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L'Agrume-cannot reach them..anyone know the correct number or are they still open?

My hotel has been trying to reach L'Agrume and the number I got seems to not be working. Does anyone know if it is still open? I am honestly looking for a dinner restaurant for one night that is authentic and delish that would be similar in feel and price(or less!!) to Le Comptoir du Relais.. My husband thoroughly enjoyed it when we were last there. I'll have my two kids and L'Agrume appealed to us, but now cannot reach them. We will be there in two weeks, so running out of time. Thanks in advance!

Jul 15, 2010
matthunt in France

Paris with 8 and 12 yr. old-we're foodies, they don't like long meals!

Do you have any thoughts on a good spot for dinner near and or in the 6th, that might be less touristy and pricey now than Le Comptoir, but still great food? Also, any thoughts on Le Vieux Chene?

May 30, 2010
matthunt in France

Paris with 8 and 12 yr. old-we're foodies, they don't like long meals!

Thank you John for your great suggestions...as I'm sure you can tell, many of my top choices came from your blog! Eager to look at Afaria, as I continue to read about that one. I appreciate your help!

May 30, 2010
matthunt in France

Paris with 8 and 12 yr. old-we're foodies, they don't like long meals!

My family of four is heading to France for a three week trip. We'll have just four nights in Paris. I have researched the site quite extensively and am still a bit confused, so many wonderful choices. I have spent a great deal of time there, but not my kids, first time. My husband and I love a fabulous, long meal, but honestly not with the kids. We'll probably do one or two of those. Any suggestions on amazing dinners and lunches that will not break the bank, but authentic, innovative and still quick enough that the kids will enjoy as well? Thoughts I have so far...Frenchie, Le Regalade, West Country Girl, Le Bistrot Vivienne, Oscar, L'absinthe, Bistrot d'a Cote Flaubert, Glou,L'Armotik, Le Bouchon, Chez Grenouille, Le P'tit Caillou...for one nicer meal, likely L'atelier du Joel Robuchon...I've obviously listed the gamut(for lunches, dinners,etc....If anyone has any comments on the long(sorry) list above, or some MUST DO's-and I'm not concerned about location, as food really drives our travel itinerary. Thanks a lot! Oh, and also any thoughts on just a quick sit down, or pick up and walk around or picnic kind of place-think INO in Florence.. Thoughts?

May 29, 2010
matthunt in France

Looking to go off the beaten path in Italy

I would also highly recommend La Porta restaurant in Montichiello overlooking the Val D'Orcia for food, really incredible! It is a tiny village, charming and quaint with some of the best food I've ever eaten. Happy travels!

Feb 21, 2010
matthunt in Italy

Two days in Fort Worth

I live in Fort Worth and honestly am not a big fan of the restaurants here. However, a new kid on the block, Ellerbe Fine Foods(cafe) on Magnolia is really outstanding. The atmosphere is great and the food is innovative, fresh and delicious! It has filled in a weakness that we've had for a long time. For more casual dining...Carshon's deli is great!

Feb 19, 2010
matthunt in Dallas - Fort Worth

Reccomendations for Ft. Worth?

Ft. Worth tops for me are...St. Emilion(french), Nonna Tatta(tiny italian), Chadra Grill(Lebanese-the BEST homemade pomegranite ice cream ever!!), and Fred's(for burgers, total dive, hang out, music,etc., Carshon'sdeli(great sandwiches AND pies!!! I totally agree on pies at Paris Coffee shop-great!! Fort Worth is easy to go wrong with food, but these I think are at the top of the list. Also, Lucile's Stateside bistro is good food, great brunch, and a killer bananas foster, casual, great specials.

Apr 09, 2009
matthunt in Dallas - Fort Worth

leaving in 2 weeks. Husband thinks i have travel o.c.d... have made a list a mile long and would love any feedback, good or bad on my "rough list" and any obvious wonderful spots I am missing for Venice, Rome, Tuscany and Florence. THANK YOU!

Do you know how expensive al ceppo is? Glad ato hear a. arco is must, because just read a discouraging note on trip advisor, only one however though. thanks for the encouragement!

Apr 07, 2009
matthunt in Italy

leaving in 2 weeks. Husband thinks i have travel o.c.d... have made a list a mile long and would love any feedback, good or bad on my "rough list" and any obvious wonderful spots I am missing for Venice, Rome, Tuscany and Florence. THANK YOU!

Venice-Osteria all Testiere OR Il Ridotto, can't decide. Il Refolo for pizza, Zucca for lunch or dinner.

Florence-Sostanza dinner, Trattoria Garga dinner, Teatro del Sale(lunch or dinner), Nerbonne(lunch).

Tuscany-Pienza-Latte de Luna, montepulciano-La Grotta, Trequanda-Conte Matto, likely Al Gallopappa or Albergaccio di Castellina in Castellina for dinner.

ALSO-we have a car..any homerun wineries to visit in the Montalcino, areas...we are staying in Buonconvento.

Rome-Antico Arco, Il Drappo(how fancy is this?), Armondo al Pantheon for lunch, any other Rome suggestions, especially not too far from the Vatican for dinner after tour there?

I'd really appreciate any suggestions, thoughts, critiques, whatever, thanks.

Apr 07, 2009
matthunt in Italy

one free night in Tuscany-where to go for fab. food and special experience?

We leave Florence in the morning and will drive towards San Gimignano, Volterra and then on to Buonconvento for a 3 nights stay and wine tour there. If anyone has a special(not to be missed) experience for one night-for food and for accomodation- on that approximate route(off the beaten path is great), that would be great!! Looking forward to our Italian adventure!

Apr 04, 2009
matthunt in Italy

Venice: The Great Binge of '09

Joe-I am new to Chowhound and was quite impressed with your entry. I was planning on getting a reservation at Il Ridotto, but your review just confirmed it!! We are going to Italy April 22-May 5 and was wondering if you could comment on unique, authentic and delicious restaurant suggestions in towns or cities where'll we'll be or off the beaten path places to try in nearby towns, as we'll have a car. We begin in Venice for 2 nights, then stopping for one meal in Bologna(don't know where or even if we will do this for sure), then onto Florence for 3 nights.Would love any suggestions here. Then, onto San Gimignano for one night to eat at Ristorante Il Pino. Following that, 3 nights in Buonconvento(near Pienza) and finally onto Rome for 3 nights. So, if you have any suggestions for food, activitiy, things of interest, we'd greatly appreciate it. I can tell you are a foodie from many of your comments and I feel sure we'd benefit from anything you could help us with. Many thanks!

Mar 26, 2009
matthunt in Italy

tuscany more or bologna stop

Okay, so we're going to italy for 12 nights end of april into may. I've traveled there in college some, but my husband's first time. We are big foodies and wine lovers and are planning at this point, to be in Venice for 2 nights, driving to Castellina in Chianti for 3 nights(going into Florence for a day trip or so), one night in San Gimignano to dine and stay at Locanda il Pino(for the restaurant at Ristorante il pino), been highly recommended by a friend. Anyway, then onto Piazze(near Cetona) for 3 nights to do southern Tuscany touring, wine,etc. then onto Rome for 3 nights and then home. We are staying at an agriturismo in Castellina and then a neat little inn in piazze. My question is this....should we shorten our tuscany time and stop in Bologna(stay a night or two) and then only stay in one or 2 Tuscan locations instead or keep as is? I've been reading on this site that the food in Tuscany isn't that great and that Bologna is the deal? Any thoughts, particular suggestions, would be most appreciated!!

Mar 13, 2009
matthunt in Italy