Favorite local restaurants in Italy

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  1. Bonnie
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    We will be returning to Italy (Firenze, Amalfi coast and Roma) after way too many years away. Would love to hear your restaurant suggestions.....that little special place with incredible food, delightful service and prices that don't cause Euro Shock! Thanks!
     
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    Firenze: 100 Posti was a favorite, fresh pasta cooked to order (the tagliatelle was amazing).
    Roma: The restaurant in front of the Pantheon has a covered seating area, great food (also fresh pasta), and great service (can't remember the name of it).
     
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    In Florence we liked that Golden View Bar and Restaurant and the Fusion Bar and Restaurant. Gorgeous fresh pizza, pasta, wines and oh yes, especially with the Golden View, as the name suggests views towards the River Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. For some high design / stylish food, try the Gucci Museo Cafe, outstanding setting with views towards the famous Neptune fountain, a glass of rose, freshly made salads. Enjoy.
     
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    Florence: La Cucina del Garga - I don't like the fact that this place made onto TA's list...but it was great before 2012. Delicious steak, pasta just right, best tiramisu, tender grilled octopus.

    Roma: Gelateria Fatamorgana - so far, this is THE best gelato I've had. But I only get the nocciola/hazelnut flavor.
     
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    Thanks so much, everyone! This is developing into a great list for me! So many restaurants....too few days!
     
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    Olive Garden :p

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    When are you going? We'll be in Amalfi in December, if you're going after that we're sure to have suggestions.
     
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    Great, flynhwn....we're going late March/early April. Will look forward to hearing your suggestions. Have a terrific trip!!
     
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    oh man, just miss you, we'll be in Naples/Amalfi coast the last 5 days of Nov.

    Will make sure to post.
     
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    There are three more recommendations for the Firenze area.

    1. From the remarkable MP Guide Gargoyle "Do not eat at a restaurant that has a "menu turistico" in 4 languages in the window. If you already know this from prior visits then I have only two recommendations.

    2. If you are a confirmed carnivore try the oldest restaurant in Firenze. It is called Trattoria Sostanza. Simple decor, excellent food. You need a reservation. Sra. tondoleo is still on a serotonin high from the gigantic Florentine Steak from this place 4 months later.

    3. If you have the time and want a stupendous meal consider going to Figline Valdarne. It is a 35 minute drive from Firenze. Go to Chef Claudio's ristorante Torre Guelfa. You dine al fresco and the food does not stop until you are ready to blow up. This was the restaurant I enjoyed the most.

    Have a great trip.
     
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    Oh, tondoleo.....Bistecca alla Fiorentino! Be still my heart!. Trattoria Sostanza it is! I'm going to have to delay my return flight home (or just cancel it!:p)... Awesome list! Thanks, everyone!!
     
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    And I can't forget to make time for delff128's favorite :rolleyes:
     
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    They have fresh pasta with a side of sarcasm :)

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    Florence: Mamma Gina (near Ponte Vecchio). Old school service, good italian food, and excellent and fairly priced wine card. http://www.mammagina.it
     
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    Hello, I have a general (maybe stupid) suggestion... ask at hotel reception. :D
    They are people who live in that town, so certainly know a good restaurant and are updated.
    Many restaurants often change management (or worse cook), so a few years does not mean they are still good. I always do so, and almost always I have had excellent results. Do not trust if you recommend the hotel restaurant :cool:
     
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    agree to an extent as many hotels will simply send tourists to "tourist" restaurants (maybe even a restaurant that the hotel or concierge receives a payback from).

    So if I haven't done any research myself, I agree I'll ask at a hotel but clarify that I do NOT want to be sent to the equivalent of Applebee's in Italy. (which isn't always an easy conversation to have if one doesn't speak the language)
     
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    In Florence, I'd suggest the Trattoria Bordino (near Ponte Vecchio) - really good homestyle Tuscan food and a daily menu for only 8 euros. The food isn't haute cuisine, but it's soulful and the owners are nice. It's a bit hard to find, but it's worth it!
     
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    I would recommend the 'Hostaria il Desco' in Florence Italy! Had some good steak there!
     
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    15 minutes north of Salerno & the eastern part of the Amalfi Coast is the town of Cava de' Terrini which is just off the autostrada A3.

    Mrs Willie & I had one of our best meals in Italy at a restaurant called Casa Rispoli located in Piazza San Francesco in the town of Cava de' Terrini. While they don't have English menus, the waiter Enzo took his time in translating/explaining the entire menu to us. We dined on fresh grilled octopus (tender!) over whipped potato with squeezes of fresh Amalfi coast lemons, scallops w/truffles (done perfect!), a pasta course w/seafood, then finished with suckling pork cooked sous-vide. Terrific, reasonable priced wines by the glass.
     
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    Casa Rispoli sounds sensational! Keep going....and keep posting, Sweet Willie. I'm lovin it!
     
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    If you are in the Bergamo area:

    Hosteria del Vapore
    Via Manzoni 2
    Carobbio degli Angeli

    Cheers,

    GenevaFlyer
     
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    Just got back from the Almalfi Coast and have found some gem restaurants. San Andreas restaurant next to the church is very good.

    When in Almalfi take a short walk down the coast to Altrani, about 10 minutes. After you go thru the tunnel walk down the stairs. Facing the ocean if you go to the right you'll find a great restaurant. If you want to try something different try the octopus salad. It is the softest and most flavorful that I have even had. (I personally like octopus). If you walk to the left you'll see a Pizza restuarant that is excellent! If you pass that place and walk into the piazza look to your right and in the left corner there's still another spectacular place (not Mistral but to the left of it). Sorry I didn't get the names. The octopus soup is not really soup and my wife who doesn't like octopus ate a good portion of my meal. It was great!!!

    Altrani is not a tourist town even if it is next to Almalfi. There are no crowds and the people are even friendlier. If you haven't made reservations for a place to stay you might want to try Eva Rooms. The rooms are large and clean with spectacular views of the coast. It is perhaps the best views of any there. Pio the owner is very friendly and helpful.
     
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