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Chianti Region- San Gimignano

We are staying in a Villa near San Gimignano and are looking for recommendations for Tuscany. We have two days for wine tasting in Greve, and Gaiole and a sightseeing day in Siena.

Here are some places we've reserved.
Agriturismo Il Vecchio Maneggi (dinner)
Enoteca Fuoripiazza (lunch)
Dinner- ?
Osteria del Castello (lunch)
Podere Poggio Alloro (wine tasting and dinner)

There are few wineries we've already reserved in specific areas that I haven't listed.

However couple dinners are open and need to be reserved. I am having a hard time deciding between Cum Quibus, Taverna BIbbiano, and Agriturismo Poderi Arcangelo. We are doing Poderi's wine tasting on Thursday. Should we stay for dinner? (We want to stay near San Gimignano for dinner since there will be plenty of wine consumed at dinner.)

Essentially we want nonna's cooking with traditional flavors, nothing modern or fancy.

Any feedback on the places I've already reserved would be great and suggestions on dinners near San G. also. Thank you!

Aug 22, 2013
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Bologna revisited -- September 2011 (quite long)

Thank you! I just changed my lunch to Gigina instead of Hosteria

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Gigina
Via Henri Beyle Stendhal, 1, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40128, IT

Sep 28, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Our trip to Milan, Parma, Bologna, Modena, Venice and Verona

I was speaking of the well regarded restaurant near Parma. I hope we don't go to the wrong one, as in the Pizzeria.

Sep 28, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Bologna revisited -- September 2011 (quite long)

I've narrowed my Bologna/Parma/Modena list down to the following. With 6 meals in these 3 cities, I can't decide on what is a must and what can go.

Parma:
Lunch- Trattoria del Tribunale
Dinner- Locanda Mariella

Bologna:
Lunch- Trattoria del Rosso - Via Righi, 30
Dinner- Al Cavallino Bianco OR All'Osteria Bottega

Modena:
Lunch- Hosteria Giusti the 41100th, Modena
Dinner- Locanda del Mulino or All'Osteria Bottega

We're staying at Locanda del Mulino and I hear their food is good. I am not sure though.

Help!?!?

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Trattoria del Tribunale
Vicolo Politi, 5, Parma, PR 43100, IT

Hosteria Giusti
Vicolo Squallore, 46, Modena, Emilia-Romagna 41100, IT

Al Cavallino Bianco
Via Sbrisi, 2, Polesine Parmense, Emilia-Romagna 43010, IT

Trattoria del Rosso
Via Righi 30, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40126, IT

All'Osteria Bottega
Via Santa Caterina, 51, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna , IT

Locanda Mariella
localita Fragnolo,Strada Provinciale 61, Calestano, Emilia-Romagna 43030, IT

Sep 28, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Bologna revisited -- September 2011 (quite long)

Thanks Jen!

I actually contacted the balsamic manufactures directly and was able to get a tour for free.

Sep 27, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Two nights in Venice - Al Covo over Alle Testiere or Antiche Carampane?

PBSF,

If you had to pick one based on its cost, does one top your list? I ask because I've got the same 3 restaurants on my list and am not sure which one or 2 to pick out of the three.

Sep 27, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Our trip to Milan, Parma, Bologna, Modena, Venice and Verona

From Milan to Parma/Bologna/Modena

Possible stop in Bussetto for lunch at Sapori di Bassa or Salsamentaria Storica e Verdiana

We still have to narrow our list from so many options. We are commuting from Bologna to Parma one day, and to Modena on 2nd day so we may be able to fit in one more dinner from this list if I don't find something in Modena.

Bologna:

1. Trattoria del Rosso- Quick lunch, more sit down dinner

2. Caminetto d'Oro

3. Al Cavallino Bianco, Via Andrea Costa, 124 40065 Pianoro Bologna, Italy- a definite must

4. All'Osteria Bottega, 51 Via Santa Caterina, 40123 Bologna, Italy 39 051 585 111- also a must

6. Teresina- this is pretty good but not the best. Worth the try if we’re around and need a reasonably priced meal

Also, shop at the market in Bologna (especially Tamburini, a store in the market) and get food for Osteria del Sole. I read somewhere that for the price of a glass of wine, we can sit and eat the food we brought.

