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Our trip to Milan, Parma, Bologna, Modena, Venice and Verona

LiberalFoodie | Sep 20, 201107:35 AM

My husband and I are driving a car from Germany to these cities for 10 days in Italy. Suggestions on trip itineary, must eats. What we are looking for are places that serve great wine, great food, have decent location/atmosphere and reasonable prices. I've noticed from reading so many posts, dinners for two can go up to as high as $200. We are trying to stay on a very limited budget for this trip (there are future travel plans to the country as well) so I would like to get budget friendly restaurants. Lunch= approximately $20- 30/two, Dinner= approximately $50- 75/two

We have breakfasts (coffee and pastries, mostly) covered in most of our hotels but I am looking to hear about lunch cafes that are great and reasonable. Same for Dinner. Of course we'd be willing to splurge on a dinner here and there but not every night.

I am a chef by profession and am currently not working because of my husband's work in Germany. So food, its origins, and its authenticity is very important to me but obviously being unemployed doesn't help when trying to eat like a king.

Our trip:

Saturday- Monday:

Leaving Germany on Saturday and driving to Milan.

Staying in Milan until Monday afternoon

Monday- Thursday:

Driving to hotel in Parma

Spending a day in Bologna

Spending a day in Parma

Spending a day in Modena

(since we will have a car, I would like to get recommenations for restaurants along the route or in between towns or countryside; we don't mind driving for food).

Thursday night (after dinner), driving to Venice

Spending Friday & Saturday in Venice

Saturday night (possibly after dinner) leaving for Verona

Sunday after lunch, heading home to Germany

I've read a lot about the bars in Venice that have the buffets that have good food. What are some good bars with a reputable wine list and decent food? (These are some ways, we don't mind saving).

Please do not suggest to search through the previous posts, I have done that already and compilied a list of 50+ restaurants. Although very helpful and I'll try to narrow it down in the next couple of days, I don't think we'd be able to go through that many restaurants. Any must haves in each or all of these cities?

I want to hear from the localers in Italy their top suggestions with taste and budget in mind.

Thank you so much for all suggestions.

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