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Chocolate recommendations in Tuscany/Umbria?

here's an article from the NY times that has helped me with some research in the past.
http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/...

Aug 27, 2009
panettone in Italy

Has Oleana lost it's luster?

I've heard that the veggie tasting menu is really good and regret not ordering it on previous visits.

Dec 28, 2008
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Has Oleana lost it's luster?

I was a huge fan of Oleana for quite a while but the last two times I've dined it's been disappointing. The place is always packed and the menu looks interesting but the food has not been that exciting. I think it's time for me to stop hoping that it will great next time and try somewhere new.

Anyone else feel that way?

Dec 28, 2008
panettone in Greater Boston Area

Should Trattoria Milanese be in the Slow Food Guide?

Thanks for letting me know!

Dec 18, 2008
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Should Trattoria Milanese be in the Slow Food Guide?

Perhaps, I had read one of your previous posts because I had Antica Trattoria della Pesa on my list to try. What neighborhood is it located in? There's always next trip! Thanks.

Dec 11, 2008
panettone in Italy

Should Trattoria Milanese be in the Slow Food Guide?

I was hoping to make it to Latteria San Marco this evening but the weather turned cold and rainy for the long walk so I decided to try Trattoria Milanese instead. Boy, what a mistake! I just perused a previous post that stated that the same weird experience that I had.

I decided to try the ossobuco risotto milanese since I know it is a classic dish and I have never tried it before. I could not believe It was ready it two minutes! I was taken off guard and could not believe that they had already prepared this dish. Is this the spirit of the slow food mission? If the food was good I would not be as upset but the ossobuco was impossible to cut with my knife and did not have much flavor at all. I was so disappointed and felt so rushed that i decided not to order any more dishes. This dish was not cheap either, at 24 euros it was the most expensive on the menu.

I have had great luck with the listings in the Osterie and Locande D'Italia but this one was one was a giant flop. I guess I should have gone with my first instincts and taken the long cold walk.

Dec 09, 2008
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Best Chocolate Shops in Florence

Badwaiter, et al:
Once again, I really appreciate all of your help and advice. I feel like I have a better sense of what to look for, where to go, and I cannot wait for the search.
Thanks so much!

Dec 02, 2008
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Best Chocolate Shops in Florence

Good point! Thanks. I'll have to weigh my options and take some chances. I have a little transporter bag from Pierre Marcolini that will hopefully keep things sealed up and cool. I guess I can have an excuse for taste testing the goods then. Quality control!!

Dec 02, 2008
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Best Chocolate Shops in Florence

Yum! Looks like I'll need to have a taste off then between the two shops then!

I am intrigued by the chocolate and sea salt combo that you and badwaiter have described. Sounds fantastic! I hope that I can come across these brands easily enough. Thanks for filling me in on Hemingway.

Dec 02, 2008
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Bio/organic/natural food stores in Florence and Milan

Wow! Thanks again for all of your help and suggestions, badwaiter. This is fantastic. I'm really excited to comb the shelves. I guess I better bring some extra luggage!!

Dec 02, 2008
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Best Chocolate Shops in Florence

Great suggestion, badwaiter! Thanks. I sure hope I'll have some luck finding this product. Have you seen it in Milano? I was going to check out Chocolat Milano and Lula Ciccolalato. Are they pretty good shops? I've been to Voila la Chocolat as well.

Dec 02, 2008
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Best Chocolate Shops in Florence

Thanks, Ellene! The place sounds great. I can't wait to check it out.

Dec 02, 2008
panettone in Italy

Bio/organic/natural food stores in Florence and Milan

Thanks for the suggestion, badwaiter. I'll definitely try to pick this up. I just tried to do a quick search for the supermarkets you mentioned but couldn't come up with a location in Milan. I've definitely been to Punto in other cities. By chance would you be able to list one that's centrally located? Thanks again for all of your help!

Dec 01, 2008
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Best Chocolate Shops in Florence

Thanks for the tip! I'll put this on my list to check out as well. Much appreciated.

Nov 30, 2008
panettone in Italy

Best Chocolate Shops in Florence

The hot chocolate sounds great. I'll definitely check Rivore out. Thanks, DavidT! The NYT article was very helpful as well. That's how I found out about Amedei the last time I traveled to Italy. I just referenced it again and came across information. Have you been been to La Bottega del Cioccolato on via de Macci, 50? Thanks again!

Nov 30, 2008
panettone in Italy

Bio/organic/natural food stores in Florence and Milan

I bet that's the one I came across. Thanks so much, Badwaiter. I really appreciate it!

Nov 30, 2008
panettone in Italy

Bio/organic/natural food stores in Florence and Milan

Hello,
I'm headed to Italy this week and wondered if anyone knew of any bio/all natural food stores in Florence or Milan. I'd like to bring back some organic honey and jams for holiday gift baskets.
I went to a shop in Milan but can't seem to remember were it was located, perhaps in the Brera neighborhood. Thanks in advance for your help!

Nov 29, 2008
panettone in Italy

Best Chocolate Shops in Florence

Hello,
I'm headed to Italy this week and would like to bring back some nice chocolates for my parents.
In a previous trip, I liked the selection at Dolceforte near Santa Maria Novella in Florence and purchased some Amedei chocolates. I've also visited Vestri as well. Are there any other great shops that should be on my list to check out? Does anyone know of one with a good selection from Tuscany. What other brands should I be on the lookout for?
Thanks so much for your help!

Nov 29, 2008
panettone in Italy