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A Roma Report on Reasonably Priced Restaurants.

Thanks so much for the report. It sounds like you hit many of my favorites.

Yes, Torce closed at that location a while ago.

Too bad about your service at Emma. I was just there and was very impressed by how nice they all were! But I was there at lunch, so maybe they were less stressed.

Interesting that you liked San Crispino, which I am finding very commercial and semi industrial these days.

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about 19 hours ago
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Please recommend a restaurant in Milan

Lagosteria 10 is on the expensive side. The Bistrot a bit less so. But fish is always going to be expensive when you're in Italy. That said, you should be able to meet your budget of 400$ pp.

There is no real 'restaurant' area of Milan. The good places are spread out all over. But if you're there for one night, and you end up at Langosteria, then it might be fun to stay at the Nhow, a design hotel in the Tortona district. That way, before or after dinner, you can have a walk along the Navigli, which is full of cute cafes and places to stop for a drink. (assuming you are there over the summer?)

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about 19 hours ago
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Day Trip from Rome

May 26, 2015
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Please recommend a restaurant in Milan

I love old world places like Antica Trattoria della Pesa. It's a very typical, old fashioned, ristorante. Very cozy and great food.

For something a bit more upscale, and fish, there is Langosteria 10 or their sister resturant Langosteria Bistrot. But it's just fish, so not sure if that would work.

Ratana is one of my favorite restaurants in Milan. Located in the Porta Nuova neighborhood, it is in a small old building in the midst of a little park surrounded by modern sky scrapers. Very cool setting and great food. Milanese classics with modern twist. Casual vibe.

Trattoria del Nuovo Macello feels like an old fashioned trattoria but the food is creative and innovative.

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May 22, 2015
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Porto santo stefano

I used to go to La Fontanina, but have to admit I haven't been there in ages and ages. But looking online, it still gets good reviews. It is located up in the hills above town, and has a big outdoor grill.

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May 22, 2015
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Two Nights in Rome: Help with Restaurants

All good choices, but here are my two bits:

Splurge Dinner: I would go with Marzapane, although it's not much of a splurge compared to the other two. Another you might consider is Metamorfosi. Both offer creative, great food, in unpretentious surroundings but are 'special' occasion type places. Metamorfosi probably more so.

Traditional: I'm loving both Flavio and Armando these days. Armando though, can be riducuoulsy hard to get a reservation and Flavio has outdoor seating at night.

Have a great trip!

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May 22, 2015
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Matricianella Restaurant Rome

I haven't been there in a few years, but it used to be quite good. Also right nearby is Pizzeria Leonina, if you just want to go out for a quick early pizza, which may be a good idea? Drinks first, in Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina, might help you sleep through the night? :)

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May 22, 2015
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Recommendations for Venice, IT restaurants near the Biennale

I love Trattoria La Rampa, very old fashioned, but only for lunch.

Caffe La Serra is cute, located in a refurbished green house.

Spighe on Via Garibaldi is an simple vegetarian place, you can get take out and sit in the nearby park.

Refolo is a wine bar that does great panini.

A bit further, and fancier, are Covo, Co.Vino, Corte Sconta and Wildner.

Hope this helps!

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May 22, 2015
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Trattoria Corte Sconta vs Antiche Carampane Which would you choose?

They are both such different experiences, that it's hard to compare. Corte Sconta is all about ordering their house antipasto, which is a series of never ending dishes which are quite good. It's a more modern setting, but still warm.

Antiche Carampane is more old world feeling, and much more about extraordinarly fresh seafood.

If I had to pick one, I'd ussualy pick Carampane.

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May 21, 2015
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Restaurant in Florence after drinks at Sesto

How about Santo Bevitore? It's just across the bridge, not much of a walk?

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May 11, 2015
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Some recent meals in Rome

Thanks so much for reporting back in with this detailed report. It helps others so much!

Glad to hear about all your great experiences. Especially glad you love Piperno as much as I do. And happy that you found the Apple store! (it's mentioned in my app. Important fact to know!!)

