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Restaurants in Torino (Turin)

I love Consorzio. Very much a Slowfood kind of place.

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2 days ago
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La Pergola - Reservation Help

I'm surprised they are completely full the entire week. But they do book up well in advance. You can ask to be put on a waiting list, but don't over worry about it. There are plenty of other, great, places to eat in Rome that are much more 'of the place.'

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2 days ago
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Giggetto disappointment

I'm definitely a Roman folk, and I definitely stand by Giggetto's fried zucchini blossoms. As Maureen points out, a lot of people are put off by Roman cuisine if all they have to compare it to is the renditions they've had in the States. Ditto for carbonara, which I've had many people complain about, since they've often had it elsewhere (never Italy) where it is made with the addition of cream, which does indeed result in more of a 'sauce' and not the 'dry' consistency that Toronto2AZ mentioned.

Jul 21, 2015
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Giggetto disappointment

Sorry to hear you didn't enjoy Giggetto. The pasta dishes do go up and down, depending on who is in the kitchen cooking that day, but I'm always happy with the carbonara.

I'm sure the artichoke tasted a bit bland because it definitely is not artichoke season. At this point they are coming from France, and have been in deep storage for a while. But their zucchini flowers don't have any breading on them. They are dipped in a light flour and water batter, and are not doughy.(which is another style which some restaurants do )

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Jul 20, 2015
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Questions About Eating in Rome in August (2015)

It may not be a horrible restaurant, but just another of the many touristy places around that area that Romans don't go to. So if you're looking for just a plate of pasta, and don't care much about the quality, then I'm sure it will be ok.

Jul 13, 2015
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Questions About Eating in Rome in August (2015)

I was going to suggest you look at the past Open in August posts, but you already have, so you're in good shape.

Of the places you mentioned, all good choices except: Osteria Barberini, Bread and Break, Da Francesco.

You will never hear back via email from Piperno or Proloco. For Mazzo, you can try to contact them on FB. But I"m pretty sure they will be closed then.

Water is extremely drinkable. You can fill up your own bottles from the tap or at any of the fountains around town.

Asking Hotels for recommendations: just don't do it. Ever. They only recommend places that they receive kickbacks from. Right near your hotel I can recommend: Cafe Peru. Where locals go and has a nice back room. Should be open.

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Jul 11, 2015
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Todi italy

Vineria San Fortunato is a great enoteca, with some hot dishes every day.

Umbria is a classic, with a great view from the terrace. The food has been very good there lately.

Down below town is La Mulinella, which has an outdoor garden.

For simple you can't beat Pizzeria Cavour which has an amazing terrace looking over the valley.

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Jul 08, 2015
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Anniversary dinner in Rome - Metamorphosi or All'Oro?

Of the two I prefer Metamorfosi. While the food at all'Oro is great and I love it, I just can't get over the setting, which feels as if it is in a hotel lobby. Which it is. I've been to both for celebratory meals (anniversary and birthday) and at the end of the day both have great food, but I feel more comfortable and have more fun at Metamorfosi.

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Jun 30, 2015
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Rome: Upscale Lunch Restaurant Preferably Near Borghese Museum

Localino di Claudio for sure. Mostly fish, but lots of other things too. On Via Lazio, just off Via Veneto.

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Jun 29, 2015
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Special Occasion Restaurant in Milan for early dinner

Doing dinner at 6:30 is hard to do. There are certainly hotel based restaurants that may be able to help you.

One possibility may be the newly opened Terrazza Triennale at the Triennale museum. Here is the link:
http://www.triennale.org/en/visit/ter...

I haven't been yet, but have heard nice things. They seem to be open all day long, and the view alone makes it worth while. Also, don't miss the show in the museum itself. Arts and Food, which was my favorite part of the Expo. You can read about it here:
http://www.elizabethminchilliinrome.c...

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Jun 29, 2015
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A few Venice questions

Thanks so much PBSF! Especially re: Zucca. That is the feeling I got from the restaurant (i.e. lots of gratins, bechamel, etc.) Glad to have your confirmation.

And sorry for the typo, meant to say Burano, not Murano. But perhaps you don't head out that far either?

Your posts on this board are always much appreciated!!!

