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by Riccardo Campinoti
March 8th, 2019, 1:30 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 23
Views: 729

Re: Tuscany

Great thread. I'm going to Tuscany the last week of May - doing Florence for a few days, Bolgheri for two days, then 4-5 days in Tuscany. Does anyone know how to get an appointment at Biondi Santi? I thought it was open to visitors but got an email from them today rejecting my request. They said th...
by Riccardo Campinoti
March 7th, 2019, 1:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Restaurants in Dolomites area?
Replies: 8
Views: 219

Re: Restaurants in Dolomites area?

Lots of great options, it really depends on where you are going. We just spent a week in San Cassiano (Val Badia) lots of great restaurants there , St hubertus, Stua de Michil and Siriola (all inside great hotels). About 40 minutes from Cortina. otherwise if you are looking at North of Bolzano you h...
by Riccardo Campinoti
February 26th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany
Replies: 23
Views: 729

Re: Tuscany

if it's your first time you have to do Florence and Siena. They are the two most beautiful towns and full of people for a reason. Also San Gimignano , Volterra and Arezzo are a must see
by Riccardo Campinoti
February 24th, 2019, 1:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Shipping wine to the USA from Sicily?
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: Shipping wine to the USA from Sicily?

Nick Kra Mar Ski wrote:
February 22nd, 2019, 1:11 pm

Sicily outside of major metro areas very much has a 3rd world country feel -
Funny how I have that feeling in several parts of rural USA -)))
you can look at MBE website they have all locations all over Italy including several in Sicily.
https://www.mbe.it/it
by Riccardo Campinoti
February 3rd, 2019, 1:16 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piemonte
Replies: 25
Views: 827

Re: Piemonte

I usually stay in Alba , centrally located, close to everything and has more choice of restaurants without having to drive at night. Just spent three nights at this place , recently opened , great location
http://rivettosuites.it/it/
by Riccardo Campinoti
October 25th, 2018, 10:09 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Pergole Torte Riserva 1990 Magnum -- FAKE or REAL?
Replies: 19
Views: 1252

Re: Pergole Torte Riserva 1990 Magnum -- FAKE or REAL?

The riserva sticker looks ripped , it looks as if somebody already opend the capsule and then put it back on. I've seen several bottles of this wine but never something like this. If you can return it you should probably do that
by Riccardo Campinoti
August 25th, 2018, 1:04 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?
Replies: 12
Views: 426

Re: 11 nights in Sicily - Itinerary?

Marsala is definitely worth a visit, beautiful place great food a bit off the beaten path. Visits to De Bartoli and Cantine Florio are great, Le Lumie is a good restaurant there. I love Marsala wines... On Mount Etna you should visit Russo, Fessina, Passopisciaro , stay and eat at Shalai if you go. ...
by Riccardo Campinoti
July 25th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)
Replies: 12
Views: 846

Tuscany Bound (looking for recs)

There is a really good traditional restaurant in the village of Loro Ciuffenna called il Cipresso. They have an awesome spit roast , really old school. They also have a decent list.
by Riccardo Campinoti
July 3rd, 2018, 9:25 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Lucca recommendations (and trip summary)
Replies: 23
Views: 928

Lucca recommendations

In Lucca eat at Ristorante Giglio out of town you can try Pesce Briaco. Beaches: you can go for a day and rent a cabana in one of the beach clubs in Forte dei Marmi, a few of them have good restaurants and wine list like Gilda. For dinner the best ones by the beach are Lorenzo in Forte die Marmi and...
by Riccardo Campinoti
June 7th, 2018, 10:31 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily? I’ve been warned away.
Replies: 12
Views: 752

Sicily? I’ve been warned away.

Nonsense. It's one of the most beautiful places in the world and pretty quiet too. Of course you can have a few issues in certain areas of Palermo and Catania but that 's the case all over the world. [quote="brigcampbell"]So, it's a little more "risky" than other parts of Italy but it's more about p...
by Riccardo Campinoti
June 2nd, 2018, 11:52 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Italy Recos - Off the Beaten Path
Replies: 8
Views: 853

Italy Recos - Off the Beaten Path

These aren't the larger tourist destinations, but wondering if anyone has recommendations (didn't turn up anything with my forum search). We have lodging covered but I'd welcome tips on food, wineries, breweries, sites that aren't museums... -near Umbertide in the Umbri region (not too far from Tus...
by Riccardo Campinoti
March 10th, 2018, 1:01 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: WSET 3 Course in Marsala Sicily - need recommendations!
Replies: 2
Views: 251

WSET 3 Course in Marsala Sicily - need recommendations!

