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Resto Recs for Convention Center/Miami Airport Area

I am coming to Miami in a couple of weeks and need help from 'Hounds on a good, foodie-type restaurant relatively near the convention center by the airport. I say relatively near because travel a short distance is not a problem. No particular type of food, just a restaurant that focuses on quality. Nice to have a full bar, but not necessary. Thanks in advance.

Sep 24, 2013
herculesmulligan in Kosher

Help with authentic Indian food!

Am visiting this weekend and would like to host some friends to an Indian dinner. One couple is from Southern India near Goa. Ideally would like a place that Indians themselves like to frequent. Any ideas? Dishes of note?

Aug 01, 2011
herculesmulligan in Austin

Best Pizza in Los Angeles (& surrounding)????!!

This issue is now solved: Sotto, which just opened on Pico near Century City. One of the best Neopolitan style pizzas that I have had in the United States, and I have been to all of the best. It ranks WITH the best.

Recs please: near Hyatt Regency Century City?

You must, and I mean must, make reservations immediately at Sotto, a brand new Italian (only a week old) restaurant right around the corner from you on Pico, near Beverly Boulevard. I am about to write a review about it, but thought that I would answer your request first.
1) Incredible NEOPOLITAN PIZZA from a rare, hand built wood burning oven; 2) Incredible hand made pasta with a Southern twist (especially Puglia); 3) Terrific prices, for all foods and for the drinks and wine list.

I eat a lot of place all over the United States, and only very few equal the quality and authenticity of this special place. I am almost afraid to write about it because I selfishly want to be able to go without hassle.

Help! Late night food in Downtown

Am traveling next week from San Francisco and arrive late to downtown, around 11pm. Can any 'hounds recommend a good, late night place to get a better than decent meal downtown?
Thanks for the help.

Manasquan: Looking for truly authentic Italian VPN pizza and/or food.

Visiting the area next week for the very first time. Hoping that 'hounds can help locate some truly delicious authentic Italian food. Even better would be a truly VPN pizza locale.

Jul 22, 2010
herculesmulligan in New Jersey

Does authentic Italian exist in Palm Springs?

Reviewing most of the previous rec's for Palm Springs Italian, I noticed that most places service 'basic' dishes. That's okay if that is all there is. However, please advise about a place or places that make their own pasta; that are hyper regional; that have Italian chefs in the kitchen; or that are otherwise exceptional for Italian food not matter that comparison throughout the United States! Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

Jul 19, 2010
herculesmulligan in California

Help! Need an After-the-Opera watering hole.

Evening performance. And looking more for a place with drinks/cocktails than food. A small plate food service would be ideal, but not necessary. Thanks.

Mar 15, 2010
herculesmulligan in Manhattan

Help! Need an After-the-Opera watering hole.

Am traveling to the city in a few weeks and will be attending the Met. I am hoping that Manhattan 'Hounds might help direct me to a nice place to have drinks/food after the opera. Would prefer to stay on the westside and no lower than the Village, but open to any and all suggestions. Thanks in advance.

Mar 15, 2010
herculesmulligan in Manhattan

First time in Naples - anyone have recent recs?

I was impressed with the authenticity of the food at Rosso Pomodoro, a new Napolitan restaurants, run and owned by Italians, on Fifth Avenue.

Mar 13, 2010
herculesmulligan in Florida

Molto Bene: Authentic DOP Pizza in Tampa...and more: Pizzaiolo Bavaro!

Precisely, ElGimpo. Specifically the pizza must have Caputo 00 flour; San Marzano tomatoes; and buffala mozzarella. Often many places substitute homemade mozzarella and often it tastes very good, but it is not the 'real deal,' or DOP.

I do not live in Tampa and was, as said, delighted to discover Bavaro. I am jealous of the residents of Tampa/St. Pete to have such authenticity at their finger tips.

I am an honest 'Injun' when it comes to food criticism and folks can check out my links to see that I am not a shill nor a bull on anything except good quality.

Mar 02, 2010
herculesmulligan in Florida

Molto Bene: Authentic DOP Pizza in Tampa...and more: Pizzaiolo Bavaro!

I was delighted to find and to eat at downtown Tampa's Pizzaiolo Bavaro TWICE last week. The little place packs a HUGE punch. Why? Because owner (and pizzaiolo) Dan Bavaro is singlemindedly dedicated to authenticity.

I have been priviledged to travel much and see the great new, authentic, DOP pizza places throughout the United States. This include Spacca Napoli in Chicago and Pizza Antico in Atlanta and many others too numerous to name. Among these, Bavaro is among the best, if not the very best. The flour and dough are perfect, the tomatoes and buffala mozzarella are correct.

