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Kosher in Italy

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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  1. 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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      1. re: DebbyT

        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.

        1. re: DebbyT

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

          1. re: cheesecake17

            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.

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

          1. 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?

            1. 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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              1. re: mommysmazal

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

              2. 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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                1. re: AdinaA

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

                  1. re: cheesecake17

                    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.

                    1. re: AdinaA

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

                      1. re: AdinaA

                        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.

                        1. re: cheesecake17

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