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The Square or the Ledbury? [London]

The Ledbury! Just had lunch there yesterday and there aren't enough adjectives to do justice. And best of all, for a former, reformed restauranteur, the service was impeccable. Tried to get dinner reservations starting three months ago but could only get a lunch. We turned it into a epic one though...

Charles.

Aug 04, 2012
cshamess in U.K./Ireland

Lunch between Newport and London, off the beaten track?

Thanks Robin and John...might have settled on The Hand and Flowers if they have room on the 7th. Worth a visit from what I have read on Chow I'm sure...

Jul 10, 2012
cshamess in U.K./Ireland

Lunch between Newport and London, off the beaten track?

Thanks John! Much appreciated and the site is great...

Jul 09, 2012
cshamess in U.K./Ireland

Lunch between Newport and London, off the beaten track?

Hi Chows,

Any reccs for a great lunch between Newport and London? Travelling back on a Tuesday and will probably get off the M4, north or south.

Love to try some local pubs with unique dishes...

Best,
Charles

Jul 09, 2012
cshamess in U.K./Ireland

One Lunch, One Dinner near Newport, Wales and help finding a car rental place open on Sunday!

Hey Chows,

We are visiting relatives near Newport for two days, Aug 5 and 6, and looking for one lunch and one dinner spot. The Walnut Tree and The Hardwick top our list.

Any other hidden gems nearby we should consider? Local seafood would be especially loved.

Also, does anyone know of a car rental place in Newport open on Sundays? I have checked Hertz, Europcar, Enterprise and Days Rental and they are all closed Sundays.

Any help appreciated.

Best Regards,
Charles

Jul 05, 2012
cshamess in U.K./Ireland

Looking for Altovinum Evodia Garnacha 2010 in TO?

Thanks 1sweetpea and if I can't find a local source I might bug your husband to smuggle a case of the 2010 across!!

He should try the 2010 as it apparently is much better than the 09...

Apr 10, 2012
cshamess in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Lemon Liberte - so good

Are you talking about the Mediterranee type or the Greek? I love both the lemon and coconut Mediterranee but they are around 8% mf...

Apr 10, 2012
cshamess in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Looking for Altovinum Evodia Garnacha 2010 in TO?

Anyone know of a restaurant or private wine seller that carries this? I had it on vacation in the Caribbean and it's a wonderful garnacha and dirt cheap, around $9. Not available through the LCBO or Vintages.

Thanks for any help.

Charles

Apr 10, 2012
cshamess in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Best Choice near the Vatican for lunch on June 2 (Republic Day)?

Grazie tavoleromane

I will look up your blog post and check out Dal Toscano. Pizzarium is on our list so we may just end up noshing pizza for lunch.

Charles

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Dal Toscano
Via Germanico 58,, Rome, Lazio 00192, IT

Pizzarium
Via della Meloria, 43, Rome, Lazio 00136, IT

May 10, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Bufalo Mozzarella Tours near Amalfi?

On another note, I had posted a question about restaurants near the Vatican that may be open on June 2, Republic Day but have no responses as yet. Do either of you have any idea who may or may not be open? I was wanting to book for L'Arcangelo but they are closed.

Thanks again,
Charles

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L'Arcangelo
Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

May 10, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Bufalo Mozzarella Tours near Amalfi?

Thanks jen and erica! Chowers are the best...

I have just sent an email off to Vannulo to see about a visit. I also found a service that offers tours from Positano but they are 250e for the day so we will maybe catch bus and then a cab to the farm.

Thanks for the advice about Paestum as we were going to skip it but will definitely go on your rec.

Charles

May 10, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Bufalo Mozzarella Tours near Amalfi?

Ciao Chows,

We will be in Sorrento, Positano and Ravello the week of June 3 to 10 and would love to pay a visit to a Bufalo Mozzarella producing farm. We have a farm in Ontario and have, perhaps foolishly, dreamt of trying to produce some for ourselves.

Does anyone know who might offer tours that is relatively close to any of these towns? I see some in Paestum and Caserta but wondered if there were any near Salerno or Cava de Terrini?

