Thank you so much...your experience is worth more than i can say!!!
This will be on a Monday....was thiking of Ai Promisi Sposi but they are closed for lunch that day?
Thanks to all for your previous suggestions. We are traveling in a week and would love to hear your input on what we should order, as a must, in the restaurants that we have reserved? What are the dishes that are not to be missed and that you usually ahve at these havens. A recommendation for wines that you have had recently would also be lovely. Thanks!!!
Armando al Pantheon
Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
Flavio al Velavevodetto
Trattoria Pallotta (Assisi)
Ristoro di Lamole (Chianti_ Lamole near Greve)
Officina della Bistecca (Panzano)
Trattoria Sostanza (Florence)
Vini e Vecchi Sapori (Florence)
Da Gianni (Bologna)
Antique Carampane (Venice)
Fiaschetteria Toscana (Venice)
Vini da Gigio (Venice)
I used to live around the corner and tried one of their restaurants once (might have been di Marzio). It is a beautiful place at nigth with the church glowing in golden splendor.
The restaurants there are Sabatini (heard about its quality and high prices), Di Marzio and Galeassi. Any comments on them?
Also, has anyone heard of Osteria Meo Pattaca in Piazza dei Mercanti in Trastevere.
How about restaurants in the area to the west of Piazza Navona, in the smaller streets....only know of Osteria del gallo which is good. but the smaller square is not that interesting. I love this area at night!
Do try Le Mas Tourteron, a wonderful restaurant run by a female chef in a spectacular setting. At the beginning of November it might be too cold to dine in their courtyard but their interior dining room is incredibly rustic and refined at the same time. Try the 5 course prix fix and at the end you will be surprised by a 3 tier desert table in which you can choose from up to 12 deserts made daily (Callison Aix was my favorite as others based on almod).
In Bonnieux try to make it to the market, and specially to the saucisson and the olive vendors.
Thanks these are gret suggestions.
I wonder, mbfant, if you could elaborate a bit more. Does it not come out on the CH boards because it is considered "old fashioned" these days?
I will write all of your suggestions and in our first nights there pass by them to see the atmosphere and compare. Thanks.
Hello all and thank you again for your priceless recommendations for our trip next week.
In Rome we have reserved for 3 of our 4 nights.
We have 1 night that we have not reserved yet, and i feel like we will be missing dinning under the stars and golden hue of Rome which is something that i have really enjoyed in the past.
One of my options right now is Cul de Sac, on piazza pasquino. Would prefer somenthing grander and romantic.
Perfect....that is very informative...I think follow your advice.
If you can think of anything else i would really appreciatte it.
Hi Vinoroma.....Any thoughts on navigating the overwhelming Roscioli wine list?
If we will be having the standards caccio peppe, carbonara, etc, what would you recommend?
After browsing the list, i am leaning towards possibly a white, sparkling wine, or a frizzante red....Franciacorta, Trebbiano, Lambrusco....although some reds are starting to appeal....possibly a Barbera...
Anyways this list of close to 200 pages is exhausting.....i think i will only stick to the italian wines.....
Any thoughts on Due G or Vini e Vechi Sapori?
Leaving in 2 weeks.
I would highly recommend Chez L'Ami Jean, and would encourage you to do some research on it in the Chowhound boards.
It was the highly of our trip last summer. You really will not be dissapointed and it will be a great introduction to the new edge food scene with Chef Jago's elaborate mixes of land and sea,although for me this place is really a refuge of great tradition: controlled and polished. It is also fairly romantic, while being approachable and regular, and very close to the tower.
There is a new post that talks about it recently in the boards.
Another options from our last visit that i recommend are Robert and Louise and La Regalade Saint Honore.
Also i would love to hear about your top notch wines to try in the cities that i will be travelling.
In their website they have 2 hour slots for reservations 7:00-9:00, 7:30-9:30 and 10:30.
