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The Met in Venice, and others

Thanks PBSF. Money is always a consideration. I just don't mind spending for excellent food in nice restaurants on vacation. But, that is the catch--if it seems that the expensive food is not spectacular, then I agree, it is better to use one's Euros elsewhere.

I've seen Le Calandre--hope to make it on another trip. This is my first time in Venice, so I'm going to stay in town and not wander outside.

We leave tonight! I'll let you know how it goes...

Mar 26, 2012
Montacute in Italy

The Met in Venice, and others

Thanks for your reply PBSF. The post confirms what I was thinking--don't go to the Met. It is such a shame as I am staying at the Bauer! Do you know much about the other restaurant there, De Pisis? I haven't seen that mentioned a lot on CH. I have read such good reviews about the food at Il Ridotto that I'm happy to go there even if it isn't high end.

HOP, for a one-night money no issue type of restaurant, some would say Quadri, as PBSF mentioned. Perhaps also Da Fiore.

Mar 25, 2012
Montacute in Italy

Florence--Help determine my final picks

Yes Allende, you are right, Il Palagio only has one Michelin star. But it looks so very beautiful:
http://magazine.fourseasons.com/food-...

Thank you for tracking down AcquaPazza barberinibee. I'll see what I can find out about it--sounds promising.

Mar 25, 2012
Montacute in Italy

Florence--Help determine my final picks

I have some ideas after my research but would of course like input from chowhounders.

I will be going in a few weeks, and am looking for high-end, fabulously tasty restaurants for two. I don't eat meat, just fish, so need to take that into consideration. I have read a lot about communal tables in Florence and really wouldn't like that.

I'm looking for dinners for 3 nights.

I have so far:

Definite: Ora D'Arica
Maybe: 1. Enoteca Pinchiorri-- I see it has 3 Michelin stars and is very expensive. I'm thinking in the neighborhood of $500 without drinks for 2? For that price, I want my socks knocked off. Has anyone been? Regrets? Praise?
2. Osteria Personale--Read nice reviews on CH
3. Il Palagio --2 Michelin stars
4. L'Osteria di Giovanni

I'd appreciate thoughts on narrowing my maybe list. Any restaurants I have overlooked?
Thanks for any help!

Mar 24, 2012
Montacute in Italy

The Met in Venice, and others

I am on my way to visit Venice next week and had The Met on my list, but realize the highly-rated chef left last year. Has anyone been there recently? Is it still good? Are there any other kind of high-end places you could recommend? I am looking for seafood and don't eat meat. I'm also not a big pasta/red sauce fan. I have been reading several threads and have also come up with Il Ridotto and Da Fiore and Fiaschetteria Toscana. Sound good? It's my first time in Venice.

Mar 23, 2012
Montacute in Italy