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Late Dinner near Rome Opera

Urbana 47 might be able to do dinner that late. It's on Via Urbana and not that far away.

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about 8 hours ago
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Wedding Reception Venue for 6

The newish restaurant Massimo Riccioli in the Majestic hotel might be a good choice. It's excellent food, definitely on the fancy side of things. The dining room is gorgeous, and lighting good, so there's that for your photographs. When you make the reservations, you might want to make sure your one picky eater will be accomodated. But they should be able to make sure everyone is happy.

Here is the link to the restaurant:
http://www.hotelmajestic.com/read-new...
But it doesn't have much info.

Here is the link to a review I wrote up:
http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

Which also has some photos of the dining room.

Hope this helps!

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1 day ago
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Charcuterie in Rome

To add to Vinoroma's list:

There is a new place that just opened, Proloco Pincio, just off Piazza Fiume. It's a bit easier to get to than Proloco DOL, and they carry all of his cured meats.

If you feel like shopping, and taking products home with you, then the Norcineria in Campo dei Fiori is worth a visit.

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Dec 15, 2014
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Sicily in January?

Yes, Sicily will be delightfully and wonderfully off season. All of the sites will definitely be open. You will probably find, however, that many of the restaurants usually take a couple of weeks off to close during the month (this is true all over Italy, not just in Sicily).

You might find rain, but you won't find hoards of tourists anywhere.

Here are my memories of one winter Sicily vacation, ages ago:
http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

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Dec 09, 2014
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Eating my way through Testaccio, Rome: recommendations wanted

Here's my 2 cents (although you probably already have it, but don't think it's doyenne worthy...)

Checchino: This place is rightly loved by Maureen, since it does what it does superbly. What it has going for it is probably the best wine list in Testacccio. What I don't like? It's just weirdly stiff and very formal. Not what I'm looking for in Testaccio.

Velavevodetto: True: it went through a bad phase. Flavio opened a new place in Prati, where he reigns, and sort of let things slip here in terms of both service and quality. But I've also heard it's on the mend.

Felice: never my favorite back in the day, and now less so since it's do-over into a sleak and overpriced bistrot type atmosphere.

Perilli: My personal favorite in Testaccio. This is truly old school, family run and still making the classics, very very well. My favorite Carbonara in Rome.

Oio: I haven't been for ages and ages.

The rest: Haven't been recently enough to comments.

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Dec 09, 2014
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Rome Restaurants

All of these restaurants are typical of the kind that are recommended by concierges at hotels. They are centrally located and give a percentage back to the concierge for each person he sends. Sorry!

This is pretty much true for most hotels in Italy. Generally, the better restaurants refuse to work within this system because they don't have to.

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Dec 09, 2014
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Critique/revise my rough Italy itinerary (Rome/Florence/Venice)

You've done a lot of research!

But: Enoteca Pinchiorri for New Years? It's outrageously over priced under the best of circumstances, but for New Years it must be ridiculous.

Rome: yes to everything except Nerone. It's ok (and I know Maureen loves it, and I go too) but unless you'll be in that neighborhood not worth the trip.

Florence: Sostanza for sure. I'm not a Cibreo fan, although others are. I love Ruggero, All'Antico Ristoro di Cambi and Fagioli. Zeb is fun for lunch, as is Belledonne.

Venice: Your choices are good, but I don't know what will be open. I love Il Covo, which is always great. Also, the new place just down the street, Covino is fun and casual for lunch.

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Dec 04, 2014
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Eatily

What time of year are you planning this trip? That will definitely effect which region you should visit. Especially if you are thinking of the Amalfi coast.

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Dec 03, 2014
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Which pasta for which Roman sauce?

You've probably opened up a can of worms...but I'll throw my 2 cents in first. As always, I bow to Maureen on all matters involving pasta and/or sauce, since she literally wrote the book on it. Two books, actually.

Cacio e Pepe: yes, Tonnarelli is more traditional, but some trattoria (and some people) prefer rigatoni.

Amatriciana: Always bucatini. Although, that said, it is a complete mess to eat (those fat noodles whip all over the place) so some people (this person) sacriliciously order rigatoni or spaghetti. (the horror, I know)

Arrabbiata : yes, penne.

