After reading through many good posts on Chowhound I have compiled the following eating itinerary. We will be a group of 5 (plus my husband who is only joining for parts of the trip), staying in Rome 3 nights, Pienza 3 nights, Castelnuovo Berardenga 1 night, Modena 1 night, and finishing in Florence 3 nights.
Many thanks to sidcundiff, minchilli, mbfant, jenkalb, allende, parla and many others. The discussions on this board helped tremendously!
If there are must-get dishes at any of the restaurants below please enlighten me! Thank you!
We want to do 2 splurge meals during this trip. We have already confirmed Osteria Francescana (hence the big detour), the second one can be in Rome or Florence. Il Convivo or Il Sanlorenzo or somewhere else?
Rome (Apartment near Piazza Navona on Via dei Cappellari)
May 4 (Mon) – Piazza Navona, Panthon, Trevi
Breakfast: Flight lands at 7:30am and since we got airbnb, we can't check in till 2pm. I was hoping to grab breakfast at a nice hotel and hopefully keep the luggage there until our check-in time. Preferably a hotel with a view near the apartment. Anyone with experience in this? I was thinking Grand hotel de la Minerve or RAPHAEL HOTEL or DOM Hotel. Any thoughts?
Lunch: Want something near the apartment for quick check-in, La Campana? Piperno? I have never had Jewish Roman food, so any suggestions (Fried Artichoke!) will be great!
Dinner: Roscioli, maybe pick up some stuff for breakfast since it’s a gourmet shop
May 5 (Tues) – Spanish Steps area
Lunch: Pizzeria Leconcino or something near Spanish Steps
Dinner: Splurge meal TBD or Jewish Roman Food?
May 6 (Wed) – Vatican, Colosseum
Dinner: Armando al Pantheon
Tuscany (based in Pienza, Hotel La Bandita)
May 7 (Thurs)
Lunch: Drive by Orvieto and eat at la Palomba
Dinner: Hotel Dinner (seems pretty relaxing, family style dinner)
May 8 (Fri) – San Quirco D’orcia, Montalcino, Sant Antimo Abbey
Lunch: Il Leccio @ Montalcino
Dinner: Il Rosselino @ Pienza
May 9 (Sat) – Montelpucino, Monticchiello, Pienza
Lunch: Osteria La Porta @ Monticchiello
Dinner: Latte di Luna
May 10 (Sun) – Siena, Castelnuovo Berardenga (Hotel Borgo San Felice)
Lunch – Sunday lunch in Siena, Antica Osteria Da Divo or I Tre Cristi?
Dinner – Our hotel restaurant’s (Poggio Rosso) reviews on tripadvisor are very mixed, I was thinking about doing a cooking class with Nonna Ciana which includes dinner nearby. However, at 100 euros a head I am not sure if my entire party (esp. my dad) will appreciate this.
May 11 (Mon) – Modena
Lunch – Long drive from Castelnuovo Berrardenga to Modena, any suggestion for lunch along the way?
Dinner – Osteria Francescana
May 12 (Tues) – Cinque Terre, Florence (Hotel on Via dei Servi)
*I have been to Cinque Terre twice before and know that a day trip doesn’t do it justice. However, I don’t know when my family will travel to Italy together again and Cinque Terre is simply too lovely to miss.
Lunch – Osteria da Billy @ Manarola, ate here on my honeymoon 4 years ago and it was the most memorable meal in Cinque Terre for me. If there’s something better please let me know!
Dinner – After a long day of driving, we probably want something casual and close to the hotel. La Cucina del Garga? Or Cipolla Rossa?
May 13 (Wed)
Lunch – Tempted to go to Zeb, but counter seating doesn’t make sense for 5 people. So maybe Da Ruggero is better.
Dinner – Buca dell’Orafo
May 14 (Thurs) – Last day in Florence
Lunch – Sostanza, also ate here on my honeymoon, everything was delicious except I can’t say that the bistecca was the best I’ve had. Any suggestions to the best bistecca in Florence? Il Due G?
Dinner – Il Santo Bevitore, good choice for the final meal?
That’s the list so far. Nothing is set in stone except for Osteria Francescana. I really want to make this a special trip for my family as we rarely take such long distance trip together. Thanks you all in advance!