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Restaurant advice: Rome and Emilia Romagna

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We leave tomorrow for 15 days in Italy. I'd welcome Fodorites' views on the short-list of restaurants we've assembled for this trip.

My spouse assembled this list, so I cannot tell you whether there is deliberate or inadvertent overlap or whether there is any particular focus or theme.

I can simply say that our taste runs to simple, authentic, unfussy food expertly served in an unfussy atmosphere.

We're planning to book each place a couple of days ahead - we don't want to be locked into a fixed schedule of lunch and/or dinner commitments.

For our 6 nights in Rome and our 3 nights in Bologna, we will have a fully equipped apartment, so we'll likely "dine in" a few times over this period. The list that follows will likely see a few casualties, therefore.

I'm not looking for any new additions but if any of these is particularly fine - or the opposite - please let me know. Here is the short list:

We're going to dinner at a friend's apartment on Saturday and on Sunday are making a sentimental pilgrimage to the Osteria del Pegno, in the Vicolo Montevecchio near P.za Navona. After that, we want to visit some or all of:

Taverna dei Fori Imperiali
Cesare al Casaletto
Trattoria di Monteverde (recommended by Low Country Islander, who knows her stuff)
Trattoria Monti

For our three nights in Bologna, we have identified:

Dal Biassanot
Trattoria Trebbi
Trattoria da Giampi e Ciccio

Then we move to the Hotel Il Castello, outside Modena. Our first night is a Monday, when many restaurants are closed. They have recommended the Antica Grama. I was a bit put off by the fact they serve "young foal" (and kangaroo!) but the restaurant seems to be well regarded by local reviewers.

The next day, we are having lunch in Modena at Hosteria Giusti.

Then we move for two nights to La Buca di Zibello, between Cremona and Parma -- we'll have breakfast and dinner there daily.

Finally, we drive to Milan, to see Roberto, my oldest friend. We'll put ourselves into his hands for our final night (Good Friday) before we fly out to Amsterdam (dinner at Blauw aan de Wal or maybe Kularb Manee, a Thai place in Jordaan?)

Any comments, to help us refine on our choices?

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