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Apr 10, 2008 11:45 AM

HELP:Best Eats in Rome, Florence, Bologna, Parma, Venice, Sorrento

My husband and I will be visiting Italy on honeymoon to take in the lovely sites and most importantly, we are unpretentious foodies! We'll be hitting Rome, Florence, Bologna, Parma, Venice and Sorrento so if anyone has any good recommendations with the best cheap eats to a nice mid-range romantic and memorable restaurant or hole in the wall, please help us out! In Rome, we'll be staying near the Termini and In Florence, we'll be staying right by the Stazione Centrale. Also, if you have any recommendations on other towns to visit in Tuscany for food would be AWESOME!

Thank you!

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  1. Sorrento: Best pizza at a good price can be found at Pizza Aurora
    Rome: Best wine bar (amazing wine list by the glass & bottle) with nice cold cuts/cheese platters (+ so much more) can be found at Cul-de-Sac


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    1. re: sylvrgirl

      I'm headed to Rome in a week for a week and I need to definitely check out Cul de Sac - a lot of folks are raving about it.

      1. re: nicholel

        You will enjoy it so much! Have a great time!

    2. Recommend you begin by doing a search on this board for the cities that interest you. These are not obscure destinations and restaurant recs at each have been discussed with frequency.

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      1. re: Indy 67

        Yes, I have done that but I've noticed that a lot of the posts are from 2006 and some 2007 so I'm looking for something a little more recent. We head there in 2 weeks.

        1. re: shutterbabe

          Okay. So take the next step to let people help you. List the specific restaurants that have appealed to you on the basis of these older posts and ask if updates exist. The inclination on these boards is to be helpful, but you're not going to get the best results with a query about six cities, two price tiers, and any town in Tuscany.

          1. re: shutterbabe

            the restaurant scene in Italy is not like NY or LA. Most of the restaurants we talk about are family, not chef-driven restaurants and have been there for years (we are still talking about and recommending restaurants some of us first visited 25 years and more ago) so you neednt be too concerned about currency of info in most cases.

        2. Trattoria Anna Maria in Bologna, wonderful tripe and lasagna.
          Restaurant Charly in Parma, not cheap but one of the best meals I've ever had.
          Almost any little trattoria in every town, house special lunch, 2 or 3 course with house wine for $15 or 20 bucks. Every town has its own pasta specialty, always great.

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          1. re: chefstu

            If you think that there are massive changes in restaurants in Rome or other cities each year and you need reviews which are current, you are mistaken. Now and again, a restaurant which was good will decline due to passing of the owner or other reasons. But generally, what was rated highly in 2007 will still be rated highly. You can have confidence in reviews and posts which have appeared on this board for the last year.

            1. re: CJT

              I second that advice, CJT -- I just returned from Rome for a week, and the recs I had were from searching this board all of '06, '07 and in Jan '08. The only thing that seemed off was the day of the week that the restaurants were closed ... you need to call them, or rely on more recent advice here for that info. We went to several MEMORABLE dinners that were recommended here consistently the last couple years, including recommendations made by CJT, MBFANT, ROMEADDICT, ANTONIO, JEN KALB, etc. Search some very helpful posts by those person and I promise you, you will not want to leave Rome until you've tried them all!!

          2. Are you interested in wine? We just returned from Rome and had a great wine tasting experience. It was kind of private, in the real home of the sommelier (it was a she!) and she did a great job, we drank so many different wines and had a lot of fun, it was great. It is called "vino roma", if you are interested. That evening was better than any restaurants we went to!

            1. Where do I begin... I live in Bologna I'm a big fan of my local neighborhood trattoria which has some of the most authentic Bolognese food around: Trattoria Autotreno in Via della Secchia, 3 outside the city walls. No english spoken. Another amazing restaurant and perhaps the only one that will satisfy someone looking for traditional bolognese, innovative bolognese, and vegetables is Trattoria Trebbi in Via Solferino, 40 near the Tribunale (call ahead for reservations its often full 051 583 713). It is wonderful wonderful wonderful. They blew my mind the last time I was there with Squash tortelloni with guanciale and balsamic vinegar. They also have a "vegetable bar" with seasonal vegetables cooked in a variety of ways and you fill up your plate and pay by the plate. The prices are typical bolognese prices, that is, higher than south of the appenine mountains.