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HELP WITH WRITTEN ITALIAN----and restaurants in Puglia...

HELP WITH WRITTEN ITALIAN----and restaurants in Puglia...

Old Apr 17th, 2011, 04:23 AM
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franco - you are of course completely correct and i am grateful for your correction of my many mistakes as i am sure is ek. she does as you point out run the risk that they will think that she is italian - also, would the owners of a restaurant really think that I was trying to make a date with them? or just that i spoke crap italian?

i am sorry ek that I didn't know about keeping the 0 at the beginning of the no - we always drop it if phoning the UK from abroad.

let's hope that franco's message does the trick!
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 06:05 AM
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Ann, I don't suppose they'd really think you're trying to make a date, that's why I put that emoticon... and most probably, they'd understand. On the other hand, I'm regularly astonished which relatively small linguistic mistakes lead to total incomprehension on behalf of many Italians - I guess that's because Italians are not that good in foreign languages (to put it REALLY mildly), so they often seem to lack the most basic intuition as to which mistakes a foreigner could probably make.
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 06:16 AM
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Sorry, I notice that I should have read more thoroughly - of course you gave the number of diners, ek. So make that "saremo in due", obviously. Or perhaps "saremo in due soltanto", as a hint that it's usually not that difficult to seat just two additional diners.

[Or, I repeat, tell me more about that restaurant (and the hotel) and why you want to dine there, and I'll talk them into accomodating you.]
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 08:31 AM
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Franco you are a gem. I am so glad that you "checked in here" and saw this thread. Between the two of you I have all my work done for me.

This is the restaurant; it is listed in the SlowFood guide and sounds like my kind of place. It is also near our agriturismo. as you know I am very eager to same the best renditions of the local foods that I can. We only have one week, and therefore 7 dinners (rarely eat lunch these days) so I have to choose very carefully. I am staying at agriturismo Lama di Luna; perhaps they will remember that the owner called on my behalf a few days ago...

I would call them myself but I am so afraid that I will not be able to "make my case" for a table with my fractured Spanish/pseudo Italian speech!


http://www.osterialatradizione.net/Contatti.htm



http://www.osterialatradizione.net/
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 11:19 AM
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looks very nice ek,

do you have a alternative in case franco's message doesn't work?

BTW, the phone no is also a fax if you have access to one.
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 11:26 AM
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Ann, thanks. I have no alternative restaurant, as it is very difficult to find a place open on that date.

I am hoping that Franco will do me the tremendous favor of phoning them for me....of course then I will have to persuade him to pay us a visit so I can thank him with a great meal!
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Old Apr 17th, 2011, 11:39 AM
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ek - could your hotel recommend an alternative? [possibly teaching my granny to suck eggs here again!]
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 02:08 AM
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Ann: I don't think so. My hotel initially told me that there were "no restaurants open on Sunday May 1." I did not believe that so I did my own research and came up with this restaurant which gets good reports on Italian sites (or so I imagine from my fractured piecing together of those reviews) and it is listed in the SlowFood guide.

Look:

http://www.tripadvisor.it/Restaurant...ge_Puglia.html


I hope Franco will see this thread again..
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 02:57 AM
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ek, I finally managed to talk to them (yesterday, they never answered the phone). Tuesday next week, I have to call again and they'll tell me. Fingers crossed!
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 03:09 AM
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And as far as alternatives, did you think about this place? http://www.upepidde.it
Closed Mondays, so will certainly be open on May 1st. One of Italy's 12 best trattorie according to Gambero Rosso. True, it's not just around the corner from Lama di Luna, but with a car, it's possible without too much hassle.
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 03:55 AM
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Sorry to jump in here, ek, but while franco is still around, does anyone know of a good restaurant for Sunday lunch in Bassano del Grappa?
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 03:58 AM
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Franco you are a gem!! I will keep my fingers crossed for next Tuesday! Thank you so much for phoning them.

Thank you for the tip on Upepidde. I had heard about that restaurant but did not consider it because of the location. I just looked on the map and see that it is only a 40 minute drive from our hotel. But since this will be the dinner of the day we arrive from the US, I did not want to drive even that far after dinner. Of course it is not me that does the driving, but I did not think it was fair to inflict that on the designated driver, who does not like driving at night, anywhere. Maybe I should reconsider? It looks like a fabulous restaurant!
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 04:14 AM
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Sorry, tarquin, I don't know Bassano well enough to recommend anything. If you have a car, though, you might have lunch in Asolo (just 15 kilometers away), where this place is worth considering: www.locandabaggio.it. I haven't been yet, but it's on my list, and I have already sent a close friend, who was quite satisfied.
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 05:12 AM
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Thanks, franco. We will be on a "Palladian" bus tour run by the provincia di Vicenza, so no flexibility on Sunday. But we may get to Asolo on our own another day.
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 09:36 AM
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hi again, ek,

I looked at the link on TA, and it certainly gets good reviews. but in the event that they can't squeeze you in, if you look at the map on the right of the review page, and click and extend it, it shows a number of other restaurants nearby.

they may not be as good of course, but they may be better than nothing.

also the michelin site has pretty reliable restaurant listings.

good luck!
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 10:56 AM
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Ann: I saw those TA listings, but their calculation is terrible--for example, the first 2 places they list are actually located in Bisceglie, which is much more than their stated few km from Minervino! And some of the others are also much further than the TA info would lead you to believe. (Good to know when you are planning a trip--do not depend on their figures, or their maps, without double checking!)

Thanks so much for your help on this..


I am hoping for the best with Franco's phone call after the weekend....

I really should think about taking Italian lessons...
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Old Apr 18th, 2011, 12:50 PM
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Just relax, ek. If they're not totally weird, they will be able to accomodate you. And if they should be (totally weird, that is), you wouldn't miss much if you didn't dine there.
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Old Apr 19th, 2011, 10:57 AM
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Thanks, Franco!

I contacted Upepidde via e-mail: they are open only for lunch on that date....so will await your news, and will relax!! Thank you again!
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Old Apr 19th, 2011, 03:11 PM
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By the way, I might even have another option for you: www.masseriabarbera.it, an agriturismo just a few minutes from Minervino Murge. Their website is very Italian (completely useless, that is), but it shows pictures of tables that seem to indicate that they're having a restaurant. The owner's father and brother are producing a Slow Food awarded olive oil, and when they organize a tasting, they're using the Masseria for it, that's why I know about that place. Should "your" trattoria refuse to accept you, I'll ask the Barberas whether they are willing to feed you
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Old Apr 20th, 2011, 02:42 AM
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Franco, thank you for ferreting out this possibility. Apparently, Minervino is quite a food mecca; Masseria Barbara is listed in the Lonely Planet guide as "one of the most wonderful farm restaurants in Puglia." They have "gorgeous gardens" and a shop that sells the produce of their farm. So that sounds like a great one to keep in mind if Tradizione lets us down!

Your own future trip should be easy to plan, as you have already done much of the work, on my part!
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