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Osterie & Locande d'Italia: A Guide to Traditional Places to Eat and Stay in Italy Turtleback – April 4, 2007
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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!
Martins Ritins - also a chef so I should know!
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.
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".Read more ›
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I hoped when I ordered this book is new addition than I owned one, but it was... Read more
INDEED THE BEST ITALY GUIDE FOR FOOD
I live on the east coast of the US and have the pleasure to visit relatives almost yearly in Italy. I use this guide like a bible. Read more
I bought this book for an upcoming trip to Italy. I could have saved my money and bought a pizza in any town listed. I would have had a better value. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by lin
Absolutely invaluable. This is THE book for foodies. We did not eat one bad meal. You must get this book.Published on September 1, 2011 by Stacy B. Title
I'm planning a trip to Tuscany and was hoping this book would be a bit of a bible to guarantee we wouldn't have a bad meal. Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by sillykitty
This is a very useful bood for those looking for good places for eating and staying. However, the editor needs to update the edition since there are many new establishments in the... Read morePublished on May 17, 2011 by agaspar
This guide is a bit odd to get used to, but once you do it has tons of information. It took me a few minutes of figuring out how to best use it, and it led me to some FABULOUS... Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by MnM
Having just returned from Italy, I can't recommend this book enough. My daughter used the book in 2007 and passed it on to me, recommending a few places. Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by pmk1105
This is a pretty good food guide, although I don't totally trust all of their recommendations. I ended up working at a restaurant from the book because I was doing a culinary... Read morePublished on October 2, 2010 by biethan