Hi all! Will be traveling to Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Venice for a 10-day trip in mid-October. I am much more adventurous when it comes to trying food compared with my husband, who is more of a meat and potatoes guy (in Italy, he will be ALL about the pasta too!). While the pasta is probably THE thing I am most looking forward to in Italy, as I have never been before, I am also looking to break out of the pasta box a few nights and go to at least one of the Michelin-star (or comparable) restaurants with a pre-fixed tasting menu. I looked at a few menus from places like Glass, Guida Ballerina, il Conviviotroiani, il Pagliaccio, La Pergola, etc. and all of them looked fantastic! The problem is that I know my husband (who is really not much of a seafood eater beyond the occasional shrimp or scallop appetizer) is not going to be into the tasting menus at all. Even in terms of the meat portion of the menus, he's more of a filet mignon / chicken guy...not so much pigeon and all the other "exotic" proteins.
Chowhounders, help me, please! Are there any restaurants of this calibur (see above paragraph for restaurants) where the chef will accommodate us so that I would be able to order the tasting menu and my husband wouldn't have to? We would also be fine with paying the price for two tasting menus, but would want the flexibility where he could switch out options so that he'd actually eat them.
We are in our very early 30's and are open to either a trendy atmosphere or a more formal one...above all, just looking for some amazing food! Thank you so much in advance. :)