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Lunch in Ravenna

My suggestions are:
ALMA. This restaurant is at Marina di Ravenna
ANTICA TRATTORIA AL GALLO 1909. Gorgeous !!!

Oct 03, 2009
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Tuscany/Umbria - Sagre in Late Sept.?

Very soory for mismatch of dates. In Montefalco from Sep 17 to Sep 20, there is Sagrantino Wine Festival. Look at the website www.montefalcodoc.it
Maybe a smart tip for other travelers.

Vincenzo

Sep 13, 2009
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Dinner & Gelato in Roma

As gelato I recommend you three places:
AL SETTIMO GELO www.alsettimogelo.it the location is in the center, in the area named Prati. The ice-cream maker is a young lady, Lady Mirella and some tastes are excellent and unusual.
Then, IL GELATO DI SAN CRISPINO www.ilgelatodisancrispino.com and IL MIO GELATO NATURALE www.ilmiogelatonaturale.com .
About dinner I recommend a restaurant that I discovered few months ago and now I like it very much: IL BOCCONCINO www.ilbocconcino.com
Ciao.

Vincenzo

Sep 13, 2009
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Con Amore?!? Help!

The best solution, IMO, is to rent an apartment and cook by himself.

Vincenzo

Sep 05, 2009
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Tampa Bay

the first was clambs with a red sauce and it did not make us crazy;
the second was escolar upon a bed of rice: excellent !
the dessert was chocolate and I liked it so and so.
The wine was a Chardonnay from California but i forgot the label and the winery.
The price was 74 $ for 2 persons.
Besides us, only two couples and stop.
I have a good memory of the dinner; the only weakness, IMO, was the cold.

Vincenzo

Sep 05, 2009
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Tampa Bay

No, no fig appetizer.

Vincenzo

Sep 04, 2009
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Tampa Bay

So, last evening I had dinner at Hapa restaurant.
I enjoyed it.
Problems only the slow service and, first of all, the A/C too much cold for me.

Vincenzo

Sep 04, 2009
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lago di como to aosta area

In Aosta, I suggest you TRATTORIA DEGLI ARTISTI, in the center of Aosta.
Do not miss their antipasti.
As first course, very good is risotto con lardo.
Second course, if you like meat: tagliata degli artisti.
Ciao.

Vincenzo

Sep 03, 2009
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Tampa Bay

I thank you very much both.
Anyway I reserved at Hapa and we're going there tonight.
Tomorrow I will tell you my opinion.
Thanks again, ciao.

Vincenzo

Sep 03, 2009
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"Food guide" in Bologna?

Sorry if I asked the period, but I hoped to help you and be your guide in Bologna, for free obviously, but in those days I am busy in my beloved Penisola Sorrentina because of my job.
Anyway, listen, on Sep 26 if you like "street food" you should take train from Bologna to Cesena (1 hour, more or less) and attend at the first evening of a three days festival focused on street food. It is a smart way to taste not only the local food but also food coming from Liguria, from Campania, from Tuscany and also further areas of Italy and Mediterranean areas.
The atmosphere is delightful.
I am sorry, anyway.

Vincenzo.

Sep 03, 2009
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What would you do? Three nights in Lucignano Tuscany, endless possibilities

to reserve in advance is ok, but only few days before the date.
As first course, if available: tagliatelle al tartufo bianco delle crete senesi, if you like white truffles. You have to know, anyway, it is the most expensive first course.

Vincenzo

Sep 03, 2009
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What would you do? Three nights in Lucignano Tuscany, endless possibilities

More or less 22kmetres from Lucignano, there is Montepulciano.
It deserves a not short visit and the happy dinner or lunch could be at OSTERIA DELL'ACQUACHETA, in the historic center of the town.
A lovely and delightful experience to enjoy the Tuscany meat.
Look ati its website at its English version: www.acquacheta.eu.
Ciao.

