Restaurants in Italy

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The piazza that houses ‘Gusto’s multi-faceted locations was named for Caesar Augustus, and husband-and-wife owners Alessandra Marino and... Read More

As the name implies, you feel like you're eating at someone's house at this relative newcomer, open since early 2014. The decor is mismatched vintage... Read More

The restaurant specializes in such Salentine dishes as pure di fave e cicorie, a purée of fava beans served with wilted chicory, and ciceri e... Read More

The restaurant (formerly named La Bitta nella Pergola) has Genoa's only Michelin star. Order the roasted branzino, thickly sliced and served skin-up... Read More

This restaurant, located one block from the Piazza Santa Maria Liberatrice, isn’t much to look at from the outside: a few umbrella-topped tables... Read More

Not a trattoria nor a restaurant, but a "gastrosteria"—a cross between the two—this under-the-radar little place serves imaginative food in an informal... Read More

No problem if you're on a tight schedule, here—locals love this busy trattoria for its fast service. The food is simple but great (gnocchi with crab is... Read More

At this tiny but packed trattoria, diners feast on torta verde, a ricotta-laced, quichelike creation baked in the wood oven. Read More

The café's eponymous drink has been served at this spot since 1763. The historic beverage has three layers: coffee on the bottom, dark chocolate... Read More

Pasquale Torrente, owner of Al Convento restaurant, describes colatura-making (anchovy oil) with a semi-pagan glee: the fishing under a spring moon, the... Read More

Well-crafted dishes like house-made gnocchi with baby calamari and spider crab. Read More

On the menu: potato pizzoccheri (a tagliatelle-like local favorite) expertly prepared by chef Max Tusetti and served in an intimate, stone-walled dining... Read More

Along one of the less traveled side streets near the Trevi Fountain, Al Moro was a 1970’s hotbed for dining Italian filmmakers like Federico... Read More

Located on the first floor of the 16th-century palace of Beatrice Cenci at the edge of the old Jewish ghetto, this restaurant has a ghostly history.... Read More

Every morning owner Cristian Ponzini sails out on Como to catch lavarello and other native fish to serve at his glass-walled restaurant. Ponzini is one... Read More

This restaurant on the trendy Corso Como achieves full potential during Milan’s annual fashion week. Renowned designer Tom Ford rents a table for... Read More

With white tile walls, cured hams strung from the ceiling, and marble-topped wooden tables shared with other diners, Alla Vecchia Bettola is a classic... Read More

For a unique Florentine experience, book a table on Alle Murate's mezzanine beneath the earliest known frescoed portraits of writers Dante and Boccaccio... Read More

With only 24 seats and a strong following, getting a reservation can be a challenge, but if you succeed, you'll be rewarded with fresh seafood&mdash... Read More

Davide Palluda, the talented young chef at All’Enoteca restaurant, in the small Langhe town of Canale, not far from Alba, packs duck, rabbit, and... Read More

Venetians flock to this canalside spot in Cannaregio for its delicate flavors—they clamor for paper-thin tagliatelle with shrimp and spring zucchini... Read More

Modeled after the Bottega del Vino in Verona, Italy, this restaurant on the southeast corner of Central Park serves north Italian dishes like rosemary... Read More

An institution in downtown Palermo since 1834, this old school bistro is a top draw for gourmands, who come for the "slow-food" inspired focaccia... Read More

This stone hut set directly on the water west of the city has been serving lunch and dinner in the same place for 210 years and Gianni Malagoli has... Read More

A rustic trattoria where owner Franco Cimini grills steaks from the region’s bianca modenese cattle. Pair your lunch with a glass of Lambrusco or... Read More

Hidden off a blind alley, the Antica Osteria di Vico Palla looks like it hasn’t changed in a century, though its current incarnation dates back... Read More

An old-school Milanese restaurant with antique furnishings, Antica Trattoria della Pesa has been in operation since 1880. Classic dishes like risotto... Read More

Trieste’s famous 19th-century restaurant's décor is slightly kitschy, a sort of Eastern European farmhouse style, and the food, in keeping,... Read More

Only those in the know will find their way to this hidden gem within a maze of winding alleys. Over the past couple of years the portions have become... Read More

