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Best eating region in Italy?

It's too easy to agree with bob96....it's impossible to name a single region for food, given the unbelievable (for any American person, at least, and trust me, I'm not exaggerating) variety and tradition of any single region and city in my country (yes, I am Italian). So my advice is, choose the destination on other basis. Decide what u want to see, the kind of environment, city, place u want to visit. Then, in any part of the country, and especially if u have never experienced Italian food here in Italy, u will have plenty of things to try and u will never ever go away unsatisfied. Just think that u can't try everything, and focus on the typical products and dishes of the place u visit. The other option would be choosing ur destination according to local food traditions matching ur tastes, but believe me, it would be way too difficult. For example, I know u haven't considered my homeland so far (Sardinia), but I can assure u that the variety of cheese u can eat here (especially sheep and goat) is probably bigger than in any other region...that's why I say the second strategy would be very hard...

Oct 08, 2010
lariam in Italy

Eataly NYC

I am so surprised to learn how many people here actually know about bottarga...being Sardinian, I consider it a very typical part of my own homeland, which is barely know in most of the country, let alone in NY...but maybe that's why NY is NY after all...
I do have a couple of things to say about it eventually. First, avoid any kind of bottarga with tomato or anything else like that. Just buy the entire thing or the powder, and stop. It's peculiar enough not to be mixed with other things (in another thread I might give u few recipes for it). Second, if there are so many people interested, why don't u contact some producer here and have the bottarga sent to NY? u might save money, get a good product, and not depend on crazy NYC Italian food sellers...after all, it doesn't take much space or weight, it lasts for ages...just a little hint on this :-)

Oct 08, 2010
lariam in Manhattan

Please critique my list for Rome

Just a couple of little hints for ice cream and such things. Giolitti is indeed one of the best places in Rome for it. Anyway, my personal fav is a tiny place in front of the Vatican Walls (just around the corner from Piazza Risorgimento), no idea of the name but I've been there many times, not a huge place, nor 50 flavs, but ice cream is really good.
If u are a fan of sweet tastes, I have a couple of recommendations to add. First, I suggest that u take a walk into the ghetto (yes, there is a small ghetto in Rome), there are 2 or 3 jewish pastry shops that make delicious things (most Romans love it, even tho it's not really their own tradition) including a cake with "visciole" (a kind of cherry); I assume visitors never get a taste of such things, and I assure u it's worth it. Second rec, is a chance to get one of the most known "tiramisu" of the entire city, I have to say I don't agree with my Roman friends (they say this is the best tiramisu ever in the world), but still, it's good, and also, especially at nights and weekends, the place is crowded with people who just go there with that reason. The place (it's a bar, actually) is named "Pompi" and it's in Piazza Re di Roma (u can get there with the subway easily).
Enjoy :-)

Sep 29, 2010
lariam in Italy

Rome - 4 casual dinners - thoughts on my list please!

I have a little suggetsion too, it's not too close to where u are, but it might we worth a little trip, maybe if u like to see St. Peter's square at night (a sight I recommend), u could take a walk on Via Cola Di Rienzo y get at Zi Gaetana. the place is nice, been there few times (last time like one year ago), cool atmosphere (on weekdays u wont need to reserve if u dont get there late, and I suggest u get there around 8 or not much later, which is early for our Italian standards for dinner time). It carries a good mix of traditional food blended with delicate creative cuisine. Do not hesitate to try something that sounds weird, be open, and look for a new taste. U won't be disappointed. Not cheap but not that expensive either I guess. U can look it up on internet and see if it appeals to u.
I will think of more places but this is the first one that came into my mind...

Sep 18, 2010
lariam in Italy

Need some new ideas for salmon

I have a simple but original way to cook salmon fillets to propose, tried it a couple of times, and it tasted fine, kinda different from the way I usually cook salmon myself (I usually like to cook it in the oven with just a bit of white wine or vodka, not to cover the taste of it at all).
So, slice an orange in thin slices and put them on the bottom of a low frying pan. if the salmon fillet still has its own skin, u don't need to put orange slices under it. Then put some salt and black pepper ontop of the fish, and some nutmeg shredded on it. Then squeeze an orange or 2 ontop of salmon, and cover it with some more thin slices of orange.
U can cook it in the oven, but I suggest u cook it on fire, covering it with some aluminium paper and with a medium/low fire, for like 20 minutes I guess (depending on quantity, thickness of fillet, etc), and then serve. It is tasty, delicate, and kinda different from the usual salmon dishes (at least different from the ways I cook it )

Sep 18, 2010
lariam in Home Cooking

Rice in a Pressure Cooker?