Vincenzo

Sep 02, 2009
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Trip planning: Bologna and Venice in late September

In Bologna, I recommend you:
a) AL 15
b) ALICE
c) DIVINIS www.divinis.it it is a wine bar and a restaurant and very interesting are their special events; maybe you can attend, if you're there in Sep 29, to their event focused on the great White Wines; anyway look at its website
d) DUE LUNE www.2lune.eu it is a pizzeria and a restaurant, and pizza is good almost as in Naples (almost in an importan word
)e) MARCO FADIGA BISTROT www.marcofadigabistrot.com very charming for an unusual dinner not focused on local typical food
f) TRATTORIA DEL ROSSO www.trattoriadelrosso.it it is my place for lunch when I am in Bologna: cheap, good, casual, short offering and a great rate price / quality.
The short list is in alphabetic order and it is not my personal rank.
You will enjoy Bologna, I am sure.
Ciao.

Vincenzo

Sep 01, 2009
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Bay of Naples - Pozzuoli, Ercolano, Vomero recommendations?

Jen, I am glad that you liked Zi Caterina in Pompei. And now in Pompei I can recommend you a new restaurant: IL GIARDINO DELLE ESPERIDI www.ilgiardinodelleesperidi.it . Charming, elegant, great food and smart wines.
About seafood, as you stay in Naples, have a delightful experience at VADINCHENIA.
Until few months ago it was not well known to tourists but only to local people (as I am).
Now, after a review on NYTIMES, I see that American tourists are discovering this good restaurant.
It is close enough one of the funiculars and you will enjoy it.

Ciao.

Vincenzo

Sep 01, 2009
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"Food guide" in Bologna?

which days of September ?

Vincenzo

Aug 31, 2009
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Bay of Naples - Pozzuoli, Ercolano, Vomero recommendations?

Jen, in Pozzuoli do not miss LA FATTORIA DEL CAMPIGLIONE. It is a very good restaurant but, really, as close to an important fish harbor, the specialty is grilled meat and not fish. The cellar is very wide and good. Look at its website: www.lafattoriadelcampiglione.it .
About Ercolano, I recommend you the very good restaurant VIVA LO RE www.vivalore.it .
The true typical local food and smart palce to buy wine its wine shop for take away and drink at home.
In Naples, in the center, do not miss coffee and breakfast at GAMRINUS www.caffegambrinus.com .
In the central area named Chiaia, close to one of the three funiculars, you will search for the gastronomia ARFE' and there you will buy the best for some delightful dinner at your home www.arfe.it .
Anyway, about the smart addresses in Naples, I can give you more and the best; so feel free to ask me, I will be glad to help you in a better way.
I was born in Naples and I know very well this unqiue town.
Ciao.

Vincenzo

Aug 31, 2009
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Candy/Chocolate Shop Torino

In each one of these shops you can find what you're searching for; particularly at Baratti&Milano.
Anyway, not in the center of the town but not so far from it, maybe the good shop for you could be STEFFANONE where you will find what you want. Look at its website www.steffanone.com .

Ciao.

Vincenzo

Aug 31, 2009
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Tampa Bay

Hi, it's Vincenzo, the Italian who often helps you about Italy.
Now, I play a different role.
I am leaving to Tampa Bay and I will be there for one week.
I want to take my girlfriend to dinner in Tampa Bay area on Thursday Sep 3.
Please, suggest me a very good restaurant with an excellent rate price / quality.
Not BERNS as I was there few years ago, already.
Thanks in advance.

Vincenzo

Aug 30, 2009
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Candy/Chocolate Shop Torino

Really, more than one:
AL BICERIN
BARATTI & MILANO
CAFFE' MULASSANO
CAFFE' PLATTI
CAFFE' ROMA
NEUV CAVAL 'D BRONS
PEPINO
SAN CARLO
SAN TOMMASO 10
i used tha alphabetic sort so that there is no my personal rank in this list.
Each one of this gorgeous shops is in the center of Torino.
Enjoy it, ciao.

Vincenzo

Aug 30, 2009
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lake garda recommendations please

About gelato I strongly recoomend you in Desenzano del Garda, in the small hamlet named Rivoltella, AGRIGELATERIA CORTE DEI SAPORI. It is more than a gelato shop it is an experience to live. Look at its website www.cortefenilazzo.it .
In Gardone Riviera, the great dinner is at LOCANDA AGLI ANGELI; it is a D&B, so that you could sleep there, also (www.agliangeli.com).
The night that your dinners wants to be focuse on great wine, go to Manerba del Garda and dine at wine bar IL GUSTO.
In Riva del Garda, the great dinner is at the restaurant AL VOLT.