Second De Bartoli
Also go visit the cellars at Florio they are quite beautiful. Food is great everywhere down there, for dinner I'd go to Le Lumie . You'll love it , definitely an authentic less touristy part of the country.
Wine bar in central Rome:
Il Sori'
Il Goccetto
Rimessa Roscioli
by Riccardo Campinoti
March 5th, 2018, 12:58 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Advice for visit to Tuscany
Replies: 18
Views: 1003

Advice for visit to Tuscany

It really depends where she wants to go, there are plenty of wineries that can do visits. Just email the ones you like and you can usually get an appointment. You can ship the wines you buy using Mailboxes etc... Just google the different branches around Tuscany , they are set up to professionally s...
by Riccardo Campinoti
February 22nd, 2018, 3:28 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome area hotel question
Replies: 20
Views: 733

Rome area hotel question

If you want to be in the center at a decent price I highly reccomend booking the apartment at Armando al Pantheon, it's run by the people that own the restaurant downstairs, they provide breakfast as well. The location couldn't be better, you are a 3 seconds walk from the Pantheon! Make sure you als...
by Riccardo Campinoti
February 9th, 2018, 5:50 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Essential Italy: the less obvious list
Replies: 48
Views: 1970

Essential Italy: the less obvious list

A few random suggestions:
1) Aeolian Islands , they are absolutely stunning
2) Ischia
3) Puglia, Lecce and its province
4) Alto Adige
5) Umbria
by Riccardo Campinoti
January 27th, 2018, 11:24 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Venice (Italy) help for a first timer
Replies: 135
Views: 8341

Venice (Italy) help for a first timer

If you have a few days in Venice this place could be a good idea for lunch. Only half an hour out of town and one of the best seafood restaurants in all of Italy. Also, no tourists , as most of you seem to be bothered by them -))
http://www.osteriacera.it/
by Riccardo Campinoti
January 2nd, 2018, 8:11 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Recommendation for a trip to Siena in late February
Replies: 7
Views: 394

Recommendation for a trip to Siena in late February

If you are staying in Siena you are close to everything so it really depends where you want to go Chianti , Montalcino etc... If you want to go to a winery with a a tasting room Felsina is a good option, only 15 minutes away. For restaurants in Siena go to Le Logge and La compagnia dei Vinattieri, b...
by Riccardo Campinoti
November 17th, 2017, 9:31 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Wineries Near Florence Italy
Replies: 13
Views: 978

Wineries Near Florence Italy

+! as well on Enoteca Pitti Gola -- my favorite wine spot in Florence. Also I heard that they recently opened an osteria just a few hundred meters away -- http://www.osteriadellenoteca.com/ -- but I haven't yet been... Been many times already. Imho the best place in Florence to eat great steak with...
by Riccardo Campinoti
October 30th, 2017, 10:21 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome Hotel
Replies: 14
Views: 927

Rome Hotel

Imho the Westin is in a much better area , which is via Veneto. The St Regis is near the train station , it's kind of seedier and dirtier
by Riccardo Campinoti
September 2nd, 2017, 5:33 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Neal Martin on Natural Wines
Replies: 49
Views: 1746

Neal Martin on Natural Wines

Thousands? With good results? I'm convinced. I'll try a couple more. Biodynamic producers such as Huet, Leroy, Nikolaihof, and Zind Humbrecht pretty much all qualify as natural wines by any rational definition as well. Funny how the critics don't seem to mention them when painting with a broad brus...
by Riccardo Campinoti
August 2nd, 2017, 3:38 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2359

Sicily Recommendations

Are there some good English-language sources for restaurant info? I read (probably on wineberserksers) that one should actively avoid Michelin-starred places in Italy unless seeking nice napkins - true for Sicily? Itinerary is below...would welcome any suggested restaurants or hotels! Taormina - 2 ...
by Riccardo Campinoti
July 30th, 2017, 5:10 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2359

Sicily Recommendations

Thanks, Ian, good to know Ryanair is not intolerable! Riccardo, what airline do you typically fly out of Sicily on? It really depends where you are going and the time of the year. Ryanair fly to some more remote airports as well i.e. Comiso or Trapani and flight can be super cheap in the off season...
by Riccardo Campinoti
July 30th, 2017, 5:18 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2359

Sicily Recommendations

If you visit winemakers in Sicily do they typically expect you to buy a few bottles? If so, how did you bring wine back from Sicily? I typically travel with a 12-bottle styrofoam packer, but Alitalia officially prohibits wine from checked luggage....and though I'm not sure whether Vueling or Ryanai...
by Riccardo Campinoti
June 19th, 2017, 3:32 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Sicily Recommendations
Replies: 39
Views: 2359

