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Apr 5, 2011 08:12 PM

Honeymoon in Italy

Dear Friends,
I know that this will encompass things that have been asked already but please forgive me. My new wife and I (both in our mid 20's) will be going on our honeymoon in Mid May in Italy and are curious about restaurants. While we've read this board extensively, we are interested in affordable authentic eats (and maybe one occasion restaurant in each location). While we aren't vegetarian (we eat fish), we don't really eat meat, and want to make sure that we find places that caters to that need. Also maybe one non Italian place in each city Our stops are as follows:

Venice (2 days): Would like to eat at a restaurant on Burano one night if possible... Would like to find a good fish restaurant for the other night.

Florence (3 days)

Tuscany (5 days): Staying In Cortona... I have found places near Siena and Florence, but have not found many in the Eastern Part of Tuscany. Any help would be appreciated.

Amalfi Coast ( 3 Days) Staying near Vico Equesne...I've heard Vico is a great place for restaurants but If anyone has any suggestions, they would be appreciated. Also looking for a place in Sorrento, and maybe one in Capri.

Rome (5 Days): I've heard good things about Ditirambo and Roscioli, but would like some more rec's and also would like a place that will Wow! the wife (Awesome view, Historical Significance, Super Trendy, etc.).

Thanks so much for all your help. We really really appreciate it.

Piazza della Cancelleria, 73, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

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  1. Below are a couple of recent threads that will help with Venice and one or two of your other destinations. There are plenty more as places on your lists are probably the most discussed topics on this board.
    Three of the best seafood restaurant in Venice are:
    Alle Testiere, Antiche Carampane and Al Fontego dei Pescaori. These are not fine dining but crowded lively trattoria. Not inexpensive.
    It is important on what days of the week you will be in Venice; Sundays is the traditional closing day; some on Mondays.

    Antiche Carampane
    Calle de la Carampane, 1911,San Polo, Venice, Veneto 30125, IT

    1. For that wow factor in Rome, you might try the restaurant Sette next to the rooftop pool in the Radisson Blu Es hotel. It's been a couple of years since we ate there (maybe it's changed), but at the time it was very good, and the cool design scene feel of the place was exceptional. I don't know this board that well, but I'd assume you'll find more about this restaurant in other threads. Enjoy.

      1. I was just on Burano and had an excellent meal at Gatto Nero. There is also a very good, new restaurant on Mazzorbo, right next to Burrano (connected by a bridge) called Venissa. Very romantic, set within a vineyard, The chef is Paula Budel and the cooking is creative. It was also excellent (but expensive)
        Florence: Osteria Personale is newish, hip and was very good. Try to order the tasting menu of 5 courses, where you get to choose what you want. For a special occasion I would reccomend Ora D'Aria. Although 'fancy' the atmosphere is not stuffy at all. They even have a 'beer' tasting menu.
        Rome: there is so many threads on this site. Ditirambo is ok and I'm never that thrilled with Roscioli (but that just might be me). I would suggest Settembrini for 'trendy'. For truly all out Wow, there is always La Pergola. La Gensola is my favorite for fish.
        Capri: I had a lovely meal at Ricci di Mare, just above the Blue Grotto. Make sure you visit their 'desert' room!

        Piazza della Cancelleria, 73, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

        Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

        La Gensola
        Piazza della Gensola, 15, Rome, Lazio 00153, IT

        Via Luigi Settembrini, 25, Rome, Lazio , IT

        Fondamena Santa Caterina 3, Isola di Mazzorbo, Venice, Veneto 30142, IT

        2 Replies
        1. re: minchilli

          Thanks so much for your response. I've been trying to find more information regarding Ricci di Mare on Capri (especially excited to find out what this 'desert' room is). Do they have a website? If not, do you have an address for them?

          Thanks so much again.

          1. re: seth203

            I totally misremembered the name of where I went, which is Il Riccio. The setting is one of the best on the island, hanging out from the cliff near the blue grotto. It's run by the folks at Capri Palace Hotel and has excellent seafood (well, of course). The desert room is a separate refrigerated room that is FULL of deserts, which you can help yourself to.


        2. congratulations on your marriage!

          You might think about a couple of things when planning. One is how much you want to spend for your romantic splurge. Something like La Pergola in Rome can cost $1000 and up. You can obtain romance,style and delicious food in Italy for much less. Another is to think about whether you want to explore the traditional italian cuisine (different in each of the regions you are visiting) or hipper perhaps more international styles. It you can hone in on what type of eating you want to do it could help. finally, lots of people hitting Italy for the first time think in terms of "dinners", when Italians might be more likely to think about long, leisurely lunches and eat a lighter dinner, maybe pizza or light dishes at a wine bar. Particularly if you are touring and the sun is bright that lunch with a bottle of wine can look really good and make your holiday feel like more of a vacation. so you might want to think about lunches for your day trip destinations, for example if you are going over to visit the Amalfi coast .

