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Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence, Milan- Thoughts? Recommendations?

At Roscioli, we always order the Mortadella with aged Parmesean and the Burrata with semi-dried tomatoes. Then pasta - cacio e pepe, if I remember correctly.

Hmm, I always stay in Positano so can't help with the Praiano restaurants. But if you want to take the taxi or bus into Positano, then I recommend Tre Sorelle (on the beach), Lo Guaracino (on the way to Fornillo Beach), Bruno's (if you get a table on the road). I also highly recommend dinner at Hotel Le Sirene on Laurito Beach. They will send a boat to pick you up at the dock in Positano. Really good food, very warm hosts and a charming setting.

Mar 26, 2015
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Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

So, are you staying near Vietri or in Positano?

Mar 26, 2015
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Rome, Amalfi Coast, Florence, Milan- Thoughts? Recommendations?

Yes to Piperno and Yes to Sostanza. I love Roscioli but am careful about what I order. I have never had an issue with the service, but others have.

Where on the Amalfi Coast are you staying and for how long?

Mar 26, 2015
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Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

Well, I won't flame you for it, but I certainly wouldn't recommend a meat-centric restaurant to someone visiting a place specializing in seafood. :-)

Mar 24, 2015
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Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

Good choice Rick! Pensione Maria Luisa is popular with several people I know, along with Residence Alcione. However, that budget is pretty low for Positano, especially during high season. use www.venere.com or www.booking.com to check for availability on your specific dates.

In light of your budget and Positano availability at this date, another good option (since Paestum is on your list) would be to stay in Vietri Sul Mare. It is a charming village on the southern end of the AC, just 5-10 minutes outside of Salerno. You can actually take the local train from Vietri to Salerno. From Salerno you can catch the ferry to Amalfi/Ravello (35 minutes) and Positano (70 minutes) and the train or a bus to Paestum. Much quieter and cheaper than Positano. A few good restaurant selections, but - more importantly - only 15-20 minutes from Cetara, so having lunch or dinner there is very doable. Vietri also has a nice large (sand) beach.

If you decide to stay in Vietri and need a couple of restaurant recs, just let me know. I can ask a friend who lives nearby.

Mar 23, 2015
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Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

Actually, with a late arrival, I would prearrange for a driver to pick you up at NAP and take you straight to the AC. You are going to be tired anyway and by the time you get to your hotel in Naples, I doubt anything would be open.

The problem with basing in Ravello if you want to see other parts of the AC is that you have to take a bus or taxi down to Amalfi (20-30 min) to catch transportation to get to the other villages.

In late June the ferries are the best way to get around the AC IMO. If you really want to visit Cetara, you can take the ferry from Positano (or Amalfi) to Salerno, then catch the bus or a taxi to Cetara (20-30 min. ride). I highly recommend Acquapazza in Cetara (one of my faves on the entire AC) and they have a tiny store next to the restaurant where you can purchase their Colatura. It isn't always on the menu, but if you ask they will make you spagetti con colatura.

There are certainly hotel alternatives in Positano, such as apartments, B&B's, etc. Your issue will be availability at this late date.

Mar 20, 2015
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Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

I forgot to add that you need to book your hotels ASAP, as most good places have already been booked for months. But unless you are going to a super posh restaurant like Le Sireneuse or Il San Pietro, no need to make reservations until you get there.

Also, I have had several lovely relaxed lunches at the beach bar Da Ferdinando on Fornillo Beach in Positano - an easy 10-minute walk from the main beach.

Mar 19, 2015
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Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

IMO you don't have time for Capri. However, if you are intent on seeing it, you could ferry from the AC to Capri and visit it on your way back to Naples (there is left luggage at the port). You also do not need to change locations on the AC - everything is close and it would only waste what precious time you have.

I always stay in Positano as IMO it is the most picturesque of the villages, has the best views, good transportation to other places on the AC and a good selection of restaurants, shops, etc.

Some of my favorites are Tre Sorelle, Lo Guaracino and Hotel Le Sirene. For Hotel Le Sirene, you take a boat there and back, which could be fun for the kids. You are seated on a terrace which overlooks the beach/cove, so there is room for the kids to wander if they get antsy.

Da Adolfo (located right next to Le Sirene) is great for lunch, but only if you want to spend part of the time relaxing on the beach. But if you do that (say, on the day you are going back to Naples), you do not have time for Capri.

If you spend a day visiting Amalfi/Ravello, we had a wonderful lunch at Cumpa Cosima.

Although a fabulous place for foodies, you do not have time for a visit to Cetara.

Mar 19, 2015
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Napoli - Dining Report March 2015

Thanks so much for reporting back!

Mar 17, 2015
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Florence: Sostanza, Il Santo Bevitore, borgo san jacopo????

Sostanza is the one restaurant that I always visit when in Florence - and I have even taken a day trip from Rome just to have lunch there. Love it and it would be fine for kids.

Mar 10, 2015
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First Timer: Wining & Dining Portland (+Willamette Valley)

Higgins has an excellent beer selection in the bar and is a Portland classic. Oregon Wines on Broadway is a great wine shop with a fantastic selection of Oregon wine to drink and purchase. They usually have a couple of flights, which is a great way to try the local product.

Feb 17, 2015
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kegs of root beer in Portland

Portland Brewing used to.