In addition to knock out pizzas, Pizzaiolo Bavaro also has excellent pasta, antipasti, salads, and a very good and reasonably priced wine list. Without doubt, Tampa is extremely fortunate to have this establishment!

Mar 01, 2010
herculesmulligan in Florida

Short business trip to Naples, FL. Where to eat?

Cannot think of a better place for your Thursday night than Rosso Pomodoro, a new, authentic Italian restaurant on Fifth Avenue. I has only been open a few weeks, but I was lucky enough to be there for the opening. Very attractive, with a bar and good wine list, the food, especially their Napolitan dishes (including the truly authentic Margherita pizza), is fantastic. I can hardly wait to return.

Mar 01, 2010
herculesmulligan in Florida

PLEASE POST YOUR VOTES HERE: Ultimate Los Angeles Restaurants 2009

Over $25:
1) Lucques
2) Joe's
3) Vincenti Ristorante
4) Grace
5) Osteria Angelini

Under $25

1) Minestraio
2) Colori Kitchen
3) Bob's Doughnuts
4) Breadbar
5) Larchmont Wine and Cheese

Colori Kitchen
429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Vincenti Restaurant
11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Desperate for fresh fish place in Wilmington, DE!!!

I am hosting a dinner tomorrow that requires a fish entre. I am wondering if any 'hounds know a good place to buy fresh fish in Wilmington, DE. Cod, Salmon, Halibut, and all other the other suspects are required. Thanks......

Nov 01, 2009
herculesmulligan in Mid-Atlantic

Unstellar Stella? Pizzareria Stella Revisted.

We returned for another meal excited by our visit last week, and, regrettably, must report that the Margherita pizza underwent a major change in preparation and in taste. For unknown reasons, the restaurant changed its mozzarella. No longer did Stella use the traditional buffalo mozzarella, but, inexplicably changed to the local mozzarella! It made the pizza much drier and the bubbles were absent and the pizza was dry. The pizza was crisp, for those who like it that way, but it lost its authenticity and its Neapolitan character that so impressed us on our first visit. This experience made it clear that Stella is not serious about brining Philadelphia its first true pizza experience. The pizza bianca was still good that was served with the prosciutto as was the fresh ricotta. The gelato remained attractive and inspirational, especially the ricotta gelato. This time we tried a Lambrusco, which was excellent, but priced like a Barolo!

Oct 18, 2009
herculesmulligan in Philadelphia

Stellar Stella

mazza 3. Thanks for the response, but I am attaching a link to a renowned authentic pizzeria in Atlanta, Antico Pizzeria, and note their use of the DOP designation. As mentioned, we are certainly aware that DOP's are product identifiers, but some apply it to designate authenticity.

Oct 18, 2009
herculesmulligan in Pennsylvania

Two Italians seeking good Italian restaurant near Plymouth Meeting.

Third cheer for Trinacria. My Italian friend who is from the south says that it is TRUE Sicilian food.

Oct 18, 2009
herculesmulligan in Pennsylvania

Neapolitan Pizza in Atlanta?

Coming to Atlanta in a two weeks and was hoping that some studious 'hounds from there might direct me to a true Neapolitan Pizzeria or Italian restaurant that makes one. Hoping for a wood oven, but electric will do if the ingredients are right. Any thoughts? Thank you for your time and effort!

Oct 16, 2009
herculesmulligan in Atlanta

Stellar Stella

DOP, in Italian, is Denominazione d' Origine Protetta, which designates the true, integral make of a product, in this case a Neapolitan pizza. The original, if you will. Which is not to suggest that Stella, now, is DOP. DOP may be a stretch for use excepting a particular food (like pomodori), but you get the idea. Regrettably, we do not know Grimaldi's or Pizzeria Regina, so we cannot tell.

Oct 14, 2009
herculesmulligan in Pennsylvania

Stellar Stella

As true pizza afficianados, we know that DOP pizza are expected to have a moist center and bubbles with a well done, crisp crown or cornicione because of the brick oven cooking process. The reason for this is that a good DOP margherita pizza uses quality mozzarella and tomatoes that release some amount of water during the cooking process. It is be expected.

Oct 14, 2009
herculesmulligan in Pennsylvania

Stellar Stella

The margherita is $13, which is a high for Italian/European standards, but considering other good US pizzas it is fairly priced for its quality.

Oct 14, 2009
herculesmulligan in Pennsylvania

Any great hole in the wall restaurants?

