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Acquolina Hosteria

Once again, typing before my second cup of coffee. ;)

Aug 23, 2014
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Upscale Lunch in Roma

For a view and fine dining I'd suggest La Terrazza at the Eden.

Another option is Massimo Riccioli at The Majestic. He's a great chef, and the dining room is lovely.

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Aug 23, 2014
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Acquolina Hosteria

Yes, very much worth the trip. Giulio Tremonti, the chef, is very talented and it's a great place for fish.
Hard to say how long it will take to get there, since it will depend on traffic. About 15 minutes tops.

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Aug 21, 2014
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Best pastry and gelato shops in Rome and Naples

This is kind of a big and rather vague question to answer here. The response would be very long....
I'm pretty sure the gelato part has been brought up in the past on this board, if you do a search for it.

Quickly, off the top of my head, in Rome for pastry:
Regoli
Dagnino
Pasticerria Sicilia Svizzera
De Bellis
Cristallo di Zucchero

Gelato:
Fatamorgana
Claudio Torce
Gelateria del Teatro
Gelateria Pica
Come il Latte
Carapina
Neve di Latte
Otoleg

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Aug 21, 2014
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Anniversary dinner in Rome late August

Antico Arco is open. That's my definition of a special occasion kind of place.

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Aug 21, 2014
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Leaving for Rome Tonight

I was going to suggest Pierluigi, but see you've already found it!
This time of year is hard in Rome, especially for fish.

I've just checked Tavole Romane's listing of what;s open and what's not, and here;s what I came up with for fish:

Aquolina should be open. Very good chef, excellent fish.
Antico Arco should have some fish
All'Oro also should have fish.
La Gensola, in Trastevere is all fish and open all month.

Hope this helps, and have a great trip!

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Aug 21, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

You've certainly done your homework!
Sorry, but you'll have to do a bit more regarding what's open and what's not. There is a great list published by Tavole Romane that will help you out.Also, you didn't mention your exact dates, so it's hard to comment.

A few comments:
Yes, you need reservations at Sostanza.
Pretty sure Pizzarium is closed till end of month.
I'm not a fan of Crispino.
We are all mostly off of Grano, since they were charging a surcharge to tourists.
I've heard that the Chiostro di Bramante has closed, but haven't confirmed that yet.
Casalinga doesn't accept reservations.
Never heard of Der Belli.

In general, for dinner, it's always good to make reservations unless you don't mind waiting.

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Aug 19, 2014
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Rome: 4 days in August, Itinerary Discussion/Recommendations

Thank you!!!

As others have already pointed out, you're hitting Ferragosto (which, by the way, happy Ferragosto today!)

There are many blog postings on what's closed that day and what else is open in August, but I don't think I'm allowed to link to them because the people who have written them are my friends. So you'll have to do a search with google.

That said, a few Monti tips: Est,est,est is bad. Better: Le Carette on Madonna dei Monti.

Also in Monti that I love and is new: Brocoletti on Via Urbana, across from Urbana 47. Very low key and excellent food.

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Aug 14, 2014
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Does anyone know of nice place to hold aperitivo party in Florence for guests - night before wedding?

Amazing views are at Se.Sto, which is on top of the Westin Excelsior. They have a private dining room looking towards the center of Florence with probably the best views in town. The chef, Entiana Osmenzeza, is considered to be one of the best in Italy.

For something a bit more low key, there is Golden View Open Bar. Also the name is dorky, the place is actually very nice. Just on the other side of the river, with amazing views of the Ponte Vecchio.

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Aug 14, 2014
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Any recommended cooking classes or schools in Florence ?

There is a great new cooking school located within the Mercato Centrale. The classes are run by the Lorenza de Medici school and take place in a modern new kitchen within the newly opened food hall atop the old market below. I'm not sure of their schedule, but as I understand they will have daily classes.

While you are at it,in another section of the Mercato you can take a short wine tasting course.

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Aug 14, 2014
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Cooking class/"landmark" bar: 2 Venice questions

Generally cooking classes with executive chefs at hotels are usually demonstration only. It's been my experience that this is the last thing in the world that this chef wants to be doing, and so you really don't get a true cooking lesson.

