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Italy Restaurant Itinerary - Any additions?

Heading to Italy for most of April, and have a few meals lined up. Looking for any other suggestions, probably more mid-range ish.

Antico Arco - Rome
Quattro Possi - Marina del Cantone, Amalfi Coase
Castello Banfi - Tuscany
Antica Trattoria Botteganova - Siena

We're also doing a Parmagolosa tour in Parma.

We will be in Rome, Amalfi, Cortona, Siena, Parma and Milan. Any further thoughts are appreciated.

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  1. While you're in Amalfi, have lunch at Da Gemma. We had an amazing lunch there last October.

    1. Do head to Anacapri for Da Gelsomina...it's off the beaten track at the far right end of the island but truly magical. It's the spot my husband has requested for his last meal. Raviloi melts in your mouth, fantastic rabbit dish, views to die for. It's a 30 minute flat trek & worth every second of the journey. Hope you meet The Professor who owns Villa Marianna next door & The Capri Philosophical Park across the street, er...road path, (Da Gelsomina sells his "Meditation upon Western Wisdom". When he walked in the restaurant, my husband remarked, "I don't know who he is but I bet he's smart as s__t". Egads! Your IQ increases by osmosis. Anyway, I can't wait to return in September. So, please don't miss Cah-pree!

      1. why banfi, it is big commericial and untypical it is good to visit there for an hour our two to view museum

        1. You have to try Ristorante Museo Caruso in Sorrento. We live in Italy and I seriously think this is one of the best meals we have ever had in our lives.

          Try also Le Mani in Pasta and Lo Spirito di Vino in Rome.

          Milan (home, sweet home) try Vecchia Latteria on Via dell'unione (closed on Sundays). No English menu but get the tasting menu (or let the owner decide for you). Osteria dell'Operetta on Corso di Porta Ticinese has a good tasting menu (35 euro per person). Cantina della Vetra (Piazza Vetra) is not bad. You need a taxi to get here but Trattoria del Drago is fabulous. No English menu there either and it's not in any guidebooks as far as I know. D'O (outside of Milan in Cornaredo) is very sought after but you probably cannot get a reservation at this point. There is a two month waiting list. Another great place to try is Giaccomo on Via Sottocorno.

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          1. re: tlew12778

            I second the suggestion of Spirito di Vino in Roma.

            1. I too would skip Banfi. There is Trattoria alle Campania in Monte Antico or Il Pozzo in Sant'Angelo in Colle. La Croce on the road between St Antimo and Montalcino comes highly recommended. In Montalcino, Giglio is superb. L'Assedio was new and showed a lot of potential when we dined thee a year+ ago, and I would go back.

              In Roma, I love Checco er Carretiere in Trastevere for both seafood & meats in an old fashioned style. We usually dispense with the menu and chose from the fresh veggie display and the fresh fish display and add a deep fried combo plate (artichokes, zucchini flowers, arancini if I recall, they will also add some deep fred baccala). La Rosetta remain my favorite high end incredible seafood choice.

              In Sorrento in Marina Piccolo is La Vela for high priced high end seafood. They will bring over a trolley filled with live and locally caught fish. We had a pasta made from a live spiney lobster that was outrageously priced but worth it. The baked scorpion fish was some of the best fish I have EVER had. We had a plate of grilled scampi which were crawling all over the fish trolley.

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              1. re: deangold

                deangold, have you put Il Veliero da Carmelo, Via Monserrato 32, on your list? Since you adore La Rosetta, this is the latest from Carmelo Riccioli who formerly owned La Rosetta. Their fish is flown in daily from Sicily. Closed Mondays, and they have Sunday lunch.

              2. Oh, dear, every time I come back to this board I regret that I'm not still abroad!

                That being said, Antico Arco is great, as long as you're looking for a decidedly nontraditional take on food. (Red pepper sorbet, anyone?) The space is clean and modern, the wine list is tops, the bread basket (actually a cloth bag of different delights) is fabulous and the artichokes, finely shredded with mint and olive oil, were perfect. The risotto with wine reduction sauce was actually a little too intense for me- almost showing off, maybe, the potency of the wine, but I'm not a fan of the cheese it was highlighting either so take that as you will. It is one of their specialties. The Gianicolo offers, in my highly biased opinion, one of the best views in Rome and the neighborhood itself of Monteverde Vecchio is really pleasant to wander around in, especially if you stick to the crest of the hill, where the embassies/American Academy/San Pietro in Montorio are.

                ....now I'm just being distracted. Siena is a fabulous stop; we ate at Castelvecchio (http://www.frommers.com/destinations/...) and it's definitely of the traditional charming, wooden beamed, candles, paper mats variety, with well-played variations of soups and risotto. The wine by the glass list would be affordable even by today's euro standards! Also great, found totally by accident, is L'Osteria del Coro (http://www.osteriadelcoro.it/) where we snagged a table at the last minute for a late lunch and supped on I think wild boar sausage with sundried tomato and a massive bowl of ceci e zucca stew for me. Definitely worth a stop. Also of the cosy and intimate, deep burnished wood table atmosphere.

                Have fun!

                1. Sorry, I just saw this post. if you are still in the area...

                  in the Amalfi Area - start with dessert have an aragostine (filled with Nutella) before you leave. this is a sfogliatella from the Napoli area, they make it with chocolate-hazelnut, ricotta, lemon filling (to name some). The origins of are from the Amalfi coast from a monestary Santa Rosa in Conca dei Marini...

                  ALSO in campagana try the mozarella di bufala (firm and creamy - to die for) alone or ask for gnocchi alla sorrentina (make sure they use di bufala)

                  ROMA ... I agree with another user who recommended:
                  Osteria Le mani in Pasta di Marchetti & piras
                  Via dei Genoviesi, 37
                  Trastevere- S. Cecilia, Roma
                  Phone: 06.5816017

                  We had for appetizers some mozzarella di buffalo and I believe the Fiori di Zucca (fried zucchini flower) and the pastas were to die for we had buca di beppo...? egg noodle pasta with a pepper sauce. pix attached (make reservations).

                  between Rome and Sienna if driving ... find your way to the natural cascades of terme di saturnia.... it is quite a treat!

                  Sienna- Ristorante Pizzeria Due Archi ; P.Dei Mantellini 48 Siena

                  Near the mediaeval Citta Alta in Bergamo (40 KM from Milan); do not miss eating in the Trattoria Parietti Piero e Ausilia (opposite the church) which is the sort of cheap and extremely cheerful family restaurant that you always hope to find at some point in a visit to Italy, I could go on, but basically this is a great place and we will return without a second thought! Had four entrees because everything looked fantastic (Polenta, rabbit, wild mushroom risotto and a milanesa


                  dunno whatelse to say, we just got back from our road trip from the Sorrentine Peninsula meandering our way up to Milan... and wish we hadn't left.