First of all thank you for the Venice advise. We ended up having an amazing meal at Alle Trestiere. I had Beetroot Gnocchetti with Swordfish and tomato which was the best dish i've in 2 months in Italy (except for the chicken at the place in Florence, whats it called agian?)
Now I have more questions. We have 2-3 weeks in December to fill. We have been doing so much traveling in the north that we are hoping to find a place in the south to stay for a while. When I say the south I mean Napoli and down! We are looking for some kind of experience that includes food/cooking/farming, etc. Maybe a workstay at an agritourismo, or maybe some cooking courses in Puglia, or staying on a farm in Sicily. I know I sound completely vague but we are really open to going anywhere and doing pretty much anything! We have a few leads but I thought I would ask the experts. We are both trained chefs so of course food is our main hobby so anything that fits loosely into the "food" category, we are all ears!
And just for fun here are some eating highlites of our last 2 months:
-The sandwhich stand in the middle of the market in Florence with the big pots of meat and tripe and bits that are chopped up and put on a bun with chili and salsa verde. I had 1 every day we were in Florence
-The place with the Chicken dish in Florence that I mentioned above, I'm sorry I forget the name and I lost the business card! but this chicken is ridiculous!
-Tortellini in Brodo at Cesari in Bologna. On a cold rainy day there is nothing better.
-Braised Veal cheek with Porcini mushrooms in Alba at a restaurant called Lalibera
-Bigoli with donkey ragu at Osteria al Duomo in Verona
-Tagliatelle with ragu at Trattoria Gianni in Bologna
-Tuna sandwhiches in our hotel room 2 nights ago in Verona
-Fritto Misto in Vernazza.
-A Chinese restaurant in Padova that was actually very good. We come from Vancouver, and we know our steamed dumplings!
-Nocciola Gelato at the place in the piazza in San Gimignano
There a a few. Its all a blurr!!!! Too much food, too much food!!!