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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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about 11 hours ago
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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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Day trip from Rome : Sabina or Castelli Romani?

Johnny Madge does great olive oil tours in the Sabina. Everyone has great feed back about him , his tours and the area.
Here is his web site:
http://www.johnnymadge.com

I think it's very easy to take a bus or train to meet up with him, and makes a lovely day trip from Rome.

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Jun 20, 2014
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4 evenings in Rome

Maureen: when is the last time you were at Est, Est , Est? It's not really that good anymore, so I'm wondering if you've been there recently?

Jun 20, 2014
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4 evenings in Rome

I like both Monti and Taverna dei Fori Imperiali. Both are crowded and fun ( and I think I know what you mean by that: lively atmosphere, nice hosts, etc). And both have excellent food. The upside of Taverna is that afterwards you can wander around Monti, and have an after dinner drink in the piazza.

Est,Est, Est is not good anymore, and hasn't been for quite a while. Our neighborhood place, Pizzeria alle Carrette is very good. Not one of the new fancy places, but a dependeble, delicious local pizzeria. They also have tables outside if you get there early enough or are willing to wait.

All of the restaurants in the Ghetto will have artichokes, but they are importing them from France. Though not nearly as good as the in season Roman variety, if this is your only chance to try them, then I think you should order one and share. Piperno is lovely, especially in the summer when you should ask for a table outside. It's a bit pricey, but worth it. In addition to your artichoke, make sure you order fried zucchini blossoms, which are in season.

Though I like Checchino for the food, I find the atmosphere deadly. I still like L'Asino very much, and have been twice in the last month.

Cesare is not that difficult to get to, but it does involve a tram ride.

In Testaccio my pick is always either Perilli or Flavio Velavevodetto. If you pick Flavio, then make sure to ask for a table on the upper terrace.

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Jun 20, 2014
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A1, km 306 (Bagno a Ripoli): Autogrill

Hurray for Autogrill!! One of my favorite things about being on the road in Italy.

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Jun 19, 2014
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Florence Dinner help

Although Zeb is in fact open for dinner (to answer others questions) I'd choose Due G or Santo Bevitore over it for an evening meal, since Zeb is just a counter.

Due G is very traditional, locals place. Great food, but very straightforward and nothing fancy. Bevitore is a bit more inventive.

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Jun 19, 2014
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Recs for Culinary Tour of Puglia

There was just a great article in the NYTimes on this topic:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/20/tra...

This article lists all the better known people who do tours.

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Jun 13, 2014
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restaurants near hotel artimede-, rome, italy-

The Artemide is very near Monti, so any of the much talked about restaurants in this neighborhood would be good choices. Including: Urbana 47; Taverna dei Fori Imperiali; L'Asino d'Oro; Valentino; and many great places to have a glass of wine as well.

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Jun 13, 2014
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Breakfast in Rome

Sorry, was typing too fast. Meant to say Cafe Camilloni. Maybe I needed more coffee. :)

Jun 12, 2014
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Breakfast in Rome

Right near your hotel is a great bar for breakfast: Cafe Camerino. It's just across the street from the much more famous San Eustachio, but less of a scene. They have many tables outside, as well as inside, and you can sit and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. I'm not 100% sure they do much in the American Style Breakfast, but they will certainly have delicious tramezzini (soft sandwiches) filled with things like salmon and eggs, which should satisfy a savory breakfast craving.

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Jun 11, 2014
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Where to stop for lunch between FCO and pitigliano

You can easily stop on the way and have a lunch by the sea. I love Santa Marinella and L'Acqua Marina would be perfect. You could probably even work in a swim if you feel like it.

More upscale, and further down the coast, is the restaurant at Posta Vecchia. An old Getty villa now a 5 star luxury hotel. I was supposed to visit the restaurant last weekend, but didn't make it. It's supposed to be excellent, and the setting very swish.

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Jun 09, 2014
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11 meals (so far) in Florence

Glad to hear you're having such a delicious time in Florence. I've actually never been to Vini e Vecchi Sapori since it is almost impossible to get a reservation. It seems to me to have earned a lot of its popularity through English language travel boards. Not to say it's not good. I hear it's very good. But....maybe not worth the wait and trouble of securing a table in what is a simple trattoria?

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Jun 05, 2014
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Venice: Alle Testiere and Antiche Carampane price update?

Neither are on the cheap side, since it's fish and that's always expensive. But neither are they starred restaurants where you pay extra for fancy service. You could probably eat well at both for about 60 Euros a person. Much also depends on what wine you choose, obviously. But at least for Carampane, I usually go with the house white, which keeps prices down.

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Jun 02, 2014
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Zeb! in Florence

I love Zeb too!! Glad you enjoyed it. I keep meaning to go for dinner, which is supposed to be very nice (candellit, etc) but end up there for lunch.

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May 30, 2014
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Florence - Il Santo Bevitore or Tre Soldi

Tre Soldi is good, but definitely a bit stiff and formal. Also, not right in the center, so it would mean a taxi ride.

Santo Bevitore is a much livelier atmosphere, more informal and is a nice walk across the river.

Since it's your bday, and celebrations are in order, you could go to SeSto first, for a drink, on top of the Westin Excelsior Hotel. Great drinks and even better view. I'm not sure, but maybe you could reserve a table at the bar. But if you go earliy enough you should be able to sit down. It's a great vibe and atmosophiere. Then a short walk to Santo Bevitore.

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May 30, 2014
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Capri & Positano

Reporting back in after two fabulous days in Positano. For a truly memorable splurge I would suggest drinks and then dinner at the Hotel San Pietro. It's one of the most luxurious hotels on the Amalfi coast, and their hotel is one of a kind.

I would suggest you head over in time to watch the sun set, with a Rossini or Bellini from their terrace. Then have dinner at Zass, their Michelin Starred restaurant. The whole experience is definitely a splurge, but less so than if you were actually staying at the hotel. One of the best dishes I had there was their Tagliatelle al Limone.

If you call and make a reservation the hotel can have their own shuttle van pick you up in town. The hotel is located about a kilometer down the coast.

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May 28, 2014
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Capri & Positano

Here are some of my favorites:

For beach lunches I like Da Adolfo and Da Ferdinando. To reach Da Adolfo you have to take a little boat from the main port, but Ferdinando is easily reached by foot. Both are simple lunches right on the beach. Heaven.

Bar Bruno is lovely, up on the top of town, with great views out over the bay.

I'm going to Positano this week, so hope to have more to recommend, but hopefully Gillian will chime in here since she is the Positano expert.

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May 25, 2014
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Rome report May 2014

Thanks so much for reporting back in. It's so helpful to get feedback.

I don't know Pace del Palato, but will try to check it out. Where is it?

Glad you liked Renato e Luisa so much! It's one of my favorites too. As is Taverna.

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May 25, 2014
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