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Doney Restaurant - Rome

Roscioli is nicer - you don't have to dress up, but shorts and flip flops will definitely stick out. Not that they will say anything but you might feel uncomfortable. Also, I do remember there are 6 in your party, is that right? Though Roscioli doesn't take reservations for lunch, it is a good idea to go by the day before or in the morning to alert them you will be coming - they have little tables scattered through the place, 6 at once need some planning.

Aug 03, 2009
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Doney Restaurant - Rome

Please stay away from Mare. On another post I have written about our horrible experience there. In short: Bad service, bad food.

Aug 01, 2009
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Wineries in Taurasi [Avellino] and Basilicata

Definitely visit Azienda Quintodecimo (for some really great whites) in Mirabella Eclano. For red, Basilisco in Rionero in Vulture.

Jul 26, 2009
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Doney Restaurant - Rome

La Pergola is closed for renovations till mid-September....

Jul 26, 2009
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Report from Rome and the Amalfi Coast- Long

Dar Poeta has AC that is fighting against the heat (there is a very limited outside seating area but the wait for that is longer; pizze cost between 5 to 9 euros and they do speak some English. Opening hours: only evenings (7 or 7:30 pm, not too sure, till 1am), in the summer also sat + sun lunch (12:30-3).
It is not Roman pizza, neither Neapolitan, medium thick and crusty (holds its shape) and I think they use corn meal as the finishing touch.

Jul 26, 2009
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Kitchenware - Milan, or the Piedmont in general?

Are you sure you want to schlep kitchenware around with you during a bike tour?

Jul 22, 2009
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Loved Antico Arco - Rome

Definitely let them now ahead of time that one person is allergic to crab and if they could please substitute the risotto for him/her - any restaurant will do its best in those circumstances.
Is there a dietary reason you don't want to have the cheese course? If not, I really suggest taking it. If you really all can't / won't eat cheese (though you are aware there is more cheese before this course?) again, do let them know this beforehand and but don't ask for a substitute. I am 100% sure Antico Arco will come up with a nice little surprise somewhere else in the menu.

Jul 22, 2009
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Loved Antico Arco - Rome

You'll be there in August. Most probably they offered you the risotto with crab & lemon bcs. it is lighter and more seasonal than the heavy nebbiolo & cheese version. Stick with their proposal.

Jul 22, 2009
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Pizza in Rome

Pizza and lunch traditionally don't go together, as the wood burning oven is not operated during lunch hours. What PBSF said is 100% right. Pizza Re is a chain and I would never go there, but then again I live here and can choose. An alternative: Pizzarium, close to the Vatican Museums (Metro Cipro). It is a al taglio (by the slice) place and it is not Roman thin crust, but it is one of the best piza here. The dough is a sourdough that ferments for 72 hrs, so has a lot of flavor - and you get a lot of dough. The toppings are all select, seasonal, the very best producer, etc. I strongly suggest this place. Not a sit down place, though.

Jul 07, 2009
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Help¿ Worth going to Rome in August?

The Trionfale market on Andrea Doria is my market and they *DO* close for 2 weeks in August (around the 14th), some stalls even close for 3 weeks.

Jul 06, 2009
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Porchetta in Florence? And Dario Cecchini ?

Porchetta is Lazio and Abruzzi, so Rome would be a better place than Florence. Try roscioli bakery or la tradizione, for example....

Jun 25, 2009
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Looking for good food in Venice and Rome with child, not too expensive

Rome: Trimani and Cul de Sac are both wine bars that serve food. I absolutely hate Cul de Sac - they are understaffed on all fronts, food is bad, service is slow, place is tight. Only good thing is the wines. If you have to go there, stick to salumi and cheeses etc, where they don't have to cook (and can't ruin). Trimani is inconsistent. Used to be great service, very knowledgeable about wine and good food. If you are into wine, you might be disappointed with the service (not the wines themselves, though). Food is, as said, hit and miss. I am a true believer of Roscioli. Best wine list and best food to go with it and very nice service, too. You can go there with your wife and daughter and everyone will find something she can enjoy. reservation necessary for dinner.

Jun 14, 2009
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Dinner at Roscioli

Absolutely.

Jun 14, 2009
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porto san stefano/italy

Btw, la Pineta in Marina di Bibbona is still a very good fish place, directly on the beach.

Jun 08, 2009
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Has anyone been to Eataly in Turin?

To clear all doubt - quote from the Metro official website: "Only business owners, self-employed professionals, freelancers and institutions can become METRO customers."

May 26, 2009
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Has anyone been to Eataly in Turin?

Sorry, I thought being a registered company automatically means having a VAT number all over Europe, based on what I know of Germany and Italy. May not be so in Switzerland. Anyways, what I meant is the same as what you mean: you need to have a business and that is the information erica needs.

May 26, 2009
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Has anyone been to Eataly in Turin?

Metro, as all over Europe, requires you to have a VAT-number (i.e. your own business) so you can shop there. They are not only about food, so the business can be anything, really, but you do need it.

May 25, 2009
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Ideal Rome & Siena Itinerary?

Thanks so much for the feedback. Hard to find reliable and knowledgeable foodie feedback on Roman dining.

I think we'll have to try Tuna. Sounds like just the right thing for us. Are aware that good fish costs.

Yes, Gensola is rather trattoria level, and at that level and price, we liked it a lot.

Lampara we like a lot. Pricier but everything is very fresh, very tasty and portion size is ok, too. Service nice as well. The first time we walked in there "by accident" and were at first intimidated bcs 1) seemed full of the rich & the beautiful 2) waiter suggested a 5-plate-antipasti combo which we ordered without knowing the price (wasn't on the menu) 3) waiter brought wine according to our wishes but again without price. The food and wine were so good that soon we said "to hell with it, if they are gonna overcharge us, they will, but at least this is great!" In the end, as said above, the food was great, and the prices, too (5-plate antipasti for 25 p.p., fish pasta for 18, wine under 20, no place for secondi!). Great experience and surprise.

