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Best Restaurants in Beaver Creek/Vail/Avon for 4 Nights

These look good, especially Zino. You think the food is better than Ti Amo? I think the atmosphere would be nicer, especially on the patio by the river.

May 05, 2013
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Best Restaurants in Beaver Creek/Vail/Avon for 4 Nights

Thanks! I'll check out the restaurants you mentioned.

May 05, 2013
delainefoss in Mountain States

Best Restaurants in Beaver Creek/Vail/Avon for 4 Nights

Thank you! I'm definitely doing Splendido and Grouse Mountain.

I'm considering Sweet Basil, Ti Amo (because it's Italian) and Mirabelle.

I'd also like to try Swiss Chalet at Sonnenalp because of the fondue options, and the concierge recommended it.

Any thoughts on these last 4?

May 03, 2013
delainefoss in Mountain States

Best Restaurants in Beaver Creek/Vail/Avon for 4 Nights

Thank you!

I've already decided to skip Beaver Creek Chophouse, Beano's Cabin and Elway's. I live in Texas, and we have lots of good steakhouses.

The concierge recommended Sweet Basil too and said he thought Ti Amo had the best Italian in Vail Valley.

May 02, 2013
delainefoss in Mountain States

Best Restaurants in Beaver Creek/Vail/Avon for 4 Nights

My boyfriend and I will be staying at the Ritz Carlton in Beaver Creek in June for 4 nights, and I am trying to decide on restaurants to make reservations. We want a nice atmosphere, good food and good service. So many I am considering have such mixed reviews. I definitely want to to go Splendido. I am also considering:

Toscanini
Beaver Creek Chophouse
Spago
Beano's Cabin
Mirabelle
La Tour
Grouse Mountain
Terra Bistro
Sweet Basil
Elway's

Does anyone have any suggestions?

May 01, 2013
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Help narrow down short list of Venice restaurants for end of August

Thanks for all your help. I recently returned from Europe, having spent 4 nights in Venice, before embarking on a cruise down the coast of Croatia. Since so many questions are asked about Venice restaurants (including by me), I hope my posting will be helpful. I scoured the internet, all the guidebooks, the Fodors forum, the Chowhound forum and solicited advice from friends who frequent Venice. I came up with a pretty long list of restaurants, which I gradually narrowed down. (I also wanted restaurants that would not require long walks at night in dressier shoes.)

Night 1 – On our first night we ate at Ristorante Da Ivo, http://www.ristorantedaivo.com. I cannot praise it highly enough. It is located on a back canal in the San Marco sestiere and is accessible on foot and by water. From Hotel Danieli it was a 10 or 15 minute walk, maximum. The restaurant is small and charmingly rustic. It is one of the most romantic places I have ever dined. Da Ivo has only roughly 10 tables. When we arrived at 7:30 it was empty, but it soon completely filled (a lot of the patrons were Italian). I would say that reservations are essential. I made reservations several weeks in advance, and we were seated at what I think is the best table, a table for two next to the window overlooking the canal. The service was extremely attentive, and you never had to ask for anything. The menu was quite varied, and they also had a number of specials for the evening (written in Italian, but explained clearly in English). With our cocktails they brought an amuse bouche of a roasted tomato-mascarpone crostini. We shared an antipasto course of fried zucchini blossom stuffed with crab. We also shared a first course of mushroom risotto (I say shared, but each portion looked like a full serving). For my second course I had tortellini in a spinach basil cheese sauce (actually another first course, but there were so many that sounded good I had to try it). My boyfriend had veal osso buco which was almost falling off the bone. With dinner we had a bottle of house merlot. Before dessert they brought bocconcini of chocolate-dipped gelato. For dessert, we shared a tiramisu. All of the food was delicious, and this was our favorite meal in Venice. Although I did not see the final bill, the restaurant is very expensive. We thought it was well worth it and would definitely return on any subsequent visit to Venice.

After-dinner 1 – We sat at Caffe Lavena, http://www.lavena.it, in Piazza San Marco listening to the orchestras. We only had drinks.

