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Authentic, reasonable Milanese in city center?

Haha - same here. My hubby rated it a -27 on a scale of 1 to 10. :-)

May 19, 2015
ekc in Italy

Authentic, reasonable Milanese in city center?

Well that's good news! The only downside to the restaurant is its restroom ...

May 19, 2015
ekc in Italy

Authentic, reasonable Milanese in city center?

Si - Latteria di San Marco. I think they are only open for lunch.

May 19, 2015
ekc in Italy

Authentic, reasonable Milanese in city center?

For lunch I always recommend Latteria.

I believe Elizabeth Minchilli's new Eat Italy app includes recs for Milan (and she has a few recent Milan entries on her blog as well)

May 18, 2015
ekc in Italy

Recommendations for good, reasonably priced restaurants in Rome, Florence, Venice and Positano

I agree with Jen - I do not recall ever seeing sausage ravioli in any restaurant in any of those cities.

There are a couple of good threads on Positano, but you will only be there for lunch if going as a day trip.

May 13, 2015
ekc in Italy

Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

I have not yet visited (will likely do so when we are there in June) but it was recommended by a friend who lives in neighboring Raito, whom I trust completely. He is Italian and really knows his food. It is also included in Luciano Pignatero's recomendations.

After a quick Google search, I found this review of Evu:
http://andiamotrips.blogspot.com/2014...

And here is the restaurant's FB page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ristor...

May 13, 2015
ekc in Italy

Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

Good new restaurant in Vietri is Ristorante Evu, in case you decide to stay in the vicinity.

May 12, 2015
ekc in Italy
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Honeymoon in Positano, Florence & Rome

Oh yes, another vote for Da Adolfo. I was thinking of dinner recs. Less than a month and I will be noshing on their fabulous grilled mozzarella on lemon leaves!

May 04, 2015
ekc in Italy

Looking for Soft shell crabs (moleche) in Venice

We always get moeche at Antica Carampane. They are simply fried and fantastic.

May 04, 2015
ekc in Italy
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Sora Lella: particularly perfect pasta

Thanks for the report Alex!

Apr 29, 2015
ekc in Italy

Honeymoon in Positano, Florence & Rome

I never make reservations in Positano until I am there, then I usually make them the day of. If there is some place you REALLY want to dine on a specific day, then make reservations a couple of day in advance.

Our favorites in Positano are: Tre Sorelle, Lo Guaracino, Hotel Le Sirene and sunset aperitivo at Hotel Il San Pietro.

Apr 29, 2015
ekc in Italy

Restaurants in Rome with kids ages 9, 10, 13

I have heard great things about Pizzaria Emma and will be dining there during my September visit.

Apr 28, 2015
ekc in Italy

Rome for four nights, three days: reviews

Thanks so much for the report!

Apr 22, 2015
ekc in Italy

Two Nights in Ravello. Two Nights in Positano. Where to eat dinner??

If you are willing to go down to Amalfi for dinner, I can recommend Lido Azzuro. Excellent pasta and seafood and a lovely view of the harbor on their terrace.

Apr 20, 2015
ekc in Italy

Two Nights in Ravello. Two Nights in Positano. Where to eat dinner??

Will you be having dinner at Le Sirenuse? We love having dinner at Hotel Le Sirene on Laurito Beach. Beachy chic with great food. They will send a boat to pick you at the dock in Positano. If you time your reservation correctly, you can watch the sunset over Positano with your aperitivo.

Lo Guaracino on the walkway to Fornillo Beach is very good and has a nice view of Fornillo Beach and the sea.

Bar Bruno has great views if you get a table on the road and the food is good also. A couple of the regulars on this board love it. I thought it was good, but my experience was marred by an obnoxious table next to us.

We always have at least one sunset cocktail on the terrace at Hotel Il San Pietro. The views and Bellini cannot be beat.

Apr 20, 2015
ekc in Italy

NW/Nob Hill restaurant picks

Third vote for Atuala. And Paley's Place isn't Russian yet.

Apr 14, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

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

We always have a great meal at Tre Sorelle in Positano. Very good grilled seafood and great people watching!

One of our other favorite places to eat is Hotel Le Sirene on Laurito Beach. Really great food and don't just take my word for it. I sent one of my chef friend there and they said it was one of the best meals they had during their vacation on the AC. The hotel will send a boat to pick you up at the dock in Positano. They have a lovely outdoor terrace where you have a view of the sun setting over Positano. I had a Facebook message from the owner last week that they were open for the season.

Apr 10, 2015
ekc in Italy

Student traveling solo: Sicily, Amalfi/Naples, or Emilia Romagna/Venice?

None of your itineraries include time on the Amalfi Coast. Itinerary 2 would be more budget friendly IMO.

Apr 01, 2015
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

Naples and Amalfi Coast (With Kids and on a Budget) - Advice Needed!

So, are you staying near Vietri or in Positano?

Mar 26, 2015
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy
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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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

Napoli - Dining Report March 2015

Thanks so much for reporting back!

Mar 17, 2015
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Italy

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
ekc in Metro Portland

kegs of root beer in Portland

Portland Brewing used to.

Feb 17, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland