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Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Sure Sam. If you read the reviews from various sites on ratana they (to me ) went from glowing to bad as mine....i think at best , uneven but that pasta dish to start for me was as bad as my Husbands gazpacho was good. So depends on how risky you want to be. And frankly if they cant handle a party of that size they shouldnt take the reservation. And i toned my review to be softer than i felt as i didn't sense any apology or regret following this event. There was a lot of head shaking but clearly the staff was generally overwhelmed yet getting on to the next one. We were leaving without one main , no dessert, half finished wine ...No apology from other than the harried waiter and that was weak at best. And it was chaotic.
Re Rebelot we had the panzanella and the market salad , my husband had the fish of the day and I the roast beef salad. It was just a sincere and good feeling to the place. And i will tell you if you keep it a secret....there is this little neighborhood place called Mes Amis.......for all resevations we used the hotel concierge 3-4 weeks in advance. Mes Amis you could walk in , Ratana full at 9 and Rebelot warming up at 10pm Enjoy! 45 minutes and we will be back to Boston. Exhausting ...

about 22 hours ago
Capeannetoo in Italy

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

In the air returning from the sweltering city that is Milan. We arrived delayed from Paris and had a late bite at our hotel The Park Hyatt which is reputed to have an excellent classic club sandwich. I totally agree. We had many cocktails and coffees in the bar there and their generosity with olives, nuts , arancini and all sorts of small bites was indeed unexpected and welcomed.

Trussardi alla Scala - Our first official meal, a lunch. I found it to be fine. Nothing more or less. We are talking the upstairs dining room which in retrospect i think a bit souless ...expensive for what it is and i wondered if we would have enjoyed ourselves more downstairs in the cafe. But it was a must do as we have a greyhound at home and the iconography was enough to make me happy as we missed her a lot by now on this trip. I started with a small portion of the gnocchi ( fabulous) followed by a regular portion of the beef....fine. Good but pricey wine list. Been there done that.
Rebelot - Dinner. A joy. Fun silly creative and the ? Owner/ Manager treated us with great care. Lots of gifts from the kitchen and we shared 4 or 5 small plates. Not too heavy on such a hot evening and clearly a happening spot. Recommend.

RatanĂ  here is where the wheels came off. We loved the setting in such a beautiful building. We had a table for 2 where we could observe the kitchen pass thru. My husband started with the green gazpacho and he loved it. Fresh and invigorating. I started with the tagliolini in red pepper sauce which was an enormous portion. Pasta perfectly cooked but was too much by 3 for a first course for one person and the red pepper sauce imo was cloyingly sweet and i was bored in no time. Bread arrived after first course. But not much else did. We had ordered the meatballs as an intermezzo. Never arrived. Granted they had a party of 18 sit shortly after we arrived but we waited and waited an hour. The meatballs MIA were forgotten and the mains came. When my veal cheeks with mashed potatoes arrived it was stone cold. Not room temp. Cold. There was a half hearted attempt by the waiter to replace or warm it but by then i had no appetite. The meatballs and the veal cheeks were removed from the bill and we quickly removed ourselves from the room. Best forgotten.
But Jangita to the rescue! We reserved at Mes Amis and it was a perfect ending to our trip. Clearly a neighborhood gem. And i mean a precious gem. Exactly what i had hoped for. We were so warmly greeted by Anna. Wine flowed immediately ( 2 bottles!) i started with the eggplant parmesean and my husband with the smoked fish. Generous and delicious. He did the branzino and i the veal milanese. Total perfection! Kind staff, attentive service and excellent food in an elegant yet neighborhood setting. Anna did not know about Chowhound but i showed her and told her to watch for this review. Thank u J for the insider recommendation! All in all, the end is what you remember! Ciao!

