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May 8, 2009 06:24 PM

Feeling Overwhelmed

Please help! I am leaving for my first trip to Italy next week. We are going to Florence, Venice and Rome. I have almost no restaurants picked out as I am overwhelmed. I don't even know where to begin.
We are not looking to break the bank. We will be eating breakfast at our hotel every day but I need good recs for lunch and dinner. We do not like to eat in tourist traps and my Husband is 100% Italian with a Mom from Italy so authentic Italian food is very important. Please help!

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  1. Since these three cities have been covered extensively on this board, you can begin by searching for previous posts. I am sure knowledgeable posters will answer any specific questions or recommendations.

    1. An excellent suggestion by PBSF.

      There's a difference between tourist traps and restaurants frequented by tourists. There are very few restaurants in central Rome, Florence or Venice that are *not* frequented by tourists. Tourist traps are generally located next to famous monuments and have menus in three or four languages with colored pictures and/or shills urging you to eat there. They are easily avoided.

      There is no such thing as "authentic Italian food." There is authentic Roman or Tuscan or Venetian food, and they are very different from each other. None of them is likely to greatly resemble the Italian-American food prepared by your mother-in-law.

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      1. re: zerlina

        But she said her MIL is from Italy; her Italian may be true to where she's from.
        Having been to Italy many times, I agree with the tourist trap thing. We got off the beaten track and never had a bad, or close to bad, meal in any place in Italy. I think the poster should just relax and go with it - bon voyage!

      2. If you give me an idea of how long you will be in Florence and what sites you will be visiting (Duomo, Accademia, Bargello, etc.), I can make some suggestions which will help you eat well without "breaking the bank".