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I've got Rome and Florence done, now for Venice - our last night

Oh - I should specify it is (of course!) a Sunday night :(

Yes I am totally over thinking this so please bear with me - but to call for reservations anywhere, what is the best time of day? I would hate to call during dinner service if they're too busy but not sure if anyone would answer the phone between 3-7 pm. Trying to figure out when to call from the US with the time change.

Mar 28, 2013
Laulipop in Italy

I've got Rome and Florence done, now for Venice - our last night

We'll be ending our 10 day trip (apr 12-22) with 2 nights in venice. The first day we arrive at noon and we will eat our big meal at lunch (haven't decided where yet) and have something small at dinner. But the second night in Venice will be our last in Italy. I would love to end it with a nice meal...now here's the question... Of five of us, 3 really enjoy fish/seafood and 2 of us don't eat any of it. Any ideas of somewhere midrange (maybe €50€/pp not including wine, max) that has very good seafood AND non-seafood? The non-seafood eaters will eat almost anything else. I've been searching but of course keep finding seafood focused places - understandable! Somewhere fairly casual too, no jeans and sneakers of course, but we won't have any evening clothes (khaki pants and polo shirts at best perhaps...)
We're staying near Ca' D'oro but will go anywhere. Help?

Mar 28, 2013
Laulipop in Italy

Sunday or Monday dinner in Trastavere?

I should have specified too that we're a party of five!

Mar 27, 2013
Laulipop in Italy

Sunday or Monday dinner in Trastavere?

Thanks, I was just looking at Le Mani in Pasta and it looks great. Btw I love how your app is set up...fun to use. I'm still in US (we leave in 2 weeks!) and I've been playing with it.

How far ahead would you suggest I try to make reservations at Trattoria Monti for the late lunch time (2:15)? I assume phone is the best method and hopefully English will work? How I wish I spoke Italian!!

Mar 27, 2013
Laulipop in Italy

Sunday or Monday dinner in Trastavere?

We will be in Rome on Sat, Sun, and Mon nights. The first night (Sat.) will be out first night in Rome (from US) and I hesitate to plan anything that will be long or expensive because I'm sure we will be jet lagged!
We are staying near Largo Argentina and really want to make it over to Trastavere for dinner either Sunday or Monday night, and I'm having trouble finding somewhere for the 5 of us that is more than pizza al taglio or enoteca...that is not $$$$! we're ok with midrange, but not too pricey. I see La Gensola seems to be open but looks pricey and 2 of our party don't eat seafood....

To complicate things a tiny but, my son will be in a walking boot so we would probably take a taxi...I'd like to know a place to direct the driver rather than go and wander...and assuming also it's better to reserve. Are my hopes lost for Trastavere dinner? I've purchased Eat Rome and Rome for Foodies and still can't quite figure it out!

A quick unrelated question...if places (I'm thinking for example of Trattoria Monti) are open from 12:30-3:00 for lunch, is it too late to try to start lunch at 2:00? Dothey accept reservations that late?

Mar 26, 2013
Laulipop in Italy

Confused...First night in Rome, where to go for casual dinner without reservations?

Thank you, I'm adding that to my list. We are very minimal wine drinkers, maybe a glass or rarely two, and of course the kids (11 & 14) are not. Would it be acceptable to go to an enoteca and only partake in the wine a little to none?

I was assuming opening for Orso 80 at 7:30 but google returns a first result with a map and opening time of 6:00 which is why I was wondering.
Thank you! Off to check out your blog :)

Mar 13, 2013
Laulipop in Italy

Confused...First night in Rome, where to go for casual dinner without reservations?

Thanks for the suggestions; I am taking notes!

Mar 12, 2013
Laulipop in Italy

Confused...First night in Rome, where to go for casual dinner without reservations?

Thank you, I am loving the idea of antipasto at Orso 80, I've been reading about it online once you mentioned it. It does indeed sound perfect for a jet lagged bunch! We range from 12 to 70 yrs old and it sounds like we will find something to please everyone, without having to put too much coherent thought into it. I am having trouble finding the hours...do you happen to know if they open at 6:00, 7:00, or 7:30? In my online searching just now, I've seen the price per person at anywhere from 25-44€...does anyone have an idea of what we should be prepared to pay for 5 of us?