Too bad about l"Asino d'oro. I think they are going through some sort of transition at the moment. Not only do they not serve lunch anymore, but the staff is all new and they now put table cloths on the formally naked tables. I haven't eaten there in a while, but my feeling is there is something going on, just not sure what.

And yes, Daniele is at least 50% of the reason I love Trattoria Monti. What a cutie!

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May 11, 2015
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Florence and Rome in June

Your choices all sound good (even though I am not a big fan of Cibreo. But realize I"m in the minority).

Restaurants with a view in Rome are hard. They tend to be either high end, starred, Hotel restaurants (La Pergola, Imago and La Terazza) or else mediocre hotel restaurants.

Drinks with a view are probably easier. In Rome: Hotel Forum and Minerva are my choices.

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May 06, 2015
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Trip report to Celebrating Mom's big 60

Sorry you were a bit dissapointed with Emma, but as Maureen points out, the pizza must be eaten hot. And since you were two people, they of course brought both pizzas at the same time, assuming one was for each of you. But glad to hear everything else there went ok.

I am one of the huge fans of Armando, and do think it rises way above most Roman trattoria fare. I actually do make a point of going there, and have recently had some great meals. That said, I've not had their duck, but it is definitely not a 'signature' dish, since duck is not that common in Rome. But as you point out, I (having gone there a lot) would probably not order the duck, knowing that it might not be their best dish.

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May 05, 2015
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1 night at Hilton Rome Airport

It's not that hard to go into and out of Rome, and if you are just staying at that hotel to get an early start the next morning, why not go into Rome for dinner? You can take the train from the airport into town, and then take a taxi back to the hotel.

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Apr 23, 2015
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Milan recommendations

I could easily live on riso al salto. a butter-drenched, skillet-browned version of risotto alla milanese. You'll find it on most menus, and hopefully you'll end up somewhere that does it well. My favorite place is Antica Trattoria della Pesa.

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Apr 23, 2015
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Rome for four nights, three days: reviews

Thanks so much for checking back in! Very happy to hear you loved some of my favorite places, including Piperno and Ciampini.

And happy to hear you liked the food at Felice, but the whole early/last seating thing really rubs me the wrong way. I realize that places are trying to pack in two seatings but the problem is that you definitely feel rushed, which is just about the opposite of what you're coming to Rome for, right?

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Apr 22, 2015
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Restaurant ettiquette in Rome with a small child?

There are a lot of great take out places these days, that will make eating dinner at home delicious and easy. In Trastevere there is Renella, which does excellent pizza al taglio which heats up well in an oven. There is also the Sisini, on Via San Francesco a Ripa, that has great suppli. I also love the Antica Caciara, one of Rome's great cheese stores, on the same street.

Across the river there is Roscioli Bakery, which has an excellent tavola calda (take away) selection.

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Apr 20, 2015
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Trastevere/Testaccio feedback on choices

Flavio and Torricella. Flavio for Roman favorites, and Torricella for fish.

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Apr 16, 2015
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Rome report - April 2015

Thanks for reporting back in, it's always helpful to get updates from visitors to Rome!

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Apr 07, 2015
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Kitchenware shops in Florence and Milan

A good option in both of those cities is Rinascente. A bit department store, both located not far from those city's Duomos, they have a huge kitchen department.

In Florence there is also Bartolini for kitchen supplies, and Sbigoli for beautiful hand painted ceramics.

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Apr 07, 2015
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Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence, Milan- Thoughts? Recommendations?

In Rome you might want to try Marzapane. I love the creative food as much as the very laid back, elegant yet extremely casual vibe.

LOTS of great places in Milan these days to try. Some of my recent favorites include Abele, Ratana, Osteria del Treno, Testina, Trattoria del Nuovo Macello, Pasta Madre, Al Fresco.....these are all over the place in terms of price and ambiance, but were just some of my favorites during a recent trip. I tend to avoid the very high end, like Cracco, but that's just me.

And I understand your comment about Convivio. I too go more for authentic ambiance over starred food most times. I love Piperno and go there regularly. You might also want to think about Pompiere, which gets overlooked. Lovely setting on the second floor of Palazzo Cenci. Feels old world without being stuffy.

