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Venice - Input on Restaurant Itinerary Requested

I had an extended lunch at Testiere in June 2014 and it was very good! there were 4 of us and everyone loved their fresh flavors.
Here's a cut and paste from my blog: keepyourfeetinthestreet.com

I had a big bowl of assorted mollusks–a few kinds of clams, razor clams, scallops and mussels–all steamed in the shells with a bit of olive oil and some shards of fresh ginger. Of course, I ended up with a big bowl of shells but the tastes were so clear and fresh. If I hadn’t ordered another course I would have eaten all the broth with the bread but I didn’t. Ken started with spaghetti with clams. Next I had gnocchetti with porcini and shrimp–I loved this dish too. The sweetness of the shrimp and the earthiness of the porcini with the ever so slightly salty, tiny gnocchi and a simple sauce–just a perfect balance. Ken had a plate of grilled scampi–big shrimp with claws cut in half the long way and grilled to perfection. (Bill and Martin loved their dishes too. Their mixed grilled platter looked fabulous!) I had a couple of glasses of a bright Sicilian house white which worked perfectly with the food.
The desserts were sensational too. Perfect peach tart, creme caramel with coffee, and Ken had to try the chocolate pudding which was like a little cool souffle with wonderful dark chocolate

I also ate there in 2010 with similar impressions.

Jun 29, 2015
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A few Venice questions

Just spent 10 days in Venice eating out and in.
Avoid Trattoria alla Rampa on Via Garibaldi. Perfectly awful!

Best meals of this trip: Estro, especially if you like crudo but the focaccia with lardo hit it out of the park. And Promessi Sposi.

Enjoy!

Jun 26, 2015
jangita in Italy

Verona?

We'll be here for a week. Had a great (seafood and pasta, great service not touristy) at Bocondivino on via Sottoriva. There are lots of restaurant on that street to browse.

Any more suggestions?
Also looking for a wine shop in the center near Porta Borsari.

Grazie tutti

Jun 24, 2015
jangita in Italy

Trentino Alto Adige trip report 2011 -- San Cassiano, Bolzano, Trento and Verona (in the Veneto) -- VERY long

Is there any more recent news about Bolzano or Verona.
We're heading to Castelrotto for 3 days, tomorrow and then will be a week in Verona. Would love some updates.
Grazie

Jun 20, 2015
jangita in Italy

Vicenza?

We went to Righetti last year. Here's a copy/paste from my blog:

What a fun place! It's self service and we were a little lost but the locals really helped us out and the whole experience was so worth the 20euros for the meal. I had a fabulous grilled vegetable plate with a chunk of fresh ricotta in the center. Ken had fusilli with ragu bianco (meat sauce without tomatoes) I had 2 glasses of wine, Ken had a beer and a big roasted pear for dessert. Lots of really good food!

So, it's far from fine dining but a great experience with good solid, fresh and delicious food.

Jun 19, 2015
jangita in Italy

One lunch in Bologna next week (6/12)

We went to Drogheria della Rossa.
Enjoyed it very much.
At 1:00 it was pretty empty on a rainy Wed. but we had reservations anyway. Started with complimentary bright, light non bubbly white wine and an amuse of a slic of salami, a small wedge of wonderful cheese a doughy thing ( I have to apologize--I was really distracted by conversation with the friends we met there).
We all, 4, had a "bis" of round pasta stuffed with squaquerone and maybe another cheese topped with many small zucchini flowers and ravioli stuffed with eggplant in a fresh tomato sauce. We also had one plate of tagliatelle al ragu--yummy and totally Bolognese. We ordered a bottle of recommended Sangiovese and we all had desserts and coffee. I loved the desserts--mine was semifreddo with tiny bits of candied orange peel on the side and something crunchy in it. (again, I wasn't doing my best scrutinizing of the food) and my husband had a chocolate flan that was something like really good chocolate pudding. the check was 135 euros--including one more person who ate roast beef and salad.
The restaurant is very homey and unfancy but with white table cloths and officious service.
Hope this helps someone out someday.

Jun 17, 2015
jangita in Italy

One lunch in Bologna next week (6/12)

Well, I think we will go to Drogheria della Rossa unless someone here thinks it's a bad idea???

Jun 16, 2015
jangita in Italy

Milan Expo

All true, Elizabeth. But I didn't want to discuss the "non food related" stuff here on CH. I always thought that was a big issue with the moderators. And we ate Italian because of personal preferences, too.
The Japanese and Kazakstan exhibits, themselves, were really worth the $$--without the food.
And the Japanese lunch was, although nothing special real food, well prepared. But maybe not worth the 20euros we paid for it. We were thinking that at home we would probably pay about $15 for the same dishes.

