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Local dinner choices in Park Slope

I was checking out the Outer Boroughs in anticipation of an early January trip and was happy to see this relatively recent post from you, as I am reasonably familiar with Manhattan but not so much with Brooklyn.

My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary with a New York City getaway. While we are there, we would like to visit my husband's younger (30-ish) cousin, who recently moved to Park Slope. We're looking for something for Sunday afternoon, lunch preferred but brunch o.k. We're coming from midtown Manhattan, so something accessible by public transportation. Reservations would be a plus. We have one lactose-intolerant and one who doesn't like seafood, but otherwise no real dietary constraints. No redsauce Italian-American; "real" Italian is fine (you know what I mean), but other cuisines welcome as well.

Mostly what I'm looking for is a cozy, reasonably quiet place for a good meal to sit and catch up with the cousin. Something that might be a treat for them (the edgy, freelancing types without a lot of money) but not in a condescending way....Any ideas?

Nov 20, 2014
lisaonthecape in Outer Boroughs

Four days Rome, four days Venice

I'm glad you ate so well it Italy, but surprised that San Francisco compares so unfavorably. Although we've barely skimmed the surface of everything SF has to offer, we always enjoy the food and especially the quality and variety of produce. So much better than we get here in New England. (If I had to choose, though, of course Italy would win out over SF.)

Nov 09, 2014
lisaonthecape in Italy

Live From Piedmont

If you know, any connection between La Bottega del Vicoletto and Il Vicoletto, also in Alba, from many years ago? Had one of my favorite meals at Il Vicoletto, but this was many, many years ago. (This was a parents' escape while our boys were toddlers. One is now in college, the other, a senior in high school, so--as I said--quite awhile ago.) The last time I was in Alba, I heard that the former owners now had a small scale deli (perhaps the bottega where you ate?). I think that the old Vicoletto site now houses a very high-end place.

Oct 26, 2014
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Live From Piedmont

The "celery like vegetable"--possibly cardoons (cardi)? That would be my guess.

Oct 26, 2014
lisaonthecape in Italy

Four days Rome, four days Venice

For pizza al taglio in Rome: Antico Forno Roscioli and Forno Campo de' Fiori (both in the Campo de' Fiori area) or Pizzarium (near the Vatican). For a sit-down meal, Li Rioni (near the Coliseum) probably has the most convenient location, although Katie Parla recommends Pizzaria Emma--this one is newer, and I haven't tried it.

I also love Maureen Fant's suggestion of Al Ceppo for one meal. We were there in early summer for my husband's birthday, as we wanted something a little more upscale, but still in keeping with my husband's taste for straightforward food--no foam, no fusion, nothing fussy. It was perfect and I would imagine even better in winter, with their wonderful grilled meats.

Oct 20, 2014
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Four days Rome, four days Venice

While in Rome, I would definitely try to fit Cesare al Casaletto into your plans (assuming no Christmas closings, which I have not researched). I think it meets your description well (food with a twist but still recognisably rooted in the region). Yes, you have to take the tram, but it's really neither far nor difficult to reach. You can always go to Armando when you're visiting either Campo dei Fiore or the Spanish Steps, since Armando is so centrally located.

Trattoria Monti should satisfy your desire for la cucina Marchegiana.

I haven't been to Vino e Camino and therefore cannot comment.

I do think you should fit some pizza into your Rome experience. Lots of choices there, but you need to decide if you want a "grab and go" or sit-down experience.

Oct 19, 2014
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Terra Cotta Bear and Brown Sugar

I've always kept mine in a pantry drawer--no need to refrigerate.

Oct 04, 2014
lisaonthecape in General Topics

Any Interesting Food Blogs on Bologna?

We spent a couple of days in Ravenna this summer and, while we had some decent (though not stellar) meals, I would reluctantly have to agree that Ravenna is not much of a food town. We did not, however, try any seafood, as my husband doesn't like it. Still, I would probably make the day trip, as the mosaics are truly lovely.

Oct 03, 2014
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September in Italy (3 parts)- Florence

Really enjoyed your reports, and I completely understand your comments about the portion size (and this is most definitely NOT just in Italy). Most of the time, my husband and I each have a primo and share a secondo with a contorno of vegetables, but I could never eat a dessert afterwards. Sometimes I feel that you need to eat out with a larger group, so you can have more tastes of different foods in smaller quantities. We also like the balance of cooking some meals at "home" in a rented apartment, especially when our boys were younger. Thanks for sharing your report.

