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Siena-or outside Siena toward Lajatico-- Destination-worthy Sunday Lunch--only meal in Tuscany!

My one available day in Siena and the place I remembered fondly in town-Osteria le Logge (had a memorable lunch there a few years ago) is closed on Sunday! We are staying Saturday and Sunday night in Siena (but, we arrive too late for dinner on Saturday and we are attending a concert on Sunday night so will miss dinner). We will have a driver in the afternoon to take us to Lajatico, so we have the optin of having lunch in Siena before we get the driver, or have the driver take us to a late lunch on the way to Lajatico. So, anywhere in Siena or between Siena and Lajatico (which I understand is not too far from Volterra) would work. Looking for a memorable dining experience, not just a quick lunch as this will be our one and only restaurant meal opportunity in Tuscany! If there is a winery with a truly special lunch in the countryside, that would be good too. Wherever we go, I am hoping the restaurant can also pack us a concert picnic meal to enjoy for dinner (since we won't have time that night for a restaurant until midnight). Budget is not an issue if a splurge is in order. Thanks for all suggestions.

Jul 03, 2010
carre in Italy

Looking for an Amazing Hotel Restaurant near Lajatico

We will be attending a concert in Lajatico (which on the map appears to be not too far from Volterra) and would love some recommendations for a great restaurant. Our preference would be a restaurant that is part of a hotel, or near a nice one. Our dream would be to find a destination-worthy restaurant in a beautiful hotel with a pool and spa--is that too much to ask? I searched for Lajatico and found nothing. Do I have to go further away--to Siena or Florence?

Jun 27, 2010
carre in Italy

Need Help for One Very Very Late but Fabulous Dinner in Rome and one stellar lunch.

I need a recommendation for a special, memorable restaurant (I mean great lively atmosphere and fantastic food, but not necessarily "fine" dining--Mother and sophisticated teen traveling) that will be serving and still busy very late (meaning after 11 p.m. ) on a saturday night. Unfortunately, on this trip Rome will be just a quick stopover for sleep and restoration (we have visited Rome before). Our travel arrangements have us arriving into the airport at 9:45 p.m. and we will have a driver take us into Rome, but I imagine we would not arrive until 11 p.m. or possibly later. We have to leave the next afternoon right after lunch for our destination. We haven't booked a hotel in Rome yet for that one night and can stay in any area, depending on where the dinner will be, but I hope to find a great walking neighborhood for dinner that is active and alive at night , and just find a hotel wherever that is, with great coffee choices for the morning and lunch choices nearby.

Jun 27, 2010
carre in Italy

Help--Want 3 Perfect (upscalish) Days in Venice--in August (Yikes)

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Aug 09, 2007
carre in Italy

Las Vegas multi-generational group dinners

B&B says they can take a large group.

May 27, 2007
carre in Southwest

Las Vegas multi-generational group dinners

Thanks QAW, I called Joe's and they were so accommodating for the Saturday night dinner. It was the first place that did not require a limited menu or a minimum amount. I think it should appeal to the group.

I'm still having trouble with Sunday night, but I'm thinking SW or B&B. I know SW is easily accessible from the taxi drop-off, but I'm worried about how far the walk is inside the Venetian to the B& B restaurant for our older members.

May 27, 2007
carre in Southwest

Bouchon or Boulud?

Which has better food/atmosphere?

May 26, 2007
carre in Southwest

Is B&B a good choice before Love?

We are going to the 7 pm show Love at the Mirage and need an early dinner before the show. I'd love to try B&B and made a 5pm res. I'm not sure of the logistics, though. Is B&B a good choice? I need a place with easy access to cabs to get us to the show in time, since one of our party who can't walk too much. I heard the restaurants weren't great at the Mirage, and don't want to waste one of my precious nights on a mediocre dinner. I'm open to suggestions for another choice that would be great but get us to the show on time. We're staying at Caesar's. Unfortunately, dining after the show is not an option.

May 26, 2007
carre in Southwest

Las Vegas multi-generational group dinners

I need to plan 3 dinners prior to a wedding in Las Vegas. The group is staying at Caesar's, the ages are from 90 to 2, and the bride and groom are late 30's (groom is Italian). Budget allows for expensive (think SW, or lower, rather than Alex,e.g.). Some of us love great restaurants and others are complete non-foodies (think iceberg salad and steak), but I'd like to appeal to the discriminating types without being so gourmet that the others will be uncomfortable.

Saturday night will be 12 people and with most people just arriving that day from a 2-hour diiference in time, staying at the hotel or nearby for a very early (5:30) dinner would be good.
Is Rao's decent? Or Bradley Ogden.

I really want to go to B&B and Bouchon during the trip, but may do that on another night with smaller group).

Sunday night is for 15 and I'm exploring SW Steakhouse for availability, because my husband has been there several times and loves it and the lake may be fun for kids and those who are new to LV, but I'm not crazy about their requirement for a limited menu minimum expenditure per person,and open to other suggestions. Again, we will go for first-seating at 5 or 5:30 because of the 3 kids. Would Bouchon be a better chouce? Or B&B or ??

Tuesday night will be just 8 people, and no 2 year old.

Thanks for helping with suggestions.

I want to stay away from asian, mexican, highly ethnic, places (Italian and French are okay)

May 26, 2007
carre in Southwest