Over two family vacations, the verdict is out. I absolutely love Italy and all it has to offer: food, culture, and overall happiness. Here are some of my favorites from my time in Italy! To read about my Italian adventure from June-July 2017, CLICK HERE.
Casa Emma (Tuscany)
The view alone should be enough to sell you on Casa Emma, a gorgeous winery tucked away in the hills of Tuscany. The wine was exquisite and paired wonderfully with their 100% authentic homemade Italian lunch. Their freshly made pasta with a bolognese sauce is arguably one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. If you’re going to Tuscany, stop at Casa Emma. You won’t regret it.
One of the many reasons I love Piz so much is its simplicity. There are literally three things on the menu: pizza margherita, pizza bianca (white sauce), and pizza marinara (no cheese). All. Absolutely. Perfect. Another reason it’s so great is its charm. Upon arrival, diners are given a glass of prosecco and a small calzone. You will have no trouble finding this place, as signs with arrows from the center of Milan lead the way. Just trust me on this one!
Trattoria da Romano (Burano)
Nestled among the colorful homes and shops on the island of Burano in Venice is Trattoria da Romano. This restaurant was recommended by our cruise director, and we were not disappointed! They’re famous for their risottos, which they prepare table-side. I had a lot of risottos on this trip, and this was absolutely amazing! Don’t be too put off if you have to wait long to be served…it’s worth it!
San Lorenzo Market (Florence)
San Lorenzo Market is an open market that sells pretty much anything you can think of. Best part? Most of it is actually good quality! Find whatever you’re looking for in this crazy hub. I found a ring at a nearby shop that I wear to this day!
La Cucina Riccono (Taormina)
Throughout the winding streets of Taormina lies La Cucina Riccobono, home to one of the most authentic Italian meals I’ve ever had! Their a la carte options allow you to pick and choose exactly what you’d like to eat, and each bite is more delicious than the last! We stumbled randomly across this restaurant while looking for a different one, and I’m so glad we did.
Ristorante al Corner (Venice)
Ristorante al Corner was a wonderful surprise, and had delicious, authentic Venetian dishes. The food was all extremely fresh (try their caprese–the tomatoes and mozzarella were PERFECT) and we all savored every bite. My main course, lobster with tagliolini (thin pasta ribbons), and the tiramisu are also must-haves! Make sure to make a reservation on “The Fork” to save 20%!
Valentino Legend (Milan)
Definitely one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten, Valentino Legend provides its diners with a warm and home-style atmosphere amidst the bustling streets of Milan. Must-haves include their special scallops, Osso Buco with Milanese Risotto, and a classic cannoli! And be sure to say hello to the restaurant’s manager, Andrea!
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-Girl Traveling the World 🙂