Jun 12, 2015
jangita in Italy

One lunch in Bologna next week (6/12)

In a similar situation: Planning to be in Bologna to meet friends from Florence for lunch, next week. Looking for a quiet place where we can hang out and talk before, during and after a fabulous meal. I would say 20 euros per person without wine would be about right. Easy walk from the train station would be a big plus.

Any input?

Jun 11, 2015
jangita in Italy

Milan Expo

OK. We went yesterday and concurred with the above but today was much much better.
Yesterday we ate a really good sausage sandwich with greens--it seemed like maybe cichoria/chicory but it was called fariella. We whizzed by Eataly just to look. Really enjoyed the Franciacorta tasting--20euros for 5 very generous pours. We did a lot of wandering and looking, never made it to the end.
Today we had a plan. We headed straight towards the end stopping at the USA. Being a sucker for Obama saying we need to feed everyone, I liked it OK.
After that we went to Japan which was really well done--seemed like they really invested in their exhibition and it really made me want Japanese food which we had for lunch. It was surprisingly good. The tempura was fried there in a big open kitchen. They had a self ordering system on tablets and it was quick. The soba noodle broth was delicious. We marveled at the gardens at Slow Food. At the Italy wine pavilion they have 1,300 wines on a ticket system. 3 tastes for 10euros. We chose to taste 3 Barolos from 3 different years--2009, 10 and 11. There was a sommelier talking with us about the wines.
Kazakstan was a really good show--they were tasting horse milk at the end and we passed on that. Somehow, we lucked into a free sample of nice French country lentils with cheese cubes and sesame seeds. Just walking by at the perfect moment.
We bought our tix online and saved some money that was--also buying a 2 day pass was cheaper.
So, we left with a much better impression after today. Hope this helps out some future Expo goers.

Jun 10, 2015
jangita in Italy

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Yes, I would have to agree. It's a beautiful restaurant but more "neighborhoody" than special occasion. It does have white table clothes, nice linen and an open kitchen. But for your situation...keep looking.

Jun 09, 2015
jangita in Italy

Milan Sunday -Wed. Eating well the priority.

Just FWIW,
We had a fabulous dinner tonight at Mes Amis, no it's not French but totally local Milanese.
We ate 2 huge apps: gilled vegetable with grilled chhes and mixed salumi.
Share a pasta--with bits of sausage cooked in a parmigiano wheel--really yummy with little bits of the almost crunchy parmigiano and a bit of cram.
And a perfect scaloppa de Vitallo Milanese--fried to perfection with a bit of arugula and fresh tomatoes.
with wine it was 82 euros. A real bargain. It's a bit out of town a via G. da Procida 27, angolo via Domodossola 23.
www.mesamismilano.it.

Jun 08, 2015
jangita in Italy

Milan Expo

Oh well, I hope we have a better experience than that. We'll be there Tues and Wed. this coming week. Already bought the tix, too.
Will report back.

Jun 07, 2015
jangita in Italy

Madrid Locals Tips

JuanDoe, I just want you to know that we went to La Cesta last night at about 9:00. It was totally empty but we had an amazingly wonderful light supper there.

For the 2 of us we had stuffed mussels, ravioli stuffed with "pork throat??" in a light broth. (It was just 2 large ravioli in a
very thin pasta--lovely.
And, of all things, barbqued pork ribs. Just couldn't releist ordering them after the waiter recommended them. They were 2 perfectly cook, large ribs with a damn good sauce.
We also had 2 desserts--fabulous saffron creme brulee and a cheesecake--both very large portions. We had a glass of beer, a glasss of cava, a glass of Ribera del Duero red which was outstanding and a glass of dessert wine--Ananyas, maybe. The check was around 50 euros.

So thanks!

Jun 05, 2015
jangita in Spain/Portugal

Need a lookup in the Fred Plotkin book

Another grateful voice. I have so enjoyed the Fred Plotkin books and own both of them. That being said:

Fred, do you have anything to say about the EXPO--I am headed there in about a week, for just 2 days. I have read somewhere else that Eataly is "the" place to eat but would love your insights.
Thanks so much

Jun 01, 2015
jangita in Italy

Raw seafood plate in Venice

Also La Cantina has a lovely plate.

May 27, 2015
jangita in Italy

Seeking tiny producer olive oil and/or cheese that's worth traveling for just to bring home a bottle or wheel

While it doesn't involve a day trip, there are great products for sale (maybe at premium prices) at Peck in Milan, not far from the duomo.
I have bought olive oil there from Lake Garda that was one of the best I ever had. Marcella Hazan said that the Garda oil is the best in Italy.
Peck also has a huge cheese selection and lots of other foodie treats.
I just love looking in their windows!

