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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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1 day ago
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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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2 days ago
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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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Rome visit over the Holidays

As you say, the space is quite small there, so I don't really think they stick foreigners in that smaller room. And while it's near the bathroom, I've never really notices that much since the view out the front window is so incredibly distracting.

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Feb 23, 2015
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Rome visit over the Holidays

Happy to hear the Archeologia (that is what you meant, correct?) is good these days. It was an old standby, then got not so good. Thanks for reporting in that you had a nice meal there.

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Feb 23, 2015
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Does anyone in Rome know ...?

As Maureen pointed out, Ciampini is a bar, and barely recognizes anyone waiting for a table, much less accept reservations.

In general, I would never attempt sending an email to reserve in Rome and assume it worked. For some reason Rome restaurants just don't want to do it. There are a few exceptions, but the rule is to call.

Oddly in Milano (or perhaps not so oddly) most places seem to have email reservation systems in place.

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Feb 23, 2015
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Where to buy a truly great olive oil in Florence proper?

Most people think the problem is tied to climate change and that eventually olives won't be able to be grown where they have traditionally been grown, especially organically. Subsidizing them won't really help. What will help is raising awareness of the fraudalent olive oils that have flooded the market this year.

In fact, there is a group of olive oil producers that see this year as a way to educate people about what real olive oil is. They are calling this year Annus Mirabilis, and are documenting the realities that face organic olive oil producers in Italy to make people aware of the true and high cost of this product:
http://terrevere.com/annusmirabilis/

You can go to their FB page, and see postings from around Italy of sitings of fraudulent oils with artificially low prices:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annus-...

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Feb 19, 2015
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Restaurant after proposal in Florence

If you're looking for something truly spectacular, with amazing views and great food, how about Se.Sto? Located on the top floor of the Westin Excelsior, the chef, Entiana Osmenzeza, is considered one of the best in Florence. The food is creative, and the setting very romantic. Ask for a window side seat.

You can see some photos of both the food and setting here:
http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

Congratulations!

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Feb 17, 2015
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Where to buy a truly great olive oil in Florence proper?

First of all, if you are using Badia al Coltibuono's olive oil as your 'every day' oil, then you're doing quite well. This is an extremely high quality oil, made to rigorous standards. But they have not produced oil this year.

As Vinoroma pointed out, this is not the year to buy any olive oil made in central Italy. Wet weather, combines with parasites, made olive oil production below a certain altitude impossible. The only producers that are selling oil this year have either sprayed or else are pressing olives bought from other regions.

You may want to stop by Bottega dell'Olio, in Piazza del Limbo. See what he has and talk with him. He may have some good oils from other regions that were not as hard hit by the fly.

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Feb 16, 2015
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Fiftieth Birthday Dinner in Venice

I third Al Covo. I had a splendid meal there recently and, since it's your girlfriends' birthday, you can't go wrong with Diane's famous chocolate cake. Make sure you tell Diane it's her birthday, and she will put a candle on it.

I find the room to the right as you walk in slightly more romantic.....but both rooms are very nice.

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Feb 13, 2015
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Sid’ Prospective List For Rome

As Maureen says,Tre Zucche is a hike. But I think it's worth it. They have also opened a cute little bistro next door, which does lunch and take away.

Feb 13, 2015
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Sid’ Prospective List For Rome

First of all, many thanks for your kind mention of my blog and apps.

Now, for a few comments. Where I don't comment, this means I approve.

Al Moro: I haven't been there in a couple of years but have only heard so so things recently from trusted sources.

Checchino: I recently received a very long email from a reader of my blog, saying their lunch there was extremely disappointing. Not only was the room dead quite and empty (never a fun thing) but the staff was stiff and just plain unwelcoming. I've always felt that too, but put up with it because the food and wine were so good. This reader said that while some of the dishes were quite good, others were not so. And that many of the most interesting wines were no longer available.

La Quercia is not worth going to.
As Vinoroma points out, Cul de Sac is not very good for food.
La Regola, Taverna degli Amici and L'Angoletto are pretty touristy places not known for their good food.

Hope this helps narrow down the choice. You certainly do your homework!

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Feb 12, 2015
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Wagamama

Thanks Jen, for the mention. One small thing: it's Minchilli. :)

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Feb 11, 2015
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Wagamama

Grazie!!!

Feb 11, 2015
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Val d'Orcia (and/or, Southern Siena/Western Umbria)

As DavidT suggested, search through past threads by towns. There's been a lot written.

In addition, I"d suggest you get the guide Osteria d'Italia, which lists many good, under the radar, simple places.

Not too far from you is Daniela's in San Casiano dei Bagni.
Dopo Lavoro near La Foce.

It might be fun to drive to Monteverdi, a small completely renovated village that has recently opened a restaurant. I haven't been there, but the location is pretty spectacular.

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Feb 10, 2015
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Wagamama

There's no Wagamama chain in Rome, or Italy for that matter. I was just in Milan last week, and there seem to be lots of new, Pan-Asian places there, many more than Rome.

You can try Temakinho, which is a Brasilian Sushi place. They are on Via dei Serpenti and very popular (you must reserve)

No real noodle/pho places though, like in London. Sorry!

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Feb 10, 2015
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