Though not at all a true hole in the wall restaurant, try the BYOB Italian Bistro, L'Oca, which is truly attractive, authentic, highest quality Italian ingredients, and very fairly priced.
Their variety of homemade pasta, with normally a Tuscan touch, is superb. We tried the pappardelle with rabbit recently and it was superb.

Oct 14, 2009
herculesmulligan in Pennsylvania

Stellar Stella

This week we went to visit Pizzeria Stella for the very first time. Our interest was keen as we have been very fortunate to dine at some of the best pizzerias in the United States, including Pizza Mozza, Spacca Napoli, 2 Amy's, Antica Pizzeria, Pizza Fresca, Sapori di Napoli, Bebbo, Pizza Ortica,and many more throughout Italy that would be too numerous to mention. We hope that this provides some bona fides about our dedication to authentic DOP pizza.

We had only our favorite, the Margherita, so as to provide a uniform comparison to the others. Frankly and sincerely, the Stella margherita would rank among the very top. The crown of the crust (cornicione) was crisp and well cooked; the inside of the pizza had the finest blend of tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and a generous decoration of basil leaves. The overall pizza was evenly cooked bringing the true flavor of the brick oven to the table.

The slices of pizza bianca served with the salumi selections was also extremely authentic with a crisp bite and a flavoring of good olive oil. The salumi themselves were artisinal in quality and were likely imported from Italy. The serving was generous and served attractively on a cutting board.

However, the antipasti we had were a bit disappointing considering the description. We would be will to try others, like the arancini or the scamorza, but will leave that to another time.

The gelato selection was not only impressively, but creative. The inventiveness of the flavors and the actual taste of the gelato was superb, especially the olive oil gelato. We will be back to try all of the other flavors.. Compared to the renowned Capogiro, which we rank very highly, this gelato had a comparable homemade and handmade quality.

We are not beer drinkers, and had wine. The wine list is well drawn from various regions and with varietals that we enjoy, like Fiano, but we found the bottles overpriced. You might stay with the house varietals or the beers. We skipped espressos (using La Colombe coffee) as they were overpriced at $4.

Overall the service was impeccable. Our particular waitperson was informative and interested in our experience and feedback and could not have been more helpful.

We are looking forward to another thrilling pizza experience now knowing that we do not have to travel to NYC or anywhere else when we crave a true DOP pizza.

Oct 14, 2009
herculesmulligan in Pennsylvania

Ricotta Forte

Where can I get a great dish that includes Ricotta Forte? In fact, where can I BUY ricotta forte in Los Angeles?


Some of the best prepared pasta in Los Angeles. Gino and Betty have done a terrific job i re-engineering this place. The chef, from Emilia Romagna, does a terrific job in preparation. I would go everyday, if I could. My only complaint is about the wine list. Small and not too ambitious. I understand what they are trying to do, and I would not have Osteria Angelini's list, but I would have a selection of more than 4 or 5 grape varietals in each catagory. Try it, though, it is a terrifically underfollowed gem.

Best Italian (money no object) in L.A. area for a VERY picky eater

One of the best kept secrets of Italian food in Los Angeles is Colori Kitchen, on 8th Street near Grand. Look to the specials, but, better yet, call ahead of time, give them a reasonable budget and see what they cook for you as a chef's menu! Divine. Liuigi, the chef/owner, is brilliant with fish, but just as good with pasta and everything else. Reasonable, and, best of all, BYOB, so you can go get that good bottle of Italian at Wine Expo and literally transport yourself to Italy. Most Westsiders will not try it because they hate traipsing downtown, especially downtown at the margin. That's good for the rest of us who love food!

Authentic Italian in Charlottesville?

Visting campus soon and looking for a truly authentic Italian restaurant or a pizza place that makes truly Neopolitan style Margherita pizza. Thanks.

Rec`s for Sarasota!

Visting in two weeks from the West Coast, and am hoping that the local `hounds can steer me to authenticity: Italian, French, Cuban, whatever. Most interested in place that use market fresh ingredients and, hopefully, have a great wine list. Thank you for all of your consideration!

Jun 18, 2009
herculesmulligan in Florida

Ministraio: Triumph of Gino and Crew

Have just completed two consecutive dinners at the newly evolved Ministraio. I consider it a triumph for Gino and his crew. The new chef from Emiilia Romana has a terrific way with pasta. The tortelli that I had last night was among the best I have had in Los Angeles in years. All together I have had/shared five dishes and each was was superb. My only criticism is that the wine list, though respectable by all measures, is not very ambitious.