Any help wopuld be appreciated.

Grazie,
Charles

May 10, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Reporting back on Tuscany, Umbria, Positano, Rome restaurants recommended by Chowhounds.

Thanks Lynnemk. We will be in Rome, Amalfi and Umbria for three weeks and your reviews have really helped us focus on the places we most want.

Is Rossini it the one in the hotel Ottocento

Thanks again,
Charles

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Ottocento
Via Roma, 5, Siracusa, Sicily 96100, IT

May 10, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Best Choice near the Vatican for lunch on June 2 (Republic Day)?

Ciao Chows,

I had planned a lunch at L'Arcangelo for after a tour of the Sistine Chapel but had not realized it was a Rrepublic Day holiday and so they are closed.

Any recs for that area that you know may be open within walking distance (less than a half hour from Vatican Museum)?

Best,
Charles

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L'Arcangelo
Via G. G. Belli 59/61, Rome, Lazio 00193, IT

May 09, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Best picks near Spoleto?

Thanks Jen, I knew I was missing one place...here's a link to their site

http://www.osteriadeltrivio.it/

Apr 20, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Best picks near Spoleto?

Thanks Ghiottone, Osteria del Matto was on my list already!

I'm looking forward to this place as I used to run a small cafe in Ontario and had a similar reputation for my front of house antics...

Ciao,
Charles

Apr 20, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Best picks near Spoleto?

We are in Vallocchia for a week so will dine in Spoleto and the surrounding countryside. These are the picks for Spoleto proper I have gleaned from Chow and the owner of the house we are renting:

Il Capanno
Località Torrecola,6, Spoleto,

Apollinare, via St Agata 0743 223 256 ( just off Piazza della Liberta)

Ristorante Cantina de Corvi, Piazzetta SS Giovvanni e Paola 0743 44475

Osteria del Matto in Piazza del Mercato

Il Tartufo-Spoleto

Tempio del gusto in Via arco di druso

Have fun!

Charles

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Il Capanno
Località Torrecola,6, Spoleto, Umbria 06049, IT

Apr 20, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Best picks near Spoleto?

Hi Folks,

We will be staying for a week in Vallocchia, just outside Spoleto in mid-June. I have researched places in Spoleto and have several we will visit.

Anyone have any great reccs for outside of Sploeto? I've had one for Ristorante al Palazzaccio.

Any other tips would be appreciated.

Ciao,
Charles

Apr 13, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Rome- Il Barzo Tre Mare?

Thanks folks...I really was just trying to see if Il Bar Sotto Mare was on anyone's radar...we will be having plenty of seafood in Amalfi so we'll see where we end up in Rome...based on Jen K, Vinoroma and Katieparlas' previous posts, I have restaurants noted for the areas we will likely explore for the three days we are there and hope we'll get to at least one a day...

On another note, anyone tried Ristorante al Palazzaccio near Spoleto?

Thanks and Chow!
Charles

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Palazzaccio
via Umberto I, Castelbuono, Sicilia 90013, IT

Apr 09, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Rome- Il Barzo Tre Mare?

Hi Folks,

A friend in Toronto strongly urges us to go for seafood to Il Barzo Tre Mare (not sure I have the spelling correct).

Anyone know of this place? She doesn't recall where it is except likely near Campo di Fiori?

Our entire three weeks of eating our way through Rome, Amalfi and Umbria in June is laid out thanks to Chow posters, especially Jen K!

Any help would be appreciated.

Best regards,
Charles

Apr 08, 2011
cshamess in Italy

Sagrantino wines in Toronto?

Thanks for this bytepusher...I knew there must be something available...unfortunately, both of those are blends but I will give them a try...

Mar 11, 2011
cshamess in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Sagrantino wines in Toronto?

Anyone know where I can find wines made from Sagrantino grapes, either in a restaurant or private supplier, in the GTA? I've searched LCBO, including Summerhill and Queens Quay and no luck.

We're going to Umbria in June and want to sample beforehand what we will hopefully be drinking everyday!

Best,
Charles

Mar 11, 2011
cshamess in Ontario (inc. Toronto)