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3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

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DAY 3 - MONDAY
LUNCH - Chicchetti @ Ai Artisti
DINNER - Fiaschetteria Toscana

Aug 27, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

THANKS again for everyone's feedback! You guys are the best!

Here is the final list:

DAY 1 - SATURDAY
LUNCH - Osteria Da Rioba
DINNER - Osteria Bancogiro [closed on Sunday and Monday so this is the only night we can go]

DAY 2 - SUNDAY
LUNCH - Cicchetti or quick meal in Burano - not too concerned about making reservations.
DINNER - Al Fontego dei Pescatori - this restaurant is actually perfect for that evening because we are planning our sunset gondala ride from San Marco and the restaurant's entrance is right on a canal [http://www.alfontego.com/venice-image...

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DAY 2 -
LUNCH - Chicchetti @ Ai Artisti
DINNER - Fiaschetteria Toscana

Aug 27, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

glad to hear you had a great time in venice! thank you for your input... al fontego dei pescatori is still on my list.

Aug 26, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

without going into too much detail, i worked out my morning itinerary at torcello and burano and feel comfortable with it. it does require an early morning start [7:10 AM vaporetto] and some clock watching while we're there, but i have 2 hours each in burano and torcello, which is probably more than enough time for my boyfriend and i to wander leisurely. we will have to find a quick meal in burano. if everything works out, we'll be in san marco by 1:30 PM the latest. we're probably not going to have dinner until 8:30ish so that will give us about 7 hours to check out the sites in that area.

as for fiaschetteria vs. alle testiere... it sounds like you're saying i should do both? i want to go to only one of them for that saturday dinner. which would you choose? for sunday, i've revised my plans... either a chicchetti dinner @ bottega ai promessi sposi or seafood @ at Al Fontego dei Pescatori.

Aug 26, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

jen kalb: i am so with you on that! but i think for a couple of reasons [maximizing sightseeing time, justifying splurges on dinner, and minimizing consumption of calories], i will incorporate some "quick" chicchetti lunches. i dropped the lunch @ locanda, but i still planning on visiting torcello along with burano.

zerlina: i actually have that feeling. for some reason, i expect locanda cipriani to be a lot like my experience dining at tavern on the green in central park, nyc (which recently closed down). it's one of those iconic restaurants that people will pay a lot of money to dine at because it has a lot of history, but the food is just OK/mediocre... and decor maybe even a little dated. i appreciate antiques and vintage decor, but it has to be updated a bit.

Aug 26, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

i think i am going to cancel fiaschetteria and replace with alle testiere. i think we're getting enough traditional venetian so a little creativity would be refreshing.

i looked up the vaporetto schedule for my half-day itinerary at torcello/burano and it's not as easy as i thought it would be! i am going to drop locanda cipriani and probably replace with a quick lunch somewhere in burano... probably gatto nero.

thanks for your help!

Aug 26, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

hi jen kalb,

yes... i realized that i have chosen some expensive restaurants. i think i should choose one dinner at either al covo, alle testiere, and fiaschetteria toscana for day 1. day 2 - i want to do either fontego dei pescaori, which hopefully, is not as pricey as the three above or a chicchetti dinner @ osteria del alberto. what do you think?

tough to predict what the weather will be like in september, but i will be sure to bring my moto leather jacket, blazers, and some shawls just in case. thanks! :)

Aug 25, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

Thank you PBSF! Very helpful info. I am a tad bit concerned about budget so if you could only choose one... Fiaschetteria Toscana, Alle Testiere, or Al Covo... which would you choose for dinner? I think I want to do only one of the three for Day 1 - Dinner. I'm not too sure about prices, but this is my impression:

DAY 1
LUNCH - Ostaria Da Rioba - $$$ moderate
DINNER - Fiaschetteria Toscana or Al Covo or Alle Testiere - $$$$ expensive

DAY 2
LUNCH - Locanda Cipriani - expensive $$$$ expensive
DINNER - Fontego dei Pescaori - $$$ moderate?

