Hostaria Osottoosopra: Fantastic Neighborhood Restaurant in Venice

Hostaria Osottoosopra is that great little restaurant every tourist prays they will find in Venice.  A wonderful neighborhood eatery off the beaten path, this is the restaurant you hope you wander into as you stroll through the maze of Venice. Location:  Calle S. Pantalon, 5754  , Italy. This neighborhood restaurant is next to the Chiesa di San Pantalon, not…

Ristorante Riviera: The Artistry of Venetian Cuisine

“It’s too pretty to eat,” I remarked to Silvia, the cute blond waitress who had brought it to me. Jokingly, she took it away, briefly, before she brought it back. It was a work of art. It really was (almost) too pretty to eat. However, I bravely jumped in, scooping up the delicious mascarpone cream…

Da Baffetto in Rome: Best Pizza on the Planet?

If I was given the choice of being served any pizza in the world, I would immediately order the namesake Da Baffetto from the small cozy restaurant in Rome just blocks from . With only ten indoor tables and a few more outside, this place fills up fast. If you want to be one of the…

Le Logge del Vignola: Culinary Excellence in Montepulciano

Massimo, the owner of lovely Le Logge del Vignola in Montepulciano, shared some of the secrets with us for preparing traditional . Most importantly, Massimo and Federico, the head chef, insist that you start with fresh, seasonal ingredients from the local area. And most importantly, they insist quality and excellence in every aspect of the experience…

Ristorante Miky in Monterosso: Fresh Goodness from the Sea in Cinque Terre

We were excited about visiting Ristorante Miky in lovely Monterosso, the northernmost of the 5 villages making up Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera. Rick Steves is quoted as saying that Ristorante Miky is, “Quite possibly the best cuisine in Monterosso.” Although I obviously have not been to all of the restaurants in Monterosso, I…

Florence’s Foody Farm: A Tasty Blend of Trendy and Traditional

With the memorable name of Foody Farm, this very popular restaurant about 10-15 minutes southeast of the Duomo is a great addition to the Florence food scene. The simple but effective guiding concept of Foody Farm is “The right food from the right places.” The staff is constantly researching for the best local suppliers for…

I Pizzicaroli: Cacio Fiore, Umbria’s Gift to Rome

You could easily pass by I Pizzicaroli without giving it a second look. But that would be a mistake. As you stroll through the streets of Piazza Navona, this small cafe tucked away in the center of Rome is waiting for you. With its small but satisfying menu of delectable cuisine from Umbria and Abruzzo,…

Dramatic Views at Ristorante Da Gemma, Capri, Italy

A paradise of water and a rugged shoreline await those who dare to maneuver through cobblestone alleys to find Ristorante Da Gemma.  Located on the island of , Da Gemma claims one of the most dramatic and picturesque coastlines, creating an enjoyable seaside dining experience, exceeding expectations since 1872. Location:   Via Fra Gerardo Sasso, 11,…