The invite came through the email: The Sarova Stanley will be hosting the Italian Food Festival from November 13th to November 19th. In preparation to this, the Food & Beverage Operations Director invites you to an Italian culinary adventure, on Wednesday evening, November 2, 2016 from 6:30PM at the Thorn Tree Restaurant. The chefs are ready to excite your taste buds with some signature Italian dishes.

How would anyone deny that? Well, being the resident part-time foodie at wgNetworks, I decided to tag along with my foodie partner, Le Palanka’s Marketing Manager, Leila Awuor.

wgNetworks The #SarovaExperience Review: Italy’s Best-kept Food Secret

If you have been to Italy, then you know that Italy’s food festivals are not just a chance to taste fantastic regional specialties, but also to delve into local culture. And when a hotel like Sarova decided to bring Italy to Nairobi, then we were in for a treat.

Last evening event at Sarova’s Thorn Tree offered a show off of both Italian food, drinks, dressing and culture. yes, we ate well, but also learnt that Italian food is more than what we think while in Nairobi. It is more than the pasta and the pizza or even the Risotto (or both).

Costumed waitresses serve us all night in this ground floor restaurant brimming with atmosphere. The cheese aroma fills our nostrils even as the Sarova Stanley team go around asking us to share on social media our experience with the hashtag Sarova Experience.

wgNetworks The #SarovaExperience Review: Italy’s Best-kept Food Secret

Italian culinary is like the best adventure thrill for any foodie. The names may be hard to remember but you still can’t escape the usual: cheese, ham, vinegar, wine, grapes among many more.

Our multi-course tasting menu included a plate of different recipes. I opted for Risotto, potatoes and fish. For dessert, I went for chocolate creamed cake even as we enjoyed the amazing delicacies remembering the reason why we love being foodies.

The dinner was an excellent special treat.

Follow the festival via the hashtag #SarovaExperience and do not forget to tag @SarovaStanley.