Dining recommendations - Rome and Amalfi coast
We're going to Italy in July, for our honeymoon (yes I know it will be hot!) and would love feedback on where to dine, bars, people watch, etc. My fiance loves beer and through my reading, I haven't discovered too many places that offer a good beer selection. I love wine, so I'm sure where we go we'd be happy :) We'll eat anything and everything. Italian food is one of our favorites...your suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Tuscan friends are fans of Cafe Brancaleone on Via Sicilia (Rome). They cite the restaurant's long-standing use of Chianina beef and the recent addition of fish and Belgian beer to the menu. Other than my friend's comment that the beer is "high quality Belgian beer" I have no idea about beer variety and selection.
I'm in the process of writing up our food experiences for Rome and the Amalfi Coast so I'll have other suggestions in my own thread, although those won't have beer recommendations. (Other than drinking draft beer in Naples at Fratelle la Bufala, my husband stuck to wine.)
Beerhead should really reply cuz hangouts for them must exist somewhere, but I think mostly you will find maybe two or three kinds of lager in Italy outside of the northernmost regions. We were in Italy in late June-July last summer and cities are not the place to be in that season . Wistfully, Id suggest you head up into the beautiful Italian Alps/Alto Adige, etc, where its cooler and you will find more beer. (tho humidity in rome is not like US Northeast, say) To cope with the heat, you will need to walk on the shady side of the street, start out early in in the am, rest midday, eat gelato or granitas (lemon or the great granita di caffe in Rome at San Eustachio or Tazza d'Oro bars near the Pantheon) drink a lot of campari and soda or that lovely cold frascati (or in Amalfi coast all of the great wines , especially white, of the region ,like Falanghina, greco di tufo, etc.Skip the Ravello wine, its bland..
There are tons of posts about rome and the Amalfi coast, so I would suggest a search of this board. In Amalfi, it would be good to get out of the towns and up into the hills for a shady, scenic visit and lunch in Ravello, Montepertuso or one of the other tiny hill towns. More height should mean more breeze and a slightly lower temp (out of the sun) as well as those amazing view. For further specific recommendations in Rome and Amalfi coast, do a search of this board. Seafood, fresh cheeses and vegetables and fruits (dishes with lemon and lemon leaves) and pastas prepared lightly sauced with these ingredients are mostly what you will want to eat in Campania. Wonderful food.
I recently ran randomly across a blog entry or something about a serious beer place Bir & Fud, offering belgians, etc in rome - inspired me to look a litte further. It sounds like there are lots of interesting places for beers in Rome after all.
If however you want to drink beer while eating at your average restaurant, my advice about what is available still holds. Also, you will pay more for choosing beer - it is significantly more expenseive than table wine in italy
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