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I'm planning to drive the route of the mille miglia in september. Any suggestions for nice (slowfood, trattoria) restaurants. Rome is not needed!

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  1. There were a number of mille miglia routes. Which one are you doing? Give me a few areas where you might want to stop.

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    1. re: allende

      cities: Casal Maggiore, Modena, outside of Bologna, Gambettola, sansepolcro, spoleto,rieit, viterbo, radicofani, outside of Sienna, Pozzolengo, Cento. Tx

      1. re: hvdmeeberg

        Well, I'll start off. I presume you mean Casalmaggiore between Mantova and Parma.
        There are two special places, both great country trattorie. La Buca in Zibello and Da Ivan in Roccabianca, both very close to Casalmaggiore. Outside of Bologna, Da Amerigo, another trattoria, in Savigno is definitely the place to go.

        I've written, extensively, about all three on this site and just go to the search engine and you'll find all of my notes scattered among many posts. Additionally, you should note that unlike Rome (see threads from yesterday and the few days before), you will not have to prove yourself to the waiters in order to eat well. The staff at all three places are as friendly as can be with no attitude.

        You'll order from the menu, perhaps with a daily special or two noted in writing, and can be assured that you'll get the exact same dishes as the person who has been going there for thirty years.

        Have fun on the drive. It's a great feeling to be able to follow the route and think of what it was like in the thirties, late forties and early fifties when the cars were really moving. Will you be driving a classic?

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        La Buca
        via Ghizzi 6, Zibello (PR), Zibello, Emilia-Romagna 43010, IT

        Da Ivan
        via Villa 73, Roccabianca di Fontanelle, Emilia-Romagna 43010, IT

        1. re: allende

          Thanks. Yes a classic Alfa Duetto Spider

          1. re: hvdmeeberg

            Great car. One of my favorites because my wife drove a '73 just before we got married and on our first date (she picked me up), she said "get in and drive." Couldn't resist either the car or her.

            What year do you have? They'll love it in the Italian countryside, particularly at La Buca. Just as an aside. Coming back from hiking this morning in the Val Badia and coming the other way along the road were 33 Citroens from the 30s. Real classics, just beautiful. Swiss, German Belgian, Itaiian, South African license plates. Wonderful site to see with The Dolomiti in the background.

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            La Buca
            via Ghizzi 6, Zibello (PR), Zibello, Emilia-Romagna 43010, IT

            1. re: allende

              It's a 1750 veloce' 68 red. Only driven in summer. Nice story about your wife. She still owns the car?? Love to drive Alfa in specially Italy always nice response. Tx