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Top Notch in Positano or Ravello?

WOW .. that is a hard choice. You did not mention how much you wanted to spend, so that is relevant as well. If I were going to really give someone a gift, I would buy them dinner at Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano ... the diningroom with hundreds of candles and seaside view is to die for ... so beautiful ... I've been to Positano several times (with family, friends, etc.) and have stayed there and elsewhere. When we've stayed elsewhere in town, we have stopped in at Le Sirensure and enjoyed the drinks on the patio and then proceeded on to other spots for dinner. The view is breathtaking! The dinner restaurant, however, is atmosphere to the max. Magical place. The food is excellent also ... BUT ... when I am on the Amalfi coast, I think the real memorable meals are those at more casual, authentic, out-of-the way spots -- Il Ritrovo, Ristorante Santa Croce in Nocelle (up the hill from Positano) or the ones mentioned by emilie above in Cetara and Atrani, which is a bit of a drive away. Search this board, and then check out the websites and see what you think. You are a nice friend!

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Il Ritrovo
Via Montepertuso, 77, Positano, Campania 84017, IT

Jun 22, 2011
PeggyD in Italy

Do we really need every restaurant planned before we go to Rome?

I know this is overkill, but I TOTALLY agree with what has been written ... you need to have a few choices on your list in the various locations where you think you will be so you don't get stuck wasting time and money on something awful. Sometimes your planned restaurant is closed on a day or at a time you thought it would be open, and it is nice to have a plan B and C that is within walking distance. I don't consider myself a gourmet (AT ALL!!) but there is plenty of bad food to be had in Rome, like in every place in the world that tourists go. We all say we want to eat where the locals eat, but I think frequently the locals that live around the hotels I stay in are eating at home. Thus, I have learned not to care who the other patrons are ... and I don't care if they speak english and look (like me) like tourists, as long as the food is good and the atmosphere is what I am looking for. To do that, one must plan! And, surprising at it was to me a few times when I decided to "wing it" a less than adequate meal can come with quite a price!! The persons on this board that are ever so patient to critique my proposed choices for my trips are generous with their time and tips probably because they know that you can get a bad meal somewhere and be stuck with a bill that is still quite high! Ouch! Very disappointing! A little planning (not necessarily reservations for each meal) can go a long way to preventing this!

May 13, 2011
PeggyD in Italy

Looking for recommendations in Varenna (on Lake Como) and Padua Italy & lunch in MIlan for July!!

Caffe Pedrocchi is on my list!! I will look up Tre Scalini next!! Many thanks!

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Caffe Pedrocchi
via VIII Febbraio,15, Padua, Veneto , IT

May 10, 2011
PeggyD in Italy

76th Birthday Lunch for 6 in Milan -- after Duomo visit, before going to Last Supper at 430 --

Need recommendations for a nice bday lunch for my Mom while on vacation in Milan -- we will be going to the Duomo in the morning, quick stop before or after at Vit. Em. II just to see the beautiful shops, and then want to have a lunch before heading to see the Last Supper at 430 pm. From there, we're taking the train back to Varenna, where we're staying for 3-4 days. Any ideas for a nice lunch -- $$ is not a huge factor, but our gang likes local favorites more than fancy!! For example, in Rome, our fave place for lunch is Enoteca Corsi, even when we're nearer to a more upscale place.

Any ideas ??

May 09, 2011
PeggyD in Italy

Looking for recommendations in Varenna (on Lake Como) and Padua Italy & lunch in MIlan for July!!

Planning trip to Switzerland & Italy in July (staying in Wengen) then on to Varenna, Italy and Padua, Italy for 3 days each. Any recommendations for either Varenna or places nearby or for Padua for lunch or dinner would be greatly appreciated. Also while in Varenna, we will be spending one day in Milan (going down and back by train) to see the Last Supper and the Duomo. This happens to be a big birthday for one of our family and I am trying to arrange a nice birthday lunch at a location near the Duomo in Milan.

In Varenna, we are staying at the Albergo Milano, which I understand has a good restaurant so I have reserved there (lakeside table) for the first night there.

In all locations, looking for good food, not too fancy, and willing to take taxi (Milan) or boat (Varenna) or walk to nice spots!!

Thanks in advance for any recommendations!!