I will make note of all the other suggestions, depending what part of the city we are in when we're hungry!

I'm also planning to invest in some apps of yours, Elizabeth, I've enjoyed your blog the last few months. If I knew we'd have the energy the first day I would have contacted you about a tour! Thanks for your advice!

Mar 12, 2013
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Confused...First night in Rome, where to go for casual dinner without reservations?

We arrive in Rome at 8:30 am next month on a Saturday from the East coast of USA. We usually do okay with jet lag, but I'm sure we won't be up for a late or extended dinner. We will, however, be looking for dinner and not wanting to wander aimlessly! I would prefer not to make reservations because I don't know what time we'll want to eat, probably early!

We (there are 5 of us) are staying near Largo Argentina so we're looking for somewhere easy back and forth. Pantheon/Navona/Campo de' Fiore maybe? Monti? Nothing fancy, jus good simple food, but after a day of traveling I would love more of a meal than pizza al taglio. Is it possible to have a casual sit down dinner that can be fairly quick - without reservations - or can you suggest somewhere that is open all day? I like to have an idea of where we are headed on the first night but I'm at a loss! I'd hate to wander int somewhere out of desperation and have our first meal in Rome be a disappointment!

Sorry if I sound a bit scattered...I have the rest of our days planned fairly well in a general way, but this first day is confounding me for some strange reason!

Mar 10, 2013
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Draft of options for Florence, 4 nights. Which places do I reserve and how far ahead?

We are a group of 5...my husband and I, sons ages 12 and 14, and my 70 yr old dad. Not super budget travelers but not wanting to blow lots of money on dining either, so middle of the road, with maybe a little splurge for something memorable. We don't want to dress up past khakis and a nice-ish (no logos or writing but not collared/button down) shirt. Boys are well traveled, love food, and well mannered.

We are all, including the kids, good eaters with a variety of tastes...some of us aren't big fish eaters, my dad isn't very adventurous past chicken/beef/pork, we are all interested in authentic but not offal.

I have a few lunch options for each day depending on whether we want sit down lunch or quick on the go...and a few dinners I haven't decided about. Do we need to make reservations for lunches? And how far in advance do I reserve dinners, especially with 5 of us? I read that Sostanza can book out 3 weeks ahead?

So here it is:
TUESDAY
Arrive in Florence at SMN at noon. Check into Hotel Europa on via Cavour and head to Piazza della Signoria area.

Cantinetta dei Verrazzano

OR if we want to sit down/casual pizza maybe?

La Bussola?

DINNER
Oltrarno, we want somewhere fairly close to Ponte Vecchio as we might have to minimize walking a bit for my son who might be in a walking boot!

Trattoria la Casalinga

OR

Trattoria 4 Leoni
I have read this is open from noon - on, is that right? Might like an earlier dinner so that is a plus.

WEDNESDAY
LUNCH

Boccadama (I like the outdoor seating in the piazza option)
OR
'Ino
Is there any seating?

DINNER
Il Fagioli (Santa Croce)
OR
Vini e Vecchi Sapori

THURSDAY

LUNCH
Da Nerbone
OR for sitdown
Gozzi Sergio

DINNER
Trattoria Sostanza

FRIDAY
Cooking class and tours at Castello del Trebbio. Lunch there.

DINNER
Trattoria il Due G

Any thoughts, suggestions or advice? I'd be happy to hear it :)
Thanks!

Feb 25, 2013
Laulipop in Italy

Keeping the crunchy top on quick breads and muffins

I knew someone else would have asked this! My pumpkin bread comes out tasting great, but a few hours after covering it, the top surface gets mushy/soft. Taste is still good and it IS cooked through, I just can't keep that crunchy/firm top,Thanks for the toasting/reheating advice, and if anyone has any ideas, I'll be listening along with chowser.

Nov 21, 2010
Laulipop in Home Cooking