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cheesecake17 Jan 2, 2014 12:16 PM

Will be traveling to florence and Rome next month.
Any recommendations for kosher restaurants?

Also, any good food items to bring back to ny?

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    AdinaA Jan 10, 2014 04:08 AM

    There is presently one kosher restaurant in Florence , Ruth's info@kosheruth.com. Fish, milchigs. It's in the center/tourist area. It, Ruth's, will give you lunches, meals, bread takeout.

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      cheesecake17 Jan 10, 2014 07:02 AM

      Thanks!!! I've heard of Ruth's, happy to know they have takeout options. Do you know if they are open Fridays?

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        AdinaA Jan 10, 2014 07:15 AM

        Last I knew they were, and serving Friday night dinner by reservation. Do let me know what the status is, I'll be there this spring.

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          cheesecake17 Jan 11, 2014 06:17 PM

          Wow, will definitely send them an email and figure it out. Hopefully it's walkable from my hotel

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            cheesecake17 Jan 12, 2014 02:15 PM

            I emailed them and they answered a few hours later. They are open friday nights by reservation. Takeout food is available by special order, but they do not deliver to hotels.

            Looks like we will be walking there for Shabbat dinner. I asked for a sample menu and prices.

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              flo220 Jan 12, 2014 03:26 PM

              When we were in Italy several years ago we stayed in a hotel that was right next door to Ruths (Hotel Arizona).

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        mommysmazal Jan 9, 2014 10:20 PM

        Google Chabad Italy and you will see a half a dozen different cities with a Chabad. Rome has 4. The listings include the Rabbi's name and most seem to have an email address. Perhaps they can help with information.

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          AdinaA Jan 10, 2014 06:18 AM

          Italian cities have both community and chabad synagouges, often in a tense relationship on food as on other issues.

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          DebbyT Jan 3, 2014 07:20 AM

          We brought back olive oil in tins, well sealed, wrapped in bubble wrap and multiple plastic bags. Bought it at an estate. My husband said it smells like "gan eden." How can you not bring that home?

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            Goldbec Jan 2, 2014 05:13 PM

            whenever I travel abroad, I email or contact a local congregation's rabbi they always have good referrals, Enjoy your trip

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              DebbyT Jan 2, 2014 03:51 PM

              OLIVE OIL!!!

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                avitrek Jan 2, 2014 05:05 PM

                Really? Italy is famous for it, but a lot of good Italian olive oils are imported to the US. I can't imagine there is something that much better that it's worth the hassle of carrying it back.

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                  cheesecake17 Jan 2, 2014 05:51 PM

                  I'm a little nervous about bringing heavy bottles of oil back in my luggage.

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                    josephnl Jan 2, 2014 07:14 PM

                    Agree. I wouldn't dream of putting olive oil in my checked luggage, and obviously carrying it on is not allowed. There are so many wonderful oils available in the states, that it's just not worth the risk.

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                  josephnl Jan 2, 2014 12:24 PM

                  Need the restaurant be kosher? If not, you can get vegetarian salads and pastas pretty much anywhere...and if you'll eat fish, your choices will be abundant.

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                    cheesecake17 Jan 2, 2014 12:36 PM

                    Yes. Restaurant must be kosher

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