Ciao.

Vincenzo

Aug 28, 2009
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ISCHIA/ANACAPRI--looking for great food in non-fancy setting

IL FOCOLARE in Ischia is really a very smart tip that you received and, please, have a delightful pizza at GAETANO, maybe the best pizza in Ischia.
Ciao.

Vincenzo

Aug 27, 2009
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Chocolate recommendations in Tuscany/Umbria?

good area for chocolate, let's say a chocolate district there is in Modica, in South East of Sicily and Modica, by the way, deserves a not short visit.

Vincenzo

Aug 27, 2009
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Eating and Drinking our way through Alto Adige

You know, Cindy, in the whole Italy there are very good restaurants and Alto Adige is a delightful area also for restaurants.
I go there very often because a dear friend of mine lives in Bolzano and thanks to her and her husband I know the restaurants that I recommended you.
Also wines are great wines and do not miss them !
Enjoy, ciao.

Vincenzo

Aug 27, 2009
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Chocolate recommendations in Tuscany/Umbria?

oh, good, if not strictly chocolate, in San Gimignano, an excellent gelato at GELATERIA DI PIAZZA and in Bologna, an excellent coffee at AROMA where you can buy also chocolate by MAGLIO.

Vincenzo

Aug 27, 2009
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Eating and Drinking our way through Alto Adige

This is what I recommend:
in Appiano, the restaurant ANSITZ PILLHOF www.pillhof.com , especially if you enjoy wine as it is a wine bar, also
in Corvara, OSTERIA L' MURIN
in Funes, the restaurant PITZOCK www.pitzock.com
if one night you want to enjoy a very fresh and excellent local beer, then in Lagundo, BIRRERIA FORST www.braugartenforst.com
in Merano, ristorante ASTORIA, really very very good
in Pedraces, LOCANDA MASO RUNCH
in San Candido, the excellent restaurant BERGSTUBE, where it is possible also to sleep www.glinzhof.com
in Vipiteno, the restaurant PRETZHOF.
Ciao.

Vincenzo

Aug 27, 2009
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Chocolate recommendations in Tuscany/Umbria?

So, as I understood, you like to discover the not yet well known players of Italian chocolate.
Well, in Tuscany, in Pistoia area, in the small town Quarrata, do not miss LA MOLINA www.lamolina.it .
Ciao.

Aug 27, 2009
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Quattro Passi or Taverna del Capitano?

Oh, my God; between Quattro Passi of Mennillo and Taverna del Capitano of Caruso , , , flip a coin !!!
It is one of the happiest of problems in the world and you feel lucky to have to solve it.
Don't worry about dress, especially at Quattro Passi.
Very good choices also the other restaurants:
Stuzzichino at Sant'Agata is delightful and when you meet Mimmo, use my name "Vincenzo D'Antonio" for an extraordinary welcome and at the end of the meal go to the bar of his brother Peppe, few steps, for a gorgeous "delizia al limone".
About Acquapazza di Cetara, oh my God it is a must and do not miss it.
Anyway, with this same name, but nothing to do with each other, there is a very good restaurant in Piano di Sorrento and there also, with Geppi and his sister Fanny, you will use my name, if you want.
In Montepertuso between Donna Rosa and Il Ritrovo, I recommend Il Ritrovo.
Feel free to ask me more about Amalfi Coast and Penisola Sorrentina.
Ciao.

Vincenzo

Aug 27, 2009
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Romantic Dinner in Naples and Lounge Suggestions...

No doubti, go to the restaurant of Parker's Hotel at Corso Vittorio Emanuele; one of the best restaurant in Naples, at the seventh floor of the hotel with a very delightful view of the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius.
It will be an unforgettable experience full of emotions.
Not cheap, anyway.

Aug 27, 2009
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Need restaurant reccomendations for Vieste/Peschici in Puglia (Gargano Penninsula)

Two recommendations for your wife's birthday.
In Ceglie Messapica the restaurant CIBUS or, in Otranto, the restaurant VICO LOPEZ.
In both cases it will be a great experience.
Happy Birthday, ciao.

Aug 27, 2009
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Scialatielli Gambine & Zuccheri

Aug 26, 2009
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