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Suggestions for a first-time visitor?

"It defines the city folks, like it or not." That may be true for a travel site like Tripadvisor, but this is CH. We would be remiss if we did not point out the poor quality of product at Voodoo, when someone is asking for suggestions of good places to eat in Portland.

about 19 hours ago
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Italian Restaurant Recommendations

Yes, as samba noted, it closed 4 years ago.

Yes, Grassa - sorry for the brain fart. Mucca is downtown also, actually not far from Grassa. Personally I would choose Mucca over Grassa - but take a look at each of their menus.

Oct 14, 2014
ekc in Metro Portland

Andina or Toro Bravo?

Oh yes, I would choose Ataula over Toro Bravo.

Oct 14, 2014
ekc in Metro Portland

Italian Restaurant Recommendations

And it depends on what you are looking for in "Italian" food. Burrasca is Florentine or Tuscan food - not everyone's idea of "Italian".

Oct 14, 2014
ekc in Metro Portland

Italian Restaurant Recommendations

The "best" place as Alba Osteria in Hillsdale.

I have eaten several times at Mucca and really enjoyed my meals. Nothing as good as what I get in Italy, but nothing is.

I also enjoyed the pasta I had at the place next to Racion (sorry, blanking on the name). Kind of a funky set up, but I enjoyed watching the chef make pasta and raviolis while I was having dinner.

Oct 14, 2014
ekc in Metro Portland

Suggestions for a first-time visitor?

"Ox gets big play here and seems genuinely worthwhile but we're so lineup averse and like to eat late so haven't yet been willing to go at 4 pm..."

Amen.

Last week we went to a dinner at Paley's in which Jose the chef from Atuala was doing some of the cooking, and it was fabulous. Am now dying to go back to Atuala, although it may now be crowded due to his recent award.

Oct 13, 2014
ekc in Metro Portland

Andina or Toro Bravo?

I would choose Toro Bravo in a heartbeat - better food IMO. But I seem to be one of the few that has not drunk the Andina koolaid.

Oct 13, 2014
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Italian Restaurant Recommendations

I agree with the comments re: Piazza Italia and A Cena. One of my favorite Italian places is Mucca downtown. The chef, sous-chef and our waitress were all from Italy.

I am a fan of Nostrana for certain dishes. But the entire menu is not 100% authentic Italian - there is no such thing outside of Italy. But they do import their buratta from Puglia ...

Oct 13, 2014
ekc in Metro Portland

(absurdly?) long Rome report

"the ugly sort of hungry/angry" = Hangry. :)

Oct 08, 2014
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Brief Positano Report

Thanks for the report and glad you enjoyed your time in Positano!

Oct 06, 2014
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(long) Florence Trip Report

Thanks for the report back - and it is never too long!

Sep 17, 2014
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Brief Parma Report

Thanks for reporting back J, and hopefully your opinion of ER cuisine will improve in November!

Sep 11, 2014
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Venice/Bologna- trip report

A few years ago we had a fantastic dinner at Trattoria ai Due Paltani on Via Budellungo in Coloreto, just outside of Parma. It would require a short taxi ride (20 min.?) but was totally worth it IMO.

In Parma itself, we had aperitivo at Gran Caffe Orientale on Piazza Garibaldi in Parma. It was a CHARMING café with a wonderful old-world decore. We then strolled to Orfeo, a pizzeria ristorante on Via Carducci where we had a very good casual meal.

We had a great dinner at Ristorante Cocchi (16 Via Gramsci), which is actually adjacent to Hotel Daniel. I specifically remember my main course, which was slices of prosciutto cotto rolled around risotto. However, it should be noted that a more recent poster was not overly impressed with Cocchi.

Sep 09, 2014
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Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

No offense allende - differing points of view are what makes the world go round!

I had a very good meal at Bovio, but would agree about the service. Certainly not smiley!

And I still stand by the raviolo at La Libera. ;-)

Sep 08, 2014
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Restaurant Recommendations in Parma

I agree with Parmasam that it is worth it to get a cab to go to Ai Due Platani - one of the great meals of our trip to Parma!

Sep 08, 2014
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Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

It is not strictly an egg dish, but the raviolo at La Libera was filled with an egg yolk and is topped with truffle shavings. Superb and I still talk about it 4 years later!

