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Dining in Avignon

The OP is now nearly seven years old but heck, here are some pics (iPhone quality) of the menus at Christian Etienne, La Mirande, La Fourchette and L'Isle Sonnante taken today, March 28, 2011). All closed Mondays (today) except Fourchette which has a 32Euro menu. (Pictures in order: CE, LM, LF, LIS).

Mar 28, 2011
ajsm in France

Venice Celebration July 2007

Thx, we're trying to book reservations. I'll let you know how it goes.

Feb 10, 2007
ajsm in Italy

Venice Celebration July 2007

Well basically I meant that I didn't want to pay three star prices. I meant a "charming" environment - an authentic setting, perhaps a view, a cozy ambience etc..

Jan 31, 2007
ajsm in Italy

semi-swanky Italian Saturday lunch in Seattle

Leper, he was offered the position. Waiting to hear back. Of possible interest, he hardly ate anything - a fruit salad which he barely touched, and a capuccino. Excellent self- control... me, I managed not to order any wine.

Jan 31, 2007
ajsm in Pacific Northwest

Venice Celebration July 2007

I've had good success with Chowhound, so here goes again.

Looking for an Italian restaurant in Venice for a family celebration this summer. Food must be great (goes without saying). Regional specialties would be especially welcome. Should be environmentally charming, be able to seat an extended family of 15 (separate but close tables are fine), and accept a child of 1 year. (Last point shouldn't be a problem.. this is Italy right?) Expense is less a concern, but shouldn't be Michelin-three starred level. Walking distance from St. Mark's would be nice.

Any suggestions?

Jan 31, 2007
ajsm in Italy

semi-swanky Italian Saturday lunch in Seattle

Some follow-up. Interviewed the candidate at Tulio, which on a Saturday is practically empty, so very quiet. I could see where it would be noisy on a weekday. The food was so-so - perhaps it was the lunch menu, but it was pretty standard fare - not the regional Italian I was expecting. Had dinner at 94 Stewart with my wife. Wow - great wine list, and as someone said, reasonably priced. Tried a couple of inexpensive bottles - Townshend 2003 Syrah, and Kestrel 2004 Viognier. The latter was dry and lovely, not the usual cloying viognier. The former was a bargain at $38 a bottle and had big flavour (imo all the 2003 Washington/BC wines have that same flavour from the particularly hot summer). And lastly, thanks Walters... the avocado was really great. Plenty of fresh dungeness, big sticks of fried, soft, rich avocado and a slightly spicy corn relish. Basically a heaping deconstructed california roll.Very nice.

Jan 31, 2007
ajsm in Pacific Northwest

semi-swanky Italian Saturday lunch in Seattle

There's something about tres cher that always catches my attention. Tres cher and expense accounts go together like... pizza and wine. So I checked out Il Campagne. Unfortunately, it's not open for lunch, and Cafe Campagne, its companion eatery looks like it might be croweded and noisy. So far, I've made reservations at 94 Stewart pending further opinions.

Jan 17, 2007
ajsm in Pacific Northwest

semi-swanky Italian Saturday lunch in Seattle

Like everyone else here, it's all about the food. However, I need this meal to interview someone for a long term job two Saturdays from now. So in addition to great cooking, I need a quiet table with unobtrusive service in an elegant spot where one can linger without pressure. To complicate matters, I feel like Italian (at the moment!), the lunch is on a Saturday and the hotels are near Pioneer Square. Any suggestions? Some friends have suggested Il Fornaio and Roy's. Never been to either of these.

Jan 16, 2007
ajsm in Pacific Northwest