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  1. I agree -- too many places, too little time (for me, at least) to try them all. Definitely copyright "gummy-bear gnocchi." It's a good one and I will steal it for sure if I ever get another freelance writing piece!
  2. Damn, this place sounded interesting. Too many other places to visit to give this one a shot, it seems! Great writeup. Thanks.
  3. I get you. In fact, I AM adding Montanara to my list for sure. Sounds like the kind of place I like! Thanks.
  4. Kai: I am one of the people who recommend Meloncello, and I'll say this (and not as a direct counter to your experience). I thought the food at Meloncello was great lunchtime trattoria food. That is, it was simple and straightforward and very good. Not Francescana by any means, nor do they try to be. And I know you are not suggesting that to be the case, but people go to these down-home trattorias (hmmm, plural of trattoria? Trattorii?) for quick-hit lunchtime fixes. And what drive?!!!!!! I do get that it is out of the way. I suggest it as a walk, not a drive, on the way to the walk up to San
  5. Sounds fantastic! Hmmm, two words I seem to be writing here more and more often. That is, so many places to eat, so little time in country. Is this near Busseto or Zibello? For some reason the name seems to ring a bell. Thanks.
  6. Every menu sounds fantastic! Perhaps we'll have to give it a go this year. Thanks for the prices. It's more than I was figuring (I have to pay for five of us), but it might be fun for a -- what was it Sampaguita called it? -- for a "blowout." BlowUP? Thanks. I love your writing (and thinking) style, even if we might disagree on food. Might, not do. Ciao.
  7. I'm asking, fortedei, not challenging definitely: (caveat: first, I don't speak fluent Italian, but I'm pretty good on food items) -- seems to me the menu is based in large part on early season greens and vegetables, in addition to all-season meats and sea stuff. No? A few odd things in there (strawberries, at least here in cold Utah, USA), but most of it seems pretty April-ish, especially given the maritime environs nearby. Again, I'm just wondering what you think. As I said earlier, I'm de-volved into liking places that are more down-home rustic, but this menu looked pretty drooly to me! An
  8. Sounds extraordinary. In fact, was it too much? And, are you still alive after all that food! I saw your pictures -- these did not look like "small" plates. Thanks for the writeup. Very nicely done. I'm in Asti in mid-June, and we now usually head to the more down-home places these days. But this sure sounds fantastic for a complete blowout (blow up?) meal. Maybe I will have to reconsider. Grazie.
  9. Hmmmmm, imagine -- one MORE place to try in Piedmont! How many days of the year are there? How many restaurants in Piedmont. Lanterne Blu? Rosengana? Canon d'Oro? ... Ai Binari? Life is good.
  10. A quick reply: -- best gelato in Milan, that I had, at least: a place called Chocolat! We went out of our way to get there two times, as did our friends. Restaurants in Piedmont you're missing, perhaps (we might have different styles. I like smaller trattorias now, although I still do up the ante every so often): -- such as at Antine -- such as at Al Enoteca As for a step down in decor and presentation (and big drop in price) but not food quality -- Osteria dell-Unione, just down the road from Ciau di Tornavento -- Ostu d'Ajun in Castignito, small place, nice stuff -- Crota di Callos in Calos
  11. Best of luck, Chris. Yes, that is the Della Rossa we visited. Do take into consideration that "dress warmly" suggestion! We used scarves, gloces and hats in late November.
  12. Also, because they were recommended above, I will cut and paste info about Modena's Giusti and Acetaia Giorgio. Just my opinions, of course. I would return to both, expecially Giorgio! Do go to Modena for a day trip. Goodgle Acetaia Giorgio and set up an appointment. It will be a highlight of your trip. (Prices have gone up, as I look below. Ah, the world turns ...) ... Tuesday, Nov. 21 (Bologna-Modena-Bologna) Every day in Italy this trip was magical, but some reached mythic status. We took the morning train to Modena to visit a family-owned balsamic acetaia, Acetaia Giorgio, where they’ve be
  13. I strongly second (or third) Trattoria Meloncello for lunch. For dinner, Trattoria Della Rosa. Definitely make reservations at Della Rosa. A quick cut-and-paste from my diary (I bold-faced the places listed above): ... Trattoria Meloncello was right next to the starting gate. We had planned to eat there anyway, but the place was packed. No tables, especially for five. When the owner told me “niente,” or something to that effect, my wife tells me my face sank so low that the woman took motherly pity and said, ah, wait five minutes. It was worth it. The food was all fantastic, but one memorable
  14. I always pitch Oleggio as the most convenient place to stay. It's 10-15 minutes in the morning on a back road with no traffic. And, staying there will get youo access to Il Gatto e Le Volpe, in Oleggio, a SlowFood place first recommended by Tim at Villa Sampaguita. He's a regular here. This is a great place the one time we went. Also, the palce to stay: I've change dmy mind over the years. Now I stay at the Oleggio Ramada. It's kind of new-look upscale. But it's really nice and convenient for airport access. A clean good place to stay on the last night. There are some real dogs in Oleggio. Als
  15. Thanks for the update. More bikes in the photos! Although food and wine are parallel pinnacles of a cycling-Italy trip. Just reserved hotels for June '09 trip. So it's happening. Trento, Bolzano, Bormio. Meet you at the Hotel America June 21, 9 a.m. for ride #1! It's a good one. Cheers And, does anyone know restaurants in Bolzano that have some magic? Our favorite from a trip past changed owners and went downhill (Baussenhausel?). This past June we took some stabs out of the air and were rewarded with nothing memorable.
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