Sicily Recommendations

Gary Zimberg wrote:Can someone post more info on COS? We are flying into Catania July 1st for a few days, then heading to Noto, but would like to know more about COS>
thanks
In Noto go to Caffe' Sicilia, you probably already know that..
by Riccardo Campinoti
April 30th, 2017, 11:48 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Good Wine Shop/s in Florence
Replies: 11
Views: 994

Good Wine Shop/s in Florence

Vinoteca al Chianti (in the SUburbs near the Certosa)
Enoteca Bonatti
Galanti
Pitti Gola e Cantina (also a wine bar, you can buy and ship wines from there too)
In the suburbs you can go to Bar Rolando in Campi Bisenzio, super cheap. The guy sells out of his warehouse and speaks no English
by Riccardo Campinoti
October 14th, 2016, 3:35 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: ISO: Florence Hotel Recommendations
Replies: 29
Views: 1772

ISO: Florence Hotel Recommendations

If you are thinking 5 stars I highly reccomend Villa Cora.
Right outside the old town , in a very quiet area. Easy walk to the center and the prices are much lower than other 5 stars
by Riccardo Campinoti
May 22nd, 2016, 4:17 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Recent visitors to Rome and Venice
Replies: 38
Views: 1996

Recent visitors to Rome and Venice

I apologize if I missed it in the older posts as they seem to be primarily food and wine recs. Any hotel recs for a moderate budget (<$200/night) in the Old Rome, Colosseo, Trastavere, or Modern Center areas? Thanks! This is not a hotel but I highly recommend it. I've stayed here twice already this...
by Riccardo Campinoti
May 10th, 2016, 1:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Naples and Almafi Coast
Replies: 54
Views: 1892

Naples and Almafi Coast

If you want to stay in a quieter place try Marina del Cantone. It's beautiful the road ends there not much trafic and less known. There is also some great dining like this http://www.tavernadelcapitano.it/?page_id=9151 You can take a small private boat with a driver (not expensive) that takes you to...
by Riccardo Campinoti
April 20th, 2016, 12:33 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Le Sud de France
Replies: 27
Views: 1657

Le Sud de la France

Ask the locals. I find this to be quite an urban legend. it really depends who the locals are as most people have no idea on which are the good restaurants... Good thread though, I am actually going there myself at the end of April. Booked lunch at Beaugraviere so far and was looking at La Prieure ...
by Riccardo Campinoti
March 7th, 2016, 1:22 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome
Replies: 35
Views: 1571

Rome

Definitely Armando al Pantheon , Roscioli as well
Also worth trying Roscioli's new breakfast place called Caffe' Roscioli
For traditional also try Sora Lella
by Riccardo Campinoti
January 23rd, 2016, 9:18 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines to bring back from Italy
Replies: 28
Views: 1421

Wines to bring back from Italy

There is a small place in the suburbs of Florence that has the best prices and all the wines are straight from the winery. The guy has no sign outside, no website and speaks no english. If that's no problem to you I can hook you guys up
by Riccardo Campinoti
June 3rd, 2015, 7:13 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Berlin

thanks guys I booked a table at Cordobar,looks great
by Riccardo Campinoti
May 28th, 2015, 5:45 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Berlin
Replies: 5
Views: 341

Berlin

Hello, I need some infos on restaurants in Berlin, good wine list a must. Thanks in advance
by Riccardo Campinoti
April 5th, 2015, 11:14 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Naples, Italy- talk to me
Replies: 35
Views: 1284

Naples, Italy- talk to me

if you are there on a nice sunny day, go here for lunch http://www.trattoriadacicciotto.it/
It has to be one of the most scenic tables in the world, also great traditional seafood
by Riccardo Campinoti
February 7th, 2015, 12:50 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Montalicino Wineries to vist
Replies: 36
Views: 1785

Montalicino Wineries to vist

Brandon Castello di Velona is really beautiful and now they have a spa with hot water springs which should be pretty nice. Some restaurants recs for you: You are about a 30 minutes drive from SIlene in Pescina. It's a very good place and if you get a driver it's worth it In Montalcino: Giglio, Ostic...
by Riccardo Campinoti
January 27th, 2015, 7:10 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Piedmont Itinerary
Replies: 71
Views: 4393