Il Gelatauro- Gelato

Parma

1. Locanda Mariella, Localita' Fragno, 59 – Fragnolo 43030 Calestano Parma, Italia- a must

2. Trattoria del Tribunale (very good meat, prosciutto di parmigiano andother cured meats, good example of the local sweet slightly sparkly malvasia wine they drink with their cured meats, well made pasta and salads) is a good less-expensive choice.

3. Ristorante Cocchi (16 Via Gramsci), adjacent to Hotel Daniel.

So far for Milan:

Alla Vecchia Latteria in via dell'Unione, a very charming place with satisfying, "authentic" food, budget friendly

(Fred P. pick) Latteria San Marco, closed Sat, Mon and in August. Latteria means dairy and this little spot was where people bought their milk, butter and cheese. It is now a cozy restaurant very popular with people in the area for its typical Milanese cuisine (including risotto and cotoletta alla milanese) and its neighborhood feel in this large city

Verona:
Osteria La Fontanina is a Michelin starred restaurant
Muramare
Al DuomoBottega del Vino is the most famous wine bar in Verona and one of the best known in Italy.

Venice:

La Cantina, Bancogiro, Alla Vedova, Alla Frasca for lunch or before dinner cicchetti. Hoping to go the former two.

Dinner- Boccadoro, Al Botte, da Pinto, Alle Testiere or Antiche Carampane.

We'll be in Venice Friday and Saturday nights so we may try a wine bar or two after dinner.

Right now Milan and Verano aren't finalized because I haven't done the research on those cities yet.

What do you think of the other options I've listed? Any that aren't worth the trip or too expensive?

Thanks

If we end up in Burano for half a day then

Burano:

Da Romano or Gato Nero on Burano or Osteria da Alberto in Cannaregio

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Trattoria del Tribunale
Vicolo Politi, 5, Parma, PR 43100, IT

Ristorante Cocchi
Via Gramsci, 16a, Parma 43100, IT

Sapori di Bassa
via Pietro Balestra 3, Busseto, Emilia-Romagna , IT

Al Cavallino Bianco
Via Sbrisi, 2, Polesine Parmense, Emilia-Romagna 43010, IT

Antiche Carampane
Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

Bancogiro
Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, San Polo 122,, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

Caminetto d'Oro
Via de' Falegnami, 4, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40121, IT

Trattoria del Rosso
Via Righi 30, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40126, IT

Teresina
Via Guglielmo Oberdan, 4, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40126, IT

Da Romano
Burano,Via Baldassare Galuppi,221, Venice, Veneto , IT

Italia
fraz. San Rocco Seno d'Elvio.6, Alba, Piedmont 12051, IT

Boccadoro
Campiello Widmann,Cannaregio 5405a, Venice, Veneto , IT

La Cantina
Campo San Felice, Cannaregio 3689, Venice, Veneto , IT

La Fontanina
loc. Santo Stefano,Via Portichetti Fontanelle,3a, Verona, Veneto , IT

Latteria San Marco
Via San Marco 24, Milan, Lombardia , IT

All'Osteria Bottega
Via Santa Caterina, 51, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna , IT

Locanda Mariella
localita Fragnolo,Strada Provinciale 61, Calestano, Emilia-Romagna 43030, IT

Alla Vedova
Ramo del Ca' d'Oro, Venice, Veneto 30121, IT

da Pinto
Sestiere San Polo,367, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

Alle Testiere
Calle del Mondo Novo,Sestiere Castello,5801, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

Sep 27, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Bologna revisited -- September 2011 (quite long)

Thank you, I will look into it.

Sep 27, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Bologna revisited -- September 2011 (quite long)

great resport on Bologna, thank you.

Did you do any food tours? cheese/ham tours in and around Bologna? Near Parma, possibly? I am looking for information on that but am not so lucky.