Oct 01, 2014
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Our Rome List- would love some input (we get there today-- oops!)

The one thing I would add about Cesare is that, if you have the opportunity, go with a group. I think 4-6 people would be perfect. My husband and I loved the food when we were there in early July but thought it would have been even better with a group to share more items.

Oct 01, 2014
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Recommendations request : 36 Hours in Rome including a birthday

You mention Alinea, so I'll limit my comments to fine dining options. It's probably way too late to get a reservation at La Pergola. If I were you, I'd take a look at the websites for the following, then formulate some specific questions about choosing among them: Metamorfosi, Pipero al Rex, Glass, and perhaps Tempio di Iside if you want seafood.

Sep 28, 2014
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Anyone been to the new Mac's in PTown?

I stopped by briefly while taking a drive with a guest--really just drinks and a light meal. Oysters were delicious, and I loved the chowder. The chowder is more brothy than thick, but very flavorful. I sadly must confess that I haven't been to the original Mac's yet (I live in the mid-Cape area, and all of the boys, including my husband, hate seafood).

By the way, enjoy your posts from western Mass. I went to college out your way and, now that my son is there, hope to be spending more time in that part of the state.

Forgot to mention your search for challah: if you're not already down Cape, Whole Foods in Hyannis generally carries it. Theirs is better than you would find at the other local supermarket chains.

Dinner suggestions

Which fountain? Rome has hundreds.

Sep 11, 2014
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Bologna: Need help picking 1 lunch/dinner

I had dinner at Serghei and lunch at Teresina last summer. Serghei is about as traditional as they come. Teresina might give you more non-meat options and has a lovely terrace. Of the two, that would be my choice. I haven't tried the others on your list.

Sep 11, 2014
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Florence-- your thoughts on our list...

For gelato: I would probably skip Vivoli--past its prime, although I do love their riso. Substitute Carapena and Carabe (for the latter, especially the nut flavors).

I might suggest Casalinga for lunch if you're visiting the Brancacci Chapel--very close and convenient. Love the lunch choices, although also like Da Sergio, which is just behind San Lorenzo.

Definitely keep Da Ruggero on your list. Haven't tried Del Fagioli or Il Santo Bevitore, so can't comment.

Sep 09, 2014
lisaonthecape in Italy

Ravenna Italy

It's hard to know exactly what "great restaurants" mean to an individual--an authentic mom-and-pop place? fine dining? However, I was in Ravenna several days last summer and have a few suggestions. One place I liked was Trattoria al Cerchio, Via Cerchio 13. This is most definitely a trattoria and not fine dining, but the food was fresh, simple and nicely prepared. Service was friendly; price was reasonable, and the location was a bit off the typical tourist's path. You might also want to check out Ristorante Osteria del Tempo Perso, Via Gamba 12, www.osteriadeltempoperso.it. I wanted to try this place, but did not, as my husband doesn't like seafood. I hope this gets you started, as there's not much on this board for Ravenna.

Sep 06, 2014
lisaonthecape in Italy

Siena / San Gimignano day trip---what order for best food?

I absolutely agree with Jen about the order of the visits--Siena first, as there is so much more to do and see. I don't think Siena has the most exciting restaurant scene, although I had a fine lunch a couple of years ago at Antica Osteria da Divo. San Gimignano, unfortunately, is completely mobbed with day trippers and tour buses during the day, so dinner after the crowds leave would be much more pleasant, IF the timing works with the buses. We've mostly done picnics/cold drinks/gelato there, so I don't have any restaurant recs. If you really want to see both Siena and San Gimignano in a day, you might want to consider renting a car for the day.

Aug 26, 2014
lisaonthecape in Italy

Fine Dining in Cape Cod for Foodies

I'm sure that most on this board would agree that your best choice for fine dining would be 28 Atlantic at the Wequasset Resort. Depending on where you are staying in Barnstable, that may slightly exceed your 30-minute driving limit (I know it would for me, but I am at the very eastern edge of West Barnstable, almost into Sandwich).

Correction: I am at the very WESTERN edge of W.Barnstable.