Mare we first tried for lunch while it was very new, as it is very close to us. Place was rather empty (3 tables incl. us). Got an amuse (fine), fish pasta was very spicy, as if trying to hide not so fresh fish, but paranza was lovely and it has a special place in out heart. So we decided to go again for dinner (weeks later, if not months). We had seen a 25 euro p.p. antipasti combo and were eager to compare/contrast with lampara. The place was packed this time, service was non existent to bad (were asked 3 times what we'd like to order). First wine we asked from their ca. 30 item winelist - they didn't have. next one, neither. and the 3rd one neither. The waiter offered to bring a wine x that we didn't know, when he returned, we saw it was y. we ordered the 5 plate antipasto. The 5 microscopic dishes that came afterwards would have been an amuse in any other ristorante (and were here too, the first time) and quality of all was terrible - bad fish/seafood in all cases. We left half of our bites (each dish was only one bite) on the plates, while discussing the whole time it it were already the antipasto flight, hoping against hope that they were the little bites the chef was sending before it really started. We realized this was not the case as the waiter came and asked if we'd like primi now or go directly to secondi. We told the quality, as well as the quantity, was unacceptable and asked for the check. The worst meal and worst spent 80 euros of my life. We went home and cooked pasta!

I walk by San Lorenzo couple times a week and always wonder. If you have no good words for it, we won't try.

May 25, 2009
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Ideal Rome & Siena Itinerary?

I know you like tuna on veneto, but how about lampara and gensola? Do you know and like them? Can you compare? ( I know lampara and gensola and don't know tuna [am thinking maybe out of my league]- and btw, that new mare on ripetta? Stay away from it!)

May 24, 2009
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Ideal Rome & Siena Itinerary?

You really should try Roscioli (again). I had some of my best pastas there (and I do not mean the well-lauded carbonara, but rather the fishy ones) and the antipasti are lovely, too (octopus salad, caponata, soups in season etc.). I also had very good tuna and steaks there. And of course the cheeses and salumi you mention, too, especially the burrata....

May 24, 2009
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Ideal Rome & Siena Itinerary?

We definitely need to know the day of the week to check if it is a good idea to do what you planned on that day. But generally:
The testaccio market and the colosseum are barely do-able before lunch, especially if you are food interested. Also, testaccio market doesn't offer too many things to enjoy as a picnic, its produce is more geared towards cooking. But you can go to the closeby Volpetti shop and get your picnic stuff there.
Which Antique market are you talking about (with Vatican)? Lunch around Vatican Museums (note, the museums, not St. Peter's) would be best at Pizzarium, a pizza by the slice place. Skip the pizza bianca from Roscioli in the afternoon if you are going to dinner in Paris, you'll be too full (or have the pizza bianca (with some porchetta!) for lunch)(or eat dinner at Roscioli!).

May 23, 2009
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Special items from Sicily

Pistaccio di Bronte and anything made out of it

May 22, 2009
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Anti-Biotic Free Meat Places in Rome?

If this is a medical condition that has to be stricktly kept, the answer is: there is no such place - or you can never be sure. For such beat, it has to be organic and though there are butchers in Rome where you can buy organic meat and cook it yourself, there is no restaurant serving it I am aware of - and even an organic restaurant wouldn't be a guarantee.

May 17, 2009
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Has anyone been to Eataly in Turin?

There is also an Eataly in Bologna, though smaller. I really can recommend the food. But Bologna and Torino both have great food - outside of Eataly too!

May 17, 2009
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Restaurants in/near Devia Marina or Cinque Terra and Milan- need help

Close to Deiva Marina there is the lovely little town Moneglia. Eat at La Ruota.

May 17, 2009
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Local eateries in Rome

But jen, Roscioli does have other, real, breads, too, like the Lariano you mention, then a whiter version of it, a full "integrale", one with nuts, one with olives, lately also a baguette made of kamut, then the little tozzetti....

May 08, 2009
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Val Gardena/Ortisei: Hotel Food?

Best hotel (and food!) in St. Ulrich (and the area) is Adler. Take their half board and you'll be very happy!

May 06, 2009
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Rome and Florence trip

I just talked with a well-informed someone in the business: The american company that was behind the scenes in L'altro mastai invested 800.000 euros last year. But the money never came back in, so they have closed. permanently. They had plans to add a mini-version to the huge structure in the middle of termini station, but that plan is also shattered (money, crisis, etc.). The chef is looking for work in Milano.

Apr 30, 2009
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Rome - Some Specific Questions

To further mbfant's excellent advise: 4+6) Roscioli is a great place, very high quality. If you want to go there for dinner you HAVE TO make a reservation. And: Roscioli does offer one of the best (and widest) wine by the glass possibilities in town.

Apr 30, 2009
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Best Pasta Carbonara in Rome

well, they do change the menu almost daily, according to the market, so I go with that, but just to give you an idea of some (past) possibilities:

antipasti: caponata (I know it is not a rare thing, but not as they make it here, with a lot of dried fruits), octopus salad (again, not rare, but when they do have it, it is lovely), burrata with semi dried tomatoes+taggiasca olives+the best alici.

pasta: anything they have off the menu and involves fish and/or seafood, like scallops/bottarga/pistachio I still remember after over a year, soups in the season.

seconds: tuna fillet, hamburger (not what you think!), any meat

Also, all cold cuts and cheeses.... the very best quality all of them.

Apr 29, 2009
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