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CHEAP EATS ROME

Some suggestions for Trastevere that are quite moderately priced and that have good food:

Da Lucia
Augusto
Da Enzo
Da Olindo

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Da Enzo
via dei Vascellari 29, Rome , IT

Da Olindo
Vicolo della Scala, 8, Rome , IT

May 15, 2011
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[Rome] Spirito di Vino

I was there last summer. Nice food and people, but service was slower than slow. I don't want to wait too long for food, and in addition some Americans at the tables beside us talked and talked and talked and did not stop talking. Maybe a bad hair day for the place because it was the day before they was having their holidays and some friends was visiting. I would prefer the service level of Le Mani In Pasta right beside it, or Asinocotto right down the street.

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Asinocotto
Via dei Vascellari, 46, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

May 15, 2011
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Allergic to Seafood in Genoa

I am going to Genova as well in late May this year after a week in Rome. Some tips from Mario Batali here:

http://www.mariobatali.com/exploreita...

May 15, 2011
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Please review restaurant choices for less than a weekend in Rome

For Sunday dinner I would go to Trastevere and check in at Ristorante Paris or La Scala. Stroll around in the area to raise the appetite.

May 15, 2011
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Do we really need every restaurant planned before we go to Rome?

May 15, 2011
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Rome in June, for the weekend

Some places that are seldomly mentioned here , but that falls in the casual and busy catergory with tasty fresh food and fine service:

Tutti Frutti - Testaccio
Ne Arte De Parte - Testaccio
Avenue 95 - Campo Di Fiori area (not far from Roscioli)
Le Mani In Pasti - Trastevere

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Roscioli
Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

May 15, 2011
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Lunch in Lucca

I would check out Da Leo which was a pleasant experience when we was there. Come early so you get a table together with the locals and prepare some italian phrases.

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Da Leo
via Tegrimi,1, Lucca, Tuscany , IT

May 15, 2011
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What foods would you buy organic?

Non-organic vegetables and fruit should always be peeled and very thoroughly washed before you consume it. Especially those in this list which requires use of a lot of pesticides in standard industrial production:

http://green.yahoo.com/blog/daily_gre...

With organic produce you will save some time on all the washing.

The longer list:

http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/nutr...

Apr 20, 2011
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Why would I use white vinegar?

There is a wonderful Norwegian onion sauce to a long boiled meat dish called "Fersk Kjøtt med Suppe" that needs this kind of vinegar. The sauce is sweet and sour in taste and has typically ingredients like this:

2 ss butter
1 onion
3 ss white flour
5 dl meat stock from the boiled meat (the best is cow with a generous amount of fat)
1 ss white vinegar
3 ss sugar
salt

This sauce is surprisingly versatile for other types of meat like pork chops, entrecote and even some fish dishes.

Apr 20, 2011
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Sadness about El Bulli's passing

Here is a recent article on what Mr.Adria plans to do next:

http://mg.co.za/article/2011-04-01-el...

Apr 20, 2011
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Why are baguettes in the US so bad?

The participants yearly is baguette bakers from different bakeries all over Paris, and they deliver their baguette with the names held secret for the jury. In the Steingarten article when the jury had agreed on the winner and opened the envelope, the name field was blank, as it says that the baker cares more for his customers that winning the competition. Not too bad when the price was 20.000 Francs. Antoine Teixeira from Aux Delices Du Palais was then voted as the winner.

Steingarten recommends to ask for a 'baguette de tradition' or 'a l'ancienne' at the good boulangeries. He list these Boulangeries as his favorites places for authentic baguettes:

Aux Delices Du Palaix
Gosselin
Le Grenier A Pain
Julien
Raoul Maeder
Rollet Pradier
Saint-Ouen

He also recommends Artisan Bakers in Sonoma, California as some which makes a great US version.

Oct 30, 2010
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Is Japanese food overrated?

As I have understood the Japanese kitchen the taste palettes is very much based on the umami side of the scale, especially with the seasonings, and also the noodle and miso dishes. That might lead some people to think that the kitchen is more nuanceless than it really are, while the real fine Japanese cooking is some of the best in the world with a special focus on really high quality ingredients.

The BBC program with Rick Stein in Japan I found quite inspiring:

http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Rick&#3...

Oct 29, 2010
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Spaghetti with ketchup - does anyone else eat this?

Spaghetti is a pretty popular dish served to kids here in Norway, as probably that is a way to get them to eat pasta. At least for those not too used to it.

Me I think most ketchups are way too sweet to use with pasta, making the combined taste much too heavy. A better way to use kethup might be to heat some good quality tinned tomatoes quickly without the juice, and then add a dash of ketchup in that(preferably a more spice variety without a load of sugar). Then some fresh thyme in as well, and it will taste like something.

Oct 29, 2010
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Why are baguettes in the US so bad?

In his book "It Must Have Been Something I Ate" Jeffrey Steingarten gives a quite good description of why the French baguette is something special, and even participates as a judge in a baguette competition in Paris.

Oct 29, 2010
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Help! How do I cut up a wedding cake????

There are a couple of links with some tips for this here:

http://weddingstyle.suite101.com/arti...
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content...

You might also find some videos on YouTube or eHow that can give you some input.

Aug 10, 2010
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Where to go to cook, shop and eat for a week?

If you go down to Puglia as suggested and can be there in early August as well you can catch the Mercatino Del Gusto:

http://www.mercatinodelgusto.it/broch...
http://eventi.itinerarisalento.it/art...

