Thank you for all the help with the Rome portion of my trip! You guys gave me such good advice. And I'll definitely post a trip report when I come back--I've already picked up a couple notebooks where I can record information.
I thought I'd post our tentative plan for Florence and Venice just to make sure we haven't made any bad choices.
Saturday: Train from Florence to Rome. Lunch at Trattoria Mario
Sandwiches at All'Antico Vinao for dinner.
Sunday: Lunch at Trattoria Cibreo
Dinner at Osteria Cipolla Rossa
Monday: Day trip to Siena. Lunch at Antica Osteria Da Divo
Dinner: I'm not sure whether we should try to eat in Siena or get back to Florence. If I'm reading the bus schedule right, the last train to Florence leaves Siena at 20:10.
Tuesday: Train to Venice. Late lunch at Ai Promessi Sposi
Dinner: La Zucca
Wednesday: Lunch at L'Anice Stellato
Dinner: La Bitta (This is our last night in Italy)
It's been a challenge for me to wrap my head around eating in Venice, and I'm not sure why. I don't know whether it's because we're not big seafood eaters or that everything seems so expensive, or both or neither.
But I'm so excited about the way that all the food (Rome vs Florence vs Venice) is so regional and different.