May 08, 2011
PeggyD in Italy

50th Birthday on Amalfi Coast

You did not mention where you will be staying. I have only stayed in Positano when in that area, and you will have the birthday of a lifetime ... in fact, based on my experience, you will want to celebrate the big 5-0 again and again. Above Positano, there are several small restaurants that are in the next town up the mountain ... Il Ritrovo is in Montepertuso and Cafe Santa Croce is in Nocelle -- any taxi will take you up there from Positano. The views from there are to die for and the food amazing. Both good food, nice decor but not stuffy in the least!! Happy B-Day!!

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Il Ritrovo
Via Montepertuso, 77, Positano, Campania 84017, IT

Santa Croce di Patrucci
Via Nocelle 19, Positano, Campania 84017, IT

May 08, 2011
PeggyD in Italy

Suggestions for Saturday lunch with 9 year old tourist????

Staying in midtown, walking all over ... gotta hit FAO Schwartz near Central Park, go to the top of the Empire State Building, maybe cross the bridge to Brooklyn ... any suggestions for lunch on Saturday?? Pizza, great burgers, anything super good, and good for young boys walking all over town!!

Aug 19, 2010
PeggyD in Manhattan

Amalfi Coast Dining - Help Please!

Oh my goodness ... that sounds like a trip to heaven with your friends!!! Let me comment on your selections --
Montepertuso - probably Il Ritrovo for dinner (VERY GOOD)
Cetara - probably lunch - should we go to Acquapazza or Al Convento? (LOOK FOR REVIEWS ON HERE FROM ERICA ... I THINK SHE HAS GONE HERE & THESE ARE ON MY LIST AFTER HER REVIEWS ... ERICA ALWAYS HAS GREAT SUGGESTIONS!!)
Big night out - Don Alfonso? Da Gemma? Da Vincenzo? (I have heard Don Alfonso is a great splurge, but I have not gone ... we travel w/ younger ones who can't do "white table cloth" late into the evening ... if Da Vincenzo is in Montepertuso, it was not open last summer)
Others - looking a A Paranza, Hosteria Il Pino, La Brace, Barilotto di Nonno (Barilotto di Nonno sounds like a real find ... I plan to do that next time ... and La Brace is great!)
Any experience with la Capaninna (Pogerola) or Capo D'Orso (Maiori)? (Haven't been to either of these, but if you are staying in Amalfi, you might want to check some of the advice from Ravello ... we ate at Vittorio's Pizza, which was the best pizza we have ever had, and next door was a ristorante by the same name & family that we plan to try one evening next trip ... and in the warm months, Ravello has live music outdoors in the park that is super for walking around before or after dinner!!)
If you want an adventuresome night out, you might also try La Tagliata ... up on the road between Montepertuso and Nocelle ... we stayed in Positano and they sent a car to pick us up for dinner and return us to our hotel. It is a fixed price, family style place ... 35euros each with many courses, wines, and live music on Tuesday nights I think. The view from there is TO DIE FOR and a good value for a very large variety and quantity of food. BE STARVING WHEN YOU GO THERE!! You may be thinking of skipping that spot since you are staying in Amalfi, but you could venture to Positano, do a little shopping and sightseeing, and ask La Tagliata to send the car (tip them a euro or two per family) to pick you up for dinner at a commonly known spot at an appointed time. Then, you can take the bus home from Positano. If you don't feel like arranging dinner at La Tagliata, you have to venture up on the bus that loops around Positano and at least have lunch in Nocelle ... just down the road from Montepertuso ... they have the same glorious view at a restaurant there called Ristorante Sante Croce (I believe) where we had lunch that was sooooo soooooo good, and with that view, I wanted to stay!!! Have a glorious time!!

Feb 15, 2010
PeggyD in Italy

6 DAYS OF EATING ON THE ISLAND OF ISCHIA--BRIEF REPORT----9/09

Erica ... it is freezing here now in Washington, DC and reading this report, I can only imagine those glorious views in Ischia sitting under the lemon trees. Based on your description, I have Il Limoneto on the top of my list for next Amalfi coast trip. We thought Capri was soooo jammed with tourists that Ishia is our next adventure trip ... glad to have some restaurants to add to the list in case we stay overnight. Did you visit food shops or outdoor markets while staying there?? Thanks as always for your very descriptive report. Peggy

Jan 06, 2010
PeggyD in Italy

Honeymoon in Rome and Venice...Where should we eat ?

