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jen kalb May 25, 2011 02:45 PM

In connection with an extended stay on Lake Garda (west side) I am hoping to make some day trips by bus and train (less likely boat) to cities where I can combine walking and cultural touring with some excellent eating and perhaps food shopping..Cremona, which I have not yet visited, is at the top of my list - Brescia and Mantova too, though it would be a return visit to both. I may be alone or accompanied, dont know yet.

Any good suggestions for a good destination and dining and food specialties there?

right now, la Sosta and Porta Mosa are at the top of my list for Cremona.

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Porta Mosa
26100 Cremona, Cremona, Lombardia 26100, IT

la Sosta
Via Vescovo Sicardo, 9, Cremona, Lombardia 26100, IT

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    badwaiter RE: jen kalb May 25, 2011 06:04 PM

    Jen,

    I'm doubtful that Hostaria '700 will surpass your choices but it is in the same ballpark. I enjoyed my meal there and I liked some of their old school touches. For example, my menu had all the prices, my wife's had none. Who does that anymore? For specialties, mostarda springs to mind. I think at the time of my visit, they also had frog on the menu. Here's a few links you might find useful. The first is Hostaria 700's site and the next is a site for restaurants in Cremona.

    http://www.hosteria700.it/

    http://guidaristoranti2010.crol.it/

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      jen kalb RE: badwaiter May 25, 2011 08:17 PM

      thanks for the recommendation. Im glad to see they are serving the frog even tho iIve never much liked it I have tasted the Sperlari mostarda (actually have a jar in the closet) and it seems fairly insipid. I take it there are other artisanal types around town. Will see.

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      Hosteria 700 aka Hosteria del Settocento
      Piazza Alessandro Gallina, 1, Cremona, Lombardia 26100, IT

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        allende RE: jen kalb May 26, 2011 03:24 AM

        If you're going to see Cremona for the city, go. Lovely town. If you're going for food, skip it.
        If you haven't been to Miramonti l'Altro in Concesio, just outside of Brescia, go. One of the great restaurants in Italy. Mantova, where we go several times a year, is, as you know, a gem of a city and wonderful for trattorie as well.

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          jen kalb RE: allende May 26, 2011 12:33 PM

          I see that Miramonti has a 45E lunch menu - have you ever tried it?

          Think this may be in the fantasy realm though, unless I can convince some friends to drive over there from Gardone, Have thought about Dal Pescatore too, but its in that same slightly out of reach without a car and maybe not so appropriate for a lone woman category..We shall see.

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          Dal Pescatore
          localita Runate,17, Runate (Mantova), Lombardy 46013, IT

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            allende RE: jen kalb May 26, 2011 02:35 PM

            Why should Dal Pescatore "maybe not so appropriate for a lone woman"? That is not a good or accurate statement. Nadia and Antonio would go to extreme lengths to make a single woman feel comfortable. Giovanni would as well, because he was brought up, by his parents and grandparents, to behave that way and his time with us in the US just reinforced it. All women, who go to Canneto, are treated well by the Santini family... men too. There are no finer hosts. None.

            We have not tried Miramonti's 45 E lunch menu. Miramonti is a place where a la carte is best because there are so many, many things to try.

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            Dal Pescatore
            localita Runate,17, Runate (Mantova), Lombardy 46013, IT

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              jen kalb RE: allende May 26, 2011 03:52 PM

              thanks. You are right of course. I am not concerned about the welcome. MOre about the mechanics of getting there under my transportation constraints, with a couple of train changes and a goodly walk from the station. Its not the best way perhaps to enjoy such a special place, and in hot July weather, who knows I might then proceed to drink too much wine and have a hard time getting home!. thanks much for the suggestions and the ringing endorsement of both of these places. .

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      barberinibee RE: jen kalb May 26, 2011 06:07 AM

      You might find this interesting.

      http://www.stradadelgustocremonese.it/

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        DavidT RE: jen kalb May 27, 2011 10:39 AM

        You might want to think about a day trip to Bergamo. Here is a previous thread:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/759328

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          jen kalb RE: DavidT May 27, 2011 12:05 PM

          yes, Bergamo is great, and would be a good day trip. I actually responded on that thread! Im really interested in more of the Mantovani/Po plain cuisines- Bergamo, like the area where we are staying around garda, tends toward more of a rustic mountain style (dumplings, cheese, grilled meat)

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            DavidT RE: jen kalb May 27, 2011 02:47 PM

            How about visiting Mantua/Mantova?

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              jen kalb RE: DavidT May 27, 2011 03:08 PM

              Thats in range for sure. We enjoyed our last visit. Do you have any recommendations there? We had a good thread on this a few months ago

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                allende RE: jen kalb May 28, 2011 08:10 AM

                We're up in Mantova three or four times a year, always trying new places within the city, most of which don't excite in terms of food (including many that have been recommended here). Here is part of an earlier post:
                "If you want to eat the traditional food of Mantova , excellently prepared, with a very good wine list, a wonderful owner in a great setting (right in town), I would choose Trattoria Cigno. No question I would go there before any other restaurant in town. Next on my list would be Aquila Nigra's more casual place La Porta Accanto. Same food as Aquila Nigra, but informal, compared to the huge space, in an old palazzo, with a few tables that is the one star Michelin Aquila Nigra."

                I would add that since writing that in February, we've found, enjoyed and been to twice, Antica Osteria ai Ranari. Simple trattoria owned by passionate young food people. Excellent wine list for a trattoira (served in Riedels), All the Mantova classics: risotto ala pilota; of course, tortelli di zucca; stracotto d'asino and stracotto di cavallo; luccio in salsa; and salame di cioccolato for dessert.

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                La Porta Accanto
                Vicolo Bonacolsi, 4, Mantova, Lombardia 46100, IT

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                  jen kalb RE: allende May 28, 2011 02:01 PM

                  thanks very much for the update and the new recommendation. I was thinking of trying Trattoria Cigno if I head there but it will take planning and due to closing days, its good to have alternatives (Mon looks like a bad day to visit Mantova!)

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                  La Porta Accanto
                  Vicolo Bonacolsi, 4, Mantova, Lombardia 46100, IT

                  Il Cigno Trattoria del Martini
                  Piazza Carlo D'Arco, 1, Mantova, Lombardia 46100, IT

                  Antica Osteria Ai Ranari
                  Via Trieste, 11, Mantova, Lombardia 46100, IT

                  Miramonti l'altro
                  Via Crosette.34, Concesio, Lombardia 25062, IT

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