May 26, 2015
jangita in Italy

Osterie d'Italia 2007 (English) or 2015 (Italian)?

If you spring for the books, you can always tear out the pages from the areas where you'll be traveling. Makes the books a whole lot easier to carry.

May 23, 2015
jangita in Italy

Looking for Soft shell crabs (moleche) in Venice

Last year they were available at Vini da Gigio in early June. Some years back, I, too had them at Antiche Carampane.
While you're ordering, don't miss the razor clams!

May 05, 2015
jangita in Italy
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What are your favorite dishes in Florence, Venice and Miklan

In Venice--The "Frittura", traditional mixed fried seafood and veggies, at Vecchio Fritolin, served in a paper cone. Can't miss.

May 03, 2015
jangita in Italy

Recommendations for Le Marche this fall

We had a fabulous lunch in Urbino, right in front of the Ducal Palace (great people watching) at an outside table. The place is called Kilometro Zero, Km 0, which means, I believe, super local. We had a huge plate of mixed pork and cheese with a basket of the local house made flat bread called crescia.
They also have a nice selection of local beer and wine.

Apr 29, 2015
jangita in Italy

Help Me Sketch a trip to Modena, Bologna and Parma

In Modena, don't miss lunch at Hosteria Giusti. They pour a few kinds of "house" lambrusco--chilled red sparkling, wine, perfect for a hot day.

Some years back (gosh, could it be 10 years ago???) we used http://www.parmagolosa.it/ for a wonderful balsamic vinegar tour with 2 kinds in tow. Interesting for all.

And you may already know but this is the year of Milan Expo
http://www.expo2015.org/it
Looks like great fun for all and I've heard that the Italians will have some great wine tasting in their venue.

Apr 16, 2015
jangita in Italy

Madrid Locals Tips

Wow! All great info. Thanks so much.

Apr 11, 2015
jangita in Spain/Portugal

Madrid Locals Tips

Thanks for the info.

My husband and I will be spending 4 nights in Madrid, arriving 4 June.
Our hotel is the AC Recoletos on Calle Recoletos, 18.
Our flight arrives around noon and I imagine we will be wanting an early dinner before we give in to the jet lag. I always try to make it until 8 or 9pm that first day.

Can anyone suggest a place not too far from our hotel that would be serving around 4-6pm?

We are planning to visit the Mercato San Miguel, maybe twice. I have a real weakness for markets and street food. But the first night I would like to sit and be served. Wine? of course!

Also any suggestions for paella? After that first night we will walk and/or cab to places.

Gracias!

Apr 07, 2015
jangita in Spain/Portugal

UF grads: Do you remember a sub shop that delivered to the dorms in the early '60s?

Alan's Cubana! wow...

There was also (just to stroll down memory lane) Frank's Sub base, on 441, south of sin city. But that was a bit later in the 60's.

Mar 24, 2015
jangita in Florida

Heading up to Venice with the family (restos and more)

I like the bakery in Campo San Toma--if you're facing Ciak's it's to your left. It's more bout bread than sweets.

Mar 22, 2015
jangita in Italy

Celebrating Mom's Big 60! Please critique Rome/ Pienza/ Florence itinerary!

Although I am not sure how you would fit it into your Tuscan itinerary, da Roberto in Montisi (near San Quirico) is certainly worth a small detour. Passionate cooking of only the finest local ingredients is the signature of Roberto. Call first because the hours are quirky.

Mar 07, 2015
jangita in Italy

One day/night in Milan

Have you seen this:
http://www.parlafood.com/where-to-eat...

Please report back! I'll be spending a bit of time in Milan in June.
Thanks.

Mar 04, 2015
jangita in Italy

Venice on my own

Here's a copy and paste from my blog--3 years ago, Figlie delle Stelle on Giudeca:

We started with a really nice, home made bread basket which included my favorite, taralli --then ordered an app-- a fava bean puree with sauteed greens and crostini. We shared a primo of spaghetti with mussels in a very light tomato sauce and the pasta was made of farro flour. It was so much better than any whole grain pasta I've tried at home! The frittura mista was next. It had lots of shrimp and squid and little fish as well as vegetables. Gotta love fried food! We shared everything but couldn't finish the frittura. Bill was 60.50.

Hope this helps a bit.

Feb 18, 2015
jangita in Italy

Venice on my own

What do you like? wine or not? Where is your hotel?

Answers will come but narrow it down a bit, please.

Feb 15, 2015
jangita in Italy