DAY 3
LUNCH - Oniga - [$$$ moderate?] or Chicchetti lunch @ Ai Vini Padovani - [$$ cheap]
DINNER - Osteria Bancogiro - $$$$ expensive?

ONIGA looks very cute and inviting! How are the prices there? I think what I will do with Day 3 - Lunch is just wander around Dorsoduro with a list of restaurants and make a decision based on mood, daily menu, and ambience. What do you think of Al Bottegon in Dorsoduro for chicchetti?

Also, do you think that my Day 2 itinerary - Torcello/Burano in the morning and San Marco in the afternoon/evening is too rushed?

Aug 25, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

I think I will cancel Al Covo and replace with Fontego dei Pescaori. What are the prices like at Al Fontego? There is no menu available on their website.

Aug 25, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

Thank you for your suggestion! I will look into Fontego dei Pescaori.

Aug 25, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Venice - Perfecting Restaurant List

Hello! I will be in Venice for three days from Sep 25th [Sat] to Sep 27th [Monday] staying at Foscari Palace in Cannaregio/Castello. I searched through Chowhound and compiled a list of recently highly recommended restaurants. I then made my choices based on the following:

(1) location and convenience to the planned activities for each day [created google maps by day]
(2) recommended meal for each restaurant [lunch or dinner]
(3) varied dining experience [traditional / modern / upscale / moderate]

With that said, below is my plan. Please let me know your thoughts!

DAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 25TH [Saturday]
FOCUS - Cannaregio and Castello Districts
LUNCH - OSTARIA DA RIOBA - i think this will be a perfect first meal in venice as there is outdoor seating by a canal. we can enjoy a traditional meal in a beautiful outdoor setting. :)
DINNER - FIASCHETTERIA TOSCANA - from all the research i've done, this restaurant seems to be a *MUST* in venice. i've already made a reservation.

DAY 2 - SEPTEMBER 26TH [Sunday]
FOCUS - Torcello/Burano [Morning] and San Marco District
LUNCH - LOCANDA CIPRIANI - i've already made a reservation for a table in the garden / terrace.
DINNER - ALLE TESTIERE OR AL COVO - i can't decide between these two for amazing seafood. i am particularly interested in ordering seafood risotto for this evening. i know these two are one of the most expensive in venice, can anyone recommend an equally good seafood restaurant but a little less pricey? if not, i am willing to splurge at either one.

DAY 3 - SEPTEMBER 27TH [Monday]
FOCUS - Dorsoduro and San Polo Districts
LUNCH - originally planned RISTORANTE RIVIERA but they are closed on Mondays. can anyone suggest an excellent cicchetti place in Dorsoduro? or should i go to LA BITTA for some meat?
DINNER - Osteria Bancogiro - last meal in Venice, so i definitely want al fresco.

Our hotel, Foscari Palace, has a great rooftop terrace with a bar, so we plan on spending at least one sunset there if not two. I am also planning a private gondala ride at sunset for one of the nights. Are there any other spots in Venice that are optimal during sunset?

Again, I still need help with:
1. Day 2 - Dinner - preferably seafood [risotto]
2. Day 3 - Lunch - cicchetti or la bitta for meat in Dorsoduro District

Do I have a good mix of restaurants? By the way, I am open to making any changes to my other choices... even the ones that are already reserved. Thanks again!

Aug 24, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Rome - Perfecting Restaurant List

thanks for the warning CJT. i will be sure i keep track of time closely during lunch. i am a punctual person so i will make sure we make it on time.

Jul 29, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Rome - Perfecting Restaurant List

would anyone be able to recommend the specialties of some of any of the restaurants i've chosen? i still have to do my research of some must-try authentic and traditional roman dishes. but if any of these restaurants prepare anything exceptionally well, please let me know! =D

Jul 29, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Rome - Perfecting Restaurant List

sorry... it doesn't have to be a pizzeria and alfresco. i would appreciate a rec for a reasonably priced alfresco restaurant with a beautiful settng in the area by my apartment.

