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Maureen Fant, _Dictionary of Italian Cuisine_

Thanks for the tip Sid!

Nov 20, 2014
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Live from Emilia Romagna

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

Nov 04, 2014
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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
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Live From Piedmont

Definitely All of the Above. :)

Nov 04, 2014
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Live from Emilia Romagna

So, so glad you enjoyed it!

Oct 29, 2014
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Live From Piedmont

Waiting with bated breath for the ICP review.

Oct 28, 2014
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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
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Live From Piedmont

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

Oct 28, 2014
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Live From Piedmont

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

Oct 26, 2014
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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
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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.

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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(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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