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Italy

I see they've moved the thread to the correct board. My apologies! I was on the run when answering shorty.

Good luck and happy dining, shorty.

about 2 hours ago
Leely2 in Italy

Italy

Katie Parla, Maureen Fant, Elizabeth Minchilli are rome stalwarts but there of course other worthies, vinoroma, barberinibee (I was also in bologna and ravenna), too many to name, all helpful.

I last dined at Armando in 2005; it was good then, for whatever that is worth.

Cesare al Casaletto very good but quite a trek. L'Arcangelo is excellent and I always like Antico Arco but maybe I am biased as I visit every time I am in Rome.

about 3 hours ago
Leely2 in Italy

Italy

shorty, I just arrived in Paris yesterday afternoon from Rome. The Italy board is a great resource--perhaps not quite as giving as the Paris board seems to have been to you.

By the way, it was baking hot the week and a half I was in Italy, so keep in mind you may not feel like eating quite as much and as often. But try to get the ceci and baccala salad at Sorpasso if you happen to be in Prati.

about 4 hours ago
Leely2 in Italy

Best non-fusion Italian in Rome

Yes, I too would be interested in recommendations with a summer emphasis. I have been skipping a secondo in favor of contorno-as-secondo: grilled vegetables or insalata. Just eating a little bit lighter at the end of the meal so I can indulge at the beginning. Had a terrific fiore di zucca stuffed with an anchovy as well as cheese at Cesare al Casaletto.

Jul 10, 2014
Leely2 in Italy

Itinerary Advice and Questions - Paris

I am shadowing you, it seems. Thanks for this report. You described my impression of Septime exactly: "light, well-made, good-tasting food."

I'll be back in Paris on Sunday--probably too late to reserve at all-the-usuals, but I may give a few of your faves a call just in case.

Jul 10, 2014
Leely2 in France

Best non-fusion Italian in Rome

Thanks for reporting back. I am in Rome right now (not my first visit), and running all around town to chase down the ideal Roman meal seems really unappealing; I thought about going to Pizzarium but I'm not a big bread-lover, so I don't know. When was your trip? Warm, humid weather certainly puts a damper on food pilgrimages, at least for me.

Jul 10, 2014
Leely2 in Italy

7 days Rome, 3 nights Bologna: non-specific questions

Thank you, jen. I am flexible and know how to use the internet --and the telephone--so I'm guessing I'm okay with same-day reservations, yes?

Jun 27, 2014
Leely2 in Italy

Reports on L'Auberge du 15, please

Dang, my mom still talks about that veal chop.

Jun 27, 2014
Leely2 in France

7 days Rome, 3 nights Bologna: non-specific questions

I need reassurance and perhaps suggestions. I've not been to Italy in three years, but from what I can recall I don't necessarily need to do lots of reserving ahead of time in Rome as I might do in Paris, for example. Is this still correct?

I leave on Wednesday for Bologna and will be in Rome for a week solo starting next weekend. Dining is usually something I plan and look forward to, but I've been very busy with work and have not done much of anything. Can I more or less play things by ear on arrival?

Jun 27, 2014
Leely2 in Italy

suggestions for Yountville and surroundings

In Yountville you might consider Bistro Jeanty for traditional French, generous portions!

http://www.bistrojeanty.com/home/bist...

I like the tacos at...it's a Mexican market in Rutherford. La Luna. But it's a market, not a restaurant.

http://www.lalunamarket.com/

I have enjoyed Redd in Yountville too, but I'm not sure your husband would appreciate it.

Mar 30, 2014
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Report from my stay in Paris – and the much-debated overnight in Fontainebleau

Thanks for this helpful report. I am debating a revisit to Paris this summer. If I bite the bullet and book a flight, I'll put Au Bon Coin and Cantine de la Cigale on the list.

Glad you had a good time and ate so well.

Mar 26, 2014
Leely2 in France

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

When I used to live in that neighborhood that was my BART station and I would meet people at Gialina right after work. It seemed it often filled up within the first 30-45 minutes of opening, but I don't know about Saturdays.

Now I live near Ragazza which is often crowded as well.

Mar 26, 2014
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Friday dinner near-ish the Mission or Glen Park bart [San Francisco]

You could try Gialina in Glen Park if you are okay with casual. Not sure they take reservations, though, and there is often a long wait--lots of families in that neighborhood.

I wasn't crazy about Locanda, not sure why. Just seemed like a hassle. I haven't been to Delfina in a while.

Beretta is not at the same level, IMO.

Contigo is great but not really close to BART.

Mar 25, 2014
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Barrelhead Brewery on Fulton? [San Francisco]

I'd say it's barely Western Addition, just by virtue of being on that side of Masonic.

In any case, we did stop by last night. It's new so it has been packed. Service was chaotic but they repeatedly acknowledged that, and took $17 off our bill to make up for the bumps, which were minor. Burger was good, fries were okay, salad was meh, fish and fries were good (the fish), beer was reportedly good--I had wine--people were very nice. I hope they work out the kinks and that it lasts. I'd like one more veggie item on the menu, just to lighten up the pub fare.