Sep 27, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Our trip to Milan, Parma, Bologna, Modena, Venice and Verona

With so many responses, we have decided to up the budget range for dinners. I realize that after reading so many previous responses for dinner options in many cities, it may be impossible to get dinner for two with wine in 50- 75, so I think we're safely increasing it to 100- 125. I hope that will be a safer range to have on dinner budget.

Thank you so much for the responses, everyone. I will research all the restaurants and make my final list tonight. Repost and ask for your opinion.

Thank you again

Sep 27, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Seeking name of restaurant in which I ate in or near Campo Stefano in Venice. Please help.

Can you recommend a stand up/take away lunch spot for 2 lunches in Venice? We want authentic venetian, none of that international or Italian regional fare. Right now, I am looking at Alle Testiere and Antiche Carampane for 2 dinners.

Also, what are your thoughts on Bancogiro, Ostaria ai Storti, Do Spade for cicchetti on both nights before dinner?

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Antiche Carampane
Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

Bancogiro
Campo San Giacomo di Rialto, San Polo 122,, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

Do Spade
Sestiere San Polo, 860, 30125 Venezia, Italy, Venice, Veneto , IT

Alle Testiere
Calle del Mondo Novo,Sestiere Castello,5801, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

Sep 27, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

NY Hound Not Fooling Around-Back From Venice

I've read few posts on this particular topic. Venice is a great city to visit but forget about your chances to get great venitian food there. Since your list of restaurants for good seafood is short, can you share them? We're heading to Venice for 2 days and wanted lunch and dinner recs.

Thanks

Sep 27, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Our trip to Milan, Parma, Bologna, Modena, Venice and Verona

Yes, as in response to previous request/email.

50-75/two or 30/person.

Sep 20, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Our trip to Milan, Parma, Bologna, Modena, Venice and Verona

My husband and I are driving a car from Germany to these cities for 10 days in Italy. Suggestions on trip itineary, must eats. What we are looking for are places that serve great wine, great food, have decent location/atmosphere and reasonable prices. I've noticed from reading so many posts, dinners for two can go up to as high as $200. We are trying to stay on a very limited budget for this trip (there are future travel plans to the country as well) so I would like to get budget friendly restaurants. Lunch= approximately $20- 30/two, Dinner= approximately $50- 75/two

We have breakfasts (coffee and pastries, mostly) covered in most of our hotels but I am looking to hear about lunch cafes that are great and reasonable. Same for Dinner. Of course we'd be willing to splurge on a dinner here and there but not every night.

I am a chef by profession and am currently not working because of my husband's work in Germany. So food, its origins, and its authenticity is very important to me but obviously being unemployed doesn't help when trying to eat like a king.

Our trip:

Saturday- Monday:

Leaving Germany on Saturday and driving to Milan.

Staying in Milan until Monday afternoon

Monday- Thursday:

Driving to hotel in Parma

Spending a day in Bologna

Spending a day in Parma

Spending a day in Modena

(since we will have a car, I would like to get recommenations for restaurants along the route or in between towns or countryside; we don't mind driving for food).

Thursday night (after dinner), driving to Venice

Spending Friday & Saturday in Venice

Saturday night (possibly after dinner) leaving for Verona

Sunday after lunch, heading home to Germany

I've read a lot about the bars in Venice that have the buffets that have good food. What are some good bars with a reputable wine list and decent food? (These are some ways, we don't mind saving).

Please do not suggest to search through the previous posts, I have done that already and compilied a list of 50+ restaurants. Although very helpful and I'll try to narrow it down in the next couple of days, I don't think we'd be able to go through that many restaurants. Any must haves in each or all of these cities?

I want to hear from the localers in Italy their top suggestions with taste and budget in mind.

Thank you so much for all suggestions.

Sep 20, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

Chianti ... with a toddler

Allende,

Can you post your email address or email me at liberalfoodie at gmail. I have specific travel questions for our upcoming trip (by car) to Milan, Bologna, Parma, Modena, Verona and Venice.