Carbonara: Again, there are several camps. A lot of people go the spaghetti route, and that seems to be the choice of many of the newer generation of chefs. But some old school trattoria (Perilli for instance) stand by their rigatoni.

Pasta al burro (and the version with anchovies): this tends to be fettucine.

Vongole: Spaghetti, always.

I wouldn't get too worked up about it though. As with everything in Italy, there are a LOT of rules. All the more to be broken.

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Nov 28, 2014
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Monti trattoria in April for solo traveler?

As Vinoroma said, Pugliamonti exists no longer. Non c'e Tripa pe gatti and Mucca Biricchina are to be avoided. We used to go to Taverna Urbana all the time, but haven't been there for at least 10 years. I'm not sure if the same family runs it anymore.

Other places that ARE great on Via Urbana include:
Grezzo: raw, vegan, chocolate. Amazing stuff.
Aromaticus: Urban gardening/ bistrot.
Tricolore: gourmet panini.
Zia Rosetta: gourmet panini

The Illy bar (which I think has a new name, in front of the Ivanhoe hotel) is good for coffee. They have a nice terrace, as well as newly done up interior room.

There is also a very good Alimentari and Bakery, both across the street, more or less, from Tricolore.

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Nov 28, 2014
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Monti trattoria in April for solo traveler?

There are lots of places where you'll feel welcome in Monti. Taverna dei Fori Imperiali is run by a very nice family, who all speak English perfectly. If you do think you want to go there, it's best to reserve, at least for your first evening, since they tend to get booked up.

Another newcomer to the neighborhood is Broccoletti. Also run by a local Monticiana it's on Via Urbana. Again, since it's quite small, best to reserve. Here are some photos of meal I had there this summer:
http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

L'Asino d'oro is great, but can feel kind of cold. I think you were maybe looking for something a bit cozier? With owners who come out and chat?

Urbana 47 is great, very comfy and cozy, but as others have noted, not your typical trattoria

If you feel like a pizza (and you might) Alle Carette on Via della Madonna dei Monti is the local choice.

Hope this helps!

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Nov 27, 2014
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What do you do with leftover seafood ?

It's very easy to make pasta sauce out of leftover seafood. Pour some olive oil in a pan, add some chopped garlic. If you'd like a few chopped cherry tomatoes. Then add the seafood, stir and a splash of wine.

In the meantime boil your pasta, drain (reserving a bit of the pasta cooking water). Put the drained pasta back in to the pan with the seafood, stir, adding a bit of the pasta cooking water to emulsify it. Top with chopped parsley.

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Nov 23, 2014
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Can soup with cabbage be frozen?

Yes, absolutely! I do it all the time. Does the soup also have potatoes in it? Because those will tend to get a bit mealy. But cabbage holds up great.

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Nov 23, 2014
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Is Wild Rice Sold in UK or Europe?

Although you can sometimes find wild rice in Europe, it's very expensive! And not always the best quality. So yes, it makes a great gift for friends in Europe. I always almost ask for a pack of it when friends are headed my way. Maple syrup too.

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Nov 23, 2014
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day of the week in Rome?

I've done a lot of research on the day thing over the last years, and what I've found is that there are a lot of different lists out there, with no real specific reasoning (beyond fish on Friday) behind them.

These days restaurants rarely hold true to even gnocchi on Thursday, offering it several days a week. And I certainly know of no home cook who bothers with this.

The only thing that is still somewhat common is that the few remaining old fashioned alimentari still offer precooked bacala' on Fridays. They often offer pre-soaked chickpeas as well on that day.

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Nov 20, 2014
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Rome recommendations, especially near Colosseum and Vatican

Thanks so much for checking back in, it's always so helpful!

I'dl love to hear more details about your dinner at La Pergola.

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Nov 17, 2014
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Thanksgiving dinner in Rome

The American Academy Thanksgiving dinner is only open to the Academy Community and their friends and family as well as Friends of the Academy at the Sponsoring Friend level.

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Nov 14, 2014
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Honeymoon location help

I don't think I'm alone is considering Forte dei Marmi to be a great place if you are with your family, especially young children. The flat landscape and wide beaches makes for a pretty stress free vacation.

But when I think of a honeymoon vacation I have in mind something much different. More dramatic landscape, romantic settings and definitely not being around lots of families. Even if it won't be full family onslaught in May, it frequented at that time of year by older folks (nothing against them) who are retired. Again, not a honeymoon vibe.

