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Pienza, Montalcino and Montepulciano

I second Osteria Acquacheta. We also randomly stopped at La Cascina in Montepulciano & I'm not sure if it was because we were starving, but we really enjoyed our lunch there too.

1 day ago
gina2178 in Italy
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30 is the magic number?

I don't recall seeing a scale and I never said anything like "I'd only like 15 Euros of truffle" so it had to be a fixed supplement. Also - if I remember correctly - at either Bovio or Posta, I selected the truffle menu. Honestly, we went on this trip knowing we were going to spend a small fortune on truffles and wine, so we did not pay too much attention or let it worry us.

I don't share my opinion because I don't consider myself a food expert. I visit Italy every 18 months for a week of good food. I only posted because I had truffles on my mind when this post came up. Yes, you are only asking out of curiosity, but it comes off as a criticism and is the exact reason I and possibly other lurkers do not post. We are have our own opinions & it's easier to keep them to ourselves than to have to justify them.

Sep 26, 2014
gina2178 in Italy

30 is the magic number?

To be clear - for us, I vividly remember there being an additional price if you wanted to add the truffle to the dish, like a supplement.

Sep 26, 2014
gina2178 in Italy

30 is the magic number?

We ate dinner in Moncalvo - tried to split the distance between Malpensa and LaMorra. We stayed at La Locanda del Melograno in Moncalvo which was walking distance to Corona Reale for a bargain.

We have plans to return to Art Suites (highly recommend the upgrade to their best room) - I love truffle season so would be inclined to return then. However, the fog was SO bad that out of our 8 days, we only had decent visibility one afternoon. I'd like to go when there is a good chance I could enjoy the scenery.

Sep 26, 2014
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna Picks?

La Buca & Hosteria Guisti (Modena) are incredible.

Sep 25, 2014
gina2178 in Italy

30 is the magic number?

We stayed in La Morra at Rocche Costamanga Art Suites (Loved) and tried a few places locally for late dinners (to avoid driving): Osteria Veglio, More e Machine, Bovio and Osteria del Vignaiolo. We loved to sit outside at a simple wine bar on a road by our accommodation and enjoyed watching the many trucks speed by loaded full of grapes!

We were in Alba for evening truffle fair renaisance festivities and ate fair food. That was a unique experience! We also braved the daytime market & unfortunately ate among the chaos.

We toured a few towns and found places on the fly too. We ate at the starred restaurant inside the castle of Grizane Cavour - we didn't plan this meal but we thoroughly enjoyed it. Della Posta was a planned road trip - it was a foggy, drizzly day horrible for touring (most of our trip was) and was perfect for a three hour meal next to their warm fireplace!

Our last night before catching an earlier flight was spent in Moncalvo and we ate at Corona Reale.

We don't chase stars, but enjoy good food. I actually have used this forum and your posts Allende for the last several trips we have made to Italy. Sigh. I won't get back to Italy until next June.

Sep 25, 2014
gina2178 in Italy

30 is the magic number?

Hi Ziggy.

We ate our way through the Langhe region last October. We usually paid a 20 Euro supplement for white truffles.

I respectfully disagree with Allende - I ate truffles at every lunch and dinner we had over 8 days and it wasn't enough and it never got old. Admittedly, I'm an addict. It drove my husband a little nuts. :)

My favorite meal was at Trattoria Della Posta - might want to check it out if it isn't on your list!

Enjoy your trip!

Sep 25, 2014
gina2178 in Italy

Piedmont Wine Aficionados

I live in Louisville and have a very hard time finding Barolos and Barbera's - let alone any other Piedmont reds. The one Barbera I do find is the Michele Chiarolo Barbera d'Asti Superiore. It has become our everyday drinking wine at home. I did find Pico Maccario Lavignone Barbera d'Asti the other day but don't have a good or bad opinion on it since I drank it when I had a bad cold and couldn't taste anything. (What a waste!)

We already have plans to visit several enotecas - including Grinzane Cavour - I remember going to the enoteca in Greve and having so many options and being overwhelmed! :)

Thanks for the info and recommendations, DavidT!

Sep 14, 2013
gina2178 in Wine

Piedmont Wine Aficionados

What are your favorite Piedmont wines that you are drinking now for under 100 Euro? What are you buying now to save for later?

