Visiting Italy for the first time with kids
I and my husband, together with my son aged 14 and daughter aged 5, are visiting Italy on a 2 week vacation, starting on 08th August. We plan to go from Milan to Venice, Florence and Rome, from where we will fly back home. We booked apartment style places to stay in during the entire visit and I believe I maybe able to cook as well (we all love Italian cooking!) I was told Trattorias are the best and inexpensive places to sample real Italian cuisine. I would love to know about the Trattorias in and around Milan city, Venice, Florence and Rome. In Milan, we will be staying on Via Calvino, in Florence, Via Guelfa and in Rome, Via Genova. Many thanks
You are actually staying outside the center of Milan, but when you are in the center, if you are going to the Duomo, consider lunch at Vecchia Latteria on via Unione, but you should try to determined in advance if it is open in August. It is a very small place, so you should try to get there by 12.30pm.
At least in Venice, "trattoria" pretty much have lost its original meaning. It no longer describe a place that is less formal then a ristorante and more formal than an osteria. Trattorie can run from table cloth and extensive wine list to simple cooking and house wines. Same for osterie. There have been tons of posts on this this board as you are visiting the three most popular cities in Italy plus Milan. You can just scroll down on this board or type each city on the top right 'search' function. Most recommendations on this board are informal places (though not always inexpensive) that might be what you are looking for. All four cities have their own distinct cooking. If you could be more specific as to your budget, your food preference (as well as your children), ambience and perhaps narrow down some choices, you'll get some excellent feedbacks.
Hello it is difficult to find a real trattoria in the centre of Milan,most of them are tourist trap,I would suggest you to go to Osteria dei poeti in Corso Garibaldi (find in internet) ,it is a small restaurant with very good food at very reasonable prices More expensive Trattoria la Pesa ,Trattoria Masuelli . Cheers Fabio (from Milan)