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Allison Feb 13, 1999 11:19 PM

Any suggestions for good eats in Florence or Venice?
I'll be there next month.

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    stephen kaye RE: Allison Feb 14, 1999 01:09 AM

    in florence dinner at cibreo, lunch at cambi. in venice hit da fiore, and al covo. the names are endless how long are you going to be in each city?

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    1. re: stephen kaye
      Allison RE: stephen kaye Feb 14, 1999 11:08 PM

      We'll spend 5 nights in Florence, 2 or so in Venice --
      so any foodie info is welcome!

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        stephen kaye RE: Allison Feb 16, 1999 09:15 AM

        try some of our favorites, we go to Italy almost every year for 2-3 weeks. florence along with cibreo, alle murate, la baraonda,,osteria benci, bibe just outside of town, for lunches belle donne, cambi(outstanding tripe), za za, da ruggero, cnatinetta verranzano, for ice cream we like badiani and carabe your concierge can make reservations for you. in venice da fiore and al covo are a must. the chef and wife team from al covo, we just here in nyc last month, did a wine and food tasting at the 4 seasons, it was great!! are you going anywhere else in italy??

        1. re: Allison
          Dave Feldman RE: Allison Feb 16, 1999 02:23 PM


          Folks have steered you well (and know more than me)
          re: Florence. In Venice, do try to go to La Furatola
          if you like peasanty seafood/pasta dishes. No fowl or
          red meat here, just perfectly fresh fish, beautifully
          (and assertively seasoned), mostly with pasta. The
          regulars there treat it like a Greek diner, and I only
          wished *I* had a neighborhood restaurant this
          brilliant and reliable. Cheap and charming (if you
          like sardines, try the appetizer).

          1. re: Allison
            Jim Dixon RE: Allison Feb 17, 1999 06:14 PM

            I posted a rather long description
            of the places we ate at in
            Venice..scroll down or use the link
            (if I can get it to work)... For
            Florence, visit


            for a Florentine's insight on food.
            Carlo, the web master, is very
            friendly and spent a couple of
            hours with us last fall, walking
            through a residential area away
            from the city center and showing
            us the food he likes to eat. Drop
            him an email from the site.

            Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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              Tom Armitage RE: Allison Mar 20, 1999 02:34 PM

              In addition to all of the good recommendations already
              provided on this string, I'll add just a few. Prior
              to going to Florence, I got a lot of good information
              from the Feb. 28, 1995 issue of Wine Spectator. One
              of the best bits of information from this issue led me
              to the Mercato Centrale (Central Market) at Piazza di
              San Lorenzo. Within this market is Perini, an
              absolutely wonderful place for sausages, cheeses, and
              all sorts of prepared foods. The shopkeepers behind
              the counter were warm, gracious, and friendly, and
              provided me with generous "samples" of almost
              everything in the place. "Here, here," they would
              say, "try this, very delicious, you will like." An
              inevitably, I did like. Wild boar salami; a long,
              fat, soft sausage called briciolana casalinga; a white
              truffle spread; explanations about the various types,
              grades, and quality of prosciutto; and on and on. I
              was in heaven!! My wife and I had many happy tastes
              from our purchases here. On the way out of Mercato
              Centrale I passed by a stand with a whole roasted pig,
              from which was being cut thicks slabs of juicy meat,
              served between pieces of country bread. Now how could
              a chowhound pass this up?? It was just a wonderful as
              it sounds. Another of my favorite experiences in
              Florence was a lunch at Cantinetta Antinori, located
              at Piazza degli Antinori, 3. Owned by the wine
              family, all current and recent vintages of Antinori
              wines are available here by the glass. This trattoria
              also serves very well prepared traditional Tuscan
              dishes. I can still taste the pappa al pomodoro--the
              taste of the tomatoes was pure, intense, and
              unbelievable. Aaahhhh, thank God for memory. The
              addition of a glass of Solaia or Tignanello doesn't do
              any harm either, even though the recent vintages they
              serve need more age.

              1. re: Tom Armitage
                Josh Mittleman RE: Tom Armitage Mar 23, 1999 02:00 PM

                I can second the recommendation for Cantinetta
                Antinori. I had a wonderful meal there, and excellent
                wine. It is a little expensive, though. Reservations
                are an absolute must.

            2. re: stephen kaye
              Josh Mittleman RE: stephen kaye Feb 15, 1999 02:50 PM

              I posted several recommendations for Florence after I
              went there last year; see the link below. I concur
              with the recommendation for Cibreo, but unless you want
              very elegant dining, make sure you go to the second
              room, on the other side of the kitchen. Same food at
              half the price.

              Link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

              1. re: stephen kaye
                Howard August RE: stephen kaye Mar 21, 1999 10:42 PM

                My most delicious memories of Florence are of
                meals at Alessi's eating club. Reportedly, Alessi
                used to run a fancy restaurant. Now he serves great
                food to Florentine chowhounds. You must pay a modest
                membership fee to join, but then you are free to order
                the most authentic Florentine food at amazingly low
                prices, in the company of Florentines -- no easy trick
                in this touristed small city heavily populated by
                American students.

                English is not strong here, and the menu is more
                complicated to read than in most trattorie, because
                Alessi includes so many details about the dishes, and
                even their history. I have eaten most successfully
                by asking Alessi to feed me as he sees fit ("Vorrei
                mangiare mentre lo consigliate" is my rough Italian
                for this request.)

                Trattoria Alessi. Via di Mezzo 24R. Florence. (No sign
                - just look for the frosted glass door, walk in and
                join the club.) Arrive early to be sure of seating:
                12:30 for lunch, 7:30 for dinner.

                Link: http://www.mangiafirenze.com/code/ale...

                Image: http://www.mangiafirenze.com/graphics...

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                Peter C. Palmieri RE: Allison Feb 16, 1999 11:01 PM

                You have had some excellent selections for restaurants
                in Florence and Venice. While in Florence consider
                taking a short drive outside the city to go to La
                Tenda Rosso in San Casciano in Val di Pesa. You'll
                need a reservation here so ask the hotel to make one
                for you. A must for excellent gelato is Vivoli in
                Florence. If your budget will allow it, Enoteca
                Pinchiorri is a real experience. This restaurant is
                really big bucks so check the price range before you
                go. The wine list here is a mind blower!

                In Venice take lunch or a light snack at the veranda
                of the Gritti Palace Hotel. Sitting there and enjoying
                the activity and views of the Grand Canal should not
                be missed. Food's good too but expensive. Harry's Bar,
                while a touristy place, still has excellent food. Da
                Fiori is usually a tough reservation so call well in
                advance to make certain to enjoy this marvelous

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                  Monica Betancourt RE: Allison Feb 25, 1999 03:12 PM

                  Three years ago I was in Florence and my boyfriend and
                  I found this restaurant that was a one woman show.
                  It's called "Maximillian" not far from the Duomo. The
                  owner is the waitress, busboy, chef, etc. The eating
                  experience is not a hurried one, but rather a show and
                  a very good one at that.

                  Highly recommended and if all the tables are occupied
                  when you get there, the owner will probably turn you

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