With a history dating back into the 19th century, Antico Caffè della Pace has long been a favored and trendy haunt with its Art Deco-style... Read More

Make your way to the catacomb of small salons in the back, settle into a crimson banquette, and spend an eternity scribbling postcards—just as Keats or... Read More

One of those venerable Venetian grande dames, everyone from Richard Burton to Gina Lollobrigida, Charlie Chaplin and Arturo Toscanini has come here for... Read More

Hold onto your hats: architecturally, this is the most stunning winery in Italy, perhaps the world. Visible as a mere slit in the Chianti hillside, with... Read More

The family-run restaurant is known for traditional Roman dishes like coratella and pajata (roasted calf intestines) that are hard to come by these days,... Read More

The refined, double-Michelin-starred restaurant combines impeccable service with Chef Gaetano Trovato’s creative dishes (suckling pig with cabbage... Read More

Food artisan Giancarlo Rubaldi presides over Bar Schiavoni, in Modena’s exquisite covered market. Oblivious to the huge lines, Rubaldi... Read More

An institution serving classic Tuscan cuisine, Bice has been popular with Milanese society since its opening in 1939. While enjoying your handmade pasta... Read More

If you're missing a good mug of beer in Rome, head to Bir e Fud in Trastevere. The pub is nestled down a narrow cobbled street; the patio space gives... Read More

 Iacopo Lenci, the 26-year-old owner, serves serious beer and formidable pub grub inside this cavernous repurposed farmhouse, next to a sweet... Read More

Try to bag one of only four tables on the tiny terrace of this elegant restaurant: set right on the Arno, it offers in-your-face views of the Ponte... Read More

For a taste of Grand-Tour glamour, stop for lunch at the sea-view restaurant inside the Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria. Fleets of black-tied waiters... Read More

Bruscetta is a big slice of Tuscan bread toasted and rubbed on both sides with garlic and doused with freshly pressed olive oil on both sides. Crostini... Read More

This intimate restaurant is helmed by Giordano Monni, who selects ingredients at the nearby San Lorenzo market. Try the chittarini, angel-hair pasta... Read More

At the touristy but still vital Buca di Sant Antonio restaurant, lunch on grilled baby goat cooked on the spit along with an artichoke pudding. Read More

The restaurant is part of the Marchesi Antinori winery, which is located in Palazzo Antinori, the Renaissance palace that has been the winery's home... Read More

Lagoon specialties such as moeche (soft shell crab) and granseola (spider crab) fill the menu at this Murano institution, but it's the eponymous Lele,... Read More

Venice’s most authentic osteria. Inside, patrons fill up on Venetian cicheti such as lightly spiced meatballs, a pre-dinner favorite. Read More

Many times a year, we hit the Tuscan coast for this magnificent Livornese fish soup. Thick and replete with a dozen different fish, squid, and shellfish... Read More

One of Turin's many famous old cafés where you can have a coffee or aperitif in style. Read More

This is a great spot to meet friends for a late dinner after a performance at La Scala (just two minutes away). The restaurant turns out reliably good... Read More

Just a 10-minute walk from the Duomo, Caffé Cibrèo is situated outside the small, semi—open air market of Sant' Ambrogio. A casual... Read More

A vestige of a simpler time, Caffè Doria is an classic, sit-down Roman coffee house with an interior marble fountain, dark wooden paneling, and... Read More

With a history dating back to 1733, Caffé Gilli is one of the oldest continuously operating cafés in the city. Located in Piazza della... Read More

One of Turin's many famous old cafés where you can have a coffee or aperitif in style. Laid out under a vast chandelier, the spread at Caff... Read More

The no-frills bar has both counter and table service, and sells its own label of fair trade coffee beans and other accessories. Their signature bright... Read More

For foodies, it’s worth travelling hours on dicey roads to get to Caffe Sicilia on the southeast coast for the unique cold patisserie dishes from... Read More

One of Turin's many famous old cafés where you can have a coffee or aperitif in style. Read More

Guests continue to pour in, on dinghies from giant yachts anchored in the bay and from the hotel’s private beach, not to mention the people like... Read More

In a village without a butcher's shop or a school, the hub of life is a 95-year-old bakery that serves freshly baked Ligurian focaccia, topped with... Read More

