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Solo Rome/tips and recos

I was in Rome solo in July. Not my first trip to Rome, but first time all by myself. To be honest, I did find it a bit more uncomfortable than dining solo in Paris (done fairly frequently), London, New York, and even Bologna. That said, I had a lovely time, ate quite well, and was never made to feel unwelcome in any way. I reserved, usually earlier the same day or a day in advance.

Had an especially excellent long lunch at l'Arcangelo. Delicious and very nice service.

And the Rome hounds will correct me I am sure, but I would think you could "belly up to the bar" at Sorpasso or similar and have a fine meal. I was walking by and ended up with a table (umm, some confusion there), no reservation, for a criminally early "dinner."

Have fun and eat well.

Sep 08, 2014
Leely2 in Italy

Day 3 San Francisco Reviews - Humphry Slocombe Ferry Plaza, Three Babes Bakeshop, Fog City, Tout Sweet Patisserie, Nico, A16

I saw your tip about main courses on your blog, but I just know I'll have to try... If I am disappointed I won't be able to say I hadn't been warned.

Jul 28, 2014
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

Classic Paris Bistrot for a larger group?

I had dinner at Allard as part of a large group (14 people including several children) a couple of weeks ago. It was okay/good. Good bread, and they served the cucumber salad that Talbott mentions in his review. Herring with potatoes was for me just okay, not particularly exciting. A friend and I had the duck with the olives. Those olives were tasty!

This was my least favorite meal during my short stopover in Paris, but it might have been a better experience without the big group. In any case, I would not rush to return.

Jul 28, 2014
Leely2 in France

Day 3 San Francisco Reviews - Humphry Slocombe Ferry Plaza, Three Babes Bakeshop, Fog City, Tout Sweet Patisserie, Nico, A16

Okay, I booked Nico for Tuesday night based on your and uhockey's reviews. I like Frances fine --prefer starters to mains--but would think it's an apples-to-zucchini comparison.

mangeur, I was in Paris week before last and really enjoyed David Toutain for lunch.

Jul 27, 2014
Leely2 in San Francisco Bay Area

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

Rome highlights:

I didn't eat out as often as I might otherwise, as I had a class I was taking in the mornings and was staying in an apartment. If I can dig up more receipts I'll add totals for those who are interested in costs.

L'Arcangelo - Lunch. Had ceci and baccala salad, excellent. Nice crunch with some sliced red onion, celery (?), some texture with the ceci, all balanced with delicious, creamy baccala. Mmm! Followed with pasta (rigatoni? I cannot recall) all'amatriciana. This was excellent. With a bottle of water and a glass of wine, bill for one was 38E. Great service, lovely room.

Sorpasso - Dinner. I wanted to stop for a snack and a glass of wine but there was a communication breakdown (my fault) and I ended up seated in the dining room. Ah well. Polpo with potatoes, olives and ? Was excellent but may have been beat by the scallop with peas and a yogurt sauce. Let's call it a two-way tie. Salad with avocado just okay.

Enoteca Corsi - Lunch. This place was around the corner from my apartment and down the street from where I was getting my shoes repaired. Tonnarelli all'amatriciana, good not great. Salad of green beans, potatoes, tomatoes and olives quite tasty. Crusty Roman service from the man, friendly, warm service from the woman. I wouldn't cross town for this place, but it is perfectly fine and honest, and they have a good wine selection.

Casaletto del Cesare - Dinner. Zucchini flower with an anchovy! Yes, that was tasty. Then I had a pasta with sugo alla coda. Also very good, but overshadowed by the starter.

Antico Arco - Lunch. I like this restaurant and make a visit every time I'm in Rome. A poached egg dish with ricotta was the real standout for me this time, but I like the carbonara too. I didn't get the amatriciana this time, but sort of wished I had just for comparison purposes.

Sicilian almond and fig/ricotta/almond gelato combo from Gelato al Teatro.

Jul 18, 2014
Leely2 in Italy

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

Had some excellent food in Bologna and Rome. Arrived home yesterday.

Some highlights:
Bolognese with peas at Twinside in Bologna. I had made a reservation for Caminetto d'Oro and when I arrived they asked which restaurant I preferred. I chose Twinside as I could eat on the little terrace.

Antipasti "al Chef" at Da Gianni in Bologna. Meat heaven!

Ravioli with butter and sage at the restaurant at Albergo Cappello in Ravenna (lunch--was just walking by and saw a lady sitting there eating this same dish, so decided to stop and was very glad I did).

Jul 18, 2014
Leely2 in Italy

Italy

Sorry, I had th ceci and baccala salad at l'Arcangelo. Had great polpo at Sorpasso. The mind, it wanders... Also had excellent amatriciana at l'Arcangelo. Nice service too.

Jul 14, 2014
Leely2 in Italy

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.

Jul 14, 2014
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.

Jul 14, 2014
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.

Jul 14, 2014
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