I Dolci Di Nonna Vicenza

I Dolci Di Nonna Vicenza Via dell’Arco del Monte 98/A/B 00186 Roma RM Italy TripAdvisor I’d never given much thought about cannolis until visiting Boston.  The cannolis I had at Modern Pastry and Mike’s Pastry totally changed my opinion of this humble Italian sweet.  An awesome cannoli is worth an extra trek to find how…

Il Mercato Centrale Roma

Il Mercato Centrale Roma Roma Termini Via Giovanni Giolitti 36 00185 Roma RM Italy TripAdvisor “Food court” used to by synonymous with mediocre fast food in a designated area of a shopping mall.  In the last 20 years, the prototypical shopping mall has not been able to maintain the same foothold in the consumer culture…

Life Ristorante

Life Ristorante Via della Vite 28 00187 Roma RM Italy TripAdvisor Rome attracts many tourists for its many famous remnants and relics of ancient Roman culture and civilization.  You go to Rome to see the Vatican, Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the list goes on and on.  At times, we felt like we were just looking…

Maccheroni Express

Maccheroni Express Via Cavour 245 00184 Roma RM Italy TripAdvisor If you’re big on meat, seafood, and wine, Spain is the place for you.  If you love vegetables and carbs other than bread, the cuisine might not be as appealing.  I enjoyed the food in Spain, but tired of it quickly.  The protein onslaught was…

Eataly

Eataly 200 5th Ave New York, NY 10010 Yelp Eataly is everything Italian food.  It’s part restaurant, food court, food hall, market, and specialty store rolled into one giant sprawling behemoth.  NYC is blessed to have not one, but two, locations throughout the city.  I could have easily spent hours here just looking around and…

Cotogna

Cotogna 490 Pacific Ave San Francisco, CA 94133 Yelp Out of the handful of very high end ($200+) dinners I’ve eaten in SF, I’d rank Quince near the top.  I was excited to hear the chef/owners of Quince recently opened up Cotogna, as a more casual sister restaurant next door.  Italian, pizzas, and pastas is…

Delfina

Delfina 3621 18th St. San Francisco, CA 94110 Yelp I think Triple F mentioned Delfina to me a long time ago, so it’s not really the new kid on the block per se.  The place is known for their simple Italian fare, namely pastas and pizzas.  Sometimes, great restaurants can lose their luster just by…

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar 300 N. Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92701 Yelp I almost make it a point NOT to go to a restaurant’s soft opening.  I don’t want or need to be anyone’s guinea pig, especially if its on my dime.  Free food for my invaluable feedback? Now we’re talking!  I can’t say I…

North Italia

North Italia 2957 Michelson Drive Irvine, CA  92612 Yelp I don’t frequently blog about restaurant chains.  Sure some restaurants are popular and have a few locations driven by an entrepreneurial and business savvy chef/owner.  But the food at these restaurants never has that taste of “mass production” a la Cheesecake Factory and the like.  North…

Coltivare

Coltivare 3320 White Oak Dr. Houston, TX 77077 coltivarehouston.com Yelp I was looking for some good Italian food in Houston, but The Annoyer said it doesn’t really exist.  Coltivare is new on the dining scene so it was new for him too.  Coltivare reminded me of a Portland restaurant.  It’s small.  It had an old,…

SPQR

SPQR 1911 Fillmore St San Francisco, CA 94115 spqrsf.com Yelp After 9 years of bustling urban living, Triple F is finally leaving the city of San Francisco for a cushier life in the ‘burbs.  I felt I should squeeze in one last visit before I lose my free city housing for good.  Well, that and…

Ava Gene

Ava Gene was one of the few restaurants that impressed Perpetually Underwhelmed during her time in Portland.  Obviously, that is saying something given her name.  Zhu Zhu Hamster sang the restaurant’s praises.  It was the first restaurant I wanted to try during my summer visit to my old city.  The weather left much to be…