May 19, 2010
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Restaurants and wineries in or near Catania

There is a short thread on that here:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599120

May 17, 2010
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How much would it cost for a fresh truffle dish in Rome?

The Pietro Valentini restaurant in a side street not far from Piazza Navona specializes in different truffle dishes in the season.

May 17, 2010
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Best of Best Rome restaurants

Rome has 1 restaurant on the San Pellegrino 100 Best Restaurants in the World list: and that is "La Pergola".

http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards...
http://www.theworlds50best.com/awards...

What the Romans mean:

http://www.lifeinitaly.com/tourism/la...

A quite good overview from Roma Gourmet:

http://www.roma-gourmet.net/inglese/?...

That said, some restaurants with several Michelin stars can be low value, because they are so expensive and the food is good, but not exceptional. If you want exciting food done by a great chef find some reviews that shows you to the right place, not just a stuffy place for rich folks.

You often get better value going to a place like this:

http://www.venere.com/blog/rome-resta...

A list from Katie Parla's blog:

http://www.parlafood.com/romes-best-r...

A terrifying one:

http://hubpages.com/hub/restaurant-ro...

May 15, 2010
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Salone Del Gusto 2010

Looking good. I'm a Slow Food member and would like to check out some of these happenings. This is a chance to test my Italian capabilities as well. :) What is Teatro Di Gusto?

May 13, 2010
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Venice, Florence & Rome oh my!

If you go for one of the pasta dishes at these 4 places, you should be within your lunch budget I believe. For the dinner budget others here might give more specific information. I was in Rome again now in January, so I am not sure if prices are higher in the summer.

Example of a menu:

http://www.armandoalpantheon.it/menu.php

All places except Trattoria Monti(Marche) have Roman dishes.

http://www.rome.info/food/

If you search for these specific restaurants in the forum you should also get some recommendations for dishes.

May 12, 2010
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Venice, Florence & Rome oh my!

Sorry, for that. Of course it is in Monti.

May 12, 2010
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4 ristorante in Rome: Recommendations

I am making my list of dining places for my July trip to Rome this year, and would like some recent experiences for these 4 restaurants which I could not find much information about in the forum:

Trattoria Restaurant - Via del Pozzo delle Cornacchie
Spirito Di Vino - Via Die Genovesi
Platinum - Via Dei Banchi Nuovi
Gaetano Costa - Via Sicilia

Are any of these worth the trip to check them out? Great food, good value and good atmosphere?

I have been dining at Asinocotto and Le Mani In Pasta right by Spirito Di Vino, and have looked at the menu a couple of times but not had the chance to try it. The others I picked up from the web.

May 12, 2010
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Venice, Florence & Rome oh my!

In Venice, which can be a tourist trap, it would be wise to do some research, and this thread from the forum has a lot of recommendations:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605395

You seem to have found a good way to find great meals in Florence. We had a good lucnh at Ristorante Bibo when we were there in 2008. I have only been to Florence on day trips so I'm not too familiar with the dining scene there.

Here is a link to 3 recommended restaurants:

http://luxuryresorttravel.suite101.co...

For Rome, which is a bigger city, where you have your lunch is often decided by in which area you have planned to stay and explore that day. These threads have a lot of recommendations:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/670201
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/686092
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/704576

You can usually reserve a table the same day, but for the more popular ones like Armando A Pantheon you might have to book a day in advance to be sure.

If you want to explore f.ex. 4 different areas on your trip to Rome these could be som suggestions:

Pantheon - Armando A Pantheon
San Lorenzo - Trattoria Monti
Trastevere - La Scala
Campo Di Fiori - Ar Galletto

May 12, 2010
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Watching the World Cup in Italy

I was in Spoleto in 2008 during the Euro Cup and all the locales gathered out at the biggest bar in the piazza, and there was wild enthusiasm until they lost for Spain on penalties in the end. Then everybody got silent and went home. :)

May 11, 2010
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Downie's _Food Wine Rome_: 1st post: Campo de'Fiori, Ghetto, Capitoline

I was at Ar Galletto this January and had a wonderful couple of dishes there for lunch. It was so warm that we could sit outside, and we were surrounded by only Italians. Maybe that was because of the season, but the experience was very nice. The service was gentle and efficient, and all was handled by experienced waiters.

May 11, 2010
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Florence

Here is a thread with several suggestions, as well as links to more information:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6930...

May 11, 2010
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Testaccio - A Vague Question

Tutti Frutti can be a candidate:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/371089

That is one of my favourite dining experiences in Rome so far. It is not far from the more well known Felice.

A nice overview of Testaccio restaurants is here:

http://www.stranitalia.com/home/index...

May 10, 2010
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Eating our way through Sicily

I'm going to Sicily together with a chef in October this year. We will stay in Scopello. My first time there. That Sicily Guide seems like a fine introduction, thanks.

May 09, 2010
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Puglia and Calabria

This is interesting travel destinations, how did you choose this travel route? Someone here might have been to Lecce before, a place I would like to go sometime, but the other two places might be more hard to get response for.

There are some places in Lecce mentioned in the Osteria & Locanda Guide:

Alle Due Corti - Via Leonardo Prato
Cusina Casereccia - Via Costadura (Slow Food)
Osteria Degli Spiriti - Via Battisti

And for Siderno:

Zio Salvatore - Via Annunziata

Maybe you can have a look at the Slow Food Puglia web site to get some more tips there?

http://www.slowfoodpuglia.it/

You also have the Calabrian Capocollo:

http://www.italianmade.com/foods/subc...
http://winecountry.it/articles/beyond...

May 09, 2010
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