Ok, time to add my personal experience on this...I'm Italian, live in Italy, and of course I learned my cooking style mainly from my roots, my mother and so on.
My answer is that of course u can cook rice in a pressure cooker, no doubt about it. The question is what do u want to do with rice.
If u are just cooking plain white rice, as a side to some main course (which is common in Asia and Latin America, for example), I assume the pressure cooker is fine. If u want to cook rice as a dish itself (with any possible ingredient and flavor), I suggest that u learn the traditional way of cooking it (the way we make "risotto" here), unless u get really really good at using the pressure cooker, and even then, u would not reach the level of traditional rice cooking, made of a first stage of "toasting" rice (forgive me if I don't know the exact technical words), and then cooking it adding liquids (like vegetable broth or similar), little by little, along with the other ingredients (timing depends on each of them). It does take more time and care, but the result is way different, to me, especially if u are not a master of pressure cooking (my mom is but she's not on this forum :-) and doesn't speak english either...)

Sep 18, 2010
lariam in Home Cooking

Cozy place in Manhattan for special date :-)

Never too late, I will be in NYC again soon, so any suggestion is welcome... :-)

Apr 28, 2010
lariam in Manhattan

Restaurants in Key West

Thank you so far. Any review on Point 5 (upstairs 915)? the upper deck at Louie's backyard? Rooftop cafè? we might be looking for some place like that too, a cozy wine bar or lounge when we can have a drink and also get something to eat...

Feb 27, 2010
lariam in Florida

Restaurants in Key West

Hi, I will be staying in Key West for a week with my GF, end of May. I'm looking for some hint on restaurants for dinner. We like seafood and latin american food too, nice and cozy places, not too crowded or noisy; a nice view or terrace would be a plus.
Thank u :-)

Feb 26, 2010
lariam in Florida

Cozy place in Manhattan for special date :-)

Time for some feedback I guess...
Thanks to the very useful info found on this website and topic, I had a good pick at Sakagura (I let my GF have the final word after all), been there on monday night and I really liked the place and the food and the drinks too, the service had no flaws, the bill was not cheap but I wasn't really expecting any different, the only little unmatching thing would probably be the low bebop jazz music background which was nice but kinda had nothing to do with the place, but it is a very tiny defect in an overall very nice place.
Will probably try Angel's Share tomorrow night and then I will give u my personal opinion on that too. Meanwhile, I had lunch at Tamarind some days ago and I loved my lamb with curry and almonds and even if the place isn't really special as for decor and so on, the ambient is nice and the food was surely worth.
Thank u again everybody :-)

Feb 10, 2010
lariam in Manhattan

To Eat or Not To Eat, That is My Question

Personally, being a dr myself and having travelled more than my fair share of places in the world, I think we should split things a bit. If u search carefully u would probably find that bizarre foods are often less dangerous than u might think....it's just that, let's say, kelp or snails or bull's testicles or jellyfish or dog meat or pork blood (all things I've tried in my life) carry an emotional thrill cause u consider them unusual food, or may be disgusted from the idea of eating them, but actually, they won't be carrying more risks (especially in terms of potential infections) than food u consider normal. It also depends on where u actually eat these things, cause some diseases are epidemic in some parts of the world and don't exist in others...
Personally, I usually tend to try everything. I bet than 90% of infections taken with food are actually vehiculated by water rather than food itself. That's why I don't have particular taboos on food, altho, of course, some bizarre things may inspire me more than others but that's exactly the same as for "normal" food.

Feb 07, 2010
lariam in General Topics

Cozy place in Manhattan for special date :-)

From what I have seen in pics, the Temple Bar does not exactly look like the kind of place I'm looking for in terms of design (of course I'm not talking about cocktails). One more hint: I assume we won't be going there in the weekend but more probably on some weekday - to avoid too much crowd and difficulties in finding a table or seat. Thanks everyone for ur help and please don't stop!

Feb 01, 2010
lariam in Manhattan

Cozy place in Manhattan for special date :-)

Seems Angel's share could be a good option for a bar...unfortunately most of these bars don't have decent pics on internet. The 2 Japanese places for food (Matsuri and Sakagura) looks appealing so I'm waiting for a second opinion on them to decide for a dinner place.
Thank u!

Feb 01, 2010
lariam in Manhattan

Cozy place in Manhattan for special date :-)

I'm coming to NYC this week and I look for a restaurant to bring my gf. It can be anywhere in Manhattan. Looking for a cozy modern trendy place, with good food of any kind, with a slight preference for indian, japanese, seafood but absolutely not italian, I'm italian and I'm a good cook at home myself ;-). Alternatively, it could be a good bar or lounge with good cocktails. What I'm looking for is a place with atmosphere (a good view wouldn't be bad too) and not too loud cause I have some talk to do ;-)
I'm sure you can help me out there.

Feb 01, 2010
lariam in Manhattan