Italy Like Never Before

with Marisa May

Come Experience Italy Like Never Before


Join your host Marisa May for unique, once in a lifetime Italian food focused, and guided tours throughout different regions in Italy.


Experience the hands-on cooking, cultural and culinary arts tours, arranged and custom-tailored by Marisa and her father Tony May, the legendary New York City Italian restaurateur, who will exclusively guide you through the entire tour. 

Meet the May family’s dear Italian friends in each region of Italy, who are food producers, wine makers, chefs, restaurateurs and hospitality leaders, and hear their passionate inspiring Italian life stories.



Emilia Romagna Food Valley & UNESCO Sites

APRIL 19-26,2020


White Truffle Hunt

NOVEMBER 15-21, 2020

Piedmont & White Truffles


Born and raised a true native New Yorker, Marisa May spent her summers on the coast of Naples, the island of Capri, and throughout Italy, learning firsthand about the hospitality and the cuisine of Italy from award-winning restaurateurs, winemakers and celebrated chefs ...

This program was a great way to understand and feel true Italian cuisine … from field trips to practical hands on cooking … you always feel like you’re learning, even at a simple family meal.

Kelly Armetta

Executive Chef and Food and Beverage Director

Hyatt Regency Boston

I was unsure what more there was to learn, boy was I wrong. Tony and his partner chef Sergio Mei provided an in-depth and exciting program that not only taught the skills and methods of classic Italian cuisine but also inspired me through historical cuisine theory.

Susan Terry

Vice President of Food & Beverage Operations 

Marcus Hotels & Resorts, Milwaukee

I had the best time which I will cherish forever. It was an honor being with Tony, Marisa, and Sergio … I loved the classes in the mornings, the visits to the producers and cooking in the evenings.

Dickie Brennan

Owner Dickie Brennan & Co. Restaurant Group

New Orleans


For those who are interested in a more immersive cooking experience, please visit


12 East 49th Street, 11th Floor

New York, NY 10017


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© 2019 Italy Like Never Before

Thank you to our contributing photographers Marisa May, Nanette Bedway and Jean Bortner.

Our Italian trip initiatives are an Italian Culinary Foundation project.