Breakfast 1, 2, 3 and 4 – We had a large buffet breakfast each morning in the rooftop restaurant at the hotel and were generally too full for lunch. That did not stop us, however, from having gelato daily!

Gelato 1 – On our first full day we visited Rosa Salva, http://www.rosasalva.it, on Campo Santi Giovanni e Paolo. The gelato was good. I had a scoop (pallina) of meringa mousse and one of zabaione mousse, but we loved the sandwiches. We shared a simple sandwich consisting of prosciutto, sliced boiled egg and mayonnaise on soft white sandwich bread. It was heavenly! I would try to replicate it here, but I’m sure it would not be the same.

Night 2 – For our second night we chose Ristorante da Rafaelle, http://www.ristorantedaraffaele.com. It is located on a back canal in the San Marco sestiere very near Campo Santa Maria del Giglio and the Hotel Gritti Palace. It was only a 10 minute walk from Hotel Danieli.

An aside: We had decided in advance to take a gondola ride using the gondola station next to the restaurant. After securing the gondola, my boyfriend went into Da Rafaelle and got drinks for us (spritz con Aperol for me) to drink during our ride, which began around 7:30. I highly recommend a sunset gondola ride; it was very romantic. We stayed mainly to quiet back canals with only a short stint on the Grand Canal (the route I preferred) before returning for our dinner.

Da Rafaelle is fairly large and has both interior and exterior dining. I had made a reservation requesting a canal-side table on the terrace, and it was waiting for us. The setting was lovely, as we could also enjoy the sight of the passing gondole. We had a bottle of Chianti Classico and shared a plate of prosciutto e melone for our antipasto course. The cantaloupe was wonderfully sweet. For our first course we shared a shrimp risotto (again, each portion looked like a full serving). For my second course I again chose another first – tagliolini with shaved black truffles. It was heavenly for a truffle fiend like me. My boyfriend had a beef filet. For dessert we shared a tartuffo (a ball of chocolate and vanilla gelato) floating in liqueur. Again the meal was delicious but not inexpensive.

After-dinner 2 – Since we were so close to the Hotel Gritti Palace we went to their bar, Bar Longhi, http://www.hotelgrittipalacevenice.co.... We got a table on the terrace on the Grand Canal. The views of the illuminated Santa Maria della Salute and the canal were beautiful, and a musician was playing the piano. It was a lovely, romantic setting.

Gelato 2 – On our second full day we had gelato at Gelateria Paolin in Campo Santo Stefano. I had a scoop of coconut and one of Malaga (rum-raisin). I think their gelato was definitely better than that of Rosa Salva.

Night 3 – On our third night we chose Ristorante Al Covo, http://www.ristorantealcovo.com, located in a small campiello in Castello. The walk was shorter than we anticipated, so we arrived before our reservation time. However, they graciously allowed us to be seated anyway. There were several rooms inside, but we chose one of the few tables outside. The restaurant is owned by a woman from Texas and her Italian husband; they were both very nice. For our antipasto course we shared a large mixed seafood plate: clams, mussels, shrimp (small, large & alien), razor clams, anchovies, sardines and sea snails. Continuing the theme, we shared a seafood risotto for our first course. For my second course, I had a—guess what—seafood fritto misto which also included, among other things, oysters, calamari and baby sole. The batter was very light and crispy and not at all greasy. All the seafood was fresh. My boyfriend had a breaded veal chop. While it was a nice meal, it was not our favorite. Also, the service was rather slow. As a result we decided to skip dessert.

After-dinner 3 – We returned again to Caffe Lavena. We thought that their orchestra was more lively than that of Florian or Quadri and had made a small acquaintance, such that they would accept requests. We had our dessert there, a lovely “cup” (really a bowl on a pedestal) of vanilla gelato with rum, whipped cream and rum-soaked sponge cake balls. It was quite decadent.

