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Parmesan producer tours with emphasis on tasting?

I am not sure if you are back but I went on a private tour at a dairy near Parma that was fantastic. We definitely got to taste. I arranged it directly with the Consorzio. . This was entirely private. No tourists or facilities for tourists.

Select Italy will arrange a (pricey) half day private tour with tasting, lunch and will also include a visit to an azienda producing Prosciutto. It was a great day as well.

Whenever I am driving along the A1, I get off at Reggio Nell'Emilia and stop at the Latteria Due Madonne. The cheese is wonderful. Via Abramo Lincoln 3.

Apr 14, 2013
jslisko in Italy

Athens Report

We spent two nights in Athens and feel compelled to report on our experiences. First, we dined at Ta Kioupia. The meal was a fixed 50 euros per person. There was an abundance of food and it was delicious. We ate traditional food prepared in an updated manner. We couldn't finish everything even though we loved it all. The service was excellent. They would have happily brought us more food if we had room. The appetizers were a yogurt and beet salad, an updated greek salad with bread crumbs and specially marinated feta, chick peas puree, meatballs with a delicious tomato concasse, a garbanzo flour bread, eggplant salad, a modern tzatziki with sesame bread, and more. It just kept coming. The meat course included pork roast, chicken breast in wine with walnuts, perfectly grilled veal, chicken in yogurt over eggplant. Dessert came after a watermelon granita with feta cheese. Chocolate mousse and a cooked cream with caramel. Both excellent.

The second night we went to Kuzina. This has the potential to be a wonderful restaurant if you are Greek. If you are not, I suggest you stay away. Located just below the Acropolis and a lovely 15 minute walk from Constitution Square, this locale has a roof top terrace facing the Acropolis. The only problem is that the tables with a good view seem to be reserved for Greeks and tourists are sent to the back. The food is creative. Some of it worked and some of it didn't. Dumplings with cheese in a berry sauce were very good. The smoked eggplant and the fig soaked in anise and ouzo did not taste good. The problem is that no matter how good the food, they treated us very poorly. We are seasoned travelers who spend three months a year in Europe. I haven't experienced such snotty treatment since our honeymoon in Positano 18 years ago. The good tables were allegedly pre-booked even though our concierge indicated that they had reserved one of the up front tables for us. We waited half the night and one of the tables with a good view remained empty, until a party of two walked in at 11 p.m., didn't like their table, and moved to the table for 5 with a good view. This is after we asked nicely to be moved twice. The waitress was snotty, rolling her eyes at our order. We ordered appetizers and main courses for the table of five and wine also. We tried a big variety of items on the menu. There was no reason for her behavior. We can read greek and even if our pronunciation is not great, we try. There are so many restaurants in Athens, I can't see any reason for a visitor to waste a night on Kuzina.

Enjoy your visit to this remarkable city.

Jul 30, 2010
jslisko in Europe

Two nights in Paris: not looking for stars but for excellent, original food

Thanks for all the suggestions! We really appreciate them.

Jun 09, 2010
jslisko in France

Two nights in Paris: not looking for stars but for excellent, original food

We are an American family of 5 with teenage children who love to eat and are adventurous. We spend months every year in Italy but this is our first real trip to Paris. We know how to find what makes us happy in Italy but feel overwhelmed by the choices on Paris. We mostly enjoy small restaurants with creative but not challenging food (no goose barnacles). Great quality ingredients and prices that are fair. We prefer meat to fish. We would rather not be surrounded by tourists. We are not looking for notches on our belt. We are willing to travel for our food. We do not want elaborate, starred experiences; just excellent food, well prepared!

Can you recommend two restaurants? The choices do not have to be scaled down for our kids. They love to eat. We are going mid-June so places with long waiting lists for reservations would be difficult.

Thanks in advance for your ideas!

Jun 05, 2010
jslisko in France


Where is L'Arancino? Is it new?

Jan 31, 2009
jslisko in Los Angeles Area

Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage/La Quinta with view

Thank you all for the excellent suggestions. We have a reservation at The Cliffhouse and I will try to make sure the table is on the correct side of the restaurant (I will miss the beautiful patio). Thanks again.

Jul 02, 2008
jslisko in California

Palm Desert/Rancho Mirage/La Quinta with view

We are going to be in the desert over the July 4 weekend and would like a restaurant with a view over the valley so that we can see fireworks while we eat. In this one instance, food comes second to view but good food would be a bonus!


Jun 30, 2008
jslisko in California