Thanks for retyping all those wonderful comments. I really cannot thank enough your thoughtfulness and diligence to try to make our visit a memorable experience.
Ahh what to do in regards to Saturday dinner? I already reserved and had my heart set on going to Fiaschetteria Toscana based on your comments, but the similarities with Vini di Gigio could make it a bit redundant (although I am sure that we can try several and different dishes those two nights at both places.
As far as Ai Promessi Sposi and da Fiore, I will choose Ai Promissi (although i might do a bit of research more since both look fantastic).
Thank you and it is really kind of you for trying to suggest a bacari itinerary based on our sightseeing schedule. I will create a short list of places and try to pair ahead with the places that you have suggested before.
I think i am going to have to add Roscioli as a dinner option for one of the nights. Their wine list, the simple classic food and all your recomendations of it have made me had a change of mind.
EKC thanks for sedimenting the suggestion of Schiavi. Might also use Cul de Sac as a wine stop, pate and to talk to Pasquino.
PBSF, i get the first sentences of your reply in my imbox but here there is only the first letter.
Thank you all for your great suggestions.
I have reworked the itinerary to include a few lunch stops (other ones will be quicker affairs), the possibility for picnics, and dinner changes based on your priced recommendations.
I look forward to hearing what you think.
Lunch: Pizza al taglio at Forno Campo de Fiori
Dinner: Armando al Pantheon (introduction to classic roman fare)
Day2. (We will start in the Forum in the morning)
Lunch: L’Asino d’Oro or Osteria dei Fori Imperiali
Dinner: Flavio Velavodedetto
Todi and Montefalco: Lunch at Coccorone or L’Alchemista
Option to have a picnic on our way to Montefalco with some local produce.
Dinner: Trattoria Pallota, Assisi. (This is our hotel also but it is recommended in Plotkin’s Italy for the Gourmet Traveler)
Lunch in Montalcino ???
Dinner in Siena ???
Lunch at Castello del Verrazano (wine tour)
Dinner: Ristoro del Lamole
Lunch at Vignamaggio (wine tour)
Dinner: Officina della Bistecca, Ponzano
Lunch at Imola ???
Dinner: Trattoria Sostanza.
Lunch in Imola ???
Dinner in Bologna: Serghei, Da Gianni, Giampi e Ciccio
(Great options have to choose one of these, gearing towards Da Gianni)
Day 12 (Saturday)
Lunch: Alle Vedova, Cantinone di Schiavi
Dinner: Fiaschetteria Toscana
Day 13 (Sunday)
Lunch: Do Spade
Dinner: Vini di Gigio
Dinner: Ai Promisi Sposi , Trattoria da Fiore
Thanks for the report Jessica.
Right i know you havent been to it but it has been discussed ont he boards before. Hopefully someone else could give us a direction.
Thank you for the fresco link. I wish that Montefalco was further than Assisi from Rome just to compare the ealier ones of Giotto to the later ones of Gozzoli.
Thank you PBSF,
I would love to hear what you have to say about your classic recommendations such as Vini di Gigio, da Alberto, Ai Promisi Sposi, Anise Stellato, L'Orte dei Mori, Tratorie da Fiore and Osteria Santa Marina. Which ones would you definitely recommend based on my criteria and as a counterpart to Fiaschetteria Toscana?
As for the Bacari and wine, i am beyond excited, and will choose a combination of places by the market and the others you mentioned. Any particular wine varietals, producers or vintage recommendations, or roads that I should follow?
We will be in Venice Friday, Saturday and Sunday and I will plan accordingly for opening times.
I will definitely deviate plans and slow down to have a nice relaxing lunch at Montefalco, at either your suggestions Coccorone or at L'Alchimista. This day will be a rather relaxing one after the large scale sounds,monuments and people of Roma.
Don't want to go much further from the food purpose of his board, although in Italy every experience builts a momentum on the next and a great dinner followed by seeing a great work of art becomes a memorable experience to be treasured forever.