Chef Pino Maggiore started working at the Cantina Siciliana tucked away in the old Jewish ghetto of Trapani when he was just six years old. Today, he... Read More

Stop by the bunker-like bar for such improbable treats as a wooden board of meaty pancetta, beautiful roasted vegetables, and a fluffy rice, pea, and... Read More

Located in the famed wine-producing family’s historic palazzo off the north end of Via Tornabuoni, this wine bar offers upscale dinners in... Read More

OK. So this may just be the most beautiful spot on earth. At the end of the bucolic Argentario peninsula, on the edge of Mediterranean scrub forest,... Read More

Owned by a Sicilian who learned the art of ice cream–making from his grandfather, this small gelato parlor is considered the city’s best by... Read More

For gelato cognoscenti, some of the best ice cream in town is served up in this brightly lit, modern space close to the Palazzo Vecchio. Carapina... Read More

Set in the column-lined courtyard of the 16th-century Palazzo Medici Lante della Rovere, not far from the Pantheon, this is one of Rome’s oldest... Read More

Stop by this dairy and cheesemaker for perfect Parmesan. Read More

High above town, Castel Fragsburg turns out locavore dishes such as grilled fillet of Tyrolean ox and goose liver accompanied by a tonka-bean brioche. Read More

The simply furnished restaurant (ivory tablecloths, black-and-white photos) in the San Frediano quarter is a favorite among locals, who come for... Read More

The bar and restaurant near Teatro La Fenice eschews typically fusty Venetian ambience in favor of spider-web metal chairs, a chameleon-hued backlit bar... Read More

Checchino is a traditional Roman restaurant originally opened in 1887 by the Mariani family. Sensing an opportunity, they started the venue as way to... Read More

The beachfront restaurant serves up delicious linguine alle vongole. Read More

The focus of this sleek shop is gelato ice cream, chocolate, and coffee, though sandwiches and pastries are also available. Handmade chocolate is... Read More

The interior is decorated with black leather booths, brick archways, and large windows, and an umbrella-shaded patio is set up each morning in the... Read More

The posh Cibreino ranks as one of the city's most famous dining destinations. A few doors away, at its sister location, you can share communal wooden... Read More

Lines snake out the door even in winter at this gelateria near the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (there are also three other locations in Milan). While... Read More

Anyone weary from traipsing the cobblestones in the Centro Storico will love this innovative and relaxed bilevel restaurant, where you can drop in for a... Read More

In a humble kitchen outfitted with a century-old wood burning stove, Gianlfranco Paoli served traditional Tuscan dishes such a ribollita and rabbit in... Read More

Inside, the simply decorated space resembles a relaxed family dining room, which is perfect for its menu of Emilia Romagna region dishes—in other words,... Read More

Coming from the kitchen of Italy’s first restaurant to win three Michelin stars, chef Carlo Cracco teamed with gourmet food seller Peck to launch... Read More

Tucked away where Via di San Teodoro meets the western end of the Circus Maximus, this Parisian-style pasticceria is a little off the beaten path. The... Read More

Say you knew some stylish, young, design-conscious Parmesans. And say they’d just redone an old farmhouse outside the city. Their eat-in kitchen... Read More

Located near Piazza Navona and the historic statue of Pasquino Viviana, Cul de Sac serves both traditional Roman favorites and Greek and Arabic fare.... Read More

It may have slipped a notch or two from its status of celebrity hot spot in the days of Bogie and Jackie O—admittedly it’s now a bit of a... Read More

Family-owned for more than 40 years, this beachfront restaurant is little more than a wooden terrace set in a secluded cove on the Amalfi Coast. A steep... Read More

On a coast where the dining choices seem divided between pretentious, overpriced temples of haute cuisine and unmemorable restaurants with their pizza... Read More

Three blocks from the Tevere River, this Roman-centric restaurant's decor evokes the 1970’s. Exposed wooden beams are situated overhead, while... Read More

Located in the fishing village of Bacoli, this small seafood restaurant is set on a cobblestoned street overlooking a marina on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The... Read More

In the Lazio region, Salvatore Tiscione carries on the duty of chef at this Italian trattoria. Opened in 1936 and still operated by the Trivelloni... Read More

