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Rome dining on a piazza

I haven't been to Da Luigi in years, but used to go all the time. How is it these days? Their specialty used to be penne alla vodka, which was basically an excuse to eat a lot of creamy tomato sauce (which was delicious!)

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Apr 14, 2014
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Lunch before Galleria Borghese

I'm not sure about the places in the park, but I'd recommend Localino da Claudio. It's on Via Lazio, so about a 10 minute walk to the museum afterwards.

They also have tables outside so if weather permits, you can have your long leisurely lunch.

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Apr 14, 2014
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Venice restaurant with lots of charm

I love Sunday lunch at Anice Stellato in Venice. Very charming place, and very nice owners and staff.

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Apr 14, 2014
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Lunch stop between FCO & Siena

Yes, Orvieto would be a good place to stop. You can leave your car in the parking lot below the town and take the funicular up to town. Both La Polomba or La Pergola are very good.

But what time do you get in? If its very early, you might just be better off heading straight to Siena. Then you can have a long leisurely lunch, and not have to worry about driving afterwards.

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Apr 14, 2014
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Must eat in Rome during Easter week end

I'd suggest that you go through the past discussions on this board, where there are many suggestions that should answer your question.

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Apr 10, 2014
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Rome dining on a piazza

Pierluigi will fit the bill, since it's on a gorgeous pedestrian piazza. It's a bit pricey though.

A lively piazza with lots of kids playing is in Monti, Piazza Madonna dei Monti. The bar on the Piazza serves food all day long, and while it's not on anyone's top list of restaurants in Rome, the food is actually ok. It does get crowded though, with many people just stopping by for drinks in the early evening onwards.

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Apr 10, 2014
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Rome with teenagers

Getting into any restaurant in Rome with 40 people will be a challenge, so you'll definitely have to plan ahead, and book meals. Also, you might want to think about organizing fixed menu meals ahead of time, at a fixed price.

There are many restaurants in Rome that cater to big groups like this, but they are not generally the ones discussed on this board.

I would suggest that you hire someone in Rome to help you plan this out. Maybe a the same place you booked your rooms?

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Mar 28, 2014
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Good place to buy truffle products in Rome?

What Vinoroma said.

Mar 28, 2014
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Florences top restaurants for splurge meal?

You should repost this question about Tuscany as a separate thread to get some responses. Otherwise people won't notice it.
:)

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Mar 25, 2014
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Rome next week; please critique my list!

All good choices, but here are a few comments:

Sforno is a trip out to the suburbs, but well worth it. Da Remo is a more traditional Roman pizza place. There is always a line. I"m not convinced it's worth the wait, but others swear by it.

Even though Sora Margherita and Piperno are both in the Ghetto, they couldn't be more different. Sora Margherita is a hole in the wall, and has a limited menu. I prefer it for lunch. Piperno is much more formal, and better for dinner.

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Mar 21, 2014
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Grappa

I'm a huge Nonino fan as well. And while big, I definitely wouldn't describe them as industrial. I've been to their distillery many times, and they their stills are small scale, copper stills. They are organized, and have a pretty big productions, but all of very high quality.

I particularly like their honey distillate, as well as their Pirus (Pear) and Kirsch (Cherry) which are more aquavits than grappa.

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Mar 20, 2014
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Meat in Venice?

As Jangita pointed out, La Bitta is great for a non fish restaurant. But you definitely need to reserve, since they are almost always booked.

Don't over worry too much about finding a non-fish restaurant. Most places will almost always have meat, or at least non-fish options. But the best places too book up!

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Mar 20, 2014
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Primo maggio in Rome

Most restaurants, if they are normally open on Thursday, will be open for May 1. But, since it is a holiday, they might be more crowded than usual. Best to call and check.

This used to be a day when everything shut down, but these days in Rome, few resaturants will shut down for a holiday in the middle of high tourist season.

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Mar 20, 2014
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Countdown to the opening of Eataly's Disneyworld of Food in Bologna

It's my understanding that the new FICO-Eataly will be as much a convention center and event venue as just a large supermarket type center. There will be that too, of course, but as adjunct to more of a learning experience.

As far as its impact on local artisans and/or shops I don't think the Eatalys have had any more impact (or less) than the huge expansion of supermarkets dictated by changes in shopping habits in Italy in the last few years. Yes, smaller stores are shutting at an terrifying rate. But I don't think the blame can be laid at Eataly's front door. When Italy changed over to the Euro this opened the floodgates to all of the big supermarket chains in Europe. So far we have escaped the intrusion of such multinationals as Walmart, but with the success of Ikea, those can't be far behind.