Thanks
LF

Sep 20, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Italy

First time in Prague and would like an eastern european, roast duck with red cabbage sort of meal

This is what I have so far, please respond with your thoughts.

Pubs/ and possible Food:
Duende, Karolíny Světlé 30/277 11000 Hl.m. Praha-Praha 1.
Klasterni Pivovar Strahov
U Zlatého Tygra (the Golden Tiger) in Prague's Old Town.

Lunch/Dinner, all meals really:
Cafe Louvre for breakfast
Bio Zahrada for breakfast
Lokal, is this better for lunch or dinner?
Mlejnice, is this a tourist trap? Worth going for beer only?
Ichnusa for Sardinian delicatessen
Kampa Park for the Fish
Česká Kuchyně, a cafeteria-style restaurant
Sapa is a Vietnamese area to try for the food.
U Betlémské Kaple- good local
Hospoda U Novaka, very good local place

Klášterní Pivovar Strahov, the brewery at the Strahov Monastery. Are there other brewery tours in Prague? We live 3 hours from Prague so we will definitely return for the Pilzn tour but this first time, we want to stay in or near the city to see the sights.

Other than the jewish quarter, Charles Bridge, are there other must see attractions in Prague? For this one, I don't mind the crowds. Just not for my meals.

Sep 06, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Europe

First time in Prague and would like an eastern european, roast duck with red cabbage sort of meal

Hello Sasicka,

I noticed you're a local in Prague and I would like to get some information about the biers and tours of the breweries from you. Please send me a private message if you can or email, liberalfoodie@gmail.com.

I've created a list of places to try but any one that we must try? We're looking to hang out mostly in restaurants that the local eat and drink at. We need pub recommendations. I've noted that Lokal at the top of the list.

Finally, any must see attractions besides the typical tourist things? Thank you

Sep 06, 2011
LiberalFoodie in Europe

Visiting: Need Recommendations for Queens (Jackson Heights) and Brooklyn

great- thanks Miss Masala. Can you point me towards some chowhounder posts about mexican in queens? I think I may consider going there if I end up at Union Square farmer's market after brunch.

Thanks!

Jun 08, 2010
LiberalFoodie in Outer Boroughs

Visiting: Need Recommendations for Queens (Jackson Heights) and Brooklyn

I am a chef in the Midwest and visiting a friend in NYC next weekend and I'll have a day to myself; any recommendations on things to do/see on a Friday that are food inspired?

I am looking for food recommendations in and around Brooklyn for inexpensive brunch/lunch and maybe wine/after work drinks. Being from the Southeast Asian origin, I am also hoping to catch a train to Queens for ethnic food and to window shop.

Key areas of interest: Fresh, homemade, pasta places, Authentic mexican/cuban/latin american food, dim sum/asian, good (err great) biryani and finally sushi is hard to come by here so fresh seafood and sushi options (at inexpensive) eateries will be greatly appreciated. I LOVE STREET Carts so please recommend away for those too!

From reading lots of posts, these are some places I've narrowed down my list to. But feel free to add to the list if I've missed something that's a must on your list.

Franny's
Hop Shing
spripraphai
Boca Chica
Lupa
Frankies
Dosa Man
Arepas Lady
Kati Roll
Bhatti Grill

And finally what Farmer's Markets are open on Friday?

Everything must be accessible by train and/or walking.
Thanks!

Jun 08, 2010
LiberalFoodie in Outer Boroughs

Cincinnati Korean

I second korea house in mason and Riverside Korean in covington suggestions. If you want korean in a mod/chic enviornment, Sung is good. However for authenticity the first two are good choices.

May 15, 2009
LiberalFoodie in General Midwest Archive

New York-style pizza - Cincinnati area?

we are on a pizza quest since it seems that La Rosas (not great pizza) gets the most attention aroun here. For NY Style pizza, out of the few we've tried, I second the Ramundo's suggestion. It even feels like a hole in the wall, pizza joint in nyc because of the small space.

here's the link to the blog post I wrote. http://liberalfoodie.blogspot.com/200...

