Fred Plotkin's recent Q&A in the NYTimes with copious restaurant recommendation for all Italy
I don't know how many people saw this, but it's quite a tour de force, and contains many answers to FAQs on this Chowhound board, for both popular tourist spots and foodie quests.
Thanks for the heads up barber.I used Fred's "Italy for the Gourmet Traveller" as my primary source on a trip twelve years ago and I must say it was the very best (along with "Guide to Cajun Country") guide book I have ever seen.His knowledge is encycopoedic on all matters food (restaurants,markets,etc.).I feel sure a trip to Italy with Fred as the guide would be amazing-and I don't even like opera.A truel great resource.Thanks again barber.
Dear Chowhounders, Thanks for the support. My NY Times blog on Italy actually came on 4 dates over 9 days. First there was an introduction and it was followed by 3 big batches of questions and answers. Here are the links:
1st batch: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...
2nd batch: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...
3rd batch: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...