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Critique/revise my rough Italy itinerary (Rome/Florence/Venice)

ManhattanLawyer | Dec 3, 201410:55 AM

Husband and I will be in Italy from Dec. 26-Jan. 4. I’ve been a few times previously but never during holiday season.

I’ve browsed a lot of the threads here already and obviously my list will be dependent on what’s open during this holiday season but was hoping you could critique my list and then I could go from there figuring out which ones will be open.

We have one upscale meal planned on New Year’s Eve but for our other evenings, we would prefer more casual places, as I prefer those types of restaurants when I’m in Italy.

3 nights in Rome: Hoping to maximize eating pasta here, and I especially love carbonara and cacio e pepe. Would any of these be good for pasta? My short list is Armando, Perilli, Cesare al Casaletto, Piperno, Nerone. Any others instead?

3 nights in Florence: We have reservations on New Year’s Eve at Enoteca Pinchiorri so that night’s handled. Want to order chianina one of the other nights. Any must-visits for that? Was thinking about Sostanza for dinner one night. Thoughts on that? What about Alla Vecchia Bettola, Cibreo, or OSteria di Giovanii for the other? For lunch one day, is Nerbone still good?

3 nights in Venice, including on New Year’s Day. What do you think will be open on New Year’s Day? If possible, we’d like our other 2 nights to be Antiche Carampane and Testiere, if they are open, given the raves on this board -- But if you think there’s a different place I should go instead, or if either of these are closed when we’re there, what other back-ups do you suggest?

Thanks so much in advance!

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