1 day ago
Capeannetoo in Italy

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

A quick follow up and thank you for years of recommendations. Quite contrary to my original ask , we dined at Les Climats on Saturday evening. The Initiation menu was excellent, we had fine and professional service and this is a spot we have intended to try and for one reason or another have missed. We would gladly return. Sunday lunch was Les Tablettes JLN and we were greeted very graciously even though i screwed up the reservation and was 24 hours late. A refined and quite leisurely meal. Having spent a week cooking in a villa in the Var, 30 magnificent hours in Paris followed by 4 nights in Milan , i am quite certain my end point for air travel to Europe will forever be CDG. There is no City quite like Paris .

1 day ago
Capeannetoo in France

Montauroux and environs

For those traveling to the Var, La Marina was perfectly fine for a large family meal ( 10 people in Montauroux Center). leClerc hypermarket has every conceivable thing you might need for a full week of relatively fine dining. We grilled beef on a wood fired grille , roasted 3 Bresse chickens and roasted pork loin which was delicious. Every morning there were great croissants as well as brioche pastry from Pain Boulangerie on the plain and we got a killer birthday cake from the patisserie on the opposite end of the plain. No need to go out much as our villa was completely stocked with every cooking gadget and with the roads leading to it, no way did any of us want to drive at night. Lovely lovely part of France. And boy was the wine good and inexpensive !

1 day ago
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Ok so i am a just a bother. After careful consideration ....Les Climates. Been on our list forever ...who gets tired of excellent French cuisine. Thanks for thoughts and recommendations.

Jun 09, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Okay. Dont ask and i wont tell. Sorry for the Asian firedrill. We are reserved at Les Climates. On our list for a long time and i never met a Burgundy i didnt like. Another helpful to others but waste of your time from me post. Thank you.

Jun 08, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Thank you all ... We have bagged Un Posto on the buffet comment alone. We may play this lunch by ear as some of the finest memories we have are the result of " stumbling" onto a place. We are abandoning Amio Nadia as well, as stuffy isnt us. This is our last dinner in Milan on our FIRST trip to Italy and also may i mention we are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary so we want this night to be fun, great food and great wine without pretense...Jangita , Mes Amis sounds delightful but i am not sure special enough for this celebration. WDYT? I will re-research this board which i already researched but any suggestions for that kind of night would be so welcomed. For those familair with Paris we would have this night at L'Arome or if it still existed Lucas Carton. In Spain it would be La Casidra in Barcelona or Arzak in San Sebastian. We are from Boston and this night would be Hamersleys back in the day. Or Icarus. No place meets the criteria now .....Thank you so much for the input.

Jun 08, 2015
Capeannetoo in Italy

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Here is the line up for our whirlwind tour of Milan. All thoughts appreciated.

Sunday late arrival from Paris: Camilo Benso at 22:00

29th June
Trussardi alla Scala - party of two at 13.00
Rebelot - party of two at 20.30

30th June
Un posto a Milano - party of two at 13.00
RatanĂ  - party of two at 20.30

1st July
Viola enoteca - party of two at 13.00
Aimo e Nadia - party of two at 20.30

Price and location not a factor. Any clunkers ? Thanks.

Jun 07, 2015
Capeannetoo in Italy

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Pti. We did Timgad years ago and i have the gift of an ashtray( truly gifted not lifted) to prove it...when there were such things as ashtrays. It was ok but i felt strongly that the majority of the clientele were men having dinner with their " nieces" ..ha. Food not inspiring. Interested in Chez Rene ( i know not the one in the 5th). At the end of the day we are happy to downscale atmosphere for food and can have our " blow out aka elegant" dinner in Milan. These cuisines interest us. Thank you.

May 17, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

OP here. Thanks for the helpful comments. To clarify my reasoning, we will be arriving to Paris from 7 days and nights in the small town of Montauroux where research thus far has indicated that with the exception of the occasional pizza joint the restaurants are indeed Provencal and traditional French focused. We are a large group with 3 teens and i dont see us trekking back into Nice for a meal. Then we break off as a couple for one night to Paris. Next step of journey Italy where i am sure we will get our fill of good Italian so one more cuisine eliminated. As mentioned Husband could well be a pescatarian. Me hardly so that rules out sushi. And high end was simply to narrow scope of recommendations to special occasion worthy in recognition of milestone anniversary. My natural inclination for this type of an evening would be L'Arome in the 8th but fearing we would be weary of " French" focused food i broadly used the term Asian. There are some fine recommendations here and i thank you. PhilD if you have such a recommendation for North African cuisine it would be welcomed. John not quite enough time btw Montauroux and Milan to take the trip to China. Pti on your original list we have done Diep and Tang and enjoyed both. Plan to look carefully into Toyo. Thanks.