Sep 08, 2014
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Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

Here is a link to the post:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/984231

Sep 08, 2014
ekc in Italy

Downtown/no car/local beer and wine

For wine, try Oregon Wines on Broadway. It is downtown right near the transit mall and has a great selection of (obviously) Oregon wines by the glass.

Sep 06, 2014
ekc in Metro Portland

Venice: Alle Testiere and Antiche Carampane price update?

I love Carampane and would definitely recommend it. But it is not a "fancy" restaurant, if that is what you are looking for.

Sep 06, 2014
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Munching in Turin

Ooohhh - a stop at Guido Gobino is a must! We actually had a chocolate tasting there that was fantastic. Definitely leave room in your luggage for some GG chocolate!

We also had a wonderful dinner at Tre Galline - absolutely agree about the vitello!!

Sep 04, 2014
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Munching in Turin

Sorry I can't help with anything other than a vote for Eataly. That's where we had lunch (and shopped) when we overnighted in Turin and it was a really great meal - sitting at the counter at the prosciutto bar.

Sep 04, 2014
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Romantic Dinner in Sorrento, suggestions?

Although it is not in Sorrento, I can highly recommend Don Alfonso. We spent a night there last year and had an amazing lunch. I would return for dinner in a heartbeat. The entire property is lovely, very cozy and romantic and the food was outstanding.

Aug 27, 2014
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Piedmont: Any Interesting Producers Other than Wine

I checked my old notes and came across this entry - a place we didn't have time to visit:

Cascina San Cassiano (Siamo in Localita San Cassiano 4), a food production facility which makes vegetables in oil, starters, ragout, sauces, james, fruit in syrup, etc. They also have a showroom in the Gallo Wine Gallery (Via XX Setembre 3, La Morra)

It is also mentioned in this report:
http://www.fodors.com/community/europ...

Aug 25, 2014
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Rome/Umbria/Florence Food Itinerary. Minchilli, Parla, Kalb, Fant: How Did I Do?

Here is a list of restaurants that are closed for august:

http://tavoleromane.wordpress.com/201...

Reservations at Sostanza are necessary, but I believe they are closed for August.

Aug 19, 2014
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Bologna, Florence, Rome, Praiano Off the Beaten Path

To echo what Jen said, if you want off the tourist trail on the Amalfi Coast, you need to go south to towns like Vietri Sul Mare or Cetara. One of our favorite restaurants is Acquapazza in Cetara, where I have heard nothing but Italian spoken among the other diners.
We had a tour and lunch at Vigne di Raito, a lovely winery in Raito, which is a "suburb" of Vietri Sul Mare. They will arrange transportation from the ferry dock in Salerno to the winery and back. The ferry from Positano to Salerno takes just over an hour.

Aug 14, 2014
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Lucca, Italy - Pizzeria da Felice, Antica Drogheria, La Bonta

Thanks for reporting back! Leaving for Italy in a month and hoping to finally try cecina/farinata this trip!

Aug 13, 2014
ekc in Italy

Bologna, Florence, Rome, Praiano Off the Beaten Path

A second vote for Fred Plotkin's Italy for the Gourmet Traveler. I believe the most recent edition has a red cover. Quite invaluable. I have it at home and photocopy the pages for the cities/regions I am traveling to and bring the copies with me.

Aug 13, 2014
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Trip Report: One Week in Puglia

Thank YOU for reporting back! We are thinking of visiting Puglia next year and will definitely include your recommendations on our list.

Would you mind providing the links for the masseria where you stayed and Yelena - the cooking class sounds wonderful!

Aug 01, 2014
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More Piemonte Recs

No problem!

Jul 31, 2014
ekc in Italy

More Piemonte Recs

A winemaker friend of mine (who has a very good food/wine palate) lives near La Morra and when friends of ours were visiting Piemonte last year, she provided me with a list of her restaurant recommendations for the area. With so many good Piemonte posts lately (thanks Allende and Henjef85!), I thought I would post the list for future reference.

