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Eating My Way Through Rome, Florence, Siena

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  • Hatch Sep 22, 2009 11:13 AM
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During our honeymoon in October, My wife-to-be and I will be munching our way through Rome, Florence, Barcelona and Girona over a 3 week span. Whew! That's going to be a lot of eating. We're training for the NY Marathon, so hopefully we'll find time to run some of the food off...

Here's a few of the restaurants we have reserved (either because we are staying at the property, or have heard good reviews). I will post reviews when we get back. Please share any dish suggestions, any horror or love stories if you have dined at any of these places. Also, breakfast, lunch or hidden gem suggestions welcome.
Cheap eats and fine dining, doesn't matter, as long as the food is amazing!

Italy
1. Il Canto in Siena
2. Podere Terreno in Chianti region (an agriturismo suggestion from walking and eating in Tucany)
3. The Cesar @ La posta vecchia in Rome

Spain
1. El Cellar de can Roca in Girona
2. Les Cols in Olot (for the modern arhitecture and the food)
3. Comerc24 in Barcelona
We will stop by El Quim de la Boqueria to peruse the market and nibble on some food there...

The rest of the days we will try to find informal or off the beaten path restaurants.

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  1. Was just in Barcelona August/September 2009. I would highly recommend that you go to Inopia for tapas. You shouldn't leave without eating there. Escriba is a great place for paella. It's on the beach and very romantic.

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    1. re: TootsieTomato

      Unless they've changed recently, Escriba is a famous pastry shop with a branch on the Ramblas, another on Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes and a third on r/Litoral. It can certainly be very romantic with the right person.

    2. Folks, Spain has its own board on Chowhound, please continue all discussion of Chow in Spain on the Spain board.

      Thanks.

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      1. re: The Chowhound Team

        Sorry, I posted this on both boards, should have split the Italy and Spain portions!

      2. wondering if you saw this report on Il Canto.http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/609755

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        1. re: jen kalb

          That is a heck of a detailed review. Thanks for the link. It was so love-hate that I am not sure if I should find another restaurant!

          1. re: Hatch

            seems an awful lot more hate than love. My question is if you are in Italy why eat international molecular food? Find some good Sienese chow. Or in Rome Roman chow. Lots of restaurants in Siena and Tuscany on this Board (use search features) and insources like the Slowfood Osteria guide tho it looks like you arent worrying much about price and slowfood picks tend to be less expensive. (in addition to good)..

            1. re: jen kalb

              My question is, why not? As much as traditional cuisine needs to be upheld and maintained, it also needs to move forward. It is unfortunate though in this case that the 'moving forward' part did not work.

              1. re: ms. chow

                Im for modernity sure but something that grows out of the place and its own culture. This cuisines sounded like it had been dropped from outer space. What are some places you think are effective in moving Italian cuisine forward? Likely OP wouuld be interested in these.

                1. re: jen kalb

                  Il Pagliaccio in Rome comes to mind. While it is in no way at the front of the global dining revolution, the chefs are doing creative things. It gave me the feeling that this restaurant could be anywhere in the world, not just Rome. Although i'm glad that Rome has places like these. Not saying that modern cuisine should be devoid of its sense of place. Rather, there could be more than just nonna's trattoria.

                  Don't get me wrong though. I'm not advocating Il Canto to OP at all. My point is simply, if such a place exists in Siena, and it's worth a try, why not? Unfortunately it didn't work out for the 'hound who wrote the report.

        2. I lived in Florence for four months and definitely did my fair share of eating.....therefore, I've got some ideas for you! There is a small, family run "hole in the wall" called Mario's Trattoria. Its in Piazza del Mercato Centrale. It's only open for lunch, and the menu changes daily. They are famous for their pappa al pomodoro and on Fridays they have seafood. There is always a line out the door, but it is worth the wait. Other great restaurants are La Giostra, El Gato e La Volpe, and ZaZa's. Also, make sure you check out Mercato Centrale. Its a HUGE two story market selling meat, cheese, produce, etc. It is a great place to grab a quick and cheap lunch. They've got sandwiches, soups, and other authentic dishes. There's also a great espresso bar--cappuccinos are only 99cents and the best in Florence. Enjoy your Honeymoon!!

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          1. re: snsfoodie

            SNS, Great tips. I love neighborhood "hole-in-the-wall=local" spots. Thanks for the best wishes!

            1. re: snsfoodie

              Ah, great memories of Zaza's! We found it by accident, when we were in Florence back in 2005. My husband and I still talk about that place and the incredible Bistecca alla Fiorentina! The tuscan bean soup was also spectacular!

            2. Hatch, here's writeups on my recent Rome/Florence trip this spring. Might have some place that will catch your interest. Enjoy the trip.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623040
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623043
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623044