I agree as well ... just wondering. We are at home a lot ... which is why I need to get the whole gang out of the country to really feel like we are "away" or celebrating. Il Convivio is pretty romantic ... as would be many of my favorite small trattoria ... except for my crazy American notion that a place had to be a bit on the quiet side to be romantic ... in fact, most of my fave spots in Rome, (all over Italy) are pretty loud, funloving and tables talking to others across the room and being friendly w/ other patrons, etc. I am beginning to translate that setting into romantic when the food is right and the walk to and from is not too scary, etc. but it will take a few more trips to Italy to completely change my thinking ... great input you all !! Grazie.

Nov 28, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Honeymoon in Rome and Venice...Where should we eat ?

Thank you, ma'am ... good to know, since I intend to return to both destinations!! But since I have you, Ms. Fant, what is the MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANT that you know of in Rome ??? Small or large, simple or fancy ... what spot do you consider the most romantic?? (Frankly, for me, it can be small, simple, with a special setting and special food, but I am curious about your thoughts in this regard!!)

Nov 27, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Honeymoon in Rome and Venice...Where should we eat ?

When you say "honeymoon" sometimes people think you are looking for "once in a lifetime" type places, or very fancy places similar to when you ask for ideas for a 20th Anniversary or something. Also ... Thanksgiving Day is next Thurs., and many US posters are busy making holiday travel and cooking arrangements. If you are truly looking for affordable restaurants to have traditional Italian food, my favorite places in Rome are spots that are small, in some cases out of the way spots, some more inexpensive than others, but we like Enoteca Corsi (lunch only) on Via dei Gesu, La Piazzetta, near the Colloseum, Cacio e Pepe, near the Vatican, wine bar Cul de Sac (near Piazza Navona), wine bar Casa Blev (great lunch buffet & super wine selection), Trattoria Monti (near St. Mary Major) and my next visit to Rome, I am going to Antico Arco (on the Gianicolo Hill) and Ditirambo, based on reviews on this board. Some romantic spots are the spots for drinks in the nice hotels -- De Russie and Hasler (spelling??), but I'm sure the restaurants at these places are good, but we did not stay for dinner. Search these names and you will see comments on the menu, neighborhoods, etc. Good luck and congrats on the honeymoon!

Nov 21, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Rome - Help needed! Life changing days need good restaurants (and wine)!

There was a posting I read ... it is called "ROMANTIC ROME" and it was originally posted by someone named Northern6, who sought advice on how, where, when to pop the question and rec'd some insightful advice from MBFant ... place to go with great view, the Pincio ... followed by a walk to a romantic restaurant ... like Il Convivio ...with stops along the way for gazing at fancy jewellers. Good luck!

Oct 22, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Rome - Help needed! Life changing days need good restaurants (and wine)!

There were a bunch of replies posted about 6 mos. ago in response to planning the very same event .. lots of good ideas for restaurants in the historic center, followed by a romantic walk to the place for "popping the question" ... I believe the ideas for those spots were not restaurants, but beautiful spots near to GREAT RESTAURANTS ... if I recall, suggestions included the restaurant at Hotel de Russie in the garden, which likely would be too cold this time of year, as well was a suggestion for Ditirambo ... with a walk thereafter to the Trevi fountain ... also suggested was Il Paggliacio, which I understand is wonderful, but I have not been (I believe it has a Michelin Star) and has rec'd rave reviews from persons I would trust ... in my humble opinion, I think your hotel seems out of the way, and will require significant taxi fares to get to many of the great restaurants in the center and near St. Peter's or in Trastevere, but again, it might be too cold to walk as far as one might be willing in more moderate temperatures ... search this board and you will find some great ideas for getting engaged at a memorable spot. What a GREAT city for such as occasion!! Congrats and keep us posted. Peggy

Oct 21, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Rome and Florence

I believe that I read somewhere that Maureen Fant does classes in Rome sometimes ... maybe you should check her website ... if she is doing any sort of half day where you shop with her, then cook and have lunch, i would think that would be really informative and fun!! I have to google to find her but I think it is www.maureenbfant.com ... check it out ... her postings here have taught me so much, I can imagine meeting her would be a huge treat!!

