I'm taking my mom to europe in July (I'm in my 20's, she's in her 50's). We'll be in italy for 10 days - 3 days in venice & florence, and 4 in rome. I'm mostly worried about venice, as I remember it being fairly expensive / having bad experiences.
The only place where I had memorable meals was in Florence - il latini and osteria del porcellino, and this one other place in a hotel that i can't remember but was oh so delicious! We just kept asking the waiters at each restaurant where to eat next. Last time in venice we got caught in all the freakin tourist traps, especially at the restaurants along the grand canal with the waiters trying to drag you in. In Rome we had a lot of pizza and pasta, but nothing special.
Seeing that we'll be spending a month abroad, we're going to be on a budget. I've been looking on the boards, and everyone says "make lunch your main meal, and graze for dinner".
My mom is NOT a big seafood eater. She'll eat fish like sea bass, and shrimp, but won't touch squid or muscles. I personally love seafood, and will try anything once.
So I'm looking for recommendations on places for lunch and dinner, and specifically what dishes to try. Budget let's say 15-20Euros PP for lunch (no wine), and 30Euros PP for dinner (no wine). Is this reasonable?? I was able to splurge more when I went to italy a few years ago since it was for a shorter period of time, so we never looked at the prices even though we didn't go to super high-end places. We don't want anything fancy, just good food and decent portions- pizza, pasta, seafood, risotto, salads. Family run places are great too, my mom likes warm and cozy. We can definitely do panini/salads for lunch, and can grab gelato for dessert to save. Please remember to include what dishes to try, and what the experience was like. Do we need reservations, if so, how far in advance?
Thanks in advance loves!