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Restaurant picks for upcoming trip to Naples & Amalfi...help!

La Tagliata is a tourist trap. You can woo and aar at the bus ride up but the food is average at best. The 'starters' come thick and fast, and are reasonably good but the meats that come at the end are overcooked and tough as hell. If you like the alcohol and the disco, then you'll like it, otherwise it's definitely not top of the list.

May 11, 2012
chobochobo in Italy

Venice, Florence, Rome, Positano, Capri, Sorrento Honeymoon Report - Very Long

I would say that neither of these really deserve their reputations. San Crispino is overpriced and oversweet. Vivoli is far better, rizzo hmmm. I preferred Giolittii's to San Crispino, on taste, price and lack of pretentiousness.

May 11, 2012
chobochobo in Italy

Naples, Sorrento and Positano Pizza (and other food)

Ah Da Michele. Had a hour stopover in Naples en route to Positano and ran to get two take away pizzas to bring back to others waiting with luggage at station. Great taste, if a bit sloppy. Could have been the 10 minutes being cooped up in the box though.
Also tried the 'branch' in Tokyo a couple of months ago, a different beast entirely.

May 11, 2012
chobochobo in Italy

Milan - avoid Trattoria Milanese, enjoy Il Ciak in Rome, find a mystery near Vaprio D'Agogna

I was there a couple of years ago, food was good if a touch pricey. Had the Risotto Milanese and the Osso bucco, no complaints.

The thing about any sort of guidebook or blog or sites like this one, is that it will definitely affect the flow of customers to places.

May 11, 2012
chobochobo in Italy

Hakone - food

The Gyoza centre is on the way to the museum if you're setting off from Gora; if you're setting off from the nearest station to the museum, then it's in the opposite direction to the museum.

Edit: oh and food is decent. They close between 3-5pm; we made it just before three and had a round of gyoza before settling off to our next destination.

I'm staying at the Kinnotakke which seems to be a good onsen ryokan - kaiseki is pretty good. My other onsen ryokan experiences have been in Hokkaido - Mizu no ute and Sanyoan both very good and a bit cheaper than the Hakone places. I guess that's just the effect of the locality.

Feb 01, 2012
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Best Italian restaurant in Hong Kong: Da Domenico?

Didn't see much evidence of that when I went. A table consisting of a family with a young child, a bigger table of banker types and a few 'matched' couples. I haven't had that much Italian food in HK, except perhaps for Mistral which is also in the pricey range. Trying Otto e Mezzo next...

Tonki - The Review - Tokyo

Went in September 2011 the day after the storm. Walked past it without knowing, the outside is basically a wall of sliding wooden framed glass doors with the drapes/ curtains with japanese script on them. The inside was spacious and bright (there is an upstairs too I think but I didn't explore). Packed full of locals, including a expat Jazz musician who lived nearby. Order taken by the boss-man, tried both cuts and just took in the atmosphere whilst waiting. Everything is cooked to order, they changed the frying oil frequently. Everything was under control even though it was super busy. Tonkatsu was lovely. Would go again, most definitely.

Oct 09, 2011
chobochobo in Japan

Best Italian restaurant in Hong Kong: Da Domenico?

Went to Da Domenico on 7th October for the first time. Prepared myself for bad service based on previous reviews but really it wasn't that bad. Apparently booked the last available table, person over the phone said it wasn't great but that they'd try to move my table if possible, which they did. Not the most attentive staff I grant you, but reasonably friendly and speedy. Food was pretty good too. Burrata/ Bruschetta, Osso bucco/ Linguine Gamberi. A bit pricey but worth a try IMHO.

In search of Hong Kong's 'BEST WON-TON NOODLE'

Ping Kee is pretty good. They use hand made noodles which have a great texture/ consistency. I suggest the Lo Mein with the dried shrimp roe. Small-ish portions but excellent noodles. BTW the dim sum place just across from this has great steamed spare rib rice.

Notes on Eating in Florence, Part One (Nerbone; Cantinetta dei Verraqzzano; Cambi)

Had a great lunch at Nerbone last week. Packed out like the last time we were there. Had the tripe, spleen on toast (!), ribolitta, beef slices, beef cheeks (I think), some pasta - all delicious. Didn't have room for the sausage stew. Had the tripe and beef sandwiches the next morning before catching the train to Naples.

Oct 17, 2010
chobochobo in Italy

Venice--Osteria Santa Marina opinions?

We ate there last week for a light lunch before our evening reservation at Il Ridotto which was excellent. Place was pretty empty, we were the third table there. Food was good (Ravioli with seabass), porcini risotto and a mix of Cichetti but the service was terrible - waiter had a terrible attitude.

Oct 17, 2010
chobochobo in Italy