Although the entrance to this 140-year-old trattoria in the Amalfi Coast is off a narrow backstreet, the floral, outdoor terrace on the second floor... Read More

Just west of Capri’s central “piazzetta,” Da Giorgio restaurant operates out of the hotel of the same name, serving traditional island... Read More

Just as Odysseus navigated the Faraglioni rocks off the south coast of Capri, so does the free shuttle boat from Marina Piccola run by this renowned,... Read More

You may have to compete with celebs, such as Denzel Washington and Giorgio Armani, for one of the 15 outdoor tables on Puny’s patio, but... Read More

Set in an ancient building that was once a chapel (the wine cellar is housed in the frescoed apse) and, more recently, a nightclub owned by Roberto... Read More

The scene at this chic restaurant is only rivaled by the food; the beautiful people congregate to watch each other and dine on rich pastas such as... Read More

At de Bondt chocolate shop by the Arno, Paul de Bondt, congenial, long-haired, and Dutch, was one of the original leaders of Tuscany’s cioccolate... Read More

Run by the same proprietors who own Casa Bleve—one of Rome’s best enotecas—this wine bar chain offers an impressive list of vintages ... Read More

Delicatessen takes its inspiration from Alto Adige, an area in the north of Italy where you're more likely to get schnitzel or smoked trout than a plate... Read More

A modern, hip shop near Florence’s Ponte alle Grazie, Ditta Artigianale is the new kid on the block, founded in 2013 by an Italian barista champion. In... Read More

Oy oy, leave your calorie counter at home. Clear, well-lit pastry shop that will turn your arteries into solids, Dolce Pisa is a stone’s throw from the... Read More

Campania’s product and restaurant boom owes thanks to Livia and Alfonso Iaccarino, of the Michelin two-starred Don Alfonso 1890 restaurant, in... Read More

It took a mere six months from opening for Dopolavoro, the flagship restaurant of the JW Marriott, to earn its first Michelin star, which was awarded... Read More

This well-known restaurant, ranked two stars by Michelin, is tucked along a winding street in the old section of Ragusa, known as Ragusa Ibla. Small and... Read More

In Lucca's Piazza San Giovanni, across from the plaza's cathedral, is a small wine bar, Enoteca Calasto, which prides itself on both its wine and its... Read More

This lunch-only wine bar and osteria is always bustling with customers for its great menu of traditional Roman dishes like saltimbocca (a thin veal... Read More

Venetians have strong opinions when it comes to their favorite bacaro (wine bar), where the cicheti (small plates similar to tapas) can be an appetizer... Read More

Parmesans take the pulse of their own city at this hectic institution, where the cheap nibbles are strangely better than the panini you pay a lot more... Read More

A lively restaurant in a brick cellar in the town center. Try the creamy scrambled eggs with grated truffles. Read More

At this Florentine institution near Santa Croce, sit in the rose-colored, gilt-laden dining room and sample Tuscan staples like chickpea soup with pasta... Read More

It may be located on the lower level of a ho-hum hotel, but the food that comes out of this diminutive kitchen is anything but. Here you’ll find... Read More

Attached to a funky business hotel in the once-gritty, gradually gentrifying, nightclub-rich Ostiense area, this ambitious spot has emerged as one of... Read More

This Monti wine bar's motto liberate la gola (free your tastebuds) is reflected in its expansive selection of around 500 labels plus 70 Italian craft... Read More

Fatamorgana churns out a variety of all-natural, homemade gelatos. Traditional flavors are the staple, but look out for the whimsical creations made of... Read More

In the former vaults of a palazzo in Modico, chef Peppe Barone continues his culinary experimentation on regional dishes like stuffed calamari, broad... Read More

It has a loyal following among trendy foreigners, but somehow (thankfully) this trattoria on one of the busiest pedestrian thoroughfares near the... Read More

Guanciale, cacio, and chicory make lots of appearances, and the chefs get bold with meat (oxtail takes many forms, and there's a sublime suckling pig). Read More

An elegant (if somewhat nondescript) white tablecloth restaurant in the Oltrarno, Fuor d'Acqua ("out of the water") specializes in seafood trucked in... Read More

