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  • Turtleback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Slow Food Editore (April 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8884991145
  • ISBN-13: 978-8884991140
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.8 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Since 1989, the publications of Slow Food Editore have sought to describe the philosophy of the Slow Food movement: from the extolment of pleasure to the development of taste to the protection of biodiversity. The company's books and periodicals aim to raise the profile of quality food and wine production, to safeguard endangered artisan specialties, vegetable species and animal breeds, to inform and educate consumers and to promote clean, sustainable agriculture and a new idea of gastronomy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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We brought this book prior to an '07 three week trip to Northern Italy.
JFC
This book contains local restaurants that a friend or relative who lived locally would take you.
P. NG
We also ate in three restaurants recommended and they were also excellent.
paula and gary

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By K. Kramlich-Taylor on July 10, 2007
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Having just returned from 3 weeks in Italy, I cannot say enough about
how great this book was in directing us to terrific food where we ate with
Italians, not other tourists. It does take time to locate the restaurants, and they aren't always centrally located, but it is well worth the effort.
Once our group would arrive at a restaurant, trattoria or osteria, the
inevitable question was, "is it in the book?" Everyone began to rely
on the book & look forward to the meals it sent us to. We did not use
the book for hotels, but perhaps next time! Our past trips to Italy could
have benefited from this book, but our future ones certainly will!
Highest recommendation.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Martins Ritins on August 8, 2007
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This is much better to travel with than any other guide book where eating is concerned. Real Chefs, real food, traditional food, seasonal food and organic healthy food. Not meant for the coach loads but people who are concerned what they eat. I have tried six of the places in Umbria and haven't once been disappointed. The large travel books I now leave behind.
Martins Ritins - also a chef so I should know!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P. NG on September 28, 2007
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This book was our Bible during our 2-week trip in Northern Italy. When packing our day bag, we often had to decide between this book and Frommer's. We often chose this book over Frommer's, because our meals were that important to us. This book contains local restaurants that a friend or relative who lived locally would take you. They're often restaurants tucked away in small streets and away from the main tourist sites. If you don't want to go where all the tourists go, get this book. The restaurants aren't fancy but really good local food prepared with fresh ingredients. Meals for 2 people averaged at 50 euros (2 pastas, 2 main dishes, some sides, and some wine).

We ate at 8 places recommended by this book. 6 were absolutely stellar, 1 was OK, and the last was dismal. Here's how to tell the terrible restaurants from the great restaurants (with or without this book). The good restaurants do not cater to tourists because their customers are real Italian diners who return for repeat business. They write their menus daily, and in Italian only (because they don't expect many foreign customers). The one restaurant from this book that was terrible had 100% of tourists seated, a menu that was like a printed book because it had the menu in 5 different languages with 5 pages of items, and a "tourist" menu. Run, don't walk, if you see these things at any restaurant.

If you're a real foodie, I think Michelin would be a good complement to this book. While the restaurants in this book were good, they are mostly osterias and trattorias (the title of this book), which tends towards casual dining. There are no fancy restaurants in this book. Sometimes we wanted something more upscale, and did seek some Michelin-rated restaurants, but this book is definitely a must for anyone who wants to eat well in Italy from day-to-day.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Sherer on October 23, 2007
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I am an American living in Naples Italy and am delighted with this book. We were already Slow Food fans, and this book has given us a way to further support this philosophy. I have been thoroughly disappointed in many of the restaurant recommendations offered by the best selling travel guides (tourist trap after tourist trap) but this book has replaced them all. These are restaurants you want to visit again and again and are the ones where we take our friends and family when they come to visit. We haven't tried the hotels but I expect they are just as reliable.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sabad One on June 29, 2009
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I am Italian, and I have been saying for years to my friends and colleagues visiting Italy how wonderful the Slow Food guide to the Osterie d'Italia is, too bad it is not translated... And then I found out I was wrong! I should have known better. Well, now I know better.

If you visit Italy and you love food, you must buy this one (or, if you can read Italian, the Italian versions, where "locande" and "osterie" are treated separately). I and my parents have by now tried maybe 40-50 of the osterie indicated in these guides. Perhaps 2 or 3 places we found ok but nothing more, but all the others we found ranging between good and totally outstanding. The guide is neatly organized by region (with ALL Italian regions covered), with each region preceded by a map showing all places where one or more osteria/locanda is described in the book. This is indeed very useful because, wherever you are, you can easily identify if there is a covered establishment nearby. Within each region, location are listed in alphabetical order.

What sets apart these guides is that they will tell you often about places off-the-beaten-path (both in the "usual" art cities and in small towns) where you will find authentic, family-run, mostly small places where you can experience amazing regional Italian cuisine, the one that uses local ingredients + LOVE to produce what is best in Italian food. Also, I don't think we ever spent more than 40 euros per head in these places, INCLUDING a good (ok, not superexpensive) bottle of DOC wine.

This guide is the result of a combination of the "Guida alle osterie d'Italia Slow Food" and the "Guida alle locande d'Italia".
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