Bertolli Trip….Last But Not Least…Rocco DiSpirito

Photo via Pat.

Our last activity with Bertolli was a quaint meet and greet with none other than Rocco DiSpirito. Our limo drove us to the beautiful Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel where we would meet Rocco for a “small bites” dinner at the gorgeous Culina Restaurant. What a beautiful place it was. Everything was just perfect there. Take a peek at our time with Rocco 🙂  Thanks Bertolli!

Lovely restaurant! Photo by Pat

One last group shot before meeting Rocco 🙂  Photo via Shelisa

Our fun place settings. Photo via Briana.

Love this one of Rocco. He was so much fun to chat with! Photo via Pat.

Our lesson on fine wine 🙂  I don’t drink, but you better believe I ate!! Photo via Pat.

We were all ooing and ahhing over these gorgeous flower bowls. They were all real flowers and were just beautiful! My photo 🙂

Mandy and I were literally right in front of Rocco during dinner. Yes, we were totally staring! Lol!

Oh my gosh, I love this picture of Brittney! Photo via Amanda

We watched the 4th video of “Into the Heart of Italy” before it was even posted online 🙂 Photo via Pat.

Our fabulous “small bites”  dinner menu 🙂  Photo via Shelisa

I had to snap a picture of the fancy water we were poured 🙂

Before I took a bite, you better believe I had to get a good shot of this work of art!! Involitini De Manzo=Pure heaven!! Thank you Chef Victor!

Oh man this was good too! I snapped this photo of Caponata Di Carciofi….baby artichokes, this was really good too 🙂

This was probably my favorite! Suppli Al Telefono….. Risotto and mozzarella? Incredible!

Here is Chef Victor Casanova, he is incredible! Rocco asked if he’d bring out the slab of Kobe beef to show us. That square of beef is worth a small fortune! Photo via Amanda.


Kobe beef in all it’s glory 🙂

After we ate dinner, we all got in line to have Rocco sign our cookbooks. Photo via Pat

I jumped in first 🙂

Hmmmm, I don’t even remember what we talked about!

I think I just laughed alot 🙂

Amanda… go girl!!

Cute Mandy and Rocco 🙂

Brittney with Rocco.

Sarah and Rocco 🙂  Photo via Pat

How adorable is this?!! Yes, I snapped this one of Shelisa and Rocco 🙂  Love it!


Photo via Pat

Congrats to entry #26 Allie who was chosen as the winner from to win a signed copy of Rocco’s new book. I’ve sent you an email Allie 🙂

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507 Responses
  1. Tracy

    Wow! I love those flower bowls. I would love to try the mozzarella risota balls. They look yummy! Thanks.

  2. Laura

    How fun that you got to meet him, that is just awesome that you got to meet him, I think that I would love to try the risotto mozzarella, that looks yum!!!

  3. I am a Kansas girl so I say the kobe beef! Oh I would have LOVED to sit across and stare at him too 🙂 Soo glad you grabbed an extra book! Pick me, pick me!

  4. Karina Calderwood

    Are you kidding me??? TOO HARD!! I guess the 3rd one. That Risotto and Mozarella gets me every time.

  5. Sarah

    Wow! Just found your website, definitely bookmarking! I’d for sure love to try the risotto/mozzarella course, though they all looked AMAZING!!!

  6. Tricia

    Plate #1 – mmmmmm!! I almost bought this cookbook today – maybe I can win it instead!! yay!!

  7. Beth

    It all looks wonderful but the first one with the Kobe beef and asparagus would probably be at the top of my list.

  8. WOOOO! I would love love L.O.V.E to read that book! My mom is crazy about that kind of stuff! If i got a chance to pick off of that menu i probably would have gone for the baby artichoke plate, you cant go wrong with artichokes, baby or not!
    I really hope I win this one, I’ve never won anything!!

  9. I HAVE to go with Plate 3 simply because anything with cheese literally calls to me!!! A very close second would be Plate 1 because it does look heavenly.

  10. Katherine Lee

    The mozzarella and risotto balls look really good. It all looks like it was amazing and really fun.

  11. Emma

    All of the food looks so delicious, but I think the one I would most like to try is the Caponata Di Carciofi, since I love artichokes. I can’t believe you sat right across from Rocco during dinner, so awesome!