I think a much funner thing to do, food wise, would be to take a private cooking class or even a food walk, so that you get out and see some of the city as well. Monica Ceserato does both, and her walks are super fun:
http://www.cookinvenice.com/

For something more upscale (which maybe your husband is more comfortable with?) Italy Hotline does a private cooking class in a 17th c. Palace
http://italyhotline.com/tour/private_...

Hope this helps!

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Aug 08, 2014
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Florence - Il Santo Bevitore or Tre Soldi

Yay! Happy it worked out. And thanks for checking back in.
And yes, Santo Bevitore is the perfect mix of fun atmosphere with great food.

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Aug 08, 2014
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Rome: Is Nonna Betta really Kosher?

I'd love to hear more about your homefood experience, and why you found it awkward. Also, more about the food.

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Aug 08, 2014
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Breakfast at Urbana 47 in Rome

I'm always looking for places to have breakfast in Rome. I'm not talking about a quick cappuccino and pastry, but a real eggy American style breakfast. Urbana 47, located in Monti, has recently started offering two fixed menus in the morning. One, based on their home made cakes, is on the sweet side. But I love the option that includes eggs. For 10 Euros you can have two eggs any way you want, plus toast, butter, coffee and a freshly pressed juice. The eggs are all organic and local and the bread home made.

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Jul 31, 2014
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Praiano

I love Da Adolfo, which is in the little bay of Laurito between Positano and Praiano. A small boat leaves from Positano every 20 minutes or so. Just look for the boat with the little red fish.

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Jul 31, 2014
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The best Carbonara in Rome?

I"m pretty sure that most of comments in this thread still hold true, although, for instance, no one really likes Grano anymore since they were treating tourists badly. Why don't you start a new thread, so that you can get an updated carbonara accounting?

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Jul 31, 2014
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Rome: Is Nonna Betta really Kosher?

It sounds like you are headed there soon? In which case artichokes are out of season. Gigetto, Sora Margarita and Piperno do still serve them, but they are coming in from France and are very tough and not really worth it. Better to enjoy fried zucchini blossoms which are now in season.

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Jul 31, 2014
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Rome: Is Nonna Betta really Kosher?

One of the things you have to understand is that there is no tradition of an authentic Roman Kosher restaurant. Traditionally if you were Roman and Kosher, then you ate at home. So while there is a strong Roman home cooking tradition, the idea of a Kosher restaurant is a completely new thing. For years the only Kosher restaurant in Rome was a place near Piazza Vittoria that featured Northern African Kosher cooking. Not traditional.

The four original restaurants in the Jewish Ghetto, Giggetto, Piperno, Sora Margherita and Pompiere - while featuring Jewish dishes - were never Jewish owned, nor Kosher. Although all of them, by now in the third or fourth generation of ownership, are well established in that neighborhood.

Many of the new places that have opened up in the last 8 years or so cover a lot of territory, and unfortunately none of it is very good. Nonna Betta, the best of the lot, found it almost impossible to keep things going being just a Kosher place. Some of the newer places, like Bella Carne, started out with good intentions, then slipped fast. I'm not a fan of Ba Ghetto, but Berlusconi is said to love it. Then there are the half dozen fast food places like Fonzie Kosher Burger. It's gotten a bit out of control. Today I was there and Daruma Sushi has now opened a Kosher version, and I see there is a new bakery and gelato place.

For authentic Roman Jewish cooking you might have a look at the Home Food site and see if anyone is offering a kosher Roman menu.
http://www.homefood.it/en/

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Jul 30, 2014
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Belated trip report: Rome and Florence

Thanks so much for checking in! A very detailed report which is much appreciated.

I'm so glad to hear you had a fantastic meal at Cipolla Rossa. It's such an odd place, since it's right in the heart of touristy Florence, and looks pretty touristy at first glance. But the food is fantastic, as you discovered.

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Jul 24, 2014
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Trip report (long): Bologna, Ravenna, Umbria, Rome

Thanks so much for the detailed report! I"m so glad you found Mark and Giselle, in Umbria, since they are wonderful.And Hosteria delle Valle is great in Todi too, one of my favorites.

