Reporting back on Tuscany, Umbria, Positano, Rome restaurants recommended by Chowhounds.
IN Tuscany: Lunch and wine tasting at Castello di Verrazzano in Greve in Chianti- the wine was good, food was mostly very good: antipasto, wild boar stew- both excellent, pasta sauce was uninspiring. Fun thing to do though.
Dinner at Gli Orti in Lucca: This was a wonderful find- in the old, walled city- never would have found it- all locals eating there. The food was to die for- most memorable were the ravioli with boar meat.
Had lunch in San Quirico (great town to visit) at Trattoria Al Vecchio Forno- nice outdoor garden- didn't love the tomato soup but enjoyed the pasta with asparagus and ham.
Dinner in Montepulciano at La Grotta- wonderful service, nice atmosphere. Particularly enjoyed the appetizer- poached egg on a bed of asparagus puree-
Dinner in San Gimignano at Al Vecchia Mura- a spectacular setting overlooking Tuscany- very romantic and excellent food-
Lunch outside in their beautiful rose garden- at I Sette Consoli in Orvieto. This was perhaps the best meal of the trip: inventive but grounded. Loved the artichokes 4 ways! Do not miss this place.
Lunch in Spoleto at Osteria del Trivio- a bit anachronistic of a place. Nice antipasto (5 courses hot and cold) and good pasta.
In Sismano in a little place called La Lanterna- delicious pizza- thin crust - right combo of sauce to cheese. Braceola with parmegiano and arugula- fabu! Lamb chops okay- antipasto was killer.
In Positano: Dinner at Taverna Del Leone- spectacular appetizers- a standout was the homemade ricotta cheese. Snapper was so fresh I thought it might jump off my plate- with the perfect combination of moistness and crispiness.
Dinner and lunch at La Guarandino: Beautiful hidden gem an amazingly beautiful walk around the cliffside to a gorgeous terrace overlooking the crystal clear mediterranean- with great fish- killer putanesca and good pizza.
Rome: Dinner at Il Matriciano- truly has the best Bucatini al Matriciano I've had (came back after last year's visit for another order) Love Giuseppe and his daughters. Crave their roman style artichokes.
Dinner at Trattoria Monti: lots of chatter about this place but I didn't love it. First of all, we were seated in Siberia (could have worked the fax machines and phones from my seat), there were flies ALL OVER THE PLACE which was a bit nasty. I had the tornella (egg yolk filled ravioli) which was quite good- but maybe the second courses were too weird for me. Liked the staff here a lot, but out of the way.
Colline Emiliane: I was skeptical as there were mostly tourists here- but the food was great- loved the veal with procuitto and fontana cheese-
Lunch at Rossini Ristorante- Cacio e Pepe was the stuff cravings are made of- Veal with lemon excellent.
As always, the recommendations from Chowhound- make the trip- thanks to all of you that posted tips!
Via di San Vito,13a, Roma , IT
Via degli Avignonesi, 22, Rome, Lazio 00187, IT
Via Dei Gracchi, 55, Rome, Lazio 00192, IT
I Sette Consoli
Via Sant'Angelo, 1, Orvieto, Umbria 05018, IT
Osteria del Trivio
Via del Trivio, 16, Spoleto, Umbria 06049, IT