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Oct 1, 2007 07:21 AM

Recs for Italy trip

My wife and I will be in Italy in two weeks, spending three days in Venice, three days in Florence, and four days in Rome. From past recs on the Board I thought I tried these restaurants-In Venice: Alle Testiere; Osteria da Fiore; Fiaschetteria Toscana; Trattoria Il Refolo. Florence-Cibreo; Trattoria Antico Fattore; Buca Lapi; Trattoria Marione. Rome-Da Armando al Pantheon; Porto Di Repetta[ Matricianella; Checchino dal 1887. From the boards I see it is hard to find a restaurant open on Sunday evening, We arrive in Rome on Sunday, and will also be in Florence on a Sunday. Any suggestions? Are the above restaurants as good as the boards make them out? I'd be happy for any input.
Thanks, Remycat.

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  1. Gee, thanks all for replying to Rome addict-who requested the same basic information I requested about ten hours earlier-what's up with you guys? From this board I've read quite a few postings of snooty service from waiters in Italian restaurants-does the same apply for some basic information on this Italy board regarding restaurant recommendations? I realize that this ground has been covered ad nauseum, but I figured with the change of the seasons, less tourists in Italy, etc, the quality of service may differ from the summer. I was just looking for a "heads up" on where to eat? Thanks anyway, Remycat.

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    1. re: remycat007

      Just clocked my 12th trip to my favorite city & La Fiammetta is now at the top of my list. Love their eggplant parmigiana. Anything they prepare in their wood-fired oven is superb.
      Hosteria Romanescu in Campo dei Fiori is open Sundays & has outdoor tables...great carbonara & amatriciana.
      You've done your homework on Venice. Add Da Ivo to that list.
      Catch the Valentino exhibit at the Ara Pacis in Rome. Terrific!
      They've opened the glass elevator and observation deck at the Vittorio Emmanuele. Go early for fewer crowds.
      Our foodie guru reveres La Piazzetta near the Colosseum so you can't leave that one out.
      Wish I were ging back in 2 wekks. Ciao.

      1. re: RomeAddict

        Ristorante Fiammetta
        Piazza Fiammetta 10
        Closed Tuesday

        1. re: RomeAddict

          Hi RomeAddict, I am going to hold you to your recommedation for La Fiammetta. I'll be there in mid-November. Can you tell me a little more about the restaurant...casual, price range, reservations recommended, etc? Thanks for your help!

          1. re: LudBag

            Ristorante Fiammetta will be my first ,middle & last stop in Rome from now on. Best food I've had there in 12 trips. Do have the eggplant's fantastic. 8 Euros. Wonderfully fresh insalata mista for 3.5 euros. Prices are great. Pizzas lunch & dinner & they're terrific! It's my new favorite restaurant. It's in between Navona & the Tiber. Just up V.G. Zanardelli towards the Tiber. You'll see the Genio Hotel on the left, turn left at the hotel corner & there it is on the left. Primarily Italian clientele, inside/outside seating & totally divine!!!! Have some eggplant parmiagiano for me, per favore. Hope Remycat's attitude improves before he leaves.

            1. re: RomeAddict

              Thank you for the suggestions, I'll let you know how I fared when I get back. Hey, RomeAddict, there's nothing wrong with my attitude, if I have an opinion I'll express it. That said, I'm looking forward to my trip. Thanks-Remycat

        2. re: RomeAddict


          Thanks for your many posts. La Fiammetta sounds great - they have a web address or take reservations? Armando al pantheon looks good also, but we need a Saturday and Sunday night place in Rome. I have searched alot of places, but need just two. Nothing eclectic - just good old italian food, pastas, etc. What do you think?

          1. re: serialportme

            I just replied to your other post. Definitely go to Ristorante Fiammetta. It's authentic & fabulous. I'm still dreaming of the eggplant last day there I had it for lunch and again at dinner. No website, Italian clientele, outside tables. If you're there by 7:30, I don't think you would need a reservation. Fiammetta beats Armandos al Pantheon in my book & while I like Armandos, I love Fiammetta.

            1. re: RomeAddict

              you are clearly smitten - but have you had anything other than the eggplant and the pizza so far??

          2. re: RomeAddict

            Hi! We will be in Rome from 12/27 in the morning and leaving on 1/1/2009. We are staying at the Fellini Hotel on via Rasalla near the Trevi . On 12/29 we will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary.we would love your recommendations on what to do and where to eat. especially on our Anniversay and on New Years Eve. Thanks, Tony and Kathy

        3. We ate at Trattoria Antico Fattore when we were in Florence for two nights as part of a longer trip back in May. It was one of my least favorite meals of the trip. I don't know if others have had better experiences - only one night, of course. Not bad, just not up to par - nothing stood out as particularly good. We ate at Cibreino the other night, which is the cheaper restaurant next door to Cibreo. We thought it was great. If you can afford the splurge at Cibreo, I'm sure it will be wonderful.

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          1. re: bulldogx2

            Cibreo is brilliant though if you aren't keen on offal the menu is cut in half

            Brilliant place but I actually prefer Cibreino as it's less formal

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