I've been to Italy twice before. The first time I was 15 and we stayed in Verona and took day trips to Florence and Venice. Our day trips were a bit doomed (my sister vomited all over a market in Florence, and I couldn't find a bathroom at an important moment in Venice.) I just ate where my parents wanted to go - but I do remember a very good looking waiter making salad tableside in Padova.
The second time I was a nanny and my charge brought me along to Italy for a month. We ate our way through Rome (including the Jewish quarter - and the food there was incredible - can anyone recommend a not to be missed place here as I forget the names of the places we went??) and then we went to Calabria for the better part of a month.
Now I am going back to Italy. I feel so very lucky. I am in a wedding in Chuisi in June. After the wedding I would like to spend 6 weeks driving around Italy and eating. This will be from June 25th to July 29th.
I'd love some recommendations for not-to-be-missed rural and off-the-map eating experiences including both agritourism and food festivals.
I have no direction in mind, no desitinations - I'd basically just like to eat. Please make all recommendations (irregardless of safety & cost concerns.)
Thank you for your time.
As someone on this board pointed out, there any many posts and answers to questions about urban eating, but I would love some recommendations for rural, or small town eating.