  12. You are too cute! Great photos. I bet you had a blast. I saw Rocco at the blogher food convention and he has quite the personality. I would have loved to have dinner with him. How fun!

  13. Looks like the Suppli Al Telefono is very popular… let me jump on the bandwagon, too! 😀 …do you ship to China, though? :S


  14. Gina

    I just love Rocco! Gosh, that looked like great fun….I would love to have tried that Risotto and mozzarella…YUM!

  15. kel mcnichol

    I could eat nothing but small bites every day! hard to choose just one….that risotto though sure looked good

  16. The Caponata Di Carciofi sonds de-lish.
    I got to meet Rocco at Bertolli’s Night at the Winery last Sept. at Food BlogHer. He was awesome. I already have one book signed by him and think this one would just be a perfect fit! 😉

  17. Carla

    I would love to try the Involitini De Manzo. I have never had Kobe beef, but my husband had some on a business trip to Vegas and says it is to die for. One day….

  18. Lorina

    Plate one. Asparagus.. mushrooms.. I am so all over that!

    ( I completely named my boy Rocco because of this man! My husband agreed because he thought I was talking about the golfer! (Rocco Mediate) haha. Shh don’t tell.)

  19. Jen in CO

    The risotto, for sure….assuming that Rocco isn’t on the tasting menu 😉

    Follow on fb as well.

  20. Amy

    Well, Rocco of course! MMMMmmm…he looks delicious! 😛 Okay okay, actually I’d love to try the Suppli Al Telefono–looks scrumptious!

  21. Nicole Holmes

    Definitely the Suppli Al Telefono!!! BTW I love the idea of cookies in a muffin top pan!!! Genius!!! I will definitely be trying a couple of your recipes. Thanks tons!

  22. Julia Stoddard

    I would love to try the Suppli Al Telefono. It looks so wonderful. I love all the cheese. All of it looks so amazing!!

  23. Kendra Fox

    I would try the Suppli Al Telefono! It looks AMAZING! How could cheese and risotto be anything but?

  24. Sarah

    Love your pictures and Blog! Thanks for sharing. I would love to try the Suppli Al Telefono….. Risotto and mozzarella! Looks super yummy~!

  25. Wow! What a fun trip! I am so jealous!

    All three plates sound/look delicious… kobe beef… saffron risotto… baby artichokes… I am sure it was pure heaven!

  26. Danielle

    Definitely course 3…it reminds me of the many Suppli I ate while studying abroad in Rome last semester 🙂 Delicious!

  27. Looks like you gals had a great time with Rocco! I believe my favorite dish would be the Suppli Al Telefono for sure. Thanks for sharing your amazing trip!

  28. tamara henry

    Is Rocco on the menu? I would say plate 1, for the decadence of the Kobe beef. I’ve been curious since I first heard of it on the original Iron Chef. Would love to wrap my lips around that!

  29. Lorraine

    Goodness, how can you choose. I would have to say they are all great so I would pick 1 dish from each plate!!!! 😀 Looks like you all had a great time and experience. Love Brittney’s picture. Hmmmm what was she looking at???

  30. I would love the Suppli Al Telefono! It looks delicious! Thanks for an awesome giveaway! 🙂


  31. Debbie

    I would love to try plate 1! Kobe beef is so good and add in asparagus and mushrooms, two of my favorite things, and it must be so yummy!

  32. Anna

    I would love to try the risotto! I make it at home, but it will never be as delicious as from a trained chef.

  33. Chris M.

    Oh I’d love to try the Kobe. Never had it and really want to try it.

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  34. What a fun day you girls had! I absolutely love all the pictures but I have to say I especially love the one of you and Mandy sitting across from Rocco. Wow! How could you even eat with him right across from you? He is just beautiful!
    As for the dishes…I would pick the risotto it looks and sounds delicious.

  35. Jenni M

    OMG, I am sooooo envious, all those dishses looked AMAZING!!! I’m gonna have to go with Plate #1 though… who can pass up Kobe and asparagus!?!?!…. Yummmmmmm….

  36. Megan

    I follow you on google reader 🙂 I have to check your blog everyday to see what yumminess you’ve come up with and what I’m making for dinner!

