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Top five eats on our trip

t14072 | Jun 4, 201510:54 PM

Thanks for all the info I found on these pages. Here are my 5 top eats, not in order of digestion:
Osteria Cinghiale Bianco. We went twice. Had porcini mushrooms with pasta, pork and porcini mushrooms, grilled porcini mushrooms, roast pig (without porcini mushrooms) at the 2 meals. This place is great. We had reservations, it was filled, lively, welcoming, and warm. We share dishes, get a jug of house wine, have lemon sorbetto with cookies for dessert and a kiss from the owner on the way out. Approx 62 euro for a great evening. We had 9pm reservations, the latest we made, and it was still busy with lots of people still coming in.
Sostanza...it's all been said. Tortellini to start and then the steak. Very tasty. Plus sharing the table with others make for interesting conversation. Our dinner partners came from the same small town as myself! Small world. 52 euro with half litre house red.
Il Santo Spirito. Did we sit in the English speaking room? Who cares! The food was great and the service fine. Started with Assorted hams, spicy pasta with gnudi, and a pork dish that melted when passing my lips. With dessert and half litre house wine, approx 60 euro.
Zeb. Lunch which was wonderful. Eggplant that was perfect and pear and ricotta ravioli (my mother would have called them blitzes) while drinking white wine. Perfect for an afternoon.
Mulino de Firenze. 2 nights at this hotel. Please don't tell any one about this place. Two dinners, both good, especially the steak, which was huge! With lots of roasted vegetables. I didn't think I would be able to fit in my bathing suit to sit by the pool the next day. Not exactly sure how much the dinners but about 70euro.
Did I mention the Negronis? Oh my!
Antiche carampan. 7:30 reservation and it was half full, by 8:15 it was full and one more couple came in after nine. Yes, the fried shrimp in cone to start. Scallop with artichokes to share, soft shell crabs misti, and monkfish. Sparkling white wine to drink and, of course, the chocolate cake. Can I just say that that plate of crabs, with zucchini and other fried veggies, was perhaps one of the best dishes ever? 105euro. What a treat. And we only argued for the fifteen minutes that we were lost getting there.
Also, in Venice, every other place has either pizza or gelato. One night we sat on a bench in campo Santa Margerita and had pizza, which was perfect. 2 euro a slice for a double piece.
Did I mention the Negronis? Oh my!
Da Oscar. Spinach 'kugel' as an amuse bouche. Pasta Carbonara in a pie plate! Gnocchi wth meat sauce in a pie plate! Bottle of wine, not bad bread, 38euro. Lots of fun lots of food. I think I loved the gnocchi sauce. Would take it home if they bottled it. My advice, leave the carbonara and take the gnocchi.
Antica Trattoria Della Pesa. veal meatballs and potato croquettes as an amuse bouche. Risotto Salto to share, then Veal Milanese and a salad for mains. The veal chop was out of this world, especially with the salad. No English spoken at the other tables. Really it seemed like a local dinner place in any town. Not the warmest service but the food makes up for it. Awful rolls but great breadsticks in a package, I watched, everyone sat down and opened the breadsticks! 71 euro.
Did I mention the Negronis? Oh my!
Perhaps more than 5...and I didn't mention the pastries, or candy, or even my new favorite rippled potato chips! Nor the peaches, apricots, and cherries (as big as a walnut) from the markets. Or the cheese! And what about those Negronis?

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