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Apr 15, 2010 07:38 AM

Venice, Tuscany, Rome recommendations?

Hi fellow foodies

I'm planning a trip to Italy in August and looking for any insider knowledge on the best, quaint, lovely local places to eat. Not interested in the tourist traps! Main stops are Venice, Tuscany and Rome but day trips in between. Definitely making a stop in Bologna... Any suggestions for the best Bolognese??

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  1. Welcome to Chawhound. You might want to begin by using the "search" feature near the top of the page. You will find many, many previous posts that will help you. For example:

    1. what Carolinadawg said. Look through the earlier posts for your destinations with the search feature and then ask some quesitons.

      just be aware that you are at risk ordering a "bolognese" anywhere in Italy. In Bologna you will be looking for a pasta (tagliolini for example, "al ragu", (the general word for a meat sauce), Tourist restaurants may list a dish called say "spaghetti bolognese" for nonadventurous tourist.s - you are much the best off ordering what ever the local ragu is if what you want is a meat sauce since these sauces vary regionally.

      1. In Venice, head for the Campo Santa Margherita where you will find several neighborhood restaurants. In Rome, try the restaurants on Governo Vecchio near the Piazza Novano. A side street off G. Vecchio you will find the Pizzaria Monte Carlo; a local place with excellent pizza and open late at night.
        If you are driving in Tuscany, head over to Perugia and Spello (Umbria). Check Michelin for some good restaurants in those two towns.