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Villa Romantica

join me for an authentic Italian cooking experience

Villa Romantica overflows with Italian love for “la dolce vita”.

Villa Romantica is a large, rustic Italian home in a peaceful valley of rolling green hills with a view out over the sea to Tiritiri Matangi. Every aspect of the villa’s planning and construction was based on a deep concern for sustainability and respect for the local environment. The frame is formed of massive cured macrocarpa (cypress) beams. The walls are mud brick. The floors are recycled timber. In this simple, no-frills ambience, the Delmonte family has assembled carefully curated art and elegant 20th-century furnishings.

For special cooking events, we share our home with guests who share our love of healthy, nutritious food, delicious wine, and good people. The large professional kitchen is perfect for hands-on cooking classes and Italian inspired cooking events. A spacious external patio offers generous space for outdoor gatherings around a wood-burning oven. The atmosphere is totally informal and relaxed. This is not a serious, snobby place for food sophisticates.