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Restaurant Resources for Italy

Pauline Kenny

Sources of other restaurant information for Italy.

Do You Need a Restaurant Guidebook?

Yes and no. In big cities like Venice, Florence and Rome it is best to use a restaurant guidebook. But in the smaller towns you can find great places by walking around, reading menus, peaking inside, smelling the cooking smells, and asking a local.

Most regular guidebooks have good restaurant recommendations. Still it is always fun to have a food guidebook, to explain regional dishes to you, and a list of recommended restaurants, so you can plan a day trip based on having lunch in a town with a good restaurant, or find a special place for dinner.

Many of the restaurants in the rural areas of Italy are very good. We were pleasantly surprised to find that most of the restaurants we went to in both Florence and Rome were good. When we were in Venice several years ago, we thought the restaurants were not nearly as good as those we found in the Tuscan countryside. They were expensive and you were rushed through your meal. But there are great restaurants in Venice - go with a good restaurant guidebook or list.

Go to our Trip Planning section for a list of food guidebooks.

Restaurant Lists and Guides

Food Guidebooks: Our recommended food guides.

TuscanHouse: Recommended restaurants for Siena province (Tuscany)

TuscanHouse: Recommended restaurants in and near Lucca (Tuscany)

Divina Cucina: Restaurant guide for Chianti

Divina Cucina: Restaurant guide for Florence

Restaurants of Chianti: Restaurant list for Chianti

Food Maven: Restaurant guide for Naples and Rome

Websites

www.slowfood.com: Slow Food movement started in Italy and is now worldwide.

www.slowfoodusa.org: Slow Food USA

www.chowhound.com: Chowhound, for those who live to eat, message boards.

www.guidaespresso.espressonline.it: Restaurant list for Italy in Italian.

www.deliciousitaly.com: Delicious Italy, an online food and travel guide put together by a team of freelance marketing and tourism professionals based in Rome

Recommended Books

Joe Wolff, Cafe Life Florence: A Guidebook to The Cafes & Bars Of The Renaissance Treasure, photos by Roger Paperno, Interlink Books, 2005

Good book with photos and detailed descriptions of the best caffes in Florence, by neighborhood.

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Joe Wolff, Cafe Life in Rome: A Guidebook to the Cafes and Bars of the Eternal City, photos by Roger Paperno, Interlink Books, 2002

Good book with photos and detailed descriptions of the best caffes in Rome, by neighborhood.

Order from Amazon

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