G1Gina is a food lover, coffee connoisseur, and cook at heart. Born into an Italian-American family, she fell in love with all things Italian at a young age. Time spent in kitchens with her Neapolitan and Sicilian grandmothers watching, cooking and tasting every dish fed this love and dream of living in Italy.

In 2007, Gina packed her bags and moved to Rome to make her dream of living and working in Italy a reality.  While earning a Master’s degree in Italian Gastronomic Culture from the Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata, she worked as a tour guide and put her business expertise to use as a consultant for a number of tour operators. The end result was the creation of GT Food & Travel.

Gina also has an MBA from New York University, holds the WSET Advanced Certificate in Wines and Spirits and is a certified sommelier and member of the Associazione Italiana Sommelier (AIS). She works as a freelance food & travel writer. She is a co-founder of Casa Mia | Italy Food & Wine Tours, a private food & wine experience association offering tours in Rome, Sicily, Naples and beyond. She is a co-founder and former contributor to  The Rome Digest, an online news portal for dining, drinking and food shopping in Rome. She moved into the food and tourism industry in 2006 when she had the opportunity to work for the Craft family of restaurants in NYC in business development & marketing and spent some time in the kitchen. Previously, she worked in financial services in Boston, New York and London.

Gina travels across Italy meeting food experts, wine producers and chefs. Uncovering wine & culinary history, traditional & creative food recipes and emerging food trends is an endless adventure!

Food & Wine Experiences

GT Food & Travel experiences include food & market walks, wine and beer tastings, and custom tours of Rome for small groups (maximum 8 people) and private groups. We also arrange private cooking classes and in-home dining experiences and create dining itineraries. To receive a list of tours and to request rates and availability, please complete the contact form.

Consulting & Events

Are you organizing a corporate event in Rome? Gina is available to organize custom events for you. Events organized in the past included a team building cooking lesson for 50 people in a villa, a yoga retreat, and cocktail event for a party of 100. Please contact Gina for more details.

Are you filming a television series in Rome, Naples or Sicily? Gina has worked with film crews, including MasterChef Australia. She is available as a researcher or production coordinator.