In terms of the effect of Eataly on the various shops in the center of towns likeRome, Bari, Florence, Bologna and Torino, I think the effect has been negligible so far. The bigger ones, like in Torino and Rome, are located in outlying neighborhoods where there weren't many small shops anyway. And in Bologna, the store is so small that it really has had no effect at all.

All that may change, since the new trend is to open bigger Eatalys in the center of town. A new one is set to open in Piazza della Repubblica in Rome . But still, I think the only shops they may put out of business will be the already junky 'food' stores that have sprung up on Via Nazionale.

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Mar 12, 2014
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Rome restaurant suggestions

I like them both, but find that Trattoria Monti can be a bit noisy at dinner. (bad acoustics). So I usually tend to go to Monti for lunch, and L'Asino for dinner.

But both are equally good. I just get tired of restaurants where I can't hear the person who is sitting across the table from me.

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Mar 11, 2014
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Rome, Sora Margherita question

yes indeed, you can make reservations. I usually go for lunch, and stop by to reserve, but they do have a system now, that seems to work.

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Mar 11, 2014
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Easter week in Rome with 2 boys

If you extend your dinner time to a start of 7:30, instead of 7, you should be ok in most places.

As far as dinner with the boys, I don't think I would recomend Roscioli. It's extremely claustrophobic and the staff is not that welcoming to kids. Although I love Settimio, the menu is very limited and your boys might not find anything they'd like.

Places with a view are hard at a reasonable price. Also, who knows what the weather will bring at Easter. You should be able to eat outside for lunch, but dinner will depend on how chilly it gets. There are a few places with very nice outdoor seating:
Pierluigi: Set in a gorgeous small piazza
Giggetto: Also has lovely outdoor seating with views of the portico d'ottavia and Teatro di Marcello.
Piperno: Old fashioned restaurant in Jewish Ghetto with beautiful outdoor seating in tiny hidden piazza.

Maybe for a view you'd like to stop and have a cocktail first? The Minerva has a lovely rooftop bar. A splurge, but maybe for your last night worth it?

Nerone has a big antipasto buffet, and some of the tables have views of the Colosseum. This might be a good place for lunch.

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Mar 10, 2014
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Rome restaurant suggestions

All great choices!

For Sunday dinner I'd pick Perilli, and Monday Armando.

I think it's a good mix. Very Roman, with a bit of new thrown in as well.

Have a delicious trip!

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Mar 10, 2014
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Rome 4 days in April

You'll find lots of suggestions for places like this if you search the past boards for suggestions on Rome. Once you've narrowed down your choice, we'd all be happy to comment on your plans.

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Mar 07, 2014
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Easter Sunday in Florence

You should definitely plan on having Sunday lunch, not dinner.

Sunday is a bit hard in Florence.
Santo Bevitore is open, and has great food and a relaxed atmosphere.
Tre Soldi is a taxi ride away, but excellent and a bit more formal.
Olio e Convivium might have a special Easter menu which would be fun.

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Mar 02, 2014
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Neighbohood restaurants

Not far from you there are lots of nice, simple places. I love Sostanza, but also Cipolla Rossa.
Not too far is Fagioli, Casalinga, and La Pentola d'Ora.
And if you are willing to walk a bit on the other side of hte river is Al Tranvai and Al Antico Ristoro dei Cambi.

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Mar 02, 2014
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Rome: Sid's Short List for those new to Rome

Hi Sid, My list for Rome is quite a long one, and it is widely published elsewhere. I don't think there can be any 'definitive' list to post here, since the entire point of Chowhound is to engage in a dialogue. So just printing a generic list seems to be limited.

I much prefer to tailor my responses to the questions, which might include variables like budget, location, weather, etc. And then we all like to hear back after the fact, to hear how their experiences went.

We could all write down our '10 best' lists, but at least for me, that list changes almost daily. Even you admit that many of the places you mention, you haven't visited recently. In addition, there have been about 30 good new openings in the last two years, so there's that too.

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Mar 02, 2014
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Best Pizza in Bari

I love
Il Focacciaro
Tel: 080 554 0998
Via Salvatore Cognetti 43
Take out only. If it's nice, you can take yours to a bench one block away on the Lungomare, and eat it there.
While you're there pick up a few panzerotti as well. The classic, with tomatoes and cheese, are great, but I also love the onion when they have it, or the meat.

