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The Eating of Italy

How we found the food in Italy

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In short the food has been varied. Where possible we've tried to eat a local places and have Italian food.

We've found Rome the best of the cities and have scored our marks taking in to account options, ambiance and variety as follows:

Rome: 8/10
Florence: 5/10
Venice: 3/10
Rodello: 9/10 (I'd actually give it 10/10, but never been comfortable doing that).

I think the scores may reflect us not searching more further afield rather than the locations.

I'd not like to be too harsh, though a few people have said Venice is like that. Very commercial. Even Italians we spoke to, find it hard locating a good restaurant in Venice that is not biased to a "tourist palate or approach". A lot of the Venetian restaurants had USA type posters and signage for the menus. Even the lunch we had, had what felt like American salad and chips. It did seem harder to spot more local places in Venice.

Rome we've discussed before, I think the key there was our accommodation was close to the local Piazza, and with 3 close Pizzeria's. Zarro's, which we used for breakfast and one dinner looked out over the Piazza, with it's fountain and people congregating. Additionally, the food was simple, really nice and with quantities that were satisfying, rather than too much (perhaps many places in NZ could learn a bit on this, I know I have).

Now for Rodello, not counting the food Davide made for our Dinner on Tuesday night (it was excellent) we wend out to dinner at La Coccinella, in Serravalle Langhe, Italy. It was great. I think we were there about 4 hours (or more), with great food, excellent atmosphere, really great hosts and a good night. It's well known in the area for a great meal, that isn't over the top with cost. In addition, I started my "Italian wine course" from Davide as well, so had some good Italian Reds (that was continued the next night, with some really nice ones).

Posted by Gripnostril 12:27 Archived in Italy Tagged food italy

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