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Wedding Reception Venue for 6

Where is the wedding? Location would help to narrow down some choices, as would a budget.

Dec 16, 2014
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Charcuterie in Rome

Sorpasso might be a good choice. If you're interested in exploring cheeses as well, Beppe e I suoi formaggi.

I'll let someone better versed on porchetta address that question.

Dec 14, 2014
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Live from Emilia Romagna

Yes, please! It's been nearly six months since my last Italy trip, and I could use an Italy fix.

Dec 13, 2014
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Critique/revise my rough Italy itinerary (Rome/Florence/Venice)

For Rome, you might want to check out Katie Parla's list of restaurants open through the holiday season, which just came out (www.parlafood.com).

Dec 11, 2014
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Sunday lunch or brunch in Park Slope?

Lots of good ideas, everyone. Thanks for your help, and I'll write after our trip.

Dec 10, 2014
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Sunday lunch or brunch in Park Slope?

My husband and I are spending a long weekend in Manhattan next month and would like to visit his much younger (30-ish) cousin, who recently moved to Park Slope. We're looking for a suitable spot for Sunday lunch (preferably) or brunch. Here are our preferences: (1) accessible by public transportation; (2)accepts reservations; (3) can accommodate one diner allergic to dairy and another who doesn't like seafood; and (4) not too noisy for conversation. We're flexible about cuisine--we like real Italian (not the red-sauce Italian-American) but would love to try something we can't get here on Cape Cod. Some good craft beer would make my husband very happy, and we would be willing to venture beyond Park Slope to Williamsburg or Red Hook.

Any ideas for us? I'm reasonably familiar with Manhattan, but not Brooklyn, and haven't come up with much searching the board. Thanks.

Dec 03, 2014
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Critique/revise my rough Italy itinerary (Rome/Florence/Venice)

From your Rome list, my choices in order of preference would be: Cesare, Perilli, Armando. It sounds like you will be dining with just your husband, but if you have the opportunity to join friends at Cesare, I think it would be perfect with a group of 4-6. Portions are generous, and you can taste more things. But don't skip it if there are only two of you.

In Florence, Sostanza has excellent steaks, although I can never resist the butter chicken myself. For a more leisurely experience, I prefer to have lunch there and not dinner, as the latter can be very crowded. Have a light evening meal at an enoteca instead and perhaps a decadent hot chocolate a bit later instead of dessert.

Dec 03, 2014
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MIlan Lunch/Rome Dinner on December 26

OK--then I would check out Al Vino Al Vino for the night you arrive. It's an enoteca, but lots of salumi and cheeses, very good caponata. We've often had a light evening meal there when we had a big lunch. It's probably about a 10-minute walk from Santa Maria Maggiore. Also (and no idea if they would be open on 12/26), but you're not that far from Trattoria Monti.

Dec 02, 2014
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MIlan Lunch/Rome Dinner on December 26

I can't help with Milan, as I don't know that city well, nor could I find any definite info for the holidays in Rome. I would check out Sorpasso as a possibility, and of course the kosher or kosher-style restaurants in the Ghetto. If you don't mind a bit of distance, Antico Arco seems to be open almost always.

Not necessarily for 12/26, but places that we really liked when we were in Rome this summer: Cesare al Casaletto (not that far--just go), Beppe e I Suoi Formaggi, and Al Ceppo (I know--Parioli--but it's easily combined with a visit to Galleria Borghese, which I find hard to resist whenever I'm in Rome).

Dec 02, 2014
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Local dinner choices in Park Slope

Thanks, Jen. Happy Thanksgiving--back to my kitchen.

Nov 26, 2014
lisaonthecape in Outer Boroughs

Monti trattoria in April for solo traveler?

I stayed in the same neighborhood as a solo traveler two years ago and really enjoyed it. The piazza is a great spot for people watching. You will be steps away from L'Asino D'Oro, discussed frequently on this board. Slightly further away are Enoteca della Provincia, which just reopened under new management, and Nerone, which I haven't visited in years. Maureen Fant likes it; others on the board not so much. Urbana 47 is nearby as well, although it strikes me as more modern, less "cozy trattoria."

Also be sure to visit Al Vino Al Vino--an enoteca, not a trattoria, but plenty of choices for a light meal and a great place to hang out with a glass of wine or two.

Nov 26, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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