Gelato 3 – On our last full day we had our gelato at Gelato da Nico on the Zattere ai Gesuati (very near the vaporetto stop). I had a delicious scoop of amaretto, complete with crumbled amaretti cookies. They also had the prosciutto, boiled egg and mayo sandwiches we liked so much. We looked longingly at the nearby Gelateria Lo Squero as we passed, but, alas, it was only 10 minutes since our last gelato and too soon for another.

Night 4 – We had to get up early the next morning, so I had made reservations for dinner at the hotel’s rooftop Restaurant Terrazza Danieli, http://www.danielihotelvenice.com/en/.... When we arrived they were rather abrupt, but once we gave the name of our reservation, they changed completely and took us to a table next to the railing overlooking the Grand Canal. The view was splendid! We shared a lovely, large caprese salad as a starter and a risotto for the first course. Both of us being huge risotto fans, we were in heaven in Venice. For the second course, I had a veal filet, and my boyfriend had a mixed seafood plate with an immense prawn. For dessert we had a chocolate torte with coconut gelato. We also had a bottle of red wine (I don’t remember what label). The food was quite good, much better than you would normally expect from a hotel restaurant; however, it was also the most expensive. We liked the fact that we didn’t have to do any walking and could just go down to our room though.

After-dinner 4 – Since we didn’t want to go far, we had our after-dinner drinks in the hotel’s lobby bar, the Bar Dandolo. The drinks may have been a trifle bit more expensive, but it was a very regal, or, I should say, ducal, setting, since the hotel was once the palazzo of Doge Enrico Dandolo. Again, it was also convenient.

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

Sep 12, 2011
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Help narrow down short list of Venice restaurants for end of August

I have secured dinner reservations at Da Rafaelle and Terrazza Danieli. I might leave the night of our arrival open. I still need something for Sunday and haven't heard yet regarding Al Covo. I'm considering Ai Gondolieri and Linead'ombra. I know one is mainly meat and one is mainly fish, but any thoughts?

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Ai Gondolieri
Fondamenta de Ospedaleto, Dorsoduro, 366, 30123, Venice, Veneto 30123, IT

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

Aug 08, 2011
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Help narrow down short list of Venice restaurants for end of August

Thank you so much PBSF for your very detailed and quick response. I appreciate the time it took and that you addressed all my options. I feel much more confident in my choices. I enjoyed reading your prior posts as well. I can't wait until I get to Venice!

Aug 04, 2011
delainefoss in Italy

Help narrow down short list of Venice restaurants for end of August

My boyfriend and I will be in Venice for 4 nights. I have done extensive research on restaurants, etc. (including chowhound discussions) and have arrived at the following list. However, I still see contradictory reviews for each place and am having a hard time deciding. I would like something "romantic," but I think romantic can be rustic & charming like Da Ivo as well as elegant like Terrazza Danieli. However, good food and service are the primary considerations. I want to make reservations as soon as possible since will arrive on August 26.

My dinner list includes:

Da Ivo
Da Rafaelle (highly recommended by a friend and many times return diner)
Al Covo
Antiche Carampane
Alla Madonna
Cip's Club (dining with views of Piazza San Marco)
Terrazza Danieli (we're staying here and like the views of Venice & San Giorgio Maggiore at night)

I'm leaning towards Da Ivo, Da Rafaelle, Al Covo and Terrazza Danieli.

Since we will have a large breakfast at the Danieli and dinner, we will probably not make lunch reservations. Just in case, I'm considering the following for lunch:

Il Refolo
Ostaria da Rioba
La Zucca

I appreciate your comments and suggestions (they need not be limited to my list).

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La Zucca (aka alla Zucca)
Santa Croce, 1762, Venezia 30135, IT

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

Antiche Carampane
Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

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

Alla Madonna
Calle della Madonna, San Polo, 594,, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

Aug 04, 2011
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Thanksgiving Brunch at St. Regis

Has anyone eaten Thanksgiving brunch at the St. Regis Hotel? I am considering it but would like some reviews.

Nov 03, 2010
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