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Trip Report - Rome, Venice, Florence, and Capri

Looking forward to reading more!

Aug 26, 2015
ekc in Italy

Oven and Shaker or Apizza Scholls for pizza on Sunday?

Nuvrei is great for breakfast pastries - on NW 10th. For a diner style old school breakfast, we love Fullers on NW 9th and Davis. They make their own bread, so toast is always a must for me.

I keep meaning to try Nossa Familia for coffee, but haven't yet.

Hamlet (same owner as O&S) just opened around the corner from O&S and is great for HH.

Aug 24, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

Please share recs for your top seafood-centric Portland area restaurant....

Roe - even if it is late.

Aug 24, 2015
ekc in Metro Portland

Trip report - Veneto and Emilia Romagna driving tour

Looking forward to reading more! Too bad about ADP.

Aug 18, 2015
ekc in Italy

Lunch on the outskirts of Parma or Modena

If I was in 50 miles of Antica Corte Pallavicina, I would stop there for lunch in a heartbeat. We had a fabulous lunch there a couple of years ago and are dying to return.

Aug 14, 2015
ekc in Italy

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

Fantastic - thanks for the tip! The winery outside of Salerno I mentioned was Feudi di San Gregorio.

Aug 13, 2015
ekc in Italy

Amalfi Coast dining with a car

For me, Acquapazza is a must in Cetara. Have not been to San Pietro yet, mainly because it would be difficult to be in Cetara and not see the Gennari of AP.

Depending on your timing, we had a wonderful lunch (following a tour) at Vigne di Raito (next to Vietri Sul Mare) last year. We have also had a very very good lunch at a winery just outside of Salerno (again, after a private tour). Modern restaurant, so certainly more upscale than Vigne di Raito. It is one of the big vineyards of the area but the name escapes me at the moment.

Following our stay on the AC, we are headed down to Puglia as well!

Aug 12, 2015
ekc in Italy

La Scoglio? Da Teresa? Quattro Passi? A perfect lunch for a full day boat charter?

Glad you were able to connect. And yes, take his advice about food - he knows his stuff!

Aug 06, 2015
ekc in Italy

La Scoglio? Da Teresa? Quattro Passi? A perfect lunch for a full day boat charter?

I agree with not docking in Positano for lunch, if you have the boat. As much as I love Pos (and I really, really do), I would want to try some place that is mainly accessible by boat.

I have not yet been to lo Scoglio (will be going next year when in Pos for my annual vacation), but can tell you that many locals I know in Pos (one of which is a good cook and restaurant owner) love Lo Scoglio.

Yeah, Michelin stars would not be comfortable for me either during a day-long boat excursion. If you want a more formal fantastic Michelin lunch on a different day, then a highly recommend a stop at Da Alfonso. One of the best meals we have had in Italy and along the Coast.

Aug 04, 2015
ekc in Italy

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

If I was in my swimsuit on a boat all day, I would not want to be eating at a Michelin starred restaurant ... :-)

Jul 31, 2015
ekc in Italy

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

I agree with Jen about being cynical when it comes to charter boat recommendations, but the owner of one of my favorite restaurants in Pos (who knows how to cook) really likes Lo Scoglio.

Jul 30, 2015
ekc in Italy

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).

Jul 30, 2015
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