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Cheap Eats for a Family in Rome, Tuscany & Venice

Molly | May 4, 2005 04:25 PM

I know, I know, there is lots of advice on here for restaurants in Venice & Rome. But I'm sending this out, because I want to focus my search. My husband, my two kids (ages 10 and 13) and I are going to Italy for 2 1/2 weeks in June-July. Since the dollar isn't worth a lot, we want to eat in cheap (cheap for Italy, anyway) restaurants, but we'd like to eat good food. Food that will make the whole family happy. I'm looking for recommendations. Here are our particulars:

-we'll be staying in an apartment in Trastevere in Rome, for 5 days.
-we've rented a house near Radda, in Chianti, for 1 week. We'll check out Siena and San Gimignano while there.
-we've rented an apartment in Venice, near the Rialto, for 4 days.
-our kids are great travelers and willing to eat, or at least try, most anything, but they don't like seafood (their dad & I do like seafood)
-we plan to eat in our apartment/house for breakfast, stocking up at local grocery stores. For lunch, we plan to hit local bakeries, pizza places, markets, etc. So, for real restaurants, we're trying to limit ourselves to the evening meal (plus, while in Tuscany, we'll do some market shopping and cooking for ourselves in the evening).
-we want to stay as inexpensive as possible, while still eating good food.

Any suggestions would be most appreciated. Also, if you have any local markets you'd like to recommend in the Chianti area, for shopping for cooking for ourselves, I'd appreciate that, too. Thanks all - Molly

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