I think my itinerary is pretty much set since i have already reserved for all the hotels. I chose to stay in some of the cities because i find the night ambience in italian cities to be somenthing really wonderful and unique, the peopel moving, dark corners and lampadari glows, etc.
I woudl love to hear you imput on some of the dinner options and possible lunch spots. Look forward to your reply!!!
We will definetly stop by Todi as i must see the great Santa Maria della Consolazione (it’s been in all of my architecture books and is an early example of the pure centrally planned church in the way of Bramante and Leonardo, i believe the interior space will be sublime) and most likely will head to Montefalco for lunch (and frescoes?...will research this and thank for the tip) and Assisi afterwards.
I will happily handle the keys after the Sangrantino bottle is emptied.
Thank you Vinoroma, straight to the point and assertive.
As far as Flavio i am thinking about the Testaccio location (Friday, Sept 7)
Can you elaborate a bit about Renato e Luisa and Ditirambo. I enjoy the cacio e peppe ar Renato's and although the preparations tend to be a bit over the top and contrived, it is a sentimental favorite. We have been many times there and are willing to rethink it as well.
I think Filetti might even be closed as part of Ferragosto on our visit. My experience before has been that they open in mid september.
Would you mind recomending somenthing further based on my suggestions.
Sora lella has always been on my radar as well. Great Isola location.
I have already confirmed the reservation for the wine tours at Verrazano as well as Vignamaggio. Would welcome other Tuscan wine recomendations or in Rome as well.
Look forward to hearing from you all!
Thank you so much Barberinibee,
Your suggestions and input are very thoughtful and sensitive. Thank you for all the recommendations and for opening my eyes to other plans. Will plan accordingly based on your comments.
We are going to Imola because my father has some old friends there and to see the Rocca Sforzesca. San Domenico might be a good detour but i think it is out of our league prize wise for this trip and for our current plans. In Imola we just plan to have a snack or light lunch.
We are indeed looking for a full dinner in Bologna and will carefully review your suggestions. The reason I listed Taverna dei Lords is because i ate there back in 2006 as a student when it was recommended by our hotel during a weekend trip (although i remember it to be a fairly nice place with a few locals and some foreigners, no students whatsoever...well I was at that time..but we were definitely the fish in the wrong pond there as we felt a little out of place . The memory of my experience there is quite a fond one with food on the heartier and heavier side, rich local specialties, and in a nice atmosphere. I am not sure how that would relate to my current tastes so I will follow your advice and skip it.
I will definitely welcome great suggestions for lunch to rest and relax (one of my great previous lunches while traveling was a middle of the day stop at Bistrot de Paradou in the Luberon, southern France and that set a nice rhythm for the rest of the day. I will definitely research some lunch spots and possibly visit and enoteca for wine and small dishes for dinner.
My italian is fairly apt to the challenge of Serghei, i would not want to skip the possibility of a great meal because of a communication barrier. I would love to hear what you think of it a bit more.
Thank you again for your great reply!
Right that is my mistake....Montalcino for Brunello of course..
I would really appreciate your help and guidance on this upcoming trip!
My girlfriend and I will be taking my parents for their first Italian trip this September (have been planning and saving for this a while now), so I hope I can count on you to make their experience of the cities, culture and great art a bit more memorable with the perfect culinary counterpart. They live in Miami and are in their 60's and we live in NYC and are in our early 30's.
I studied in Rome and travel extensively in Italy for two semesters during college and grad school, and have my old favorites that I am hoping to revisit, together with your priced suggestions.
Aside for doing a lot of reading in the boards, i have frequented several websites, downloaded Elizabeth Minchili' apps for Florence and Rome, and bought several books including Fred Plotkin' Italy for the Gourmet Traveler.