Oct 08, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Amalfi Coast Hounds: Please critique my restaurant plans!

Grazie, Emilie ... Barilotto di Nonno is definitely on my list for next time as well ... maybe I will finally meet Erica there ... seems Erica and Jen and I like all the same places ... we might as well !! I understand what you mean about wanting to sleep in and enjoy your vacation mornings ... believe me, you will love, love, love the chance to savor that view over coffee in the morning ... every day, you won't believe your eyes. In Montepertuso, I was aware of only 3 restaurants -- Dona Rosa (upscale w/ upscale price ... think fancy anniversary dinner type place), Il Ritrovo ... more homemade, but not like a trattoria ... run by a fairly famous chef and his family and they have cooking classes there as well, I believe. There is a 3rd restaurant in Montepertuso that was a family-run pizza pasta place, that had closed last summer (called Da Constantino, I think) ... we went there in 2008 and the view was to die for, and the pizza and pasta were very reasonably priced, but again, not a gourmet stop. If it is open again, it is worth a stop for the view and friendly atmosphere. My favorite lunch place up there is Ristorante Santa Croce in Nocelle -- the next town over -- open for both lunch and dinner, I understand, but we had lunch there. It was DIVINE .. I like really homey italian food quite a bit when we are in Italy -- gnocchi, ravioli, caprese salads, margherita pizzas, and I think we had our best lunch of our trip there. (With wine, of course ... and the walk down was QUITE strenuous in the sun!) I envy you the chance to do those hikes in October ... summer sun and heat was not a joke ... it was hot, hot, hot, and it dictated our interest in venturing far for dinners at locations where I really wanted to try! Just have your priorities of restaurants lined up, and then skip a few if you are overwhelmed ... relax and enjoy ... you will find some spot that is your very favorite surprise spot (maybe a casual, out of the way spot that you just loved) and then go back there again before you depart. They will treat you like family and that will clinch it ... you will be back to Campania again and again!! For us, that spot was Ristorante Il Fornillo -- in Positano -- take the orange bus that circles the route through Positano and get off at the stop that is near the Fornillo Grottoe (tell the bus driver) and then walk just 50 feet to Il Fornillo ... Margherita is the owner and she and her son serve you like you belong to them ... we have been there 4 times and their bolognese sauce was memorable! Ciao and have a great time!!

Oct 06, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Amalfi Coast Hounds: Please critique my restaurant plans!

I don't want to throw off your plans, but let me add my .02 euros to your plan. We did several of the hikes you post about ... very nice ideas, the views are absolutely breathtaking and so will be your photos from those walks ... but our thoughts are more in line with hiking in the morning, having lunch somewhere casual (some of the casual spots are the best food choices) and then lay at the beach, take the bus back to our hotel, aiming to return for a leisurely rest, shower, etc. and then go out for something a bit fancier in the evening for the dinner meal. The problem is (from my humble point of view) you have some fancy places slotted for lunch (Donna Rosa -- more gourmet, Il Ritrovo -- less fancy, but still great dining!) when you will see menu items that will include (or they will presume you will want) wine. If these spots are open for lunch (you need to check -- this is not the U.S. -- some restaurants are only open for evening dinner) if you drink wine with your meal (and you are in Italy on your vacation, so you may want to linger over your meal, wine, that glorious view), you will not be in the mood afterward to walk (read hike) down the 1700 steps down from Nocelle to Positano, for example, or elsewhere. I don't want to spoil your enthusiasm, but pace yourself ... this is your vacation and you don't want to dart from place to place without relaxing a bit. Also, we travelled to Amalfi coast in the summer, and hiking in the afternoon was a bit strenuous, given the heat and all and you may want to be headed toward the beach, etc. Did I miss your time of travel in this string?? You may be planning all this in the fall, when it will be much cooler and less humid and thus, not as difficult to make these walks in the afternoon, but two italian meals (lunch and dinner on the same day) is a lot of food, and you will want to take all that into account. You might end up having cheese, salami and crackers off the balcony of your hotel if you have had a great lunch, so plan for that option as well ... you might want to book just one of your "must do" choices for any given day, knowing that your plans may change to suit your own desires of the day. Just some thoughts ... can't wait to hear how all these places were ... some of them I am still waiting to experience on my next --my fifth visit -- to the Amalfi coast. Ciao and great travels!! Peggy

