our story



Marigold is located in Rome, Italy and the dream-child of chef Domenico Cortese and baker Sofie Wochner. It's a space where they create and share their passion for real, simple, delicious food. Our doors officially opened on December 8, 2018.


Our menu changes everyday and reflects our philosophy for real, simple food.

We make everything here. Our kitchen uses organic, seasonal ingredients that we source from small businesses in Italy or forage from Rome's backyard. Our bread is naturally leavened, and we pour only natural Italian wines. We serve our own specialty coffee, Chicchi by Marigold, using green coffee beans we select from small, responsible farmers, roasted the way we like.


Marigold has been featured in Condé Nast TravelerForbes, Washington Post, Daily Telegraph, The GuardianTimeOut, and USA Today


The Eatery in Rome

Before Marigold, Sofie and Domenico created The Eatery in Rome. Based on the same concepts that make up Marigold, they organized monthly bake sales, catered private and diplomatic events, and hosted bi-monthly ”pop-up” dinners in their home in Monteverde. They hosted up to 12 guests at a long table in their living room, which inspired the 12-seat social table that’s now at the center of the Marigold dining room.


Domenico Cortese

Originally from Tropea in Calabria, Domenico is the Executive Chef and co-owner of Marigold. He served as chef at the American Academy in Rome for over ten years during which time he oversaw the the Rome Sustainable Food Project, a seasonal and sustainable garden program created by Alice Waters of Chez Panisse. Domenico describes his food as unpretentious, and intentionally artful with bold flavours that let seasonal vegetables shine.


Sofie Wochner

Originally from Copenhagen, Denmark, Sofie is the Baker and co-owner of Marigold. She honed her craft at Rose Bakery in Paris, as well as Darina Allen’s Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland. She loves the wild alchemy of bread baking, how natural elements guarantee that no two days are ever the same.



On March 8, 2020 the dining room closed and in just one day they transformed the restaurant into #MarigoldAtHome, an experience that delivers the flavors, textures and visions of their kitchen to the dining table in your home.

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