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Piedmont - When to go

Allende is correct - go any time (except mid-July to Labor Day). Don't worry about truffles yet; get to know the region and you'll be coming back! The Piemonte threads will provide lots of fabulous dining ideas.

Mar 03, 2013
RWD in Italy

Wine lists, reasonably priced

Thanks, mitchleeny. I'll be revisiting them with this new thought.

Aug 27, 2012
RWD in Manhattan

Wine lists, reasonably priced

Last weekend we went to Baltimore again, and our friends (see baltimorejim) took us to two great restaurants, Fork and Wrench, and Chingale. Dinner was nicely done at both. My topic is wine lists, however.

The list at Fork and Wrench had a notable South American component, with several good bottles in the $30-42 range. At Chingale, all were Italian and, again, many fine choices under $45.

Does anyone know of any restaurants in New York City that can compare with these offerings?

Aug 27, 2012
RWD in Manhattan

Dinner near pier at Battery Park

We have had many lunches and dinners there - it's convenient, and it's always been a good experience. I suggest that you give them another try.

Aug 16, 2012
RWD in Manhattan

Dinner near pier at Battery Park

Yes, I can't disagree with that!

Aug 15, 2012
RWD in Manhattan

Dinner near pier at Battery Park

There is none better in the area than Gigino at Wagner Park. It doesn't hurt to make a reservation, because the food is really good and the setting is spectacular. The places close to the marina are better for their proximity than their food or service.

Aug 15, 2012
RWD in Manhattan

Lunch stop in Bologna near A13

Only a little out of the way, right at the exit Modena Sud on the A1, is Baia del Re. They have a lovely outdoor terrace that we have enjoyed several times.

I hope that this isn't too late.

Aug 15, 2012
RWD in Italy

Bolzano

BN!, thank you. This reinforces my choice and booking at Magdalenerhof for a week in September. Now, with your postings, allende's and emilie's, I am much better prepared than on our other visit, which was a week in Merano and Bolzano in 1988.

May 29, 2012
RWD in Italy

Piemonte Restaurants

allende, thank you. Your enthusiasm encouraged us to seek out La Torre in Cherasco, and it was terrific! It's been added to our list of favorites, along with Il Centro, and La Rosa dei Vini in Parafada.

May 16, 2012
RWD in Italy

West Bank Cafe/B.Smiths/The Gamut

Went there two nights ago with a friend who considers it her dining room. Food was very good, and interesting, too. Nice wine list. It's now on my list for the theater district.

Jun 26, 2008
RWD in Manhattan

Lucca

San Quirico di Moriano is a NW suburb, and a couple of years ago we took a 'villa' somewhat further out. Several nights returning home we passed a brightly lit place with lots of cars parked by the road in front. Finally one night we went for dinner. A very warm welcome, and only two of the six of us had any rudimentary Italian.

The house antipasto included lardo. When we raved about it, the proprietor's chest bulged out, he thumped it (his chest) and said he made it himself, and then proceeded to tell us the efforts involved. House wines, whatever they were were also fabulous.

Dinner for six came to $90 - it was 2002, before the Euro.

Apr 21, 2008
RWD in Italy

restaurants in sicily

Three years ago we spent a restful week at Marina di Ragusa, about an hour SW of Siracusa. One day, after a visit to the Cava d'Ispica, we swung through Modica, because Fattoria delle Torre had such great writeups. Lunch was fantastic. So good that we went back for dinner the following night.

Take a day trip from Siracusa, maybe for lunch.

Apr 21, 2008
RWD in Italy

Bar Baresco

Just opened last week, so we went by to check it out Friday night. It an attractive room, with a happy dining crowd. Food was fine.

With name of the place, and seeing a sleek Cruvinet on the back bar, we expected interesting wines by the glass, but we were disappointed. The Arneis was OK but not memorable; the Dolcetto was forgettable and the Barbera, while best of the three, also was not memorable.

We wish them success, and will be back to try it again. And we came away thinking: they might start a chain, with Bar Bera, Bar Olo and....

Apr 07, 2008
RWD in Manhattan

Challenge: I need to find warm space to hold large rehearsal/ out of towners pre- wedding dinner where the food is excellent. It can be moderately expensive, upscale. Most of the wedding guests are coming from California. We might have as many as 100!

I would second that - Village would be perfect.

Mar 26, 2008
RWD in Manhattan

W.Vill/Tribeca

Cento Vini on Houston Street is quite good, and a last minute call there might not be a problem.