Oct 05, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Rome - Need Suggestions for 4 Dinners

RomeAddict ... you are correct, by now I think Enrico knows us, as the last two visits to Trat Monti we needed no reservations, but the tortinos were still delectable and crisp white house wine still flowing like water!! They are lovely and still very fun. I am sooo glad to see you are back reading CH and adding notes ... did you see that Fiammetta is closed for renovations?? WHen I first saw that post, I figured you moved to Rome, bought the restaurant and were busy painting it to meet RomeAddict style. Both times I tried to visit in '09 at lunch, it was closed and I talked everyone into walking over to Enoteca Corsi on via del Gesu ... my latest FAVORITE LUNCH SPOT NOW (great gnocchi, great carbonara, great bolognese!!!) and right near my fave church in Rome -- Gesu church just down the street. Fingers crossed that Fiammetta will be back in business before my next Rome visit next summer, hopefully !!! Ciao!!

Oct 05, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Fiammetta in Rome closed for Renovations

we tried twice to go there in July as well, and it was closed ... I figured something was up. This is not a 3 star michelin restaurant, but the basic roman fare was worth returning to in my several trips ... hopefully you are correct and it will be possible to eat that lovely Ristorante Fiammetta fare very soon.

Oct 04, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna - We love food but have a 7 month old!

You sound like a person with the only thing you need to have a great time -- a sense of adventure and common sense. Italians are LOVELY with children and they will welcome you and your WHOLE family with open arms to almost every place. You sound like you have plenty of common sense ... you aren't going to try to take a young child to a restaurant with a star that serves dinner over several hours and several courses. BUT ... as you probably know, lots of good food is found at the less formal places, and lots of great interaction. If you have your big meal of the day at 1pm, your sweet baby may well be in the midst of their nap anyway ... take the carseat as your "high chair" because they won't likely have one, and plenty of things to entertain the little prince -- rattles, toys, cheerios, pacifier, etc., and you will be totally fine. Take LOTS of photos ... we waited till my late 30s to have our boys and if we waited until they were 12 to take them anywhere exciting, we would not have vacationed at all. So go ... explore, take your baby & camera and have a great time!! Report back in ... you will have some memories to share that you would never have had if you had gone without your child because you will have explored a whole bunch of different trattorias and maybe at a more relaxed pace !! Ciao!! Peggy

Sep 23, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Finest of Fine Dining in Rome: for a last visit

Is it me, or is anyone else curious (or shocked & appalled) at the tragic notion of a "farewell to Rome" trip? If I were actually thinking about my "last meal in Rome" (and I can't think of that, unless we are talking about my last day on earth!) I would take a handful of favorite people and go to Enoteca Corsi and have a lunch of Gnocchi, Spaghetti Carbonara and wine ... then head to dinner at one of my many favorites around bella Roma that are well below the blow the budget price range -- La Piazzetta, L'Angoletto, Paris. On the theory that you don't have to blow the budget for a VERY good (and classic Roman meal) ... I always have a few euros left to pocket for the next trip to Rome!! Reconsider and explore a little ... no trip should be your "Farewell to Rome!"

Sep 21, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Positano/Amalfi Coast -- Where do I eat? Where do I stay? Please point me to greatness!

You are most welcome ... thanks to this site, which I discovered before my first trip to Italy in early 2008 ... I now have a group of Italy foodies that I follow and I have learned that if I search the reports of CJT, Zerlina, MBFant, JenKalb, JoeH, SteveG, Erica and RomeAddict, I will sooooo happy with my selections, and not waste a lot of money -- thus, there is good incentive (and some euros left over) to begin planning the next trip. You will love the Marincanto ... ask for the last room on the right on the 2nd floor (facing the sea, of course) and you will have a view that rivals all at the Le Sirenuse (I have stayed there too, but in the off season) and at Marincanto, you will pay about 1/5 of the price. Please go to some of the spots I mention, as now I am adding a few that I heard from Jen Kalb to my list for Ravello next time, and Erica went to Atrani (small village with great food further down the coast) which I also will not miss. Toast us and report in ... we'll be thinking about you on your glorious trip ... and if you ever go anywhere in the world where the view and the weather and the people impress you more than on the Amalfi coast, write me and I will go there next ... in the meantime, I am planning my next (4th) trip for next summer!! Ciao!! Peggy

Sep 12, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Positano/Amalfi Coast -- Where do I eat? Where do I stay? Please point me to greatness!