Jun 26, 2015
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A few Venice questions

I"m usually at the advice-giving end of things when it comes to this board. But I know there are a few people (PBSF especially!) who have actually been living in Venice for years (while, sadly, I only visit as often as I can)

I'll be in town for a week, and have a couple of specific questions:

On Murano I have always gone to Gatto Nero(and loved it). But this time around I'd like to try something different and am leaning towards Romano. Does it live up to its reputation? (am talking about the risotto) Any thoughts on that place and/or possibly Alla Madelena on Mazzorbo?

My other question is about La Zucca. I've never been because...well, even though it gets talked about quite a bit, I just can't seem to get excited about going there. The dishes described never sound that appealing. But am I wrong? Should I try it?

And finally, I think I read somewhere on this board that Il Refolo was under new management? Or....Any comments on that would be much appreciated.

And of course, if you think there is anything else I should check out while in town, I"m hungry to hear it!

Mille grazie in advance! To both the 'Venetians' and of course anyone else who would like to chime in.

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Jun 25, 2015
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ISO pistachio cream

Gaudeo has now closed, and not sure what pistachio cream they were using. But the one carried by Market Hall - pistacchiosa - in divine! It's made by an artisan north of Rome, and carried by him at his stand in the Farmer's Market near Circo Massimo.

http://markethallfoods.com/sicilian-p...

It is addictive!

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Jun 25, 2015
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Duomo or La Madia in Sicily?

Both are at the same level, both run by Internationally recognized chefs, cooking high end, creative cuisine. It all depends on your itinerary, and where you will be staying, etc. I don't think I would necessarily plan an entire trip just to visit one or the other.

I'm the kind of person who prefers the hole-in-wall place in the fish market in Catania, so maybe I'm not the right person to comment.

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Jun 19, 2015
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Recommendations for 3 nights and 3 lunches in Rome

Here are my comments on each place:

Alfredo: I haven't been in ages, but have been meaning to. But ONLY for pasta Alfredo, which has now become such an iconic dish/adjective in the States. But if you are here for only a few days, I wouldn't recommend it.

Baffetto: has become very touristy, and not worth the long lines. If you are near the Spanish Steps, and would like pizza, I recommend Leoncino, on Via Leoncino.

Piperno (not Paperno) one of my favorites in Rome. Ask for a table outside in the lovely piazza. This time of year the artichokes are coming from France, so if you do want to try the famous Carciofi alla Giudea just order one to split, then also order fried zucchini blossoms, which are in season (as starters)

Agata e Romeo: I am not a fan of this place at all. Very stiff, formal, expensive and just not the kind of food I want to be eating in Rome.

Il Convivio: If you want high end, expensive creative, then this is for you. But again, not really my kind of place.

Roscioli: It has fans, but I find the service so off putting that I tend to avoid it.

Camponeschi: Overpriced because of it's stunning location in Piazza Farnese. Mediocre food. Much better to head to the oppisite corner of the piazza, to Bar Farnese, have a glass of prosecco, enjoy the view, then head elsewhere for dinner (Pierluigi is nearby, which sounds like you might like.

Mirabelle: Roof top hotel restaurant known more for quality of it's view, than food. Expensive.

Sabatini: Has long been just for tourists.

Your list sounds like it was given by a concierge in a Rome hotel, and not based on any current research. I'd suggest searching in this board for Rome and you'll find all of our recommendations.

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Jun 19, 2015
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Rome restaurants

I'm not familiar with Cantina e Cucina, but I had a client that said she and her family had a fabulous meal at Etabli last week. They were travelling with kids, and specifically told me how well they were treated.

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Jun 19, 2015
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Florence dinner on 6/24 St John Baptist night

You'll just have to keep calling around, that is the only way to figure out who is open and who has room.

Places to try, that are bigger and might be open include:
Santo Bevitore
Antica Ristoro dei Cambi
Quattro Leone
Cipoolla Rossa

Hope this helps!

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Jun 19, 2015
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The 10 Best in Venice? I have my doubts

Also, while I do compile lists, they are never the 'best of' lists. They are purely my favorite places, which people can take or leave. I too have to say that I don't think there is never such a thing as a definitive 'best of' list.

