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Rome, Florence, Venice and the Veneto: tedgale Trip Report

Rome, Florence, Venice and the Veneto: tedgale Trip Report

Oct 4th, 2010, 05:24 AM
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A fascinating read, Ted. I need to thank you for recommending Osteria del Pegno, perhaps the highlight of some very good dining experiences I had in Italy on a two-week trip I took last month. From now on I think I will go back there every time I return to Rome. Great food, and such nice service. Wonderful.
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Oct 4th, 2010, 09:48 AM
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I just came across your thoughtful, insightful and very helpful trip report.
Rome is my passion, and I will be there in 2 weeks (for 2 weeks). Two of your restaurants are now on my list, so thanks for that too.
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Oct 12th, 2010, 06:16 AM
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Thanks. I'll be in Rome myself on October 30, after a week in Montepulciano and 5 nights in Puglia.
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Oct 13th, 2010, 04:54 PM
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So 2 nights to dine in Rome. Where will it be?
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Oct 13th, 2010, 06:26 PM
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Yes, thanks for the insight into the Italian personna - I came back from a trip to France tellling people that the French were not as rude as they are reputed to be, but then after a week in No. Italy I realized that the Italians are really just that much nicer! Not sure I would concur that Venetian cuisine is mediocre, but perhaps that suggests you've had especially good experiences elsewhere, so if you want to call my necktar poison, . . . .

And not all areas of the US are the same - here in Tennessee our politicians can say the USA is a Christian nation, if they want to. and after a few more hits of 'shine, it becomes more Christianer, gol-durnit!
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Oct 13th, 2010, 08:05 PM
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I'm sure Venetian cuisine is not mediocre but Venice restaurants ....may not meet a consistent standard.

I've generally eaten better in other regions and for far less money than in Venice.

110E for a light-ish LUNCH for 2, at Corte Sconta??

(My brother & his wife were keen to go. But they're New Yorkers, so price means nothing to them)

iluvitaly: Depends on where you're staying. Are you somewhere central? My ideal is to walk only 5-10 minutes to a restaurant (though of course, that cannot be an invariable rule)
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Oct 14th, 2010, 08:33 AM
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We rent an apartment on Via Farnesi, steps from Piazza Farnese.

Some of our "local" restaurants are Ditirambo, GrappoloD'Oro, Ai Balestrari, Ar Galletto, Sergios, Filettaro d Baccala. (don't really like Der Pallaro)
A little farther, Enoteca Corsi, Armando al Pantheon, Settimios al Pantheon.

So, with only 2 nights, what are your choices?
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Oct 14th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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You're way ahead of me!!!
From that list, I've eaten only at Ditirambo and at the quite disappointing Der Pallaro!
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Oct 15th, 2010, 07:07 AM
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Looking for recommendation for Rome apartment with either balcony or terrace-nothing above the 3rd floor without a lift -hey, we are old people that tire easily -reasonable pricing-for two people-about a week.
For Venice accomodations we would highly, highly recommend B&B Sandra-
http://www.bbalessandra.com/
We stayed there several years ago and we loved it! Clean, clean, clean, great breakfast, afternoon little surprise treats and hosts that go above and beyond!
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Oct 15th, 2010, 02:34 PM
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LuvToRoam, tedgale's apartment in this trip report has a terrace, lift and looks pretty nice.

Tedgale, you mention the ease of taking a bus on Appia Antica. We hope to get to the Fosse Ardeatine and San Callisto catacombs in one shot, so I hope it really is easy!

Looks like you're not parting with your restaurants of choice for your 2 nights~ not to worry...I promise not to stalk.
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Oct 15th, 2010, 06:56 PM
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Point on consistency noted. Also, after several days in Venice pre-cruise, we found the best Gelato . . .
. . . on Mykonos!!!! Seriously! Just to the left of the Delos cruise ticket office on Mykonos is a little gelato stand and on the day we were there, they had awesome gelato. One can reasonably speculate that I was a victim of the above mentioned Venetian inconsistency.
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Oct 15th, 2010, 07:26 PM
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Tedgale: Glad this report is still "alive" It is so good in all respects. You're one of the greats!
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Oct 16th, 2010, 10:38 AM
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Thanks Taconic.
RE our 2 dinners in Rome: We'll probably head back one night to the tried-and-true Osteria del Pegno or to one of the other small restaurants in that Navona 'hood. If I were around the Palazzo Farnese, I'd probably go to the Ghetto (Da Giggetto??) or perhaps -- to splash out -- Pierluigi, where I've never yet eaten....
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Oct 18th, 2010, 10:04 AM
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Heading to the airport in a few minutes. Pegno is on our list~
In the ghetto we have tried Da Giggetto and Taverna del Ghetto. Maybe give Piperno a try this time.
Have a great trip!
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