We are heading to Venice, Rome and Florence next month. I have been searching Chowhound, Katie Parla, Maureen Fant, Elizabeth Minichelli and many more for recommendations. We are spending three nights in each city. We are a party of four—my husband (who likes craft beer, not wine but may be persuaded), my mother, and our niece who will have just graduated from high school—this will be her first trip to Europe.
I am a fan of delicious food. I am flexible on price point, have no problem spending money for excellence. I would prefer not to have leisurely lunches (can always be persuaded otherwise) but have no problem with a relaxed dinner.
Birraria on Campo San Polo (this was suggested by an acquaintance and looks like it is close-ish to our apartment so might be a good first day option?)
La Bitta is also a close option for first day lunch
Beccafico, near Campo Stefano
Not sure if any of these are overly inspiring? I am open to suggestion.
1. Cicchetti tour with Monica Cesarato (first night in Italy—might be tired, thought this might be a good way to see the town, have a little sustenance)
2. Al Covo
3. Antiche Carampane
We will take the train to Florence on a Sunday morning.
Lunches—only can choose three, help me!
2. Il Santo Bevitore
3. I cannot make a third restaurant choice. Maybe I am restaurant researched out?
1. Gusto—was recommended because it is close to our apartment, and would be an option before we head to the Colosseum/ Forum for a tour. (Our train arrives from Florence at 10:35, we have to go to the apartment and then be at the Colosseum for 2:30.) Is Gusto a good choice? Or should try Hosteria Nerone or Li Rioni a Santiquattro Snc instead?
3. We are doing a little walk around tasting in the Campo de Fiori
1. Il Convivo—should we go here our last night in Italy?
2. One night we are having an Italian beer tasting with Katie Parla at Baladin. I hate wasting a dinner opportunity in a beer pub but this will make my husband incredibly happy.
3. Armando seems to be a fave with some? Any other suggestions for a third dinner in Rome? Or is Armando the place?
In advance thanks for any suggestions or comments you might have. Sorry so long and I promise to report back.