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A day in Modena, with an acetaia thrown in

Not able to answer your question but don't miss the Modena food market. It's an easy walk from Giusti, on the other side of the main piazza.
It is chock full of beautiful produce, meats, cheeses and bakery stuff.

I am not sure how you can plan on dinner after Giusti. We were so full! BTW--we drank the house lambrusco and loved it. The antipasto of mixed salume with gnoccho fritto was really memorable and the wine pairing was just right. They served a darker, fuller bodied lambrusco with the hot food that was also wonderful.

Jul 19, 2014
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Mostly meat in Venice -trip report

We felt the same way about La Bitta. Over the years we've probably eaten there about 6 times but this trip eating braised meat just didn't fit our seasonal desires. And like you, I felt the menu just seemed a bit heavy. Granted, we were there on a very warm June evening. They never have failed to steer us well on the sine choices, though.

Jun 28, 2014
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Venice/ Florence/ Rome Trip report (very long)

Great report!
Grazie.

Jun 20, 2014
jangita in Italy

Venice restaurant picks?

I had lunch, today, at Vecio Fritolin and can highly recommend it. They are known for their frittura (mixed fried seafood) and for its freshness. They really lived up to the lofty reputation. We had a green gnocchi with mussels in a lovely light tomato sauce for a starter--very good.

Friend had prawn carpaccio with baby artichokes and baked cod for secondo and he said it was very good, too.

But I loved the frittura!

Dessert was a coffee and cardamom custard--totally yummy.
Good wine selection.
Perfect service.
Good air conditioning, too.

It's a Venice institution. Go!

Jun 12, 2014
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Venice pastry and chocolate shops

You cannot miss VizioVirtu chocolate shop. Take the vap to San Toma if it's too hot to walk.

Jun 09, 2014
jangita in Italy

How early to reserve at Hosteria Giusti in Modena

Just to follow up--we had a fantastic meal. People without reservations were turned away but one party was seated outside.

Lunch lived up to the reputation. We started with Gnoccho Fritto, saying they are light pillows of fried dough really doesn't do them justice. They are served warm topped with a few different salumi, prosciutto, salami, pancetta and lardo, all melting on top. Eaten with your hads they would have been enough for me--so much flavor and so satisfying. We also had a zucchini sformato (flan?) with crispy prosciutto. To avoid continuing to say amazing and delicious, I'll just list the rest of what we ate: Tagliatelle with guanciale sauce and a kind of pulled room temperature pork with warm balsamic caramelized onions. We drank 2 kinds of Lambrusco with it--a light one first and then a fuller bodied dark purple one with the heavier dishes. Ken had to have the chocolate pudding for dessert which was super dark and he loved it. I had a grappa from Piemonte. Giusti is totally family owned and opperated. It runs like a well oiled machine.

Thanks for the help chowhounds!

May 31, 2014
jangita in Italy

Zeb! in Florence

I cannot recommend this place highly enough. We had an absolutely fabulous lunch there today. And we took home a couple of dishes for dinner.
For lunch we had 2 superb pasta dishes. One was a simple homemade spaghetti with black truffles (14 euro). It had just enough salt to bring out the truffle flavor and the pasta was cooked to perfection. Also, large "ravioli" were not square--kind of free form--stuffed with ricotta and zucchini flowers, topped with a burrata sauce, zucchini and poppy seeds. You would have to taste it to believe the loveliness of the gentle flavors--(12 euro).
We shared one dessert--a small glass with mixed berries on the bottom, custard above and perfectly crispy puffed pastry on top.

We took home 2 pieces of pork stuffed with asparagus and one large stuffed round zucchini. Which, even though they were "to go" were really delicious for our supper.

Zeb has only counter space in a very contemporary space. I was told that you need a reservation for dinner but not for lunch and it proved to be true. There was space for us at 12:45 but it was mostly full.

May 29, 2014
jangita in Italy

Italian Cheap Eats

There is a place in Florence on Via Macci, across from Cibreo. The sign just says Slumeria. But walk in and there is a buffet of simple food--farro salad, bread salad, little sandwiches, a few pasta dishes and more. For 4 euro you get a larege glass of "rosso o bianco" and the buffet. Albeit--paper plates and plastic forks. Talk about non touristy! and cheap.

May 29, 2014
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Florence, no touristy spots please

Had lunch today at Trattoria Casalinga. The tourists I observed were from Spain. All the rest were speaking Italian and most seemed to be regulars. We enjoyed a solidly wonderful Tuscan meal. The highlight was the just salty enough, roast pork, listed on the Piatti del giorni.
We had 2 pastas--Ortolana with lots of nice veggies and Aglione--fresh pasta, but not really pici, with fresh tomatoes and lots of chunks of garlic. Mixed salad was standard. Service was super efficient--not exactly friendly but certainly not rude.