Ok ... it seems everyone is exhausted from summer traveling, but I will take a crack at answering your question. Go to Positano, and stay at the Marincanto and spend every single day going around to neighboring beaches, towns, islands to experience some VERY exceptional tastes with some of the most gorgeous views. The Marincanto does not serve lunch or dinner, but the breakfast is great (with great cappucino) and you can walk to some LOVELY restaurants from there, and it is mere steps from the bus route that will take you to all the rest. If you are budget minded and want to see some gorgeous views while dining, head up to Nocelle (village in the mountain above Positano) and go to Ristorante San Croce -- very homey italian food with the most gorgeous views in the world (great for lunch or dinner!). For a rustic experience, have the hotel concierge make reservations at La Tagliata -- up in the mountain, where they will send a driver (tip him a euro or two) for a family style dinner (35euros per person including wine) that is about 6 courses long with all kinds of tastes -- seriously, they serve you about 30 different plates of items to taste! For my favorite homemade & very casual dining in Positano, walk (about 20 minutes) to Il Fornillo or take the bus around town and have them drop you off at the Fornillo grotto -- tell Margarita that Peggy sent you for Gnocchi and margherita pizza and spaghetti carbonara (to share) and a view that is lovely off the patio dining area ... another day, take the ferry to Amalfi, and we did not eat there, but it is a beautiful village in a great setting on the sea. You should search the listings on this board as there are Amalfi restaurant choices that I will definite try my next trip. We took the bus up to Ravello in the morning, enjoyed a look around during an outdoor music concert at Villa Ruffolo(sp??) and then had lunch at Da Vittoria ... right off the main Piazza ... they have a fancier restaurant next door, and a pizzeria side by side, but the lunch specials are made by the same folks and they were WONDERFUL. From there, we walked down from Ravello to Minori (another really quaint village) about two hours (to work off our Caprese Salad and Pizza Margherita and pasta from Da Vittoria) and had a swim in the sea at Minori. Two trips ago, we took the ferry from Positano to Capri in the morning, returning on the 3pm ferry ... the Capri village square (at the top) is really great, and we rewarded ourselves after walking up to the top (you can take a taxi) with lunch at a restaurant on one of the out-of the way, winding back passages away from the square ... can't remember the name, but the pasta and salads were great. The weather was too windy to see the Blue Grottoes when we were there, but Capri is something to see. A little fancy and expensive in some parts, but some people have reported that all the "day trippers" leave at night so it might be a nice place to overnight. We prefer to settle in one spot and venture out each day!! For a splurge night -- meaning, only slightly more expensive, back in Positano, we had our hotel call the Il Ritrovo up in Montepertuso (another village up in the mountain) and the food there was very good ... a bit more composed, fancier salads and antipasti, ravioli with interesting ingredients, but still homey enough to serve all tables with bruschetta the night we were there. Twice, we had drinks on the patio of the Sirenuse hotel (once while staying there, but you don't have to stay to enjoy the "happy hour") and it was a thrilling view. We did not dine there because a friend reported he was unhappy with the food, especially at the prices they charge. We like to eat out with a beautiful view, and after all, Positano is all about the gorgeous view, but we ate one rainy lunch at Max's ... near the Lemon Lady Shop in Positano, which has no view, but a great selection of wines and grilled items. Our last trip to Positano, on our last night, when we were going to blow the budget and do whatever, we chose to return to IL Fornillo for more of that great Gnocchi and Pasta Bolognese because the relaxed, casual, homey atmosphere appealed to us and we were welcomed like family! Try some of these tips and I promise you, you will dream of returning for many years after this trip! Ciao! Peggy

Sep 08, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

ISCHIA/ANACAPRI--looking for great food in non-fancy setting

Jen and Erica -- we just returned from Amalfi coast in July and I have yet to organize my notes and contribute a brief report -- but I'm already looking forward to your report. My next trip down that way, we will not miss Ischia, since I have heard it is lovely in a low-key, quality way that I prefer. Have safe travels and great chow and report back.