  37. Amanda Smith

    I think I would love to try “Suppli Al Telefono….. Risotto and mozzarella” Although I generally don’t eat fried foods, I think I could make an exception on that one! 😉

  38. Darla

    Lucky Lucky girl, all we get here in the Great White North of Canada is KFC…So I rely on blogs and websites to treat my family to the outside world. Yes we have to make some adjustments some times, but in the end if it looks like the picture who cares what it tastes like!!! Happy long weekend..

  39. Becca

    What a tough decision. How did you choose?! I think I would have gone with plate #2.

    BTW, I’m so glad to see I’m not the only one with a crush on Rocco.

  40. It all looks FAB!
    But….if I HAD to pick only one, I would definitely try the Suppli Al Telefono!
    Looks Amazing!
    and BTW all your photos are amazing, great detail.


  41. Marie

    I’d go with plate #1, because I’m pretty sure I’ve never had anything like it, and would love to try it.

  42. YvonneC

    All 3 dishes look scrumptious, but I would love to try the Suppli Al Telefono. It looks absolutely divine and who doesn’t love mozzarella!!

  43. Amy

    I would love to try the Caponata Di Carciofi! I love artichokes and it looks divine! I am glad you had an amazing time and Roco’s new book lookes awesome!!

  44. Christina

    The Suppli Al Telefono….. Risotto and mozzarella that looks delicious. Cheese is probably my favorite! Looks like you enjoyed your trip!

  45. Even though I am trying to be uber healthy and stay away from fat, etc. I would have to say the Suppli Al Telefono…Risotto and mozzarella. Thanks.

  46. Kelly

    Holy hunk of meat that looks delicious. That is one seriously large cut of Kobe beef. (What did you think I was talking about! 😉 Love your blog. Can’t wait to see what you post next!

  47. Lindsay

    OMG. I want that mozzarella risotto something serious! I need cheesy goodness! Meeting Rocco looked like a blast:-)

  48. Janell

    Mmmmm, they all look and sound wonderful. Maybe I’d go with the second dish with the artichokes. Yummy! What a fun dinner!

  49. Brenda M

    I would love to try the Risotto!! But I would also try plate #1 if given the chance. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the pix!! I’m drooling now, not sure if it’s the food though!!

  50. What a fun time! Rocco seems like the sweetest guy. I’m kind of in love with him! I think that saffron risotto looks absolutely dreamy – I’d love to try it!

  51. Teresa

    Definitely the risotto!! It looks so yummy! Can’t believe all the recipes in the book are under 350 calories… I’m already hooked;)

  52. Amanda

    Hard to decide!! Plate 2 I guess, olives and tomatoes are yum. But everything else sounds yum too!

  53. Diane Jarvis

    It looks like you had so much fun! I would definitely want to try the 3rd one, the Suppli Al Telefon. Delicious!

  54. How fun! The picture with Shelisa is great. I’m wondering if she pinched his hiney, and that’s the look of a surprise and delight?! LOL! 😀

  55. I am now following you on Twitter for bonus 3 entries! This is #3 (though I don’t see the #1 & #2 I just posted?). because I really want to win it!

  56. Christy

    Oh I would have liked to try the Suppli Al Telefono for sure! Looksl ike the trip was fantastic!

  57. wow they all look pretty good! I’d really go for the Kobe beef since I’ve never tried Kobe beef. It seems so expensive so it must be worth all that extra expense. I’d love to win this book I adore Rocco, lucky you to have been there!

  58. Diane

    Definitely the Suppli Al Telefono! Probably couldn’t pronounce it, but I sure would like to taste it! I’m a self-proclaimed CHEESE-A-HOLIC!!
    And does that come with a side of Rocco?? He’s for sure the best looking side dish!!

  59. Lynn

    I would love to try the mozzarella risotto also. Gosh he is so hotttt! How did you girls contain yourselves? LOL

  60. Stacey

    Would love all three but if i had to choose, it would be the risotto and mozzarella. yum yum yum!

    1. christy

      They all sound FABULOUS!! I would probably go with the mozzarella risotto…wish I could have them all though!!!

  61. Holy Cow Jenny! The picture of you and Rocco looks like an engagement announcement photo! And of course, you look gorgeous as always! I would love to win the book–thank you for the photos–loved seeing them! Laurie

  62. Esther

    I would honestly try them all….but the first one would be the mozzarella risotto. Beautiful !!!!

  63. Kelli

    I think I would like to try Plate 1– I have never had Kobe beef but I have heard that it is heavenly!

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