Feb 17, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

Sid’ Prospective List For Rome

I agree with the comments re: Cul de Sac BUT I had a very good salad there one time when I was in desperate need of fresh greens. The rest of the time I stuck to wine and cheese. :-)

Feb 12, 2015
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Pok Pok and Food Carts

From your hotel, you can easily reach the food cats downtown, including those at SW 10th and Alder. The street car stop you would want is 11th and Alder. I really enjoy Ate-Oh-Ate (808) the Hawaiian food cart. And, of course, Nong's Khao Man Guy (sp?) on SW Alder between SW 10th and 11th.

You can also take the streetcar to the Portland Farmers Market to hit up a couple of stalls if you are there on a Saturday.

Jan 29, 2015
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Help with our trip to Italy April 2014

Are you going to Sorrento or the Amalfi Coast? Sorrento is near, but not on, the AC.

If you are going to be staying on the AC, in which town will you be staying?

Jan 26, 2015
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Dumpling week in Portland Feb 1-7

Grey, how did you find out what Little Bird will be featuring? I clicked on several of the restaurant links on the page and none of them listed what they were serving for dumplings.

Jan 23, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

Dumpling week in Portland Feb 1-7

That sounds great - looking forward to trying some new offerings!!

But gnocchi are not even close to dumplings ...

Jan 23, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

Sushi in Portland in 2015?

Another vote for Yama - although I have heard good things about Hokusei from several reliable sources. I have never made it to Hokusei because Yama is 1 block from where I live!

Jan 22, 2015
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Venice - June - When to make dinner reservations?

I agree with PBSF. One other note, if you book more than a month in advance, I would recommend calling to confirm a week before. Italians (or at least the ones I know) are as big into planning as we are! :-)

Jan 14, 2015
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Need a recipe to impress my landlord in Napoli

OK Maureen, now I am going to get your book as I am curious about your lemon sauce. I am returning to vacation on the Amalfi Coast and it looks like I will be cooking at least one dinner for some friends who live there - including a couple of guys who own a restaurant in Cetara. Gulp!

I agree that cooking non-Italian is a gamble, so I will be cooking Italian (which is what I cook most of the time at home anyway), but nothing uber-traditional, but nothing too off-the wall either. Dilemma. If I cooking anything "American" it would be for aperitivo. But sticking to pasta for at least part of the meal, so your lemon sauce would be great and different than the lemon "sauce" I made last year (lemon juice, olive oil, parm).

Grazie!

Jan 14, 2015
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Positano: Zass or La Sponda

I have only had drinks on the terrace at Il San Pietro, but I have perused the menu and would eat at Zass in a heartbeat (after having sunset cocktails on the terrace).

Elizabeth Minchilli ate at Zass fairly recently and had a glowing review on her blog.

But really, you can't go wrong with either restaurant.

I don't recall how long you are staying in Positano, but if it is more than a few days, I would recommend dinner on the terrace at Hotel Le Sirene on Laurito Beach. When you call for reservations, they will arrange for their boat to pick you up at the dock in Positano and return you to Pos after dinner.

Jan 12, 2015
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Need a recipe to impress my landlord in Napoli

She sounds like an excellent landlord!

Jan 08, 2015
ekc in Italy

Best current foie gras dishes?

Paley's Place has a very good seared foie on their menu currently (well, as of last week, so you might want to double-check). The Streetcar stops right outside the restaurant so it is easy to reach from downtown.

Jan 08, 2015
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Your Meal of the Year 2014

Sorry Zig, can't pick just one. But one of my most memorable was at Il Ridotto in Venice. Great restaurant, fantastic dishes but what made it so memorable was the water taxi ride to and from the restaurant in the middle of a huge storm and acqua alta. I ended up having to take off my shoes, hike up my pants and wade through the water to the dock, where we barely made it into the boat and then barely made it back to the dock at the hotel before the water go too high. I will have to check my notes on what we ate. The owner was very surprised and pleased to see us, because almost everyone else had cancelled due to the storm!

Jan 08, 2015
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Need a recipe to impress my landlord in Napoli

When I am on the AC, I always cook spaghetti al limone, because I love using the local ingrediets. Sauteed local prawns (or other seafood) with simply prepared local greens would be nice also. I think keeping it simple and using local ingredients is key.

Marcella's book is always a good bet.

Tiramisu is always my go-to dessert, even the lemon version.

Jan 08, 2015
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Rome Restaurant Reccomendations: Toddler & Infant

Roscioli may not work, but they (in partnership with someone else, I think) recently opened a more casual place called Emma (I think). Katie Parla recently had a write-up on her blog.

Jan 06, 2015
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Fettuccini alla papalina in Rome

Maureen, I tend to be a purist with Italian recipes, mainly because I am not Italian and do not have the traditions and background to know when it is OK (or not) to change/add ingredients.

So your comment about it being acceptable to add peas the Fettucine alla Papalina, but not to Carbonara, makes me wonder. Why the Papalina and not Carbonara? Is there a general guideline?

Now off to find Oretta's book!!

Dec 31, 2014
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Wedding Reception Venue for 6

Budget? Location? Dressy or casual? Type of food?

Dec 17, 2014
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Capri, Positano and Ravello Recommendations

Prego!

Dec 09, 2014
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Eating my way through Testaccio, Rome: recommendations wanted

Katie has a new post on her blog about Flavio al Velavevodetto. You should check it out.

Dec 08, 2014
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