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This is more of a general question but I need reservation advice. I'm going to be in Italy in November and would like to eat at 2 or 3 of the high-end restaurants but I'm having trouble making reservations. Do most restaurants take reservations via email? Due to the obvious language barrier, I would prefer this option. So far the only one I have actually contacted is La Pergola and unfortunately, they are already booked so now I am panicking that I won't get in to any of my top choices. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

Just in case, the two that are definitely on my list so far are Alle Testiere and Cracco Peck.

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  1. Yes, most do e-mail and probably all are able to handle a request in English even if they write back in Italian. La Pergola is unusually difficult, so don't panic. I am concerned, however, that you think Alle Testiere is a high-end restaurant, though I may be out of date. The one time I went, some years ago, the food was nothing special and the whole scene was disorganized and none too friendly, the result of a kitchen too small to keep pace with the ambition.

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    1. re: mbfant

      Thanks for your input mbfant. I could have probably chosen a better adjective than "high-end." I'm just looking for the best of the best and whether the place has a high-end, stuffy feel or a casual, lively vibe I really could care less. To be honest, after reading so so many posts all over the Italy boards I'm beyond confused I feel like I'm running in circles trying to pick restaurants. At this point, I'm exhausted and I just want to 1) be in Italy and 2) pick restaurants out of a hat!

    2. If you will be traveling in the Piemonte region of Italy in November (and you should!), making reservations in advance is highly recommended. That is white truffle season and many Germans, Austrians & Swiss travel to Italy to dine there at that time of year.

      If you e-mail in English, it may take a day or two to get a response, as no one who knows English may be around in the restaurant at the time your e-mail arrives.

      1. Alle Testiere is so nice; I sent them a note requesting a reservation & they phoned me in the States to say they were booked & to give alternate dates. It is a tiny hole-in-the-wall with fabulous food. So, call them or write. But you better hurry if you want to dine there.

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        1. re: RomeAddict

          You don't happen to have their email do you? I can't for the life of me find it...I would be forever grateful!

          1. re: LudBag

            No, I sent them a handwritten snail mail note. I don't think they have an email they share.