Piedmont Itinerary

Thanks to all who contributed on this thread. I am starting the plans to take the family to the Piedmont for a long week in August. It will be adults (mostly non-berserker types) and our 4 and 7 year olds plus my sister in laws 4 and 7 year olds. I think we will rent a villa somewhere that accommod...
by Riccardo Campinoti
January 16th, 2015, 3:05 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Rome Rest. Recommendations
Replies: 81
Views: 3606

Rome Rest. Recommendations

I'm traveling to Rome in a couple of weeks with several friends to see Ireland play Italy in Rugby. I haven't been to Rome since 1977 and need some restaurant recommendations. If you have any Michelin star restaurants in mind I'm all ears. This is a "foodie" crowd. Dave before the game I recommend ...
by Riccardo Campinoti
November 27th, 2014, 7:51 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Rome and Wine
Replies: 24
Views: 840

Rome and Wine

Chris Tuttle wrote:Loved this place!!! Went twice in 3 days...

http://www.salumeriaroscioli.com/restaurant/

Second that. Also Enoteca Al Parlamento and Il Goccetto
by Riccardo Campinoti
November 19th, 2014, 1:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Up-and-coming small Barbaresco producers
Replies: 41
Views: 2455

Up-and-coming small Barbaresco producers

Cortese
Aldo Bianco
I guess they are not up and coming, they ve been around a long time but definitely under appreciated
by Riccardo Campinoti
October 29th, 2014, 4:08 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco
Replies: 390
Views: 57082

Traditional vs. Modern Barolo / Barbaresco

Very nice thread. I might suggest in the traditional camp to add Accomasso
by Riccardo Campinoti
October 7th, 2014, 8:40 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Good Chianti (Tuscany) <$40 (or $50)?
Replies: 31
Views: 992

Good Chianti (Tuscany) <$40 (or $50)?

Val delle Corti, Monteraponi, Caparsa, Monsanto, Castellinuzza, Just some of the first that come to mind. And for that money you can probably buy Montevertine either the Pian del Ciampolo or Montevertine
by Riccardo Campinoti
October 2nd, 2014, 5:42 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Will You Be Buying The 2010 Monprivato?
Replies: 49
Views: 2275

Will You Be Buying The 2010 Monprivato?

[quote="Michael S. Monie"]Still no tasting notes. Will you take a chance buying the 2010 Monprivato?[/quot

Of course I will. I tasted it at Vinitaly and it was fantastic
by Riccardo Campinoti
September 25th, 2014, 11:41 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Honeymoon in Italy - Recommendations please!
Replies: 17
Views: 611

Honeymoon in Italy - Recommendations please!

I adore Sienna, have been multiple times, very wonderful inside the walls. I usually use it as my base for exploring Tuscany. Multiple times and still spelling it wrong [basic-smile.gif] I am bias but Siena is the best choice if you are looking for a smaller size town. Otherwise Florence is a good ...
by Riccardo Campinoti
August 1st, 2014, 6:09 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Where to stop in Ligurian coast on way from Nice to Piedmont?
Replies: 9
Views: 409

Where to stop in Ligurian coast on way from Nice to Piedmont?

sorry I did not see this before. I would have suggested Dolceacqua, cute village away from the touristy area and great wines. The vineyards are absolutely stunning as well
by Riccardo Campinoti
June 28th, 2014, 1:00 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Visit to Barcelona
Replies: 25
Views: 1180

Visit to Barcelona

Monvinic is the best wine bar i've ever been to
by Riccardo Campinoti
May 31st, 2014, 7:21 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2010 Monprivato @ $179.99
Replies: 45
Views: 1977

2010 Monprivato @ $179.99

I went long on 06, 07, and 08 so I have no personal interest in 09. Anyone else try any of the 09 G. Mascarello's? I did, I liked them and I bought the Monprivato . Not the best vintage of course but still a very good wine that can maybe consumed before the other wines you mentioned. Like Greg said...
by Riccardo Campinoti
May 29th, 2014, 10:27 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Seoul
Replies: 2
Views: 172

Seoul

Guys I am going there today. Anything I should not miss. Any restaurant I should try?
by Riccardo Campinoti
May 29th, 2014, 6:22 pm
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Restaurants For Locals
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Tuscany Restaurants For Locals

Leonard, where in Tuscany . Can you be more specific Anywhere Riccardo. We are staying near Libbiano for one night and then here for the next six nights: Fonte de' Medici http://www.fontedemedici.com http://www.trattoriadellafonte.com Ok near Fonte de medici you have the best pizza place in all of ...
by Riccardo Campinoti
May 19th, 2014, 2:26 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Tuscany Restaurants For Locals
Replies: 4
Views: 293

Tuscany Restaurants For Locals

Leonard, where in Tuscany . Can you be more specific

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