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    So What's a good place to eat in Italy?

    Ok so my crazy summer is coming to a very fast end, and just in time as I'm getinging married in a month. Marissa has done all the work planing her ( our) wedding. We have a place booked in Rome for from oct 24- nov 14th" the Domus Adriani" in Rome address is "Via di Pallacorda, 9 " it's by the Spanish steps
    Web sight http://www.hoteladriano.com/inglese/domus.htm

    So it's my first time in Rome, anyone/ every one want to point out a few places to eat? I'm looking for the "must go to" places but also any cool little place you might know, love the little places no one knows about I.E. Non tourist traps. We will be spending a good amount of time in Rome but will also be going on "day trips" to other cities and staying in Florence for a few days.
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    so I spent two weeks in Rome back when the Pope passed away. not a good time to be there. But i found that there are a lot of great places to eat in the Campo De Fiori neighborhood interesting nightlife. everyone gathers after 10 in the plaza and just hangs out and has a great time. Get to a restaurant before nine. the hours at a lot of Roman restaurants say they close at 10 or 11pm but they actually stop seating a couple hours before. There is a little tiny photo booth size porchetta shop that opens around 9 at night in the Trastevere neighborhood I don't even think it has a name. When you get to the area at night just ask anyone there for porchetta and follow your nose. everyone in the neighborhood heads out that way for a late nite snack and beer. it is amazing.

    The best handmade chocolates and candies you will ever have is made by a very small husband and wife team in a place called
    MORIONDO E GARIGLIO
    Traditional, old-fashoned chocolate and pralines shop - all presented in personalized, exquisite packagings
    Via Piè di Marmo, 21/22
    The best Roman desserts at:
    FORNO DEL GHETTO
    Jewish pastries with marzipan and candied fruit - ricotta cakes with chocolate or sour cherries - traditional Roman cakes
    Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 1

    Hopes this helps a little.

    Remember taxis are not like in NYC you can't just hail a cab, you have to go to a taxi stop and wait in line for a cab. first come first serve. However if you are only two and a larger group is waiting behind you and a van pulls up they go first. cars are for smaller groups vans larger.

    your wife should keep her shoulders covered if visiting a church or holy place, either long sleeves or a shawl will do. If you are together you should always be seen paying, a lot of old timers don't like uppity women and will let you know about it. There are 2 public restrooms in Rome, The bus terminal and I think the Armoury I'm not to sure I remember the second one.

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    bread and water is not free, like in the states. too many Americans expect free stuff and are shocked they have to pay. Remember if you touch it you bought it. Be patient ordering it may take 45min to an hour to get your food. They take their time dinner is a two to three hour affair. You relax, eat ,talk and smoke, have dessert and cafe.

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    Damn it. The best rabbit I ever at was in a restaurant in Fiesole and I can't remember the name. It was within walking distance of some Etruscan ruins...

    The best food I ate in Rome was pizza. But that was over 15 years ago.

    The best food (and most fun) I had in Italy was some fritto misto at a local communist party club on Murano.
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    If you get to Modena, the bollito misto at Danilo is a life changing experience.

    In San Gimignano, the Cinghiale con polenta at Ristorante Enoteca il Castello
    is a favorite.

    But I enjoyed every meal in Italy.

    Her Ladyship and I will be there the latter half of October. Perhaps we will see you!

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    One word: Trastevere
    http://www.italyheaven.co.uk/rome/areas/trastevere.html

    The food is great almost where ever you eat

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    Like the show or not, I just watched a 2010 episode of No Reservations a couple of nights ago on Rome and there was one restaurant that they wouldn't name so it wouldn't send a flood of tourists there. After some internet searching, I found it was called Roma Sparita in Trastevere. Apparently the tagliolini al cacio e pepe is their special and quite good. I'm going there the next time I go to Rome. Maybe next year.

    Here's a link that has information

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Neal View Post
    In San Gimignano, the Cinghiale con polenta at Ristorante Enoteca il Castello is a favorite.

    But I enjoyed every meal in Italy.
    That one brought a tear to my eye, as that was the first place where I ever had cinghiale.

    I will dig up the name of a place in Colle Val d'Elsa (it's a little southwest of Firenze). We ate there a couple times on my last trip and it did not disappoint.

    If you think you will make it over to the Asissi area I can dig up (i.e., ask my wife to check) the names of a couple good places we ate at -- one inside the old city, and one at a small hotel a few miles to the west.

    Be prepared for a great time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Neal View Post
    If you get to Modena, the bollito misto at Danilo is a life changing experience.

    In San Gimignano, the Cinghiale con polenta at Ristorante Enoteca il Castello
    is a favorite.

    But I enjoyed every meal in Italy.

    Her Ladyship and I will be there the latter half of October. Perhaps we will see you!

    Keith
    Were going by our selves, weddings on the 28 th if your there you can be my best man

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    Quote Originally Posted by WildBoar View Post
    That one brought a tear to my eye, as that was the first place where I ever had cinghiale.

    I will dig up the name of a place in Colle Val d'Elsa (it's a little southwest of Firenze). We ate there a couple times on my last trip and it did not disappoint.

    If you think you will make it over to the Asissi area I can dig up (i.e., ask my wife to check) the names of a couple good places we ate at -- one inside the old city, and one at a small hotel a few miles to the west.

    Be prepared for a great time!
    Definitely going to Asissi.

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