I cannot resist posting this, having travelled heavily in Italy for over 20 years and posting-frequently-on Chowhound for over ten: this is an incredible country for food. And culture. And beauty. And history. Why do so many people consistently, year after year, post after post, go to the same cities?
I rarely read about Bellagio, Bolzano or Capri. Or Soave, Trieste or Asolo. A rice mill south of Verona, a 2000 year old Roman furnace which has a Michelin star 90 km northwest of Genoa, Alban truffles in October-I post this hoping that those who read it will realize there are absolute treasures in Italy which are worth the adventure of finding.
They may involve a bit of a drive...from Rome, Florence or Venice. Of course the AutoGrill has some seriously good paninis especially with the Calabrian hot peppers they sell. And, Calabria? Well worth many threads on it's own.