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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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15 minutes ago
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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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1 day ago
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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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En route from Florence Airport to Chianti

You could go to Da Burde. One of my favorite restaurants and it's only a five minute drive from the airport. It's on Via Pistoese 154. You could even take a taxi there and back from the airport, picking up your car after lunch. That way you can get there faster and not have to deal with finding it.

http://www.vinodaburde.com/

I would go there more often, but it's a hike from the center of town. So take advantage of the fact that you are nearby! It wouldn't hurt to reserve, and make sure they know you are coming.

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Oct 11, 2014
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Trevi Fountain

The new Massimo Riccioli restaurant is not too far from the Trevi Fountain (assuming that is where you are staying? Near there?). He has the restaurant in the Majestic, on Via Veneto. He is the owner and chef of La Rosetta, which is all seafood. But here he takes on meat as well. The dining room is very opulent, but intimate at the same time. Here are some photos of the rooms, as well as some of the dishes, which definitely are on the creative side of things.

http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

Not cheap, but you said 'any price point.'

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Oct 11, 2014
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(absurdly?) long Rome report

Thanks so much for taking the time to report back in, with such great attention to detail!

I was really interested to hear your reports from both Checchino and from Arcangelo. I love the food at Checchino, but find the atmosphere always a bit deadly. It's always quiet as a tomb, and the waiters look scared out of their wits by the owner. Love the food, but never feel very comfortable there.

Arcangelo: I want to like it more than I do. Like you, I always feel as if I am imposing on them. It's never relaxing, and their always seems to be a certain level of stress going on in the background. The food is good, but I agree not mind blowing. It's just never a place I dream of going to if I have a choice.

Again, thanks so much for the report!

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Oct 10, 2014
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Our Rome List- would love some input (we get there today-- oops!)

You've certainly done a lot of homework!

Of the resturants I'd skip:
Da Teo
Le Mani in Pasta
I haven't been to Settembrini since the changeover of chefs, so can't really comment on that. I've heard good things, but just haven't been.

For the mixed batch at the end, they are all actually quite different. I'm not a huge fan of Roscioli and Al Moro can be a bit challenging if you just walk in as an obvious tourist. Trattoria Monti is lovely, but is not Roman. And you can't really compare Checchino to Perilli. Checchino is much more of a restaurant (with prices and wine list to match) and Perilli (always one of my favorites) is much more rough and tumble trattoria.

Pizza:
For sit down pizza I'm a fan of Gatta Mangiona.

Coffee: unless you are actually near these places I'm not sure it's worth a trip of your way unless you are a complete coffee fanatic.

Gelato....I guess we'll hear back from you!

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Sep 30, 2014
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Tuscany report (with a touch of Le Marche)

forgot to mention thanks for the great report!!! Can't wait to hear where you went in Positano and Rome.

Sep 30, 2014
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Tuscany report (with a touch of Le Marche)

Glad you found and liked Palomba in Orvieto! The dish you had is called 'in salmi' and is a typical umbrian way of cooking game birds and other small animals like guinea hen and rabbit. There are actually no olives in the dish. It is made by cooking the fowl with aromatics in a pan, along with the liver and heart. It almost always includes some sort of citrus peel (orange or lemon) as well as carrot, celery, onion and thyme and bay leaf. Often a few capers and/or anchovies go in as well and some wine. Once the meat is cooked the aromatics get pureed along with the liver, to form that very intense sauce. Which is actually part of the dish and meant to be eaten with bread, or more typically torta al testo, an umbrian flat griddle bread.

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Sep 30, 2014
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Rome Hole in the wall cheap Italian Restaurant Near Termini.

About a 10 minute walk from your hotel is Danilo, a very old fashioned Roman trattoria. If you are going at dinner, it's good to reserve ahead. And ask for a table upstairs, which is nicer.

Also nearby is Trattoria Monti, a favorite on this board.

For gelato I suggest you take a walk down to the Monti neighborhood (about a 15 to 20 minute walk) It's a fun place to have a drink, then dinner, then gelato. There are lots of restaurants to choose from including a recent arrival, Brocoletti, which is on Via Urbana. For gelato in this neighborhood there is Fatamorgana, as well as Angeletto, on Via dell'Angeletto, which has gelato from Gracchi. For pizza in Monti we always go to Le Carette, on Via Madonna dei Monti.

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Sep 29, 2014
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36 Hours In Florence

It should be noted (although this doesn't have anything to do with food) that the Boboli Gardens, which is sited in this article, is currently closed due to damage from a recent storm.

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Sep 25, 2014
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Rome reservation check

Sorry you didn't like Pierluigi. Not really clear why you are saying that the fiori di zucchini was 'oddly battered." Do you mean it had an odd batter? Or you expected it not to be battered? They always are. And the amount of anchovy is traditionally very minimal.

Glad you liked Armando. I'm heading there right now!

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Sep 24, 2014
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