First a humble question. Why do Italians eat so fast?
Thanks to all at Chowhound especially " CJT, MBFANT, ROMEADDICT and all the others whose names got thrown out to make my pack lighter as I got heavier.
Most of the restaurants we ate at have been mentioned many times so just a few words to add on some
ROME: Yes, FIAMMETTA, thanks Romeaddict, we had the very light eggplant parm. and offered up a toast to you. Everything, and it being our first night out I think we might have ordered everything - was very enjoyable would go again, probabaly our best Roman pizza.
- SPIRIT E VINO very pleasant place. The food was not as good as we were hoping for but introduced us to some intriguingly new favors but anything lacking our host made up for - we closed the place down sampling an assortment of Amari. Would go again and try other dishes, the pesto made with almonds was a hit.
FLORENCE: As everyone else has said; you need to go to TEATRE DEL SALE 5 euro membership 30 euro for dinner 20 for lunch. I would recommend going as soon as possible when you get to town. Go early about10 am so you can get your membership and a tour of the building which has a colorful history before they start getting busy with lunch. Then make reservations for dinner , if your experience is anything like ours and others on Chowhound it will be one of your memorable ones of Italy. Once you have dinner and a show you'll want to go back for lunch.
TRATTORIA CIBREO; We found it full of tourists and coming from the San Francisco area nothing special, we weren't really looking for "cuisine". Wondered if we were missing something as so many people consider it a real FIND.
BOLOGNA: TRATTORIA del ROSSO VIA AUGUSTO RIGHI, 30 in the guide books and near some of the standbys. This is the real deal simple basic Bolognese fare.It gets busy but they have a back room.The only place we made time to go back to.
TAMBURINI Via Drapperie 1. Big deli with huge lunch buffet, lines can get long, very long, scout out what the diners have on their plates to see how to order. The first time we went the lines were too much so we wondered and found..
DUE TORRI: VIA de GIUDEL 6, Cafeteria -right by the towers, not the most romantic place but all the food was surprisingly great including the best lasagna I had in Bologna
Happy trails ps I just typed out from notes I scribbled at Teatro del Sale , 31 separate dishes