Anniversary dinner in Rome late August

We had a lovely meal at Al Ceppo in early July to celebrate my husband's 50th birthday. We picked it specifically because Matt hates "foams, fusion and hype," and it was perfect for us.

Aug 21, 2014
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Accidental Tourist in Florence?

I can't help you with Accidental Tourist, but I would suggest checking out www.homefood.it and booking a meal with one of the local Cesarine. We recently tried this for the first time in Ravenna and really enjoyed the experience.

Aug 20, 2014
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Cape Cod Chowder Review August 2014

Just tried the chowder for the first time at Macs in Provincetown. Milky, not thick, but very good.

Hyannis and Sandwich Restaurants

I grew up in Sandwich, too, and the restaurant scene doesn't thrill me, either. You might want to try the Belfry, although I haven't been in a very long time. I like Pain D'Avignon in Hyannis, although it can be incredibly crowded on weekends.

For the OP:yes, Naked Oyster is still open in Hyannis, although again, I haven't been in awhile.

In Chatham, you might want to try Vers.

Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

Trionfale Market, perhaps? and then take a cab to Borghese gardens (Trust me; it's worth it. I've travelled in Italy with my kids since they were toddlers.)

A couple of other notes: in Florence, we always found Casalinga and DaSergio to be very kid-friendly. You can't beat DaSergio's location, although note that it is lunch only--and I haven't checked August closings. If you go to Casalinga, I would be sure to visit the nearby Brancacci Chapel--it's time-limited, so it wouldn't be like dragging a small child through the Uffizzi.

In Rome, Armando was kid-friendly and the location next to the Pantheon is great (again, haven't checked August closings).

We were recently in Umbria (without kids) and visited Bevagna, Spello and Montefalco, although our only meal out was at L'Alchimista in Montefalco, so I can't really offer any other dining recs. You can easily do two in a day. Of these, I think Spello is the prettiest, but as others have mentioned, it is steep. Montefalco is slightly less so, and Bevagna is nice and flat.

Aug 19, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

I wouldn't recommend lunch at Pizzarium with a 4-year-old, as there isn't really anywhere to sit. There are some spaces to stand (too high for your child) and one small bench. Rome can be brutally hot at that time of year. I would purchase supplies for a picnic in a shady park instead. The Borghese gardens aren't that close but offer plenty of space and shade.

Aug 19, 2014
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Sicily Trip Report 2013 - Palermo, Siracusa, Taormina, etc. (way too long as usual)

Lovely report, as always--and never too long! Although just back from Italy ourselves, we are already thinking about the next trip. Sicily is definitely on our list, as we haven't been there yet. How do you think someone who dislikes seafood (my husband) would fare in Sicily?

Aug 06, 2014
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recommendations for bologna

A new post to this thread just popped up in my email notification, and your comments on HomeFood caught my attention. We are recently back from Italy and had our first experience with HomeFood just outside of Ravenna. It was one of our favorite experiences of the trip, for many of the reasons you noted. It's something we would highly recommend and plan to include on future trips.

Aug 06, 2014
lisaonthecape in Italy

Avocado on Sandwiches: Mash or Slice?

I'm a slicer. Sounds almost like my favorite sandwich, except that I add bacon and use cheddar instead of provolone. Very, very light mayo, and the bread is good quality white sandwich bread (or sourdough), lightly toasted.

Aug 01, 2014
lisaonthecape in Home Cooking

Dessert Italian Style

I love cherries simmered in red wine (add sugar and a cinnamon stick) alongside a slice of pound cake. A dollop of lightly sweetened mascarpone over the top is nice.

Aug 01, 2014
lisaonthecape in Home Cooking

Musings on the relatively low activity on Southern New England Board

I stand guilty for not posting much on this board of late. Two reasons: first, I was recently in Italy and have been more focused on that board pre- and post-trip. It's a pretty lively board and often helpful. Second, when I am home on the Cape, I mostly do my own cooking. For the most part (and with a few notable exceptions) I prefer my own cooking to what I find dining out on Cape Cod, so I don't feel that I have much to contribute.

I don't think that the geography is too broad, provided people properly title their posts to indicate the specific town or area.

Italian foie gras?

Your question got me curious, so I checked a couple of menus (Metamorfosi and Glass in Rome) and, on their Italian menus, "foie gras" simply appears as "foie gras."

Jul 25, 2014
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