tour’. He is a licensed NCC and can offer extra transportation upon request: Fiumicino Airport, Ciampino Airport, the port of Civitavecchia, the center of Rome to Frascati, and tours around the Castelli Romani i.e. Castel Gandolfo (the Pope’s summer home), Lago di Nemi (ancient borgo overlooking volcanic lake). Please contact Marco directly at frascatitransfers.com
Gabrielle is our master pizzaiolo who works with his whole family at Ristorante Pasquino in the center of Frascati. He will teach you how to make classic Italian pizza as well as the ancient Roman pizza or ‘pinsa’ with local ingredients and unique toppings.
The osteria dell'olmo was founded in 1920 by Remigio, the founder, passed onto his daughter Rita who took care of it for 60 years and then left it to her son Remigio to continue the family tradition of wine and hospitality for the guests who come to visit our place. Today with a renewed look; always with one foot in history and with an eye towards tomorrow.
Marco works at Antico Forno Ceralli with his family. His enthusiasm is contagious and he has even prepared a little speech in English for our guests telling them the story of our ‘Miss Frascati’ cookie. Bravo Marco!