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Going to Paris & Italy - Restaurant's not to be missed.

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Going to Paris & Italy - Restaurant's not to be missed.

Jon Leventhal | Feb 8, 2003 12:37 AM

Taking the family to Europe and would like feedback (yes, I've checked out the archives).

Really searching for extraordinary restaurants, be they hole in wall places or high end (however, I don't like to spend over $125 pp). I'm also a wine snob. Oh, and we'll have our 6 year old daughter in tow. However, remarkably, the nicer the restaurant, the better she behaves. ie. she sat through a threehour+ lunch at Steiereck last summer.

Paris: Thought Taillevent was stuffy and dull, L'Astrance terrific (great value, too). Guy Savoy good, but way overpriced. Other recos, esp. bistros & new places. Three nights.

Venice: Da Fiore good, but too $$$. Al Covo disappointing, also too many tourists (even for Venice :^)). Really enjoyed Alla Testiere and Vino al Gigio. Thinking about taking train/car rental to Le Calendre. Comments? We'll be in Venice 5 nights.

Verona: Haven't been since honeymoon 8 years ago. Three nights. We'll be driving to Fiuggi along A1. Any spots for lunch? Aside from Autogrill, of course.

Fiuggi: Staying at this spa, have no clue about are. Am willing to go into Rome one day. Have yet to eat great Roman meal.

Naples: 5 nights. We'll have car, and would like to go to Capri or other Island. Also do Pompeii and Amalfi coast. Friend told me fancy restaurants there were overpriced and disappointing. Comments?

Thanks for any tips.

I'll post upon return. Mid-July.

Jon

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