LA MORRA
Osteria Veglio, 0173 509341 simple real piemontese osteria, beautiful terrace, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday

Osteria del Vignaiolo, 0173 50335, great little osteria, closed on Wednesday and Thursday

Osteria More & Macine, 0173 500395, simple but very nice wine bar/ oseteria right in the centre of town closed on Tuesday

Ristorante Bovio, 0173 590303 breathless location, really really nice cuisine, awesome deep wine list, closed on Wednesday night and Thursday

Ristorante MassimoCarnia, 0173 56355, modern food with great wine list, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday lunch

Osteria Fontanazza, 0173 50718, amazing location and view over the hills, simple good food, closed on Thursday

MONFORTE D’ALBA
Ristorante Felicin, 0173 78225 old traditional restaurant with an amazing wine list of old vintages, closed on Sunday and Monday lunch

Trattoria La Posta, 0173 78120 traditional restaurant, good wine list, closed on Thursday and Friday lunch

Osteria la Saracca, 0173 78922 the most amazing location for a very cool wine bar, closed on Wednesday

Osteria la Salita, 0173 787196, simple easy going osteria, closed on Monday and Tuesday

SERRALUNGA D’ALBA
Vineria Centro Storico, 0173 613203 simple wine bar, with nice food, great for a snack or a quick stop, closed on Monday

Ristorante La rosa dei vini, 0173 613219, traditional cuisine with an amazing inexpensive wine list, closed on Wednesday

CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO
Ristorante le Torri, 0173 62849 very nice restaurant with beautiful view on the hills, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday lunch

Locanda del centro, 0173 462502, simple place good for a quick light lunch, closed on Wednesday night and Thursday

BAROLO
Osteria la cantinetta, 0173 56198, local cuisine with a very relaxed atmosphere, closed on Wednesday night and Thursday.

Osteria La Cantinella, 0173 56267, local cuisine, easy family atmosphere, nice open terrace, closed on Monday night and Tuesday

Osteria Rossobarolo, 0173 56133, simple and nice wine bar/ osteria, closed on Monday

MONTELUPO ALBESE
Ristorante Ca’ Del Lupo 0173 617249 great location, nice food, closed on Wednesday

ALBA
Osteria dell’ arco, 0173 363974 osteria from “slow food” movement, closed on Sunday and Monday (during October and November open also Sunday)

Osteria la libera, 0173 293155 great osteria in the centre of town, great food, kind service, closed on Sunday and Monday lunch

Winebar Vincafe, 0173 364603 good for a stop for a drink when you are walking around town, closed on Monday

Ristorante Enoclub, 0173 220629 beautiful restaurant / wine bar in the centre, closed Sunday night and Monday

CHERASCO
Osteria la Torre, 0172 488458, lovely local osteria, specialized in snails/escargots menu, closed on Monday

Dubert, 0172 487049, cool young atmosphere if you want to grab a quick easy snack with some real good charcuterie and other simple creative plates, closed on Monday

TREISO
Ristorante Tornavento, 0713 638352 one star Michelin, beautiful location closed on Wednesday and Thursday lunch

Ristorante Profumo di Vino, 0173 638017, young atmosphere, traditional food, closed on Tuesday

Trattoria II Risorgimento, 0173 638195, local trattoria, simple piedmontese food, closed on Monday

BARBARESCO
Trattoria antica torre, 0173 635170 simple traditional food, lunch always open, dinner only by appointment

PRIOCCA
Ristorante il centro, 0173 616112, one Michelin star, local great food, extensive wine list, closed on Tuesday

CANALE
Ristorante all’enoteca, 0173 9595857, one star Michelin, really great food, closed on Sunday and Monday lunch

BRIAGLIA
Ristorante il marsupino, 0174 563888, out of the beaten path, but the trip is worth for food and wine list, closed on Wednesday and Thursday lunch

DOGLIANI
Ristorante il Verso del ghiottone, 0173 742074, out of the beaten path, very good, closed on Monday and Tuesday

BENEVELLO
Ristorante Villa d’Amelia, 0173 529225, one star Michelin, traditional food with a fancy modern touch, closed on Monday and Tuesday lunch

RODDINO
Trattoria da Gemma, 0173 794252, the most traditional restaurant ever, food served on a tray, real mama’s food, simple house wine list, closed on Monday

SERRAVALLE LANGHE
Trattoria la Coccinella, 0713 748220, a lovely place in the higher hills of the Langhe, stunning food w great wine list, Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday lunch

VERDUNO
Trattoria Dai Bercau 0172 470243, local trattoria, simple piedmontese food, closed on Monday

Buon Appetito!!

Jul 30, 2014
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