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Erica v & Douglas Heise


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Douglas is an American whose soul is all Italian. He has lived and worked in Italy for ten years as a teacher, translator, and tour guide.

Erica was born and raised in Parma. She works as a tour guide, teaches Italian to foreigners, and blogs about women, family, society, and culture at vitadacasalinga.wordpress.com.

Doug and Erica both love to cook Italian and American meals, are passionate about local culture, and believe in the possibility of bringing together traditions and modernity through the internet.


Reviews for Erica v & Douglas Heise
Aimee S.
Aimee S. for Italian Family Dinner

My husband and I booked this during our 1 month tour through Europe. We traveled to 7 countries and nothing beat this fun and unique experience. Doug picked us up from our hotel, took us to his warm home, introduced us to his wonderful wife Erica and their beautiful little girls. Erica cooked us a spectacular meal where she showed us how to make each dish and even printed us a menu along with recipes so that we could recreate them when we returned home. They were so inviting and told us wonderful stories of their life in Italy and gave us a true feel for what it is like to actually live in such a magical place. While we did not know what to expect when we first booked it, we now talk about it constantly and how it was one of our favorite memories of the whole trip. Doug and Erica are marvelous and we can't wait to come back to have dinner with them again.