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Feb 27, 2014
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Eataly Roma

The WSJ article was actually talking about two distinct and separate projects, one in Venice (a theme park which has nothing to do with Eataly) and one in Bologna, which would be more of a Congress Center.

The art director of the Fi.Co, the Eataly Bologna project, is Massimo Bottura, and the details are yet to be concluded. But it seems to be a natural growth of the already huge fair grounds for business meetings that already exist in Bologna. There will be research centers, conference halls, exhibition spaces, restaurants, shops, cultivated gardens and aquariums.

It doesn't quite sounds like Disneyland to me, or at least the Disneylands that I've visited.

I'm not defending the project, but neither am I attacking something which has yet to be planned out.

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Feb 27, 2014
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Rome - Seafood lunch or dinner

Piperno very much depends on which night you go, and what fish they get in. The fish is displayed as you walk in, so you can always take a look. But it's not known as a fish restaurant per se.

For fish these days I go to Il Localino di Claudio. Claudio is the owner of La Gensola, but has given that place over to his son. Irene, the wife, seems to go back and forth. Both are very good, but I prefer the less crowded and certainly less touristy feel of the place off of Via Veneto.

If you feel like an adventure, I can recommend two places in Santa Marinella. A 45 minute train ride from Rome. Acqua Marina is right off the main beach, and an easy walk from the train station. Tavola Azzura 2 is further south, about a kilometer down the Aurelia. Acqua Marina is fancier, and more expensive. Tavola Azzura is almost like a tavola calda, but has amazing fish at crazy cheap prices. While we were there this past Sunday 2 fishermen came in with huge, flipping fresh fish they were delivering. Just caught.

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Feb 26, 2014
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Rome, 7 days in early March

Yes, so sad that place is so bad now. But, have you noticed the slew of places that have opened in the last month around Monti? The fried place on Via Boschetto is actually pretty good. I got a cone full of fried sage leaves that was excellent. (the suppli not so much). Also, new street foody place on Via Leonina looks interesting. (next to chocolate shop)

Feb 25, 2014
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Rome: Sid's Short List for those new to Rome

Everyone should have his or her own personal list. That's what makes the world go round.
That said, I'd say the only places I agree with you about are Tazza d'Oro, Armando, Dar Fillertaro and, sometimes but not always, Nerone.

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Feb 24, 2014
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Rome, 7 days in early March

Of the places you mention, I know and like:
Tre Scalini (and as VinoRoma points out, there are a couple of other places to try in Monti for wine)
Cavour 313 - It's ok, but has a bit of a fussy menu these days.
Gaudeo: I like this for lunch. Another place that you should check out is Zia Rosetta on Via Urbana. They've also got very good panini, as does the recently reopened Tricolore.
Pizzeria Leoncino: I"m a fan. Very old fashioned pizzeria near the Spanish Steps. But closer to Monti, and of similar quality is Le Carrette, across from Taverna.

Sunday Lunch: I love Perilli, but make sure you reserve as it fills up with big tables of families.

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Feb 24, 2014
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Michelin-star Joia restaurant in Milan. It doesn't translate into "joy" in Italian (a review)

My feelings exactly! I have disliked it since I first went there about 12 years ago. I have never understood its appeal except for the novelty of being a starred vegetarian restaurant.

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Feb 19, 2014
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rome - 5 days in early may

Wow! Great research!

Here are some comments and answers:

a. Day 1: If you do a pic nic, and that would be great if the weather is nice, I'd do it in the Villa Borghese. Trevi is a nightmare, and sitting on the Spanish steps to eat is illegal. But the other option, eating at Sora Margherita, is good too. You can get into the first seating, at 12:30, pretty easily if you get there by 12:15.

c. Day 4 I always end up eating in Ariccia, so can't recommend anything in Frascati. In Ariccia I had a great meal at Fraschetta de Mia Zia.

d. Day 5 I prefer Localino, and go there all the time. Much less touristy and a calmer setting. Also, they have outdoor seating and a wider menu.

e. Day 5: yes there is prepared food, and you can eat it there, outside at picnic tables. But a great idea is to stock up, and take a picnic to the Via Appia. All the stands are great. I particularly love the cheese stand in the middle, next to the pasta stand. He has an incredible Conciata di San Vittore, and also does it in a blue version. Very expensive, but one of the best cheeses I've had recently.

Have a great time!

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Feb 19, 2014
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