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Italy: Venice, Florence, Positano, Rome

Fantastic -- thanks jen kalb!!!

Aug 04, 2011
sg75 in Italy

Italy: Venice, Florence, Positano, Rome

Hi there -
My boyfriend and I are heading to Italy in about 10 days ... We are going to:
Venice - 2 nights
Florence - 3 nights
Positano - 4 nights
Rome - 1 night

Our travel agent made us dinner reservations, but I wanted to get other recommendations/opinions from all you food gurus! I can (and will) change the reservations should people disagree with her advice. I have been thrilled in the past with chowhound people's advice!

We have booked:
Venice:
Al Covo
Santa Marina
I saw on some other posts that other restaurants to look into are: Il Ridotto, Il Refolo, and The Met

We are driving from Venice to Florence ... worth stopping in Padua for lunch @ Le Calandre?

Florence:
Pandemonio
Parione
Il Salviatino

We are driving from Florence to Positano and planned to stop in Orvieto @ Giglio D'Oro

Positano:
Max
Donna Rosa
San Pietro
La Sponda

Rome: Pierluigi

We are certainly willing to spend money for some fabulous meals, but would also love to combine it with more local and reasonably priced restaurants. I really do not want to eat at touristy type of restaurants either.

Any opinions, suggestions, thoughts would be so appreciated!

SG75

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Il Ridotto
Sestiere Castello,4509, Venezia , IT

Il Refolo
Campo San Giacomo dell'Orio, 1459, Venezia 30135, IT

Pierluigi
Piazza Dè Ricci, 144, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

Al Covo
Campiello della Pescaria,Castello 3968, Venice, Veneto 30122, IT

San Pietro
Piazzetta San Francesco, 2, Cetara, Campania 84010, IT

Le Calandre
strada statale 11, località Sarmeola, via Liguria,1, Rubano (PD), Veneto 35030, IT

Donna Rosa
Via Montepertuso,97-99, Positano, Campania 84017, IT

Aug 02, 2011
sg75 in Italy

St Barths in August!

Hi! I'm surprising my boyfriend with a trip to St Barts for his birthday. We are going the first week in August. I have not been there in 10 years, and am dying of excitement!

My understanding is that quite a few places may be closed during August.... so, keeping that in mind.... I'm looking for recommendations for meals - lunch and dinner - as breakfast is included at our hotel. Also, good bar/nightlife scenes. We live in NYC so are used to good food, but I'd like to balance our trip with a more mellow low-key vibe restaurants/nightlife with some nights out at more fun sexy young lively scenes.

In addition to food if anyone has suggestions for other activities etc, I'm all ears!
Thanks so much!