Tasting Rome Feast at Il Palio in Chapel Hill ~ November 15th


Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, and renowned author Katie Parla are teaming up to host a culinary tour of Italy’s capital. Hosted at Il Palio on November 15th, this Tasting Rome feast will feature recipes from Parla’s acclaimed cookbook, Tasting Rome, along with classics from Chef Diggs’ regional Italian repertoire.

Diggs and Parla first met in Rome for pasta at the famous restaurant Flavio, a meal that served as the inspiration for the their own collaborative dinner in Chapel Hill. The Tasting Rome feast at Il Palio will delight guests with a multi-course menu reminiscent of an intimate dinner one might enjoy on the cobblestone streets of Rome. The evening will feature Rome’s quintessential dishes from Parla’s cookbook along with hidden gems discovered during each chef’s travels. In true Italian fashion, Diggs and Parla will craft dishes that also reflect the local flavors and fare by highlighting North Carolina ingredients.


“Katie and I have a common passion for sharing the spirit behind Italian cooking,” said Diggs, executive chef, Il Palio. “Our goal is to transport guests to the streets of Rome and invite them to experience not just the flavors but also the emotional connection that is inherently part of an Italian meal.”

Tasting Rome Menu – November 15th, 2016

Aperitivo: Supplì Classici, Crostino di Burro e Alici, Pizzette, Cracker con Ricotta di Pecora

Antipasto: Arugula and Pine Nut Salad

Primo (served family style): Rigatoni all’amatriciana and Tonnarelli cacio e pepe

Secondo: Chicken with tomatoes and sweet peppers and Tripe simmered in tomato sauce with mint and Pecorino Romano

Dolce: Fried dough balls with sugar and Mint panna cotta

Ticket Information 
Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception featuring passed appetizers at 6:30 p.m. followed by a seated dinner. Tickets may be purchased for $125 by calling 919-918-2545 and include signed copies of the Tasting Rome cookbook, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.


About Il Palio
Il Palio is an award-winning Italian dining destination in Chapel Hill, N.C. and the premiere restaurant of The Siena Hotel Autograph Collection. Consistently awarded Four Diamonds by AAA, Il Palio marries the traditional flavors of Italy with a casual elegance that regions and vintifications produced in every corner of the Italian Peninsula, a selection that earned Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence. Executive Chef Teddy Diggs brings robust training from the Culinary Institute of America along with rich national experience, including appointments in the Washington D.C. dining spotlight and tenure at Martha’s Vineyard. Il Palio offers breakfast daily and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit www.ilpalio.com or call 800-223-7379.

About Katie Parla
Katie is a Rome-based food and beverage educator and journalist. Originally from New Jersey, she has an art history degree from Yale, a master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”, a sommelier certificate from the Federazione Italiana Sommelier Albergatori Ristoratori and an archeological speleology certification from the city of Rome. She has written and edited more than 20 books, and her food criticism and travel writing have appeared in numerous publications including the The New York Times, The Guardian, and National Geographic Traveler just to name a few.

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