Overall--we loved it!

May 26, 2014
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Do we need reservations for Zeb in Florence?

Also for lunch at Trattoria Casalinga?

Grazie.

May 16, 2014
jangita in Italy

Venice -- Finding the Restaurants

I have had great success with the Knopf guides map books. The pages fold out for great readable detail.

May 14, 2014
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Venice restaurant with lots of charm

I think Al Paradiso, near Rialto, fits your description but not sure about the Sunday and Monday hours.

Apr 11, 2014
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Padova / Padua , please review or add to my restaurant list

I had a lovely lunch at L'anfora about 2 years ago. Like Julia, above, I loved the scene. We had to take a walk and come back for a table because they were full when we arrived.

Apr 02, 2014
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Recommendations - Whirlwind Rome / Florence / Venice Food Tour

I think this is moeche season. not to be missed!

Mar 29, 2014
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How early to reserve at Hosteria Giusti in Modena

When will you be there?

Mar 27, 2014
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Meat in Venice?

We ate at Oniga, 4 years ago and everyone in our party of 4 found it disappointing.
Ate at Pane Vino e San Daniele on San Barnaba, 2 years ago, and had a very enjoyable, simple meal.

Mar 21, 2014
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Trying to find bagged Ice in Florence

If you have an apartment you will likely have a freezer and probably can make some ice yourselves.

Mar 20, 2014
jangita in Italy

Meat in Venice?

La Bitta in Dorsoduro, very near Campo San Barnaba, is a great non seafood option. They generally have two seatings, at 7 and 9.

Mar 19, 2014
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How early to reserve at Hosteria Giusti in Modena

I wrote back to Giusti that the Hotel was making the reservation for us. They wrote a really nice email back.
So, we have our reso and good vibes, too.

Mar 01, 2014
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Good neighborhood Peruvian or Cuban--near Aventura

Meeting a bunch of family at my mom's, near Aventura. What do you suggest for not too too much $$$.

Mar 01, 2014
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How early to reserve at Hosteria Giusti in Modena

Grazie tutti-- I emailed directly to Giusti and got no response so I emailed our hotel (Cervetta5) and they cofirmed a reso for us.

Feb 27, 2014
jangita in Italy

How early to reserve at Hosteria Giusti in Modena

We'll be in Modena for one night in late May and want to have lunch at Giusti. How soon do we need to reserve? Is it still as wonderful as in years past?

Thanks

Feb 25, 2014
jangita in Italy

Great Taqueria in Tallahassee

I didn't see gorditas but the "blackboard" menu had quite a few things on it she was preparing for the next day.

Feb 15, 2014
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Florence - Trip Report

Thanks for the great report.
One question: Where do the gorgeous ripe tomatoes come from in November--or now for that matter?

Feb 12, 2014
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Great Taqueria in Tallahassee

We have been meaning to try Los Reyes on Apalachee Parkway (outside of Capital Circle, next door to Jim Bennet's Plumbing) for a while.
Finally made it there last night and were more than satisfied. The place is a gem of authenticity. Filled with Mexican decor and very clean there is one person who does the serving and the food prep. They DO NOT give you a basket of fried tortilla chips and salsa. The tortillas are house made and very tasty. The prices are very reasonable. We enjoyed everything we tried--pork stew, pork tacos and chicken huarache(?). She says that the huaraches are from her home in Mexico and this is the only place in Tally where you can get them. They were my favorite thing along with the beans which really tasted like beans.
They have Negra Modello and Corona in bottles.

Our tab--including 2 beers was $23!

Check it out!

Feb 08, 2014
jangita in Florida

One lunch in Venice

I wish I could remember. Maybe the platter was 30euros? It was meant for one but was more than I could eat.
There is a more economical option of ordering a crostini plate. Their salami is really tasty!

Feb 05, 2014
jangita in Italy

One lunch in Venice

For one lunch, I would say La Cantina. Get a fish platter--either raw or cooked. It's a bit of a splurge but so worth it!

Feb 03, 2014
jangita in Italy

Visiting Tallahassee - Where to eat?

Kool Beanz for dinner! Consistently great, creative, modern Southern food. A little bit loud and a lot of fun. If it's not too cold they have a nice patio.
Sage--great for brunch.

Jan 20, 2014
jangita in Florida

Venice restaurant picks?

Getting over to Gatto Nero, on Burano, may or may not be worth the time. With your short visit I think you will find plenty of options on Venice itself.

Or for a really fantastic view your could try Figlie delle Stelle on Giudecca. (a very short vap ride) I think their food is Pugliese so you may not want it but the view gorgeous and the food was great in my one visit.

Jan 11, 2014
jangita in Italy

Help! Can't remember name of restaurant in Siena

Could it have been San Giuseppe?
Although I can't imagine them not speaking English there???

Jan 04, 2014
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