Aug 20, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Report from Rome and the Amalfi Coast- Long

Great report ... I love Positano and have been there several times. I am intrigued that I never heard about Barilotto di Nonno before ... where exactly is it in Positano? Did you walk there?? We have walked to almost every section of Positano looking for out of the way spots, so this would be fun to try next time. Peggy

Aug 20, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Restaurants in Rome near Mecenate Palace

Since I wrote that original post, I have been to Rome four times and stayed at Mecenate Palace each time. I love Rome, needless to say. One thing I learned is that you can taxi EVERYWHERE in Rome from Mecenate Palace for about 8euros or so, and we went all over for restaurants -- some great some average. We loved La Piazzetta (not far from St. Peter in Chains) on vicolo del Buon Consiglio for dinners of lamb, veal, pasta, Enoteca Corsi (on via del Gesu, serving lunch only, pastas, salads, great wine), we like La Fiammetta on Zanardelli (near Piazza Navona) for pizza and salad and eggplant parm., Cul de Sac is a fun wine bar but we enjoyed it mostly for late night snacks & wine (food is plain, but wine selection plentiful and the place you have to see to believe), we really liked Trattoria Monti ... just down the street from the hotel, as the food is very inventive. I have not tried Agata & Romeo, which is literally just a couple doors down the street from the hotel because it is not the type of place you take 9 year old boys, but for a special anniversary or birthday dinner, it is on my list to try. By the way, I am a great cappucino lover, and I think Vito at Mecenate Palace makes the best ... I had at least 3 every morning !! Enjoy!!

Aug 20, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Montepertuso (La Tagliata or Il Ritrovo) & Ravello (Villa Maria)???

Even if you don't post a full trip report for a while ... give us a little idea of your favorite spots and what towns were they located in ... we'll wait for all your notes later! Ciao! Peggy

Jun 10, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Rome Trip Report (2 of 2)

Wow !! I am overwhelmed, and from this description, sooo jealous! Thank you so much for the wonderful report ... we are looking forward to trying all your choices as well. I was unaware that MBFant was available to guide one through such interesting culinary adventures ... I will remember that for future travels! Surely, you are better versed than I in the menu choices, so I am sure I would benefit even more from an on-site tutorial by Maureen of the fare available at this level!! And, by the way, I was so involved in your descriptions of the meals you had that I think I missed which were at Convivio, or are you posting later on that?? Antico Arco is much raved about lately ... now I know specifically why ... we will go there first and then compare against that! Thanks for your great report.

May 05, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Rome Trip Report (1 of 2)

A great, descriptive, detailed report ... cannot wait to hear about the rest of your trip. Your next 3 restaurants are on my "must do" list and I can't wait to see what you thought. Did you do a cooking class with Maureen?? Can't wait to hear about meeting her! And ... for what it is worth ... asparagus is worth getting just right -- half way between raw and fully cooked, IMHO. And, frankly, isn't that what the italians have taught us about cooking pasta until just al dente??? Can't wait to hear more!!

May 04, 2009
PeggyD in Italy

Lunch near Vatican?

I have been to Il Matriciano twice ... both times for dinner and it was good, but a bit more pricey than I like to spend for lunch. It has gotten mixed reviews on this board, but I had two great dinners there recently. It was popular and busy in the late evening, and we enjoyed a great dinner, with wine, but it took a while, and was a tad pricey. I would go there if you are not rushing off to another plan for the afternoon. I love Rome, and each travel day is precious to me, so I like to have lunch without wine, eat lightly and get on with my itinerary for the day -- probably better to slow down and enjoy the sights, but I find myself trying to cram in as many things during the day and relax in the evening, thus preferring a great meal with wine in the evening. I have not been to Osteria dell-Angelo, but it is on my list for next visit -- two very good friends swear by it and they say it is a good, solid Roman food place with all the "typical specialties" but not too expensive. I don't know if it is open in the evening, as my friends have only been there for lunch -- either before or after Vatican visits and rave about it repeatedly. For what it's worth, that is some input on your list at least. The others, I had not heard of. Ciao, Peggy

May 03, 2009
PeggyD in Italy