My husband and I are travelling to Italy this September for a (belated!) 10 day honeymoon. Neither of us have been to Italy before and we've solicited recommendations from friends and family. However, while very helpful in the "where to stay" dimension, we've not had luck in restaurant/cafe picks. I'm attaching a rough outline of our plans and would welcome any feedback or recommendations you might have in terms of where NOT to miss for the best eating or at least a memorable, unique experience. I've also culled some recommendations from other 'hound posts that sounded unmissable.
Cinque Terre (3 days): Not much has come across our foodie radar here except repeated pleas not to miss focacceria Il Frantoio. Also considering ristorante il ciliegio outside of Monterosso, Gambero Rosso in Vernazza (or perhaps Il Pirate/Pirates Cove/Three Pirates instead?), and Cantina de Mananan in Corniglia. We haven't quite figured out what time trains run & so on in terms of making dinner reservations as we won't have a car in Cinque Terre.
Lucca (1 day, 1 dinner): Buca di San Antonio for lunch?
Siena (1 day, 1 dinner): Open to suggestions!
Florence (3 days, 3 dinners): Antico Noe for lunch or snacks, certainly. And likey 'Ino for lunch. Teatro del Sale for lunch or dinner and perhaps Trattoria Quattro Leoni for another dinner? Just thinking out loud...
Rome (3 days, 3 dinners): Colline Emiliane keeps coming up time & time again - can anyone speak to this as a don't miss? Also thinking about Antico Forno Roscioli for the pizza bianca and Trattoria Monti. I understand that in September, Rome can be quite busy. Will we require reservations more than a few days in advance, do you know?
Does this sound like a wonderful way to taste our way through both countryside and into the bigger cities? We're open to recommendations and critique - our goal is only to achieve the eye rolling back in the head bliss that comes with extraordinary eating at least one a day (hopefully twice!) while we travel. Thanks in advance...