          Venice is a great place to avoid meat (many restaurants dont serve it) You have to struggle to find restaurants that offer more than 1 meat dish (some offer none) There are a lot of good recommendations on this board already. I would just mention La Zucca, which has vegetable specialties (no fish though), some of them feature cheese and are quite rich, including their signature pumpkin flan, Anice Stellato, mainly a fish a seafood menu, youngish Venetian crowd (tho a bit older than you.I guess)

          Regarding the Amalfi coast, Vico Equense is not on the Amalfi coast tho it is nearby and has fine restaurants, notably Torre del Saracino, a good value Michelin** cooking the Campanian specialities, which are heavily focussed on the delicious vegetables and seafood of the area-. that might be a good place for your splurge but there are other choices in the area

          Here's a link that shows many of the restaurants around Vico Equense, click on each for more info or search by town name, or navigate around in the map.

          Anice Stellato
          Cannaregio, 3272, Venezia , IT

          La Zucca (aka alla Zucca
          )Santa Croce, 1762, Venezia 30135, IT

          Torre del Saraceno
          localita Marina Equa, Vico Equense, Campania 80069, IT

          3 Replies
          1. re: jen kalb

            Venice: Trattoria alla Madonna for excellent seafood and benchmark tiramisu and Alla Testiere if you can get in only about 8 tables but great seafood.
            Amalfi Coast at Ravello : Garden Restaurant again for great seafood and amazing views
            Cortona: For authentic Tuscan and Ill Falconiere just out of town for fine dining
            Rome: Al Pantheon del Sole near Pantheon for romantic Roman and views of Pantheon by night, Cul de Sac near Pz. Navonna for trendy also Gusto for super trendy
            Florence: For great food and the best wine and smart Italian Cantinetta Antinori
            and for ambience ( and hey! your'e a tourist) Il Latini

            Cul de Sac
            Piazza Pasquino, 73, Rome, Lazio , IT

            Il Latini
            Via dei Palchetti, 6, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

            Cantinetta Antinori
            Piazza degli Antinori, 3, Florence, Tuscany 50123, IT

            1. re: DownUnder

              In rome, avoid gusto as in this case trendy translates into terrible service and bad food. At cul de sac go for the cold platters, not warm dishes, and wine.

              1. re: vinoroma

                Totally agree about Gusto, but would point out that Gusto is not just one thing. It has many parts. I believe the pizzeria is OK (never been) but have had only bad experiences at the osteria.

                A comment about the OP's desire for one non-Italian place per destination: Forget it, for so many reasons.

                In Vico Equense, there is always Pizza al Metro as well as the wonderful Torre Saracino. Geography note: as Jen rightly points out, Vico Equense is not on the Amalfi Coast. We used to talk about the Amalfi Drive in English, meaning one particular stretch of scenic road on what is properly (but rarely) called the Surrentine, or Sorrento, Peninsula. In Italian this road is called the Costiera Amalfitana, hence probably the English Amalfi Coast. There is much on the peninsula besides the cute towns of the Costiera.

          2. Venice: Gatto Nero in Burano is great and I love Al Fontego dei Pescatori in Cannaregio for fish. The owner is the president of the Rialto Market and the food is excellent

            Rome: Definitely not Gusto, not even the pizzeria, which is just awful. If you want to eat pizza try Da Remo in Testaccio for thin crust Roman style pies, while La Gatta Mangiona in Monteverde serves thick rimmed pizzas. For trendy, there is Pastificio San Lorenzo. I've eaten there a few times and the food is decent. I guess Roscioli could count as super trendy and it is great. Order the burrata as a starter and the spaghetti with butter and anchovies! For views there is the Mirabelle, La Pergola and Il Palazzetto, the restaurant in the Wine Academy at the Spanish Steps. The latter just got a new chef. I havent eaten there but the space is nice. Can anyone comment about the food?



            Via dei Giubbonari 21/23, Rome, Lazio 00186, IT

            Al Fontego dei Pescatori
            Calle Priuli,Cannaregio, 3711, Venice, Veneto , IT

            Via Castel Morrone, 10, Milan, Lombardia 20129, IT

            Pastificio San Lorenzo
            Via Tiburtina,196, Rome, Lazio 00185, IT

            La Gatta Mangiona
            Via Federico Ozanam,30, Rome, Lazio 00152, IT

            Gatto Nero da Ruggiero (Trattoria Al Gatto Nero
            )Fondamenta della Giudecca,88, Venice, Veneto 30142, IT