Jul 29, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Rome - Perfecting Restaurant List

hi brynva... give me your email and i will send you my detailed itinerary and share my google maps of my planned days in rome. :)

Jul 29, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Rome - Perfecting Restaurant List

thank you for your feedback, vinoroma! as much as i would love to go to pizzeria da remo on day 1, realistically, i don't think we'd be up for commuting there on the first day. perhaps, we will try to do it on day 2 for lunch.

do you have a favorite alfresco dining spot and pizzeria in the piazza navona / campo / pantheon area? if so, please let me know! i know bafetto is a popular pizza place, but for some reason, i want to avoid.

i put gracchi on my list! thanks a bunch!

Jul 25, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Rome - Perfecting Restaurant List

I forgot to list out the other gelatarias we plan on checking out at least once... or twice. ;) Conveniently, most of them are located near our apartment!

+ Giolitti
+ San Crispino
+ Della Palma
+ Monteforte

Jul 24, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy

3 Days Rome - Perfecting Restaurant List

Hello! I will be in Rome for three days from Sep 14th [Tues] to Sep 16th [Thurs] staying in an apartment rental close to the Pantheon on Via del Collegio Capranica, 10. I searched through Chowhound and compiled a list of recently highly recommended restaurants. I then made my choices based on the following:

(1) location and convenience to the planned activities for each day [created google maps by day]
(2) recommended meal for each restaurant [lunch or dinner]
(3) varied dining experience [traditional / modern / upscale - fine dining / moderate - reasonably priced / trattoria / pizza]

With that said, below is my plan. Please let me know your thoughts!

DAY 1 - SEPTEMBER 14TH [Tuesday]
FOCUS - CENTRAL ROME [Piazza Navona, Pantheon, Campo de Fiori]
LUNCH - LA CAMPANA - originally planned the highly recommended Armando Al Pantheon, but it has been sounding mediocre in recent posts
DINNER - TRATTORIA LILLI or IL BACARO - since it's our first day in Rome and will probably jet-lagged, I want to stay within walking distance to our apartment on Via del Collegio Capranica so we can pass out after dinner. also, i would love for my boyfriend and I to experience authentic roman cuisine in a beautiful setting - ideally alfresco dining on a picturesque cobble stone street, etc.

DAY 2 - SEPTEMBER 15TH [Wednesday]
FOCUS - ANCIENT ROME [Colosseum, Forum, Capitoline, Palantine] - early start, hoping to do this in the morning and finish by lunchtime /// VILLA BORGHESE [Afternoon] - planning to do a bike ride through the park
LUNCH - LA PIAZZETTA or PALATIUM - originally planned Trattoria Monti, but like Armando, I've seen some recent negative reviews. if we are able to finish touring Ancient Rome in the morning before 1PM, it would be possible to have lunch at Palatium on the way to Villa Borghese. if not, La Piazzetta would be more convenient.
DINNER - CHECCHINO DAL 1887 following sunset cocktails/vino @ Hotel Sofitel's Rooftop Bar - this is our fancy/dressy night out. I was considering Il Convivio, but I am drawn to Checchino more for some reason.

DAY 3 - SEPTEMBER 16TH [Thursday]
FOCUS - VATICAN CITY [Morning] /// TRASTEVERE [Afternoon]
LUNCH - PIZZARIUM and GELETARIA FATAMORGANA - we have a tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistene Chapel in the morning that I am expecting will end by 12PM so I can have a 1.5 hour lunch somewhere near the Vatican before our 1:45PM Scavi Tour at St. Peter's Basilica. any ideas for a backup to Pizzarium?
DINNER - ANTICO ARCO - we will be exploring Trastevere in the afternoon and planned a [light] wine + cheese picnic at Gianicolo @ sunset. i will probably make a reservation at Antico Arco for 9:30PMish. I also planned on checking out Stairs Club in Trastevere where they have live jazz music.

Looking forward to your recommendations! I am open to making any changes.

Jul 24, 2010
citychicnyc in Italy