Archived entries for Italian
In Italy, a good bit of advice when it comes to eating out is to avoid the large touristy piazzas, occasionally though this rule doesn’t isn’t applicable and in this particular instance it couldn’t be further from the truth. Trattoria da Leo is a small family run operation just off one of the main piazzas. Serving traditional Lucchesi classics, plus a few Italian favourites, it is a great place to mix with the locals and sample some amazing traditional fare.
In England we generally associate ‘bring your own’ with restaurants that don’t have an alcohol licence. In Osteria del Sole, a family run restaurant that has been open since the 1940′s, it’s the other way round. Here you supply the food and they supply the drink, all of which are alcoholic I might add.
It seems like this cosy little osteria is one of the most universally loved places I have ever read about, sadly I don’t think I can agree. It’s certainly cheap and cheerful, and in its defence the staff and atmosphere are great too, but if your’re looking for good Bolognese food, I would recommend paying a little bit extra and going somewhere else.
A few year’s ago this place was a closely guarded local secret, hidden away in the corner of a secluded courtyard, only a select few people were lucky enough to know about it, but all that has changed thanks to an American food writer called Anthony Bourdain. Since he featured the restaurant on his TV show, No Reservations, the place has become a tourist Mecca and they all go for the one thing, the best bowl of Cacio e Pepe in Rome.
As I recently discovered on a trip to Bologna, if you’re looking for something to eat after 10pm you’ll have a very hard time finding anywhere that will serve you. Luckily after a lot of searching I stumbled across To Steki, a Greek style taverna that stays open until the early hours. What was more surprising though was the standard and the price of the food that was being served. I realise that eating Greek food when you are in the home of Italian cuisine is somewhat sacrilegious, but the meal actually turned out to be one of the best of the entire trip.
There are two Roscioli’s in Rome, one is an upmarket restaurant selling some of the best, most innovative food in the city, while the other is a slightly more modest forno (bakery), which sells breads, pizzas, pastries and at lunchtime some amazing sandwiches, Roman pasta dishes and typical salads of the region.
Italian Enoteche, known in English as wine bars, are some of Rome’s most lively places to spend an evening, and out of all the ones I’ve visited, this is the best. Located just around the corner from Piazza Navona, Cul de Sac boasts a wine list in the region of 1500 different wines. The vast selection which covers the walls and fills the cellar is truly phenomenal, and the accompanying food menu is very impressive too.