I've been a lurker rather than a poster, but having found these boards so useful in trip planning (thanks esp. _emilie_ and erica) thought I'd write up the food experiences from our most recent holiday whilst they are still very fresh in my mind. I wrote most of these on the journey back - hope I haven't gone into too much detail...
Is it useful to introduce myself? I'm Joëlle, late 20s Londoner, travelling with my husband Adam. We both love food, and generally see it as one of the highlights of a holiday being able to try new things. I try to seek out 'authentic' local places, try local specialities and things I've not tried before, and also not to spend too much. So you'll usually find me happier munching on street food or drinking local ale in a old man pub than in some starchy restaurant where you fight for a reservation - though they are nice as a treat sometimes.
On this holiday I'm also pregnant, which didn't cause much issue with food in Italy at all really apart from prosciutto type things (tho I believe us Brits are slightly less strict than Americans on some things, like we just avoid mould ripened cheese rather than anything unpasteurised thank goodness - I love fresh mozzarella!), though it means I can't really comment on the booze.
Anyway, onward we go to Napoli, full of excitement for three days in this noisy, crazy, vibrant, food loving city... Watch out for the scooters, and I hope you can hear me over the car horns and the shouting.