Your description of Ceppo makes me want to go back soon. I haven't been there in at least two years, and I miss it. I think I'll wait till the fall though, since just the idea of getting near that grill in a Roman summer makes me swoon.

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Jul 24, 2014
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[Venice] Alle Testiere

Thanks for reporting in about Testiere. I love it too, but am often put off by the dinner timing. That's why I go for lunch, when you can usually just walk in and find a table if you arrive early enough.

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Jul 21, 2014
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Eating between Piazza del Popolo and Piazza di Spagna in Roma

Not too far away is Localino Da Claudio. It's up on Via Lazio 22, Just off Via Veneto. I think there is a short cut if you enter the Metro, and take the escalator up to the top of Via Veneto.

Other good restaurants nearby are Nino (although that is probably not the best for fish); All'Oro (high end, creative); Pizzeria Leoncino (very simple, just off San Lorenzo in Lucina).

A lot of people like Babettes, although I am not a big fan.

Drinks: I like the Russie, although it's pricey.

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Jul 20, 2014
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May 2014 in Rome -trip report

Thanks so much for taking the time to check back in. It's always so helpful to hear back on your experiences!

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Jul 07, 2014
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FLORENCE DINNER (Pick one)

Yes, sounds perfect!!!

Jul 03, 2014
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FLORENCE DINNER (Pick one)

Both are favorites, but if I had to pick one, for dinner, I might choose Ruggero. I love Sostanza for lunch, when it is less crowded. For dinner, Ruggero is a bit more formal? Although not by much.

But if you want to stay right in the center, and with less of a walk, then Sostanza would be my choice.

You won't go wrong with either.

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Jul 03, 2014
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11 meals (so far) in Florence

Thanks for checking back in! It's so great to hear your experience and feedback. Glad you tried and liked Zeb!

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Jul 01, 2014
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4 nights in Roma-Family of 5

Hi Cinzia,
You must be excited about your trip to Rome!
Since questions like your have been asked so often on this board, I'd suggest you do a search in the upper right of this board, for Rome Restaurants. There you will find plenty of answers to your questions.

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Jun 25, 2014
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Florence with a baby

Italians are very welcoming of babies, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Especially in a trattoria at lunch time.

I think, that to make everyone more comfortable, you should choose a place where you aren't cramped.
Here are a few ideas, much talked about already on this board:
Due G
Santo Bevitore
Osteria Tripperia Il Magazzino
All'Antico Ristoro dei Cambi

I also love Antica Mescita di San Nicolo, which has a nice outdoor terrace.

Hope this helps!

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Jun 24, 2014
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Slowfood app

Actually, I never knew they had put out the Osterie app for iPhone. So thanks for pointing that out!

Will go download it now.

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Jun 23, 2014
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Who are the most interesting English language food bloggers in Italy today?

I"ll try to respond to this, but fear my post might be taken down because we're not allowed to post anything about friends. The problem is that all of us Italy bloggers do in fact know each other. It's a small world! But here goes, hoping for the best:

Gillians Lists http://www.vrbo.com/409604
A great resource for Rome

Divina Cucina: http://www.divinacucina-blog.com/
Recipes but also a lot of great info for Tuscany

Rome Digest
http://theromedigest.com/
Great for upcoming culinary happenings in Rome

Parla Food http://parlafood.com/
Covers Rome restaurant scene

Sauce Milan http://saucemilan.com/
Brand new Milanese based food blog

Aglio, Olio e Perperoncino
http://www.aglioolioepeperoncino.com/
Eleonora has lots of great lists of where to eat in different neighborhoods in Rome

And then there are some great Italian resources:
Dissapore http://www.aglioolioepeperoncino.com/
Tavole Romane http://tavoleromane.wordpress.com/
Puntarella Rossa http://www.puntarellarossa.it/

If you go to the english language blogs, you'll find blog lists that lead to a bunch of other, less frequently updated, blogs that are also fun to read and can be very helpful.

Hope this helps! And hopes it makes it though the Chowhound editing team. :

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Jun 23, 2014
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