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EATALY in Rome -- David Downie's erudite take

They were. I was asking about different cheeses and meats and they were giving me samples.

Dec 13, 2012
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EATALY in Rome -- David Downie's erudite take

I spent quite a bit of time in the NY store asking to taste different meats and cheeses at the counter in the section with all the high top tables. They were very nice and helpful to me in finding a good variety to take to a party.

Dec 13, 2012
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Malatesta Vs. Barbone Vs. Da andrea

Good to know.

Oct 25, 2012
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If not Taverna dei Fori Imperiali, where?

I had the opposite experience at Matozzi in Naples. I made a reservation on the phone and was seated in the main room. Everyone was very friendly and nice and it was a fairly busy night.

Oct 24, 2012
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Malatesta Vs. Barbone Vs. Da andrea

I consider Malatesta my standby when I don't know where I feel like going. It is reliably good and it has a good, relaxed vibe. I went to Da Andrea when it was on Hudson but haven't been back since. I would say it was ok but not much more.

Oct 24, 2012
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Need help, organizing a corporate dinner 35+

You're right. I checked our contract. It was $135 per person plus bev/tax/tip.

Oct 19, 2012
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Village/Downtown types, please weigh in: Commerce vs Cafe Cluny vs . . .

I really like Bread. Cafe Cluny was very young/trendy when I went for brunch. I didn't find Commerce that loud.

Oct 18, 2012
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Great meal, excellent experience (prefer pasta)

They were looking at Butter and it is only a few blocks from there.

Oct 18, 2012
klc137 in Manhattan

Resturants near Gershwin theatre

There is terrific Neapolitan pizza at Don Antonio on 50th just off 8th Avenue. They have a full menu and the pizza is really good. And they have a delicious dessert of small fried dough strips with warm Nutella that kids love.

Oct 18, 2012
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GREAT FOOD IN SIRACUSA SICILY

I loved Caseificio Borderi too. They were so friendly and nice. They gave us numerous samples of food and wine and even wrapped up some salami for my father who was back in the room. When I tasted it I said my father would love it and tried to order some and he insisted on giving it to me as a gift. We all bought the tricotta and I so wish I had bought more. It was beyond delicious.

Wish I was going back soon!

Oct 18, 2012
klc137 in Italy

Need help, organizing a corporate dinner 35+

I did this at Craft once and everyone loved it.

Oct 18, 2012
klc137 in Manhattan

Where to eat from Lincoln center to port authority

Nizza on Ninth at 45th is very good for lunch. It is one of my standby spots in that area.

Oct 18, 2012
klc137 in Manhattan

Great meal, excellent experience (prefer pasta)

Have you considered Porsena? It is on East 7th just off of the Bowery near Cooper Union. It is an Italian restaurant with a pasta focus. I've been a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed it. It isn't that far from you and would definitely fit in your budget.

Oct 18, 2012
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First Time NYC Visit For 2 Days (Rooftop, Beer Recommendations)

DA was opened by a person that owns a pizzeria in Naples and the guy that owns Keste.

Sep 28, 2012
klc137 in Manhattan

One night in Times Square, mother/14 yo daughter, her first time there, yes, we're foodies! Recommendations?

Don't go to Carmines. It is NOT good. Every dish is seasoned the same so they all taste alike. There are hundreds of better Italian restaurants in NYC.

Sep 27, 2012
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First Time NYC Visit For 2 Days (Rooftop, Beer Recommendations)

I'm not wild about the rooftop at Eataly. The other suggestions are all good. The Empire Hotel has a nice roof across from Lincoln Center.

For craft beer I suggest The Pony Bar. It's at the corner of 45th and 10th Avenue, near your hotel. They are constantly changing the taps there and it is all American craft beer.

I prefer Don Antonio. Keste is very good too.

Sep 27, 2012
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Our Italian Tour (Venice - Bologna - Pesaro - Naples - Rome)....What would your perfect "foodie" schedule look like?

Naples:

I really liked Donna Teresa and Cantina di Via Sapienza for lunch. I liked Europeo di Mattozzi, but didn't love it. I enjoyed Osteria Castello and Osteria La Chitarra and Hosteria Toledo for dinner. For pizza, my favorite is Di Matteo and my second favorite is Starita. I didn't like Decumani very much, Brandi was just eh and Da Michele is bad.

Sep 06, 2012
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What Italian food items do you bring back to the U.S.?

Alps (it's not Alpi) is the company I was talking about. They provide a hot sopressata to Maialino that is pretty good. I called the company in Long Island City and they told me to go to Di Palo.