Nice neighborhood place.

Mar 22, 2014
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Barrelhead Brewery on Fulton? [San Francisco]

Has anyone been? I'm wondering more about the food than the beer. I plan to pop in soon; should I eat somewhere else first?

Mar 21, 2014
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Thanksgiving dinner in Napa?

Huh. I went to Brix last year and, while not outstanding, it was good, and we had a great Thanksgiving as the sun set over the vineyard. Very relaxing. I talked about how pleasant it was so much that now a few more people want to join us this year. I was thinking Brix again because we'll have a kid with us. Any word on the food now that a new chef is in the kitchen?

Oct 21, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Sicily Trip Report 2013 - Palermo, Siracusa, Taormina, etc. (way too long as usual)

Thanks for this detailed report. I was in Sicily a couple of years ago and enjoyed both Oinos and Osteria Gazza Ladra. Really appreciate seeing kore info on Sicily restaurants here. Will refer to your report in the future, I am sure.

Sep 13, 2013
Leely2 in Italy

Agata e Romeo 2.0 (affordable version)

Interesting. Did you try the tasting or were you ordering a la carte?

Sep 13, 2013
Leely2 in Italy

Zachary's Chicago Pizza - yay or nay? [Berkeley]

I also like Pauline's, sundecksue, for the reasons you list. I always get the special pizzas, which can be hit or miss, but I like to try them.

And yes, I prefer Little Star to Zachary's, but I'll admit I don't generally care for deep dish pizza.

Aug 28, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Padrecito, SF

I'll try to get over there. Duck carnitas sounds good to me.

Apr 30, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Carmel Restaurant Update

I dined with Patty and her husband at Aubergine (my first time) the other week and it was indeed delicious.

Apr 04, 2013
Leely2 in California

30th Anniv dining advice...5th, 6th or 13th arr...

I also endorse L'Auberge du 15. Perhaps we lucked out that evening, but everything was lick-the-plate good. (No, we did not lick the plates. Just really, really wanted to.)

Mar 21, 2013
Leely2 in France

State Bird Provision wait... how long on a Wed. night? [SF]

That's just where we ended up. They asked us if we would mind sitting at the counter and we said no problem.

Have fun!

Mar 20, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Best Museum Restaurants

The last time I was at the Orsay I could not find the formal restaurant. I hadn't been there in about three years and nothing was as I remembered (food-wise; the art was the same). We ate in the museum and paid dearly for some rather poor food.

I've had a decent meal at Jacquemart-André and some pretty good snacks at the little cafe in the Petit Palais. Also had a nice lunch once at the cafe Musée du Luxembourg; I think it's an Angelina.

Mar 19, 2013
Leely2 in France

State Bird Provision wait... how long on a Wed. night? [SF]

Porky, we had a 7:30 res last weekend and were seated at the counter.

My micro-review: some hits and misses (was not crazy about the hamachi or the veggies with romesco), but given the fair prices and mostly friendly staff I would return. If I could get a reservation with no hassle.

Mar 19, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help!!!! No clue where to eat!!!

Do you get much Burmese food in Texas (serious question)? Because that's something that's not necessarily available everywhere. I like Mandalay, but there are a few favorites.

Here's a thread about dishes to order.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/868766

Jan 13, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Help!!!! No clue where to eat!!!

What kind of food do you typically enjoy eating? What kind of atmosphere?

I'd probably go to Atelier Crenn for my splurge night, but the dining room is rather subdued, portions are smallish, and it's pricey--not sure that's what you're looking for.

I haven't been to Gary Danko in years. For some reason I never love Boulevard, but my mom usually wants to go there when she visits. It's solid, to my mind a little boring.

Jan 13, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Solo diner overwhelmed by her choices

Well, I am in the minority in terms of solo dining: I prefer a table, just find it more relaxing and easier to daydream, which I rarely get to do in real life. Eating out at a good restaurant by myself feels like a luxurious indulgence rather anything lonely or awkward. However, even if I were a diehard barsitter worried about "datey" places, I'd say AQ is no problem--table, bar, linen closet, wherever. Go and enjoy.

Jan 06, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Belated (and long) report from Van Hound's 11th eating trip to SF Bay area

Wow, I am in awe. I can't squeeze in this much food/drinks in three months, and I live here! Great report. You've hit a few places I now want to try, and have reminded me of some places I want to revisit (took my niece to West of Pecos in the summer--need to go back with grown-ups, and haven't been to Mission Bowling Club in a very long time).

Had a similar experience at Bar Tartine. I can well imagine the service missteps and the uninspiring food. I like AQ and hope you just had an off night or it wasn't to your taste.

Thanks for all the pics, too.

Jan 06, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Solo diner overwhelmed by her choices

Just tables (unless I'm entirely misremembering). I've been there twice, but only in the daytime. It is very casual, like a regular hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant. I can't see eating there solo being a problem at all.

Maybe I'm crazy?

Jan 05, 2013
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area