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Looking for Bistecca alla Florentina in Florence....

Just went to Toto, partly on the strength of this comment - my wife and I were bowled over by the quality of the food, even if the Kenny G was playing a little loud and the clientele was mostly tourists who did a disservice to the place by ordering fries with their meals. We got the tagliolini al tartufo, which was exquisite (I thought it could use some salt, but my wife disagreed) and the gnocchi con pesto, which would have been a favorite on any menu where it wasn't overshadowed by the tagliolini. The bistecca was buttery, tender, well spiced, as thick as my fist and perfectly done. I'm not sure if it'll be the best meal I will have had all year, but it's certainly the best so far.

May 15, 2011
seastreet in Italy

Rome - looking for places to eat near piazza Zama

Interesting. Via Acaia 52 was definitely the address of the place I used to eat at. It was run by three brothers from Abbruzo, and they were ancient in 1995... I can still taste their saltimbocca in my dreams. They always gave us all a free amaro of our choice - really nice fellows. Do you know if Ovidi's still there?

May 09, 2011
seastreet in Italy

Rome - looking for places to eat near piazza Zama

Thanks. I've been informed by my wife that something a little more low-key and trattoria-style is going to be what we're looking for, so this might be the ticket. (Though Opificio also looks ridiculously good...)

May 09, 2011
seastreet in Italy

Rome - looking for places to eat near piazza Zama

Thanks, Elizabeth!

(We've been reading your blog with great interest, by the way...)

May 09, 2011
seastreet in Italy

Rome - looking for places to eat near piazza Zama

I lived in this neighborhood about fifteen years ago. Now, my wife and I are visiting Rome, and we'll spend an afternoon poking around this mostly residential neighborhood not too far from San Giovanni.

Does anyone know of any good restaurants near piazza Zama?

I remember eating absurdly well at Ristorante Terra d'Abruzzo around here - anyone know if it's still open?

How about the seafood restaurant, Columbine?

Neither has a website, but considering the profusion of small restaurants in Rome, I'm trying not to read much into that...

May 08, 2011
seastreet in Italy

Dining in Tallinn

That's a shame! Any of the places I mentioned could easily have changed over the past couple of years, but I'm sorry to hear that Troika's gone downhill... it used to be fantastic.

Apr 28, 2011
seastreet in Europe

Dining in Tallinn

Sure thing - I used to write restaurant reviews for a local English-language magazine. It's been a few years since I was there, but there are tons of decent dining options in Tallinn, as long as you're not expecting incredibly creative/heavily spiced/Michelin-starred food.

-Olde Hansa: Right on the town hall square; serves authentic Medieval cuisine, including spiced beer. Sounds like a tourist trap, and it's not cheap, but the food is actually fascinating, and like I said, authentically Medieval, except with the benefit of refrigeration.

-Pegasus: hypermodern surroundings, fusion-y, pan-European-type food done very well. Beware the sneaking suspicion that you're not cool enough to be sitting there, but it's one of the city's best.

-Troika: Russian place on Town Hall Square. Also expensive, but probably the place to go for Russian food in Tallinn. The bear is pretty good; the blini are great.

-Mookala makes excellent, relatively unadorned but very high-quality fish. It's intimate (read: small), and as likely to be completely empty as packed to the gills.

-I used to really like Must Lammas (Black Sheep) in old town, but heard it's gone a bit downhill lately.

-For more upscale options, I never went there but always heard Gloria was good. Stenhus IS good, but the prices get crazy.

-If you're looking for a pleasant place to have a reasonably quiet drink, Kloostri Ait is pretty much the Tallinn pub par excellence. More artsy locals than drunken tourists; cozy, friendly, nice big fireplace.

-Also, I always enjoyed the Casa del Habano cigar bar. The proprietor is hilarious and friendly.

-DO NOT under any circumstances try anyplace that attempts to make Chinese, Mexican or American food. If you get tired of Northern European cuisine, try the surprisingly good Villa Thai in Kadriorg, a quiet, tree-lined residential nabe just outside town - I've had tom yum goong soup in cities from Berlin to New York, and the bowl I got at Villa Thai was the best I've ever had. There's also Controvento, a stalwart Italian place in old town. Elevant isn't bad, but their Indian food is toned down for local palates.