May 17, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

Thank you. More homework to happily complete.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

A couple of shout outs.

Spent a few days in your fine City on combination of business and solo pleasure. Loved Trinity in Clapham. Third time there ( from Boston). Menu was a bit fish centric tor me but we did tasting with pairing and all were more than satisfied. Feels like a secret special neighborhood upscale gem.
Roux at Landau. Lovely with exquisite service. Happened to be election night so the drama of BBC across the street added to the fun.
I dined alone at Moti Mahal and with the exception of having the bad table ( btw kitchen door and serving area) the experience was lovely. I made the mistake of ordering the lentils cooked in coals for starter which is more liquid than solid but it was so delicious i scooped it all up with great naan.
Had a solo dinner before theater at the Savoy Grille. This war horse has never disappointed me and the kind service for a solo diner and the amazing Dover sole made a perfect night.
Finally a super shout out for Dean Street Townhouse. Saturday brunch and a totally delicious cobb salad with a half carafe of wine made for a super pre theater meal.
Love London. Thanks for your hospitality.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in U.K./Ireland

One night, one dinner, one big deal.

We are spending 7 nights in Montauroux with extended family. Doing our research there. Spending 4 nights in Milan just the 2 of us and will do my research on Italy board. In between we have one night in our beloved Paris. Feel we will be in the mood for very high end Asian for a blow out dinner. Think we will be Frenched out and headed to Italian central. This is the night we will celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. Its a Saturday end of June. Husband big fish lover. Me not so much. Thinking Kei but havent been able to locate recent opinions on the board. Location and price not important. Do you support Kei ? If not where would you recommend? Many thanks.

May 16, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Just an invited guest who was a frequent flyer at OTTO when we visited NYC. Nice of them to remember us when they came north. Bugsey34 We made our reservation for dinner tonite when we left Tues night. But I got opentable notice that they were listed. Haven't checked yet. FYI I had the much touted Marta ( Danny Meyers) pizza in NYC last night. It was good. Babbo Enoteca better imo. Think I will need a 12 step program.

Babbo Pizzeria. Enoteca

Went to F&F soft opening last night. It was fabulous. We are big fans of OTTO in NYC and this is indeed that plus more. More ambitious and extensive menu and larger portion offerings with great stuff coming from wood fired pizza oven, grille and ability to deep fry. Pizza totally different from NYC in a very good way. Service was efficient , informed and kind even with first night jitters. Energetic room but it wasn't distracting or headache inducing at all. As per OTTO bread sticks and rustic baguette wrapped on table. Wine served in quartinos. We had Bobbo chopped salad which was perfectly dressed and had many veggies in addition to several lettuces and chopped ham, then pepperanato nicely nicely done , meatballs ( beef and pork) which were large but fluffy not too compressed but not falling apart in a good red sauce Round 2 we ordered a Margherita pizza thin crust nice char not overloaded with mozzarella or basil. Not a slice left. And we had an order of the grilled hot Italian sausage. 2 huge links with good char ( too much to finish ). But did absolutely have to share an order of olive oil gelato. Perfect ending. I think portions more generous than NYC but prices not inflated in fact more than reasonable for the location ( pizza was 9 bucks and substantial in size) with definitely more ambitious offerings including several grilled meats ...Dennis from the bar in NYC is very involved and was in full training mode last night. Outdoor seating on the way for summer months. Open 11- midnight 7 days a week. We live very close by and now have an excellent reason to walk over the bridge. Likely a few nights a week! A wonderful addition and a very laudable maiden voyage. Suspect will be a tough ticket quite soon.

Montauroux and environs

Thank you Pennafort menu looks perfect for my husband and me while Moines appears that it may accommodate a family meal. Much appreciated.

