Hello (or soon to be Bongiorno!),
We are two Canadians will be traveling with two of our best friends from the USA to Italy for 16 days in the fall. I travel extensively for work and consider myself relatively well-versed in the best restaurants of the major cities in which I travel. I read cooking magazines voraciously and pride myself on knowing what the best places to eat are in my own incredible city of Vancouver, Canada. (And by best, I do not necessarily mean most expensive, though some of the best certainly are!). We have an incredible trip planned in the near future and will be touring quite a bit. I have read the majority of the posts on CH in the Italian threads and I have a general idea of the most regularly recommended places. I am looking forward to hearing some ideas and opinions (expecting to hopefully hear from allende, barberinibee, jen kalb and PBSF and all the others!!) I don't need a huge debate between Chowhounders....just your idea of what your perfect trip would include. You can keep it short and sweet/brief and include the name of restaurant and why you chose it and/or what to order. (ie. Trattoria ______: perfect for a great lunch and a cheap bottle of wine.....or Osteria ________ : be sure to order the squid ink fettuccine....etc.) We are looking for a variety of different places to eat - but one thing that we require is authenticity! Traveling a bit out of the way isn't a bad thing - we are willing to take a taxi! (On that note, is it absolutely ridiculous to plan to take a taxi from Bologna to Modena to eat at Hosteria Giusti?)
Feel free to include pastry/coffee/lunch recommendations as well.
Here is what our schedule looks like:
Saturday Sept. 29th - Venice - just the husband and I - would love a recommendation of a "special" restaurant for the two of us this evening (ie. romantic!)
Sunday Sept. 30th Venice - likely going to Murano/Burano....perhaps eating at Fiaschetteria Toscano
Monday Oct. 1st - Venice - no plans yet
Tues. Oct 2nd - Travel to Bologna (possibly detour through Veneto?)
Weds. Oct 3rd - Bologna - Food Tour booked (Parma/Modena/Bologna)....likely no big dinner but perhaps late night drinks/snacks
Thurs. Oct 4th - Bologna - no plans yet
Fri. Oct 5th - Private cooking class - perhaps a late dinner might be needed?
Sat. Oct 6th - Travel to Pesaro - no plans in Pesaro (staying overnight)
Sun. Oct 7th - Travel thru Abruzzo with stop in Palena (family history ties) - then on to Naples
Mon Oct 8th - Naples - no plans yet
Tues Oct 9th - Naples - no plans yet
(one of these days we will likely spend on Amalfi Coast - Ravello/Positano/Sorrento)
Weds Oct 10 - Travel to Rome - no plans yet
Thurs Oct 11 - Rome - no plans yet
Fri Oct 12 - Rome - no plans yet
In Venice, we are staying in the Dorsoduro region in an apartment.
In Bologna, we are staying in the city center (Via Indipendenza at Piazza VIII Agosto) across from the Arena Del Sole theatre in an apartment.
No hotels booked yet in Pesaro or Naples.
In Rome we are staying in Trastevere in an apartment. I think we would likely want to eat at Felice e Testaccio one night during our stay in Rome. Although I think they serve a different menu each night and I was really hoping to eat the Cacio e Pepe....it looks like they only serve it on Tuesdays!!
Feel free to indulge us with suggestions, information, must-eats, must-sees, must-dos, don't-dos, etc.....
Your advice and expertise are much respected and appreciated!