Mar 24, 2008
RWD in Manhattan

AMA - Italian Restaurant Recommendations

First visit to Ama – I was in the area and wanted an early supper. It was almost deserted at 6.30 on a rainy evening, and I was warmly welcomed into an attractive room. I asked for scallops as an appetizer – they were a special that evening, and also available as an entrée – and they were very tasty. Then the animelle, sweetbreads, on a bed of spinach, which were sublime. A bottle of Gutturnio accompanied everything. This wine is a barbera / bonarda blend, medium bodied, bright flavor and easy drinking. We will be taking friends there to discover this treat of a restaurant.

Mar 10, 2008
RWD in Manhattan

Lunch near Penn Station

You won't go wrong with either Tupelo Grill or Tracks.

Oct 29, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Centro Vinoteca -- review

Last Friday my wife was out of town and I went alone; my first visit and an early reservation.

Chicken liver pate with balsamic onions was sublime; it came with its own little slices of bread, of course. The chardonnay from Piemonte complemented it nicely. Next the calamari noodles, delicately spiced, were served with small pieces of toast. Ribolla Gialla went with it very well. Oh, yes, the bread arrived, too, without any prompting by me. Finally, porchetta with baby brussels sprouts and roast cauliflower was delicious, as was the Amarone.

Perhaps it was because there weren't a lot of other diners at 6.30, but I found the service attentive. From the welcome at the front door, to my waiter, and another waiter when mine was busy; and the busboy removed the empty dishes promptly. Because I drink a lot of water, I am accustomed to having to ask for more, but not this time - the busboy never let my glass get below half full.

Can't wait to introduce my wife and friends to this great food.

Oct 29, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

What is the best room at Tavern on the Green?

That's an excellent suggestion. There are better and more romantic dinners to be had.

Oct 29, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Restaurants you love that are rarely mentioned on Chowhound

Yes, Nook is excellent. And the wines can't be beat!

Oct 26, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Italian wine recommendations? (moved from Italy)

Frescobaldi opened a wine bar at the Rome airport www.frescobaldiwinebar.it though it is in the departure area.

Apr 30, 2007
RWD in Wine

Steakhouse Lunch in Financial Districit WITHOUT Reservations

Harry's Steak, not the Cafe.

Apr 26, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Foodie trek around Alba

Near Barbaresco is Coazzolo, and that is the location of a delightful family-run restaurant, da Linet. You sit down and they serve whatever they have fixed. It has a large outdoor terrace which is wonderful in the summertime. You'll want to have a reservation.
A fancier place is Il Centro in Priocca d'Alba. Our most recent visit to each was last June, and both were as good as ever.
South of Bra is Cervere, and da Renzo serves snails and frogs (separately).

Apr 24, 2007
RWD in Italy

Drinks and Dinner on 14th St.

Thirteenth Street between 6th and 7th has several - see what appeals to you. Gradisca was a hit with our foodie friend from SF on Saturday.

Apr 24, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Your favorite Italian

Marinella, on Carmine at Bedford.

Apr 24, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Pre theater dinner

Becco - their three pasta dish is delicious and not expensive.

Apr 24, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Dining in Venice on a Sunday

On peaceful Lido is Trattoria Favorita, Via F. Duodo 33, and they have a very nice outdoor dining area. They are a Buon Ricordo member, so if you choose the house specialty, filetto di San Pietro con verdure di stagione, you will have a delightful dinner and they will give you a souvenir plate.

Apr 24, 2007
RWD in Italy

Lunch with Mom tomorrow in West Village (probably)

AOC Bedford is far better than AOC on Bleecker.
Have you tried Casa Mono?

Apr 19, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Maremma... Just OK

Yesterday afternoon I made a reservation for dinner, our first visit, and mentioned we might be a little late. In fact we were twenty-five minutes late, and upon arrival we learned we had been marked a no-show. However, we were told there should be a table within ten minutes.

We stood in the vestibule for forty minutes. No one said a word to us, not to offer a glass of water or wine or anything.

Fortunately, there are several restaurants just up Hudson Street, so we went out and had a very nice dinner at Alfama. We won’t be back.

Apr 19, 2007
RWD in Manhattan

Fabulous Italian (not the obvious ones, please)

Col Legno is the best Tuscan Trattoria this side of the ocean. Its dependably good cooking, good service (with Chris always there) and fairly quiet surroundings have us taking friends there fairly regularly.

Jan 04, 2007
RWD in Manhattan