to folks posting on the Italy Board -
I have been setting up some entries on the CHOW Restaurant page for Italy, starting with Rome and some of the other main towns people post about here. Ive really just put my foot in the water on this. Hopefully the info may be helpful in its own right if it is well populated with data but ultimately it seems there will be direct linkages with discussions of particular restaurants on this Board which will make it a much better resource. (Europe has not been activated for this feature yet)
If you go to this page (via the Restaurant and Bar tab above or via this link
http://www.chow.com/restaurants/regions and input, either the relevant city (for example Rome,IT) or restaurant name and city into the two search bars you will see whether there is relevant data in your town/destination. IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE SETUP OF THIS PAGE CURRENTLY IGNORES THE WORLD OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA - IT CAN STILL BE USED FOR INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS THO WITH A BIT MORE DIFFICULTY. . the area of the site can also be accessed via the main search bar on the right, above, - you have to then sort to look at Restaurants vs Board info. Its all fairly clunky still.
One feature that works over there is that it is possible (in areas where the mapping function is working) to search for restaurants near an address or other restaurant. You can also search by neighbornood names and get a list with a map (at least some of the time)
anyway, its possible to start posting reviews over there for those who wish to, or even to pitch in with adding additional restaurants of interest to Chowhounds or even correcting incorrect info Ive put up there!.