We are looking for great food leaning towards classic places, dishes and rustic atmosphere, ranging from the simple to the romantic. I particularly love wine and would love to hear also from your local suggestions, producers, and vintages you prefer for the places we are visiting. I am very exciting about this since it will be great weather and harvest season.
Most likely we will have out biggest meal at dinner, but are also looking for some great lunch recommendations. Our price range will be 250 euros for the 4 of us for dinner.
Our itinerary is as follows (14 total days) I know this schedule seems like a bit too much, but I am trying to balance a relaxing time in Tuscany and Chianti while also showing my parents the great Italian cities of Rome, Florence and Venice in their first trip.
Rome is a city I know very well and would love to hear your suggestions. I have chosen these places as a combination of old favorites and others discovered in this board.
Thinking of a classic place to introduce everyone to Roman food in our first night there. I am looking for a classic place with great standard fare (caccio peppe, carbonara, amatriciana, etc) . Could also be a Roman Jewish food in the Ghetto. Romantic setting indoors or in a piazza is a plus.
Options are: Nino, Armando Al Pantheon, Antico Arco, Roscioli and Taverna del Ghetto ( this is an old favorite (love their torta della nonna), but can't wait to hear your recommendations on Roman Jewish food)
Renato e Luisa (dinner)
This is another old favorite as i studied in Palazzo Lazzaroni across the street and Renato cooked our thanksgiving turkeys. Have always visited each time in Rome.
For lunch we will probably head to Filetti di baccala, get some pizza, etc. We plan of eating light for lunch as not to waste too much time ,although was thinking of Roma Sparita because i am a huge fan of Cacio Peppe and their preparation seems different from all the other.
We are renting a car at Termini the next day and driving to Umbria for some great early renaissance architecture and frescoes.
_Todi (visit Santa Maria della Conzolazione) possible have some lunch here and sample some of the great Sangrantino wine.
_ Assisi after lunch for Giotto and Saint Francis, and spend the night.
Dinner at Assisi (no plans yet)
Visiting Montalcino (not sure what to do but i love the Brunellos and Rossos)
Ristorante Guido is the only one that has caught my attention.
DAY 7. GREVE IN CHIANTI. Staying at Vignamaggio.
Wine tour at Castello Verrazano (lunch)
Dinner at Ristoro del Lamole.
Other options are:
Ristorante Malborghetto, Osteria del Castello, Badia a Coltibuono, Taverna dell Guerrino, Ristorante le Vigne in Radda.
Day 8. GREVE IN CHIANTI. Staying at Vignamaggio.
Wine tour at Vignamaggio.
Dinner at Officina della Bistecca (have reservations already)
Plan to visit some of the smaller towns such as Radda, Castellina, Panzano and possibly San Gimignano.
Day 9. FLORENCE
Dinner options are:
Cipolla Rossa, Cavolo Nero, Nerbone, Osteria dei Benci, Bucca dell'Orafo
Day 10. FLORENCE
Dinner at Sostanza (have reservations already)
Day 11. IMOLA, BOLOGNA
Dinner in Bologna (very undecided here!!)
Options are Da Gianni, Serghei, Taverna dei Lords, Caminetto D'oro, Trattoria Anna Maria, Giampi e Ciccio, Meloncello
Day 12, 13, 14. VENICE. (Staing at Leone Bianco)
We are planning on having cicetti at some Bacari for lunch those 3 days, that way we can have a quick lunch while sampling several dishes and some delicious wine. There are several great post in the boards for this.
Options are La Cantina, Al Prosecco.
Dinner: Options are Osteria alla Madonna, Antiche Carampane, Al Paradiso, Antica Locanda Montin, Al Garanghelo, La Zucca, Fiaschetteria Toscana.
I know this might be too much to take in but I hope to hear from your excellent experiences and suggestions. Thank you so much in advance!!!!
Thank you Chef Jeune and EDL!!!!!!
Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions. Time to pick only 1,,,,which im not going to enjoy whatsoever.