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Triangle Pig Pickin' Help

Mmmmm - yes they are. The 75 minimum isn't necessarily a deal breaker, especially since I don't have an exact count yet. But if the minimum climbed to 100, that would probably be out of reach. Thanks for the responses so far!

Feb 21, 2014
mroylanc in Southeast

Triangle Pig Pickin' Help

I'm planning a party for 50ish people and would like to do a pig pickin'. In my mind that means 1/2 a pig shows up on the cooker, gets chopped on-site, etc. I'm looking for high quality, wood smoked, real deal, traditional North Carolina BBQ that has enough flavor by itself that sauce isn't required. Extras like chicken, ribs, sides, etc. would be nice, but the quality of the pork is primary. Any suggestions? I've searched online and found some options but I've only tried one of them first hand, so I'm looking for some expert insight. Thanks in advance!

Feb 21, 2014
mroylanc in Southeast

Itinerary Advice - Rome, Naples, Lerici, Herculaneum

Appreciate the info (you too cmm2)! We will be in these locations on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. From what I've read those are relatively low probability days to be closed but I'll certainly check. Dinner only would obviously pose a problem!

Re: Rome - I think we will be in St. Peter's Square when our 90 minutes starts. I was assuming it was unrealistic to cross the river but perhaps my sense of distance is off, so if you think that would work I'll consider some of those options as well.

Re: Naples - We get off the boat in Naples and then we're taking a train to see Herculaneum until lunch time. We will either stay in Herculaneum for lunch (and apparently try Viva Lo Re) or get back on the train and head back to Naples and eat there. What time we finish in Herculaneum will probably dictate that choice, though if there is a can't miss option we would certainly work to make that happen. The rest of the afternoon is on our own in Naples. Does that help?

Jun 04, 2013
mroylanc in Italy

Itinerary Advice - Rome, Naples, Lerici, Herculaneum

The grandparents are taking a group of 10 of us (4 kids ages 6-10, 4 parents, and 2 grandparents) on a Disney cruise in the Mediterranean. Breakfast and dinner will be on the boat, but we're looking for some terrific, authentic, local food for lunch when we're off the boat and exploring. Obviously with kids in tow we're not looking for high-end uber-foodie kind of places, but we want to avoid the tourist traps at all costs.

A few other notes:
- With a group our size I assume we would likely need reservations, even though these will be weekday lunches. The four kids can sit at a separate table nearby, but still 10 is a pretty big group. Any specific advice on larger groups would be appreciated.
- We wil usually have about 90 minutes for lunch and will be on foot. Train/bus/cab is definitely an option, but with our time constraints and group size it may be a little more difficult to go that route.
- The kids are pretty adventurous eaters so I'm not concerned about finding chicken nuggets on the menu or anything. But I do want to make sure these places are kid-appropriate as far as atmosphere, etc. We don't want to be crashing people's fancy business lunches or anything.

OK. I always search these boards when I travel within the US and did the same for this trip. For each day I've listed the options I'm currently considering and would love feedback about which option (or a different one I haven't listed) best hits the goals I've described.

- Dei Pescatori
- Il Fagolo

Rome (Vatican area)
- Il Passetto
- Pizzarium
- Romeo

Naples (near Centrale train station)
- Pizzeria Da Michele
- Pizzeria Gino Sorbillo

- Osteria Viva lo Re

Thanks in advance for any advice you can share.

Jun 03, 2013
mroylanc in Italy