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Food experiences from recent trip (Milan, Bellagio, Bologna, Florence)

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Food experiences from recent trip (Milan, Bellagio, Bologna, Florence)

ClaireLS | Nov 28, 2012 02:44 PM

This was our 2nd trip to Italy (1st trip 4 years ago) and we returned to some of the same places (longer in Bologna and back to Florence). Really appreciated the Eat Florence app and had great success with all but one of the suggestions (Golden View) and Fred Plotkin's book. I had noticed on this forum's comments that it was more difficult to now find great food in the larger towns/cities and that you might have more success in smaller places. For various reasons our trip was confined to travel by train so our destinations were larger (but we had day trips to Padova and Lucca - loved both places). We did notice a difference in the quality of food at some of the places we had gone to 4 years ago in Bologna and Florence....perhaps the economic difficulties are starting to show up in this regard/and so many of us tourists means a different focus? Enjoyable food was found at Ristorante Barchetta (Bellagio), Restorante Teresina, Ristorante La Traviata, and Trattoria Anna Maria (Bologna), Trattoria Quattro Leoni, Cipolla Rossa, and Pugi's (Florence). There was a sameness to the markets, except the one in Padova which was lovely. I live in a part of the world where the selection and quality of local ingredients (fruits, vegetables, meat, fish...) is first rate and the diversity of restaurants excellent so if nothing else, it gave me a new appreciation for what I have at home. These experiences aside, Italy offers so much to enjoy and savour so I will return but with perhaps different expectations ...

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