Apr 16, 2011
seastreet in Europe

Are there ANY proper Mexican restaurants in London??

Feel free to adjust your expectations.

Jun 17, 2010
seastreet in U.K./Ireland

Looking for great grilled sardines [London]

Thanks - I'll definitely give Barrafina and Estrella both a try.

Both those places are quite a trek from Blackheath, but the ones I had at Master's Super Fish as a stopgap weren't as well spiced or meaty as I'd like, so Stockwell it is.

Jun 17, 2010
seastreet in U.K./Ireland

Traveling through London in July....where should I avoid?

That's God's honest truth. My wife and I routinely end up spending as much for our bimonthly night out on the town as I remember spending at Babbo in New York.

As an aside, nocturnalbill, watch your weight if you're going to be here awhile. Mostly because of the predominance of ale & fried foods and even the difficulty of accessing higher quality stuff late at night, I've put on about 10 lbs since I got here a year ago.

Jun 11, 2010
seastreet in U.K./Ireland

Borough Market [London]

Agreed. Many of the stalls open before 12, though the earliest I've been there on a Friday is at 10:30 so I don't know how much earlier.

Jun 11, 2010
seastreet in U.K./Ireland

one saturday in london

When I can't make it to Borough Market early on a weekday, early Saturday is second best, certainly no later than 9:30. By 10 it's a real struggle unless it's raining really hard. The crowds may not be NYC Chinatown-level, but they can definitely dampen.

For my money, though, there's nothing that's quite as much fun as getting there really early - 8 or 8:30, before anyone else. Some of the vendors are more generous with samples for early risers, and while a few will still be getting ready, it's great to be able to actually talk to them about their goods.

Jun 11, 2010
seastreet in U.K./Ireland

Looking for great grilled sardines [London]

I used to order the grilled sardines at Brooklyn's excellent Convivium every time I went there. Now that I'm based in London, I find myself craving my favorite fishy treat, but I'm not sure where is best.

Any suggestions for a cheap(ish), casual place where I can get some great Mediterranean-style grilled sardines? London Bridge and the Southeast are easiest, but I'm happy to leave my side of the Thames, too.

Jun 11, 2010
seastreet in U.K./Ireland

ISO seafood brunch in Bklyn or Manhattan

Any ideas on a good place to get a predominantly seafood brunch, preferably in Brooklyn? The Minnow used to do this (sort of badly, if you ask me.) Seems like most of the seafood places in Manhattan like Lure and Pearl's don't serve brunch at all, strangely.

May 26, 2007
seastreet in Outer Boroughs

Where to go for some good Georgian food?

Thanks! Jen, I noticed in another board that you're a fellow IAA grad. Ha!

Anyway, didn't read these suggestions in time, and ended up dragging my g/f to Pirosmani, which was empty except for us. She had this great chicken tabaka; I got a veal stew with greens and plums, which was unlike anything I've ever had before, but the cut was WAY too fatty. I think I'd go back. On our way out the door I asked the waiter why no one was there, and he told us they were having kitchen problems. Suspicious... I'll try Primorski next time.

Feb 23, 2007
seastreet in Manhattan

Red Velvet Cake

Agreed - Cake Man Raven is vastly overrated. Get thyself to Magnolia, Laura, and prepare to wait in line to be the only person not getting cupcakes.

Feb 22, 2007
seastreet in Manhattan

Where to go for some good Georgian food?

I used to live in Estonia, and there was an abundance of excellent Georgian restaurants. I found myself missing the sweet wines and spicy grilled meats - and then I walked by a few places purporting to be Georgian in the Brighton Beach/Coney Island area, but I'm not sure if any of them are good. I keep telling my girlfriend how great Georgian cuisine is. Where to go for Georgian in NYC, preferably Brooklyn?

Feb 22, 2007
seastreet in Manhattan