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Rome, Florence in Dec and Venice during X'mas.. Need some help!

GourmetPiggy | Nov 12, 201305:16 PM

Will be visiting the 3 cities for 5 nights each in Dec. When I was in Rome last in 2011, the only positive restaurant experience I had was at Felice and therefore I've decided to try a few more restaurants in the Testaccio area this time around. I've never been to Florence and Venice before. So far these restaurants are on my list:

ROME - Felice, Flavio and Perilli (They won't take my reservation until a few days before my dinner. Is that normal?)
FLORENCE - Del Fagioli, Sostanza, I Due G, del Garga, Giovanni, Giorgio (for lunch), Mario (for lunch) and tripe on the street.
VENICE - Al Covo, Anice Stellato, Alla Madonna

I need a few more suggestions for Venice, especially for Dec 24.. I've contacted multiple restaurants including Oliva Nera, Carampane, Alle Testiere and none of them are open on Dec 24. Can anyone think of places that could be open on the 24th that serves good seafood? (I want to eat as much seafood as I can while in Venice and want to avoid places too touristy like Bistrot de Venise and Riviera)

Also for Dec 25, I originally planned to go to Terraza Danieli for dinner (I understand at the food and service is supposed to be quite terrible but I really need this to be an extremely romantic dinner), however after realizing that the terrace won't be open due to winter, I'm having second thoughts, especially because they won't be serving their truffle tasting menu. Has anyone been to Danieli and ate indoor? Is it still very romantic? I am considering going to Quadri instead - even though I much prefer the view at Danieli (which I'm not sure how much I can see), Quadri's food should be way better and the room looks quite nice as well. Any thoughts?

Thanks so much in advance!

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