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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
ekc in Metro Portland

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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Metro Portland
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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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy
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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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

Wedding Reception Venue for 6

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

Dec 17, 2014
ekc in Italy

Capri, Positano and Ravello Recommendations

Prego!

Dec 09, 2014
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy
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Capri, Positano and Ravello Recommendations

Beach, this thread is 5 years old. You might want to start a new one, or do a search for recent threads on Capri.

Dec 08, 2014
ekc in Italy

Maureen Fant, _Dictionary of Italian Cuisine_

Thanks for the tip Sid!

Nov 20, 2014
ekc in Italy
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Live from Emilia Romagna

Thanks for the tip Jen - now I know what to make for next Christmas!

Nov 19, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live from Emilia Romagna

If I am not mistaken, you would need to eat the whole thing before you returned to the US, as culatello is not allowed into the US.

But as with anything, I could be wrong.

Nov 19, 2014
ekc in Italy

Honeymoon location help

I second Elizabeth's Positano suggestion. A wonderful romantic spot for a honeymoon with lots of good restaurant options (Sirenuse or SP for stars) and you can't get much closer to the beach!

Nov 12, 2014
ekc in Italy

September in Italy (3 parts)- Rome

Don't feel bad, the guy at the desk at Roscioli was likely Alessandro and he is usually indifferent with everyone until you get to know him. ;-)

Nov 12, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live from Emilia Romagna

Nothing to be sorry for Zig - the longer the better!

Nov 04, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live from Emilia Romagna

Hey MC!! Oh No Zigg - back home already?!?! What is going to entertain me now, since I won't be back in Italy for another 7 months!

Looking forward to the Highlights Reel ...

Nov 04, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live From Piedmont

Definitely All of the Above. :)

Nov 04, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live from Emilia Romagna

So, so glad you enjoyed it!

Oct 29, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live From Piedmont

Waiting with bated breath for the ICP review.

Oct 28, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live From Piedmont

Only one of the best non-wine cellars in all of Italy! So glad you made it!

Drooling now ...

Oct 28, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live From Piedmont

Thanks for keeping us posted Zig and have a great time in Cremona!

Oct 28, 2014
ekc in Italy

Live From Piedmont

Zig, you are making me seriously hungry ... keep it coming!

Oct 26, 2014
ekc in Italy

Where to eat lunch between Lucca area and Milan ?

A second vote for lunch at Latteria. We were in Milan for 3 days last month and liked it so much we ate there twice!

We also really enjoyed dinner at Trattoria Masualli - again, so much so that we returned a second night.

Aperitivo at Nottingham Forest is also great.

Oct 24, 2014
ekc in Italy