Florence: I'm not a Cibreo fan, and really do think it is way over priced for what it delivers. But I'm in the minority here. Lately I've been loving Tripperia Il Magazino in Piazza della Passera. Also Sostanza, Fagioli, and Ruggero are perennial favorites.

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Mar 30, 2015
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Restaurants orvieto and Bolsena

In Orvieto proper I like :
Il Moro
La Palomba (although it never seems to be open when I want it to be)
Numero Uno
La Pergola

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Mar 30, 2015
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They don't have 1/2 & 1/2 in Italy!

Just ask for Latte Intero, whole milk, and you should be pretty happy.

If you are at a coffee bar, especially one that sells gelato as well, you can also ask for your coffee to be topped with panna. This will be whipped cream, and you will be very very happy.

For instance, at San Eustachio I often get cafe doppio con panna, double shot of espresso with whipped cream.

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Mar 30, 2015
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Raw Milk in Rome, near the Colosseum

There is a traveling van that sells raw milk(and cheese and meat). Here is the web site, with their schedule:
http://www.biola.it/come-acquistare/d...

The closest stop to you is on Thursday, at the AVENTINO stop.

But there are a few other stops around town, more or less in the center, that you could try to catch.

If you have the chance to cook, their meat is excellent!

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Mar 30, 2015
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One day/night in Milan

I loved Abele (very low key and casual) as well as Trattoria Nuovo Macello. Even though it's called trattoria and looks like a trattoria, the food is on the creative side.

My favorite lunch was at Antica Trattoria della Pesa. Very old world and incredible riso al salto. But I also loved La Bettola di Piero, which is one of the most authentic places of the bunch. Very much for locals and not far from your hotel.

Cracco is very high end/creative.

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Mar 13, 2015
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Florence: Sostanza, Il Santo Bevitore, borgo san jacopo????

Borgo San Jacopo is very fancy (i.e.expensive). I was there a couple of years ago, and was not that impressed. I love both Sostanza and Antica Ristoro dei Cambi, and both would be fine for kids.

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Mar 10, 2015
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Recs needed: Rome near Rupubblica-via Nazionale

You'll be very near the entire neighborhood of Monti, which has been much talked about on this board. You might consider:
Urbana 47
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
L'Asino d'Oro
Valentino
Broccoletti
Carrette for pizza

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Mar 09, 2015
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Rome visit over the Holidays

As everyone knows, I'm the queen of careless spelling!

Feb 27, 2015
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Recommendations for Florence

Thanks for checking in with this board. Since this topic has been discussed so much in the past, it would be useful if you did a search for 'florence' in the upper right hand corner of the page, and then had a look at past discussions. Once you've narrowed down your choices, then we'd be glad to help you make some decisions.

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Feb 26, 2015
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Best Carbonara, amatriciana, and cacio e pepe - 2015 Rome

I'm sure everyone will weigh in with their own personal opinions....you've started a new thread that I'm sure will turn out to be a long one! And mbfant has already weighed in with her picks.

My personal feeling, for these three iconic Roman dishes is that not only does the dish have to be top notch, but the ambiance must also work too. And by 'work' I mean reflect the fact that these are rustic, homey dishes, meant to be eaten in a Roman trattoria setting. Which means that I don't think I would ever head to Agata e Romeo, Convivio or even Checchino for any of them.

Instead I go to old time, relaxed and comfortingly rustic places that have been turning out these dishes, without much fanfare, forever.

Here are my personal favorites:
Carbonara: Perilli
Cacio e Pepe: Flavio Velavevodetto
Amatriciana: Perilli
Gricia: Perilli, Flavio Velavevodetto

A slightly untraditional cacio e pepe is served at Sora Margherita. It veers from tradition in that it used home made fettucine (not tonnarelli) and is topped by a heaping portion of fresh ricotta.

A few other places that do these well include:
Armando
Danilo (esp Cacio e Pepe)
Enoteca della Provincia (they usually do a spin on Cacio e Pepe)
Trattoria Cadorna (they do all three very well)

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Feb 24, 2015
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