May 15, 2009
LiberalFoodie in Great Lakes

Good Mexican in Cincinnati

I second La Mexicana and Taquiera Mercado. There is Taquiera Maya in Mason (next to the best Chinese place in town, Sichuan Bistro) owened by the owners of Taquiera Mercado- it's really good as well.

Nada is modern food with a slight attempt at mexican food. I love going there for drinks, service and socializing but definitely not the food.

Apr 13, 2009
LiberalFoodie in Great Lakes

Richmond - Comfort, now what?

I am not familiar with Richmond, especially the downtown. Since we're staying at the Marriott on Broad St. do you have recommendations for street parking? (Safe area?) The valet at the hotel is shockingly expensive. Thanks

May 08, 2008
LiberalFoodie in General South Archive

South Lake Tahoe

My husband and I are visiting Lake Tahoe (South) in early June. We're coming for a wedding on Saturday; our arrival is Friday morning and departure on Sunday evening, which leaves us with plenty of time to explore on our own. We're staying at Inn by the Lake and are looking for things to do and places to eat nearby.

On various posts, I read about a taqueira that offers great food. Are there other recommendations for must eat places there? We prefer local joints and nothing too expensive. We're not looking to spend big for food (fine dining), since this trip is already burning a hole in the pocket, reasonably priced restaurant is preferred. Restaurants with a view would be great.

Other than water sports and hiking, are there activies that locals enjoy by the Lake? For water activities, do you have suggestions/recommendations for rental companies that are tourist friendly?

Thank you in advance for your replies

May 08, 2008
LiberalFoodie in California

Richmond - Comfort, now what?

great. I saw the details for Friday night Cheers. Sounds like a lot of fun. We'll be there! :)

Thank you for providing details on food and entertainment

May 08, 2008
LiberalFoodie in General South Archive

Richmond - Comfort, now what?

thanks for this! comfort it is for next Friday.

May 01, 2008
LiberalFoodie in General South Archive

Richmond, Va- Food, Scene

To answer some questions. We are staying at the Marriott on E Broad Street next weekend, May 9th.

I've checked out Times Dispatch for events after dinner but nothing stands out.

Comfort sounds like it'll fit the bill. We want shrimp, any kind of good fish, grits (mmm grits, I say that even though I don't know what tasty grits are supposed to be like. ha! I've just craved them because of high marks from friends), greens. mac and cheese.

Janet, I grew up in C'ville.

Apr 30, 2008
LiberalFoodie in General South Archive

Richmond, Va- Food, Scene

We're traveling to Richmond in couple weekends for a wedding. I am from a university town in Virginia and am craving good food, seafood is a plus. We're staying on East Broad street and prefer to stay in the area; walking distance from the hotel would be great. All types of food is fine, price must be reasonable (gas prices and gift for the couple are burning a hole in the pocket right now.) Any recommendations?

I've heard lots about Comfort. Is it close to E. Broad street? Does it have good seafood?

The wedding's on Saturday therefore after Friday dinner, we'd like to do something in the city. We enjoy theater, art scene, comedy clubs and the like. Any suggestions on what to do after dinner on Friday?

Thanks!

LF

Apr 28, 2008
LiberalFoodie in General South Archive

Visiting Montreal for the first time... Need your opinions

My husband and I along with another couple are visiting the city for the first time this weekend. We're staying in a hotel on President Kennedy Avenue. My question to other devoted foodies, can you share your favorite cheap eats?

I've read about Indian, Ethiopian, Mexican places. Can you share your secrets on cheap french (if such a thing is possible), bistro & asian (chinese, thai, korean) food? Vegetarian friendly is required since one of the people

A good place to get poutine with no beef or pork? And bagels?

We highly support local restaurants and holes in the wall as long as the food is worth it. I read in a different post about out of town tourists wanting to experience fine dining... not us. We prefer to hang out and eat where the locals eat, for low price.

Something walking distance from our hotel would be great, if necessary we don't mind catching the metro.

Thank you in advance for your replies

Jun 27, 2007
LiberalFoodie in Quebec (inc. Montreal)