Mar 22, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Montauroux and environs

Have rented a villa in Montauroux for family reunion. End of June. 7 adults 3 kids aged 9,11,13. Well behaved , relatively good eaters in fact 13 yo has loved foie since she was 3 . Looking for a place or two in Montauroux or within 20 min drive for a family meal ( lunch and or dinner) and also looking for more upscale where my husband and I can dine alone. Again lunch or dinner. Expect to eat most often in villa and understand there is a supermarket in Montauroux near the villa. Any recs re specialty food shoppes for cheese bread etc welcomed. Parigi I have seen your mention of La Jas de Soupie but not sure it is still open as can't find much on web. Love a good roast chicken and that would have been heavenly. Are we doomed to haul back to Nice? If so that will be the rare lunch. And therefore would appreciate strong recs in Nice as well. Price not a consideration. Never been to south before and very happy to be going. Thank you for your thoughts.

Mar 21, 2015
Capeannetoo in France

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Took advice to call Four Seasons concierge and the line up now is :
Thursday Nota Bene
Friday Bar Isabel ( hoorah)
Sat Splendido
Sunday Dim Sum Luckee
Thanks everyone and I will report back.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Thank you so much for taking the time to write the above. Immensely helpful. And I will report back.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

But original question ...Is Carbon corporate and staid?

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

No but I will thanks. Raval looks too fish centric for me ( perfect for husband) ....Is Isabel more balanced ? I thought more non fish options at Isabel which would make me happy.

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Thanks for the quick and thoughtful responses. Flipped out Opus for Splendido and Crown Princess does not appear to accept reservations. I will call tomorrow as Dim Sum is not a strong suit in Boston. Is Carbon corporate? We were looking for something fun and interesting for Friday night. Bar Isabel fully committed which would have been my first choice for Friday. Ideas for runner up?

Unexpected weekend. Help please.

Next weekend we are coming from Boston. 3 dinners (thurs fri sat) have been reading the board along with a few recs from well Toronto traveled friends. Here are the dinner reservations: Nota Bene , Carbon and Opus. Any mistakes? Need a rec for brunch Sunday , staying at Four Seasons and flying out of City airport. Eat most anything. Price not a consideration, just food..... And wine! And a place to linger for a couple of hours between check out and 4pm return flight Thanks very much.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thanks everyone esp CHamster. It was perfect. We had 20 people and a wee one ( 7 mos old and not a peep from him) Bella took great care of us and I highly recommend both the salads and the delicious pizza. We ate til we couldn't and little ETOH ...more than reasonable check. Big tip for big accommodation. Gave credit to CH ( chowhound and c hamster) for the find. Very much appreciated support during a difficult time. Thank you.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

All set with just an email. Colleen incredibly helpful. Thanks All.

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Bingo. Calling now. Thank you !

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thanks Hamster. Any opinions on Tavolo at Ashmont. Also very close ... Sonnys and VR were always dreadful even 40 years ago!

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Thank you both. I have done the Commons as well but after the funeral service. This will now be 16 adults I think just looking for pizza , salad and drinks. This will be after the wake the night before the funeral so they prefer pizza to sit down coursed dinner. Private room not an absolute but if you were to choose btw Sonnys or Villa Rosa ( is it still even there?) or any better pie ...where? Google is my friend. I am looking ....

Need Dorchester Lower Mills Milton help post wake tomorrow

Need to locate a casual spot for 10-15 family members post wake Tues at around 730. Doubt any children. Extended family who haven't seen each other in a long while. Happy with pizza and drinks.Wake in Lower Mills...my vintage when I lived in the area was Sonnys , Villa Rosa or Venezia. Any thoughts...not too expensive. But a step up from a bar would be good. Some elders (80+) so accessibility and parking really helpful. Pegmeister are you out there? Many thanks.

I am in sympathy with my Parisian food lovers

Rachel lots of adversity , but persevered as long as they could. Totally awesome steak frite if I recall..

Jan 15, 2015
Capeannetoo in France