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Help us craft your idea of a perfect "Meals Game Plan" for Rome, Sorrento, and Florence, per piacere.

I too, hear great things (from the locals) about lunch at Lo Scoglio. It is on my list for our next trip (well, actually the trip next June).

about 2 hours ago
ekc in Italy

Chef's Table, Portland OR

Thanks for the report! Spot on about Imperial IMO. I really dislike Mother's also. And yes, despite all of our fabulous food, many many places here still don't understand good service.

Glad you had a good trip and I hope you will return!

Jul 24, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

Thanks G. Sounds like a great stop on our way to Puglia - and the Casseficcio only makes it better!

Jul 23, 2015
ekc in Italy

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

So true Jen! The Bourdain episode he was on (maybe No Reservations?) was actually quite good food-wise.

Jul 13, 2015
ekc in Italy

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

Thanks Jen. I will definitely report back if we go someplace new. La Paranza was on my list, as was Pappacarbone (although being on Bourdain almost takes it off the list).

Jul 13, 2015
ekc in Italy

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

Thanks arp!

Jul 10, 2015
ekc in Italy

Chef's Table, Portland OR

If you want an old school diner, try Fuller's in the Pearl. Our favorite casual breakfast spot.

Le Pigeon has great food, but so-so ambiance, although a spot at the bar where you can watch the chefs work is fun.

I love Mucca and think it is one of the best Italian places that is under the radar. No chefs table though. The atmosphere is nice, but not nice like Portland City Grille.

I am not a fan of Mother's - the atmosphere or the food. But others really enjoy it. Pretty simple food, so not sure if it is 70th birthday worthy.

I would go to PCG just for a drink and the views. Food is just OK, IMO.

I love Little Bird - great service and very good food (especially now that Gabe is back in charge). Take a look at pics and decide if it has enough ambiance for you. No chefs table or counter.

I haven't been to VQ for dinner for years, although I am hearing good things. Certainly a good location and nice atmosphere.

I know Paley's has a tasting menu, if that is what you are after.

I have only been to Blue Star for donuts - not sure they serve food.

Jul 08, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

I just found out that my husband and I and my inlaws are going to be staying at Hotel Il San Pietro for 4 nights at the end of September. We will have a driver to shuttle us where we need to go, so I am looking for a couple of dinner recommendations.

We will eat at the hotel one night and will likely have dinner at Acquapazza in Cetara one night. I stay in Positano for a week each June, so likely won't be eating in Positano. We have been to Don Alfonso, so likely won't go back there either.

So if you had a driver and could eat anywhere on/near the Amalfi Coast, where would you go?

We are adventurous diners, and enjoy both high end and low brow. I hate to use the F word, but our friends call us foodies. ;-)

TIA!

Jul 06, 2015
ekc in Italy

Looking for a WOW restaurant for my wife's 50th birthday in Venice

I was going to suggest Locanda Cipriani on Torcello, or Venissa on Mazzorbo.

Jun 23, 2015
ekc in Italy

Portland Recs/Feedback on Some Choices

Cafe Mingo or Bar Mingo on NW 21st are both good and close to Providence Park.

All of your Friday dinner choices are good (although I am one of the few that hasn't been to Ox), but I love Roe and go there every chance I get (and get the wine pairings).

Jun 17, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

Lebwohl, Chowhound Italy

Thanks Lisa!

Jun 17, 2015
ekc in Italy

Lebwohl, Chowhound Italy

Sid, how do I find you on FB??

Jun 16, 2015
ekc in Italy

Dinner in Positano

Limoncello is everywhere. For inexpensive, many restaurants have pizza on their menu - even at dinner. We enjoy L'Incanto for pizza, right on the beach.

Jun 09, 2015
ekc in Italy

Rome, Florence, and Amalfi Coast in July. Need help picking!

If your main goal is to see Capri and the towns of the Amalfi Coast, you would be better served to stay somewhere actually on the Amalfi Coast.

If you stay in Positano, I can recommend Tre Sorelle, Bar Bruno, Lo Gauracino and Da Vincenzo. We had dinner at each of them last week and they are just as good as previous trips.

Jun 09, 2015
ekc in Italy

Need recs for 7 day driving tour from Veneto to Emiglia Romagna

Second Capovilla suggestion. Nardini is also nearby.

We spent 3 nights in Asolo and loved it. We had a wonderful dinner at Baggio Ristorante (www.locandabaggio.it) but not sure if they are open for lunch.

Just outside of Marostica is Ristorante la Rosina, where we had a wonderful lunch on their beautiful terrace with views over the valley.

Cocchi and Due Platani are very different. I really enjoyed both - maybe Due Platani a bit more. But you cant' go wrong either way IMO.

Glad to see you are going to ACP - Mecca!

May 28, 2015
ekc in Italy

A Roma Report on Reasonably Priced Restaurants.

Thanks so much for reporting back!

May 27, 2015
ekc in Italy

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
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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