We are headed off to Italy next week on a standard, somewhat budget, itinerary of 3 nights in Venice, 3 nights in Florence and 4 nights in Rome.
To say the least I am overwhelmed at the choice of restaurants. And I HAVE gotten up the courage (quite a step for me) to call a couple of restaurants where we are going to be early in our trip to make reservations.
We are staying across the canal from the Piazzale Roma in Venice, directly between the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio in Florence and some what SE of the Termini in Rome.
For an idea of what we have in mind, I have made reservations for next Wednesday night at Anice Stellato in Venice and Sostanza next Friday night in Florence. We are planning on going to Casalinga Saturday night in Florence.
One point I would like to make to other fearful novices like me, is that if you want a reservation, go ahead and make a call and get one. International calls are not that expensive and the restaurants are more than happy to accomodate you. I started each conversation in my stunted and practiced /planned Italian, the effort of which I think was appreciated, and then proceeded in English at both restaurants. I am exceedingly pleased (and relieved) to have the reservations before we leave.
This all probably goes without saying to veteran globe trotting chow hounds, but it was a big step for me and I just might not be alone.
Where else might we try in Venice and do we need reservations? We are going to try to have a lunch on Burano. Where should we go?
Where might we go on Sunday night in Florence?
Also, where should we go in Rome? I want to try restaurants in Testaccio and Trastevere, at least in Testaccio. Our last night is a Thursday and I would like it to be somewhat of a splurge, suggestions please. What reservations need to be made in Rome?
Thanks so much for your help
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