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Florence/Rome Trip Report

Thanks to all who got back to me on this itinerary thread I posted: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/884670 and also to Katie Parla and Elizabeth Minchilli for their incredibly helpful apps. Here are our favorites:

Florence:

Fratellini & Da Vinatierri -- great sandwiches on the go.
Obika -- last minute decision our first groggy night there. Perfect because we didn't want a whole meal and so the meat and cheese boards were great
Sostanza -- I absolutely loved that steak. We were seated in the back and pretty much ignored each other and watched them grill those things the whole evening :

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Rome:

All'Oro: We had a reservation at 9 on a tuesday and it was very slow -- were were only one of three tables at their new location. I was nervous but they treated us exceptionally well and the food was great. We did the chef's choice 4 course. With "gifts" it was more like 6 and everything was great -- a favorite was the carbonara sauce served in an eggshell. Wonderful quail.

La Gatta Mangiola: My pizza loving husband was very happy. The special pizza was much better than the plainer one we ordered from the regular menu so my advice would be to order the more elaborate ones.

Pizzarium: More great pizza. I never thought I'd have happy memories of cabbage pizza, but I do now.

Nonna Petta: Decent Cacio e Pepe but very good Jewish-style artichokes (which were in season when we were there).

La Gensola: Probably the warmest service we had in Rome. Very cozy and friendly. Delicious crudo appetizer and swordfish special.

Roscioli: Perfect lunch! Wonderful wine selections, spaghetti carbonara, and Burrata. Also a good place to get goodies to bring home from their attached store.

Ugh, I miss it already :)

Mar 11, 2013
SheilaLarson in Italy

Royal Mile Pub Wheaton, I heard that it is re-opened?

Thought I'd update this thread. Went this weekend and really wanted to like it. The point of the trip was to try some scotches we've never had as I am just starting to get into it. Unfortunately neither the waiter nor the bartender knew anything about scotch (the waiter said the bartender was new). They were also out of a lot of the more expensive bottles. Food was ok, not terrible not great. Was grossed out by persistent flies. Waiter was a nervous wreck. If anyone knows of a bar with a good scotch selection and a knowledgeable staff, I am all ears.

Feb 04, 2013
SheilaLarson in Washington DC & Baltimore

LapBand Advice and Florence/Rome Itinerary Feedback

Thank you - Pommidoro was only there so I could try spiedone di pajata but since my husband isn't in to that dish I pick another place.

Jan 07, 2013
SheilaLarson in Italy

LapBand Advice and Florence/Rome Itinerary Feedback

Thanks -- good tip on the piattino!

Jan 07, 2013
SheilaLarson in Italy

LapBand Advice and Florence/Rome Itinerary Feedback

First thank you to all of you who have contributed to this forum. I've been doing a bunch of research on our upcoming trip and this is my list of lunch and dinner places to hit on an upcoming (late Feb/early March) trip to Florence and Rome. We'll be in Florence for 2 dinners and three lunches and Rome for four dinners and three lunches.

I also have an etiquette question. I've had lap band surgery so while I can eat a wide variety of foods, I can't eat very much volume. The way around this in the US is my husband and I share everything. We'll get say two starters and a main and I'll eat the total equivalent of one of the starters. No one seems to care that we pass dishes back and forth or say we're splitting dishes but sometimes I do have to awkwardly explain that yes, I do like my meal. From what I gather no one really demands that you get all four courses in an Italian restaurant but is plate switching considered rude? At our fanciest meal, All'Oro, I don't mind buying however many courses are required and my husband can either get extra or we'll leave a bit behind but I don't want to be rude. Any feedback would be appreciated.

As for the list, I'd love any constructive criticism/alternate ideas. We want a wide variety of food/experience (though my husband could also eat pizza every day). Is there a rule of thumb for determining which of these will need a reservation? I realize All'Oro and Sostanza will.

Florence:

Due G
Trattoria Sostanza
Il Fagioli

Rome:
All'Oro
L’Arcangelo
Cesare al Casaletto
Roscioli
Pommidoro
Pizzarium
La Gatta Mangiona

Thanks!

Jan 03, 2013
SheilaLarson in Italy