Nov 13, 2014
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Honeymoon location help

I"d go to Positano. I'm not sure of your price options, but a stay at the Sirenuse or San Pietro is incredibly romantic. Both restaurants in the hotels are great, plus lots close by. You should be able to be beachy as well

Forte dei Marmi does not seem very honeymoonish to me at all.

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Nov 12, 2014
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Venice- New Year's Eve

I went to Covino last weekend and loved it. It's a completely different atmosphere than Covo. Very tight, with tables basically in the open kitchen. It was a lot of fun and the food was excellent! We went for lunch, and the fixed menu (where you get to choose your dishes) was a great deal.

You should definitely try to go there while you are in Venice, but if I had my choice I"d opt for Covo for a more relaxed and comfortable NYE. (we also ate there this past weekend. Good as ever)

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Nov 08, 2014
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Rome, Todi, Bergamo, and Garda - seeking updated recommendations

That's a big list of cities! I'd suggest you have a look around this board, using the search function on the upper left. Then, once you've narrowed down your list (and get closer to the date perhaps?) check back in.

In the meantime, a good resource for some of the smaller towns is the Osteria d'Italia guide by Slow Food. Since you've got so much time to plan, it's worth having a look at it.

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Nov 08, 2014
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S.tax in restaurants of Florence

I think that restaurants charge (and pay)IVA (value added tax) at 10%. But it is supposed to be included in the prices on the menu already, not added on at the end.

It's a very complicated law, and is often manipulated and pushed to the extremes by restaurants and bars. For instance, if you buy a drink and take it away, it is 21% tax. If you drink it in the bar, it is 10%.

But I"ve never heard of adding a 16% tax on after the fact.

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Nov 06, 2014
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Jewish Ghetto Rome

The entrance to Sora Margherita is now a bit more visible (for better or worse?) since they installed a bright yellow canopy above the door.

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Nov 06, 2014
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Da Roberto

I've walked by that noodle place too, and wondered about it. But now, for the life of me, I can't remember where it was. It stuck in my mind because it actually looked good.

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Nov 06, 2014
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Thanksgiving dinner in Rome

Gillian did a post on this very topic last year. Most of the information is for cooking at home, but it also includes a few restaurants as well:

http://www.gillianslists.com/2013/11/...

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Oct 27, 2014
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Lunch in Rome

As Maureen says, La Terazza has the amazing view.

Enoteca La Torre is also a great experience, since it's in a turn of the century villa. And great food of course.

I think that Metamorfosi also has a good priced menu at lunch as well.

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Oct 27, 2014
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Rome recommendations, especially near Colosseum and Vatican

I've eaten very well at Zanzara, but also prefer Sorpasso (you must book ahead) and Romeo. All near the Vatican.

Yes, Asino d'oro is a good choice for after the Colosseum. Nerone is ok. It can be good. I also like Taverna dei Fori Imperiali. And on Via Urbana is Urbana 47 and Brocoletti.

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Oct 22, 2014
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Rome:Just back

Thanks so much for checking back in.Glad to hear you had two very good, yet different, experiences in Rome.
Yes, Cesare is a hike, but worth it.

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Oct 17, 2014
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Florence Christmastime

It's hard to comment on what is open or not for the holidays, since places tend to change their opening times and menus from year to year.

You are right to avoid hotels. That said, Se.Sto, on top of the Westin Excelsior has one of the most talented young chefs in Italy. Creative, new cooking, with drop dead views.
http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

I'd love to be able to recommend some other places, but without calling around (or trying to look at non-updated websites) it's hard to say what will be open.

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Oct 17, 2014
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Looking forward to a food filled week in Rome!

You've certainly done a lot of research!!!

I'm going to add my two cents by telling you which places I would eliminate:
L'Arcangelo: I know this gets a lot of hype, but it can be a very strange place to eat at. I get feedback that isn't always the best, concerning both the food, as well as the attitude.

Cavour313: This place used to be fun to go to, for the wines as well as exotic-at-the-time things like cous cous.

All the rest of the dinner choices are good ones.

Lunches:
I've never heard of Pianostrada

I love Villa Laetitia!!! Very cool hotel!

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Oct 17, 2014
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