I'm not sure what we should be ordering while we visit in October and don't want to be completely ignorant when ordering or buying wine. For example, if there is a year of Barolo that is bad, I'd like to know.

Is there a online resource for this kind of information that you recommend?

Thanks!
Gina

Sep 14, 2013
gina2178 in Wine

planning a trip to Cinnciati OH. need restaurant tips

If in downtown Cincy, try Sotto. Excellent Tuscan fare. Must make reservations!

Jul 16, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Holy cow! Did you folks know of all these Oreo variations?

Where did you find them?

Jul 16, 2013
gina2178 in General Topics

Holy cow! Did you folks know of all these Oreo variations?

The best! I just ate some!

Jul 16, 2013
gina2178 in General Topics

Holy cow! Did you folks know of all these Oreo variations?

Wow. It's sad I've tried all of those.

Jul 16, 2013
gina2178 in General Topics

BEST LOUISVILLE EATS - HIGH END, MODERATE, LOCAL

Don't go to Mark's Feed. Cross into New Albany and trey Feast BBQ. It recently made USA Today's list of hot BBQ joints. It is excellent - try the cucumber kolsch!

Jul 15, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Labor Day weekend in Louisville-- please critique

I'd skip Havana Rumba.

Jul 15, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Bourbon Trail--Lexington, KY

Holly Hill Inn :)

Jul 15, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Thanks for the input. We are actually visiting in later October - but still hope for a nice rainy fall so to encourage a good truffle season.

Jun 04, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Very valuable 2 cents! Thank you!

Apr 29, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

I don't have my travel notes nearby but I wonder if you are referring to the place where you drink wines out of bowls?

Thanks for your input!

Apr 29, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Good to know we are based in an unknown gem - there is not much online re: the place. Do you have any favorite places to eat in the town itself? We are staying at Locanda Del Feudo in the old city.

Based on recommendations here in this thread, I'm going to get a parm tour scheduled. It was an idea that was tossed around for awhile.

This ER leg is rushed - I strongly agree. It wasn't part of the original plan - we like to park ourselves in one spot for a week and take is slow. We are returning to Italy next year & will likely be in ER for at least 10 days.

Thanks for your input!

Apr 29, 2013
gina2178 in Italy

Louisville Bachelorette Party Dinner

Proof at the 21C hotel if you aren't wearing crazy bachelorette party items. ;)

Apr 17, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Louisville best dining

Magnolia 610 - reserve early!

Apr 17, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

BEST LOUISVILLE EATS - HIGH END, MODERATE, LOCAL

If you are a fan of pork, The Blind Pig is excellent! I second Hammerheads and Hillbilly Tea - 610 Magnolia is excellent but book far in advance - at least a few weeks!

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

Mayan Cafe is a winner - then walk over to Decca or Rye for a cocktail!

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

What is the status on Taco Punk? I remember either reading or seeing on the news that they we in financial trouble?

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

If you go to the Holy Grale, you must try the beer cheese & pretzel bread.

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Australians in Louisville - Please critique

Wild Eggs is a favorite - you can't go wrong there for breakfast. We enjoy Toast, but know quite a few who don't feel compelled to return after their first experience,

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

Moderately priced cocktail lounges in Louisville

Drakes at The Summit is a meat market for divorced men and they play the same music over and over again.

Too bad about Meat - a favorite place.

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Kentucky & Tennessee

GNO in June in Cincinnati - staying at 21c Hotel

Myself & my cousin are spending 24 hours in Cincinnati on a Saturday night in June. Our hotel is 21c. We are in our mid-late thirties. I'm a foodie and my cousin is starting to become cautiously open to new experiences. Looking for a dinner that won't exceed $100 not including the cost of wine. We plan on check out the new casino too.

Any suggestion on where to drink & (maybe) dance without feeling like we the oldest in the bar? Or just a neat, not to pretentious or young, bar scene?

Thanks!

Gina

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Great Lakes

Emilia Romagna - Zibello, Modena, Parma

Thanks for your advice, Allende! Spalla is on my list of food to order at La Buca!

Apr 12, 2013
gina2178 in Italy