Jun 17, 2015
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The 10 Best in Venice? I have my doubts

Whoa Sid! I just read your post about leaving Chowhound and realize it's over this thread. I think at some point you must have misunderstood many of the above comments. I can't speak for all of the commenters above, but I think I do understand their comments based on the list you sited.

I think that what we all saw in that list was not just a list (which you aptly point out I compile every now and then) but the nature of that particular list, which seemed so obviously devoid of any personal opinion. It read as more of a paid advert (of which there are many online) or as part of a list of certain places that belong to a group that pays to get their establishments placed in editorial locations

And I have to say that I agree with the CH Moderators not agreeing to take your post down, because it provided a valuable opportunity for us all to have a discussion about these types of lists and how to be on the look out for them. And at the beginning, that is what you were asking us to do, no? And if they took your post down (as you requested) then all of our input would have been for naught.

I hope you reconsider staying on. Seems this teapot turned into a tempest.

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Jun 16, 2015
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Lebwohl, Chowhound Italy

Thank you Sid!!! Sad to hear you're leaving. You added much to this board. But thank you so much for your kind thank you note.

See you on FB!!

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Jun 16, 2015
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The 10 Best in Venice? I have my doubts

This is just a silly article, with information lifted from travel sites. I really doubt the writer visited any of them (and pretty much says so in some of the entries.)

silly, silly, silly.

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Jun 14, 2015
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Milan Expo

It sounds like most of your good experiences were at the Italian stands. And...do you really need to go to Expo to experience Barolo, Franciacorta, sausage and cicoria?

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Jun 12, 2015
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Top five eats on our trip

Thanks for reporting back in, it sounds like you had a deliciously gin and campari filled time. :)

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Jun 10, 2015
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Need a lookup in the Fred Plotkin book

Fred, did you actually visit the Expo? Since you recommend it, I'm wondering what your thoughts were. (there is another thread that just started on the subject.)

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Jun 07, 2015
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Milan Expo

Yes.....your report sums up exactly my experience. Including the microwaved Thai 'food of the future.' I was extremely underwhelmed by the entire thing, and completely exhausted by the end of it, having experienced next to nothing for a very expensive ticket.

I've held off reporting on my experience, on my blog, only because I wanted to give it one more chance. But I just can't get up the energy, or will, to try it again.

I feel like copying and pasting your report, since it really does sum up exactly my own experience.

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Jun 07, 2015
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Fish Restaurant Rome

Assunta Madre is a difficult place to go unless you know someone. They don't have a menu and tend to charge whatever they feel like, especially to unsuspecting foriegners. If you go with an insider, it can be great. But otherwise, I never recommend it.

Torricella is my choice. But then you already know that. :)

Another option is Il Localino da Claudio, off of Via Veneto, on Via Lazio. Opened by the owners of La Gensola.

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Jun 07, 2015
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Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Here are a few comments on your choices:
Rebelot: the chef that made Rebelot such a hot spot has now moved on. I just looked at the website for the restaurant, and they still have his name there, so you may want to check on that.

Un Posto a Milano: it's a fun place to have lunch, mostly because of it's location. Sort of feels like a country farm. But it's not very near anything else, and I'm not sure heading specifically there for lunch (which is a buffet) is worth the effort.

Rantana: Great choice!

Aimo e Nadia: Still good, but very stiff and formal, so just be aware of that. Very much a 'starred' experience, for better or worse.

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Jun 07, 2015
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Here's what we liked in Florence, please help us for Rome!

Thanks so much for taking the time to check back in.

La Campana's Amatriciana: Actually, that is the more traditional way to do it, with the guanciale cooked through, but still chewy. The way they do it at Roscioli, very crisp, is more of a newer way of doing it.

Glad you love Sorpasso! A great place, now kind of hard to get into.

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Jun 03, 2015
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Positano report

It sounds like you had the perfect honeymoon experience in Positano! I"m so glad to hear you made it to Zass. It's such a fantastic hotel/location and even if you can't stay there in the hotel, the restaurant is the perfect way to experience it.

Also, isn't Bar Bruno fantastic? What an amazing location, and yes, the owners are very nice.

Il Riccio's dessert room: no matter how you explain it to people, they don't get it till they walk in.

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Jun 03, 2015
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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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May 28, 2015
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