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Tuscany and Positano - Please critique my list

bethandben | | Aug 4, 2010 10:52 AM

After much time reviewing many many posts, I have put together an informal eating/drinking itinerary for my trip to Italy with my husband in late August/early September. We will be going to Tuscany (splitting our time between Radda/Volpaia as a home base and Montalcino as a home base) and Positano. I would appreciate anyone's advice and/or input as to changes or other suggestions. Thanks in advance!

1 late lunch - 'Ino (Is this open all day?)
1 dinner - Unfortunately, many of the places that we wanted to go to are closed for the summer holiday but two that are open are La Giostra (is this actually great food or way too touristy?) and Trattoria 4 Leoni

Chianti Region:
Castellina in Chianti (lunch) - Osteria alla Piazza
Panzano (lunch) - Mac Dario (Antica Macelleria Cecchini)
Volpaia (2 dinners) - La Bottega and a home cooked dinner where we are staying
Possible Winery Visits - Casa Emma, Rocca delle Macie, Castello di Fonterutoli, Castello di Volpaia, Casaloste, Castello di Verrazano

2 dinners - leaning towards Taverna Grappolo Blu and Il Giglio (other thoughts are Le Potazzine, Osteria al Giardino and Assedio)
Lunch - Il Leccio (had wanted lunch at Poggio Antico but they advised that their restaurant is still under renovation)
Winery Visits - Ciacci Piccolomini d'Aragona, Poggio Antico, Altesino, Casanova di Neri
Also possible visits to the Enoteca La Fortezza and/or Osteria Osticcio.

Lunch - Osteria dell' Acquacheta or A Gambe di Gatto (although we may be going on Wednesday when this appears to be closed)
Winery - Avignonesi

Pienza - Unfortunately we won't be here for a meal but I would love recommendations as to the best pecorino shops!

Positano Area:
3 Dinners - Il Ritrovo, Barilotto del Nonno (drinks first at Il San Pietro) and Il Fornillo
3 Lunches - Leaning towards Lo Guarracino, Da Vincenzo and La Cambusa

1 Lunch in either Ravello (Da Salvatore or Cumpa Cosima) or Amalfi/Atrani (A Paranza or Da Gemma)

Looking forward to your comments!!!