There are a few good ones that you can buy at Salumeria Rossi on the UWS. I have yet to identify one I like at Eataly. Although there is one capicola that is pretty good there.

The one I used to buy at Balducci's when it was still a family run business on 6th ave was my favorite and it must have been an import that is no longer allowed because I have never been able to find it.

Aug 10, 2012
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What Italian food items do you bring back to the U.S.?

I brought a hunk of tricotta cheese back from Sicily this summer. Anyone know where to find it in New York? It was so good.

Aug 09, 2012
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What Italian food items do you bring back to the U.S.?

Ok. I don't know any Italian shops in Brooklyn so I guess I'll stick to Di Palo on Grand.

Aug 09, 2012
klc137 in Italy

What Italian food items do you bring back to the U.S.?

Where in Brooklyn? I'd love to know. I do like one sopressata in particular that is made in the US and sold at Di Palo on Grand but other than that I find it hard to find what I like in stores. And to get that I had to ask the waiter in Maialino what it was and call the company to ask who sells their stuff.

Aug 09, 2012
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What Italian food items do you bring back to the U.S.?

This recent trip was the only time I haven't brought some kind of salami back. I just never got around to it. I did bring olive oil and cheese and I bought them half way into a two week trip and completely forgot about them so I didn't put them on my form. No problems with them. But you never know. I found the one time I had a connection through DC to have the most visible enforcement with a lot of dogs, opening of suitcases etc.

Aug 08, 2012
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What Italian food items do you bring back to the U.S.?

Not always. I have brought back meat many times. Get things shrink wrapped and they are harder to detect.

Aug 07, 2012
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Palazzo Margherita Basillicata

I thought the same thing.

Aug 07, 2012
klc137 in Italy

First time in NYC: rate my choices please

If you want to try American Craft Beer head to the Pony Bar on 10th Avenue at 45th street. I know it's not in the East Village but they have a great and constantly changing selection of beers. It's well worth the trek.

http://hk.theponybar.com

I liked Ed's but I do prefer Luke's. I also prefer Craft over Colicchio and Sons.

Aug 06, 2012
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Naples - best area for 5 day apartment and dining

We ended up at Starita. I tried the Montanara. It was really good but I think I would stick to the margherita in the future. The rice balls were good but I think they are better in NY. We finished up with the agnolotti with nutella, which everyone loved.

We got there at 8:15 and left around 9:45. I could not get over the huge crowd waiting to get in when we left. You had to fight your way out the door and across the street. That alone was worth it to see.

Jul 16, 2012
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Naples - best area for 5 day apartment and dining

I'll have to map it out. That could work. Thanks!

Jun 28, 2012
klc137 in Italy

Naples - best area for 5 day apartment and dining

I would love to go to La Notizia but it is a trek and I don't know if we have time since we are only in town one day. That's interesting your cheese was dried out - never had that happen there. Although there are bad nights everywhere. I am itching to go to Starita but again, the location.

Jun 28, 2012
klc137 in Italy

Naples - best area for 5 day apartment and dining

We ate all over, mostly outside of the neighborhood. I went to Europeo/Matozzi. We got a seat in the main room and the seafood was very good and the service was warm and friendly. We also went to Cantina di Via Sapienza, Osteria La Chitarra and Donna Teresa, based on recommendations here. Did repeat visits to Hosteria Toledo (I got there and realized I had been there but didn't know the name) and Di Matteo. I also tried Osteria Castello, which was very good and Decumani which I wasn't too impressed with.

I will be there for one night en route from Sicily to our departure in Rome. My parents want to stop specifically to eat pizza. I'm torn between Di Matteo, which I love, and Starita which I have only been to in NY. I have a feeling Di Matteo will win out for ease of location.

Jun 27, 2012
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Naples - best area for 5 day apartment and dining

It wasn't a bad location for getting around Naples and doing day trips outside the city. I liked the apartment, it was cheap (50 euro a night in Nov) and very nice, had two bedrooms and two bathrooms a brand new ikea kitchen, and the owners were great to deal with. But you are right, it's office-y. As a matter of fact we were on the same floor, but through a locked door and down the hall from, a taxi dispatch (which was handy) and a lawyer that seemed to be dealing with immigration issues. The metro is not done.

The only other place I have stayed is Chiaja del Charme and with relatives in Torre del Greco so I don't know what staying in a another neighborhood would be like. When I go back I think I will try something more in the Dante or Bellini area just for a change.

Jun 27, 2012
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