Overlooking the Cannaregio Canal on the edge of the Ghetto, and run by the local rabbi for the past two decades, this wonderful kosher restaurant is a... Read More

Expect a wait at this hole-in-the-wall gelato parlor where owner Carlo Pistacchi serves up his unusual flavors of gelato—artichoke, fig, and ginger. Read More

Strolling down the Via Vittorio Emanuele extending south from Capri’s central “piazzetta,” the air fills with the sweet smell of... Read More

The dreamy, creamy love child of Stefano and Silvia Marcotulli, Gelateria del Teatro is a long-standing favorite for its quality gelato in traditional... Read More

Centrally located in San Gimignano’s Piazza della Cisterna, Gelateria di Piazza has won awards for its owner’s (Sergio) creations. Taste unique flavors... Read More

Nothing tastes better on a hot Siennese afternoon then a delicious gelato. A bit off the path from the touristy haunts (but near the Bascilica di San... Read More

Pienza, a small hill-town of 2,000 and counting, holds more than just amazing views. It holds one fantastic gelato shop. Off one of the main roads,... Read More

Fashion designer Roberto Cavalli, one of Florence's most famous sons (in modern times, at least) took it upon himself to revive one of the city's... Read More

Modern and romantic with a spectacular view overlooking Piazza Barberini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Triton fountain, Chef Fusco's cuisine is a modern... Read More

This rustic Roman osteria is always crowded, especially at lunch, when crowds clamor for the $11 menu (primo, secondo, contorno, vino). The pastas are... Read More

Golden View Open Bar sits right next to the Arno River with a beautiful view of the water and the Ponte Vecchio. Pictures simply don't do it justice,... Read More

Formal and wood-paneled in the manner of Italy’s grand old coffee bars, and equipped with Wi-Fi in the style of the new, this is a standout in a... Read More

Firouz Galdo, an Iranian-born architect working in Rome, was brought in to create a contemporary space full of light, wood, and pewter—the whole... Read More

Although Grom has now expanded to include shops all over the globe (Jakarta, Dubai, New York, Osaka, and Paris, to name but a few), it is still one of... Read More

Of the many recent restaurant openings in Florence, Gurdulù (named after one of the characters in Italo Calvino's The Nonexistent Knight) stands out for... Read More

Cooler in spirit than the city's traditional cafés. Read More

Well-heeled tourists and visiting celebrities have been coming to Harry's Bar, a Venice institution, since Giuseppe Cipriani opened it right on the St.... Read More

End the day over a dinner of chef Vittorio Novani's fresh pasta with ricci (sea urchin). Read More

A literal hole-in-the-wall in the centro storico (historic district), I Fratellini is a tiny fiaschetteria (wine tavern) that sells affordable wines by... Read More

Don’t be put off by the touristy effects (English menu; serenading guitar player). Try the tomato-filled ravioli in fish sauce, or the zucchini... Read More

Don’t let the inauspicious location—on a side street in this large modern resort town—deter you from experiencing some of the coast... Read More

Il Forno is usually jam-packed with tourists, but take-out orders wrapped in brown paper allow a quick getaway. The bakery is next door and turns out a... Read More

Pierluigi Roscioli bakes the greatest pizza bianca in Rome at his traditional family bakery. Leavened with a 20-year-old yeast starter and baked in an... Read More

Located in the village of Ponteromito and operating since 1908, this restaurant serves traditional, regional dishes. Homemade pasta dishes, like ricotta... Read More

Il Gelato di San Crispino has two locations: the original, 15-year-old shop at the Basilica of San Giovanni and a branch near the Trevi Fountain. Try... Read More

The ricciola, a fish similar to pompano, is topped with wafer-thin potatoes soaked in olive oil, ringed by olives, then baked in a very hot oven. Read More

The black-truffle strangozzi pasta is a standout. Read More

Off-radar Guscio lies south of the river in the backwoods of the Oltrarno, and is popular both for lunch and dinner with the locals. It has been run by... Read More

Serving contemporary Italian food for more than 50 years, owners Aimo and Nadia respect the tradition and heritage of their dishes but aren't bound by... Read More

The locals flock to this rustic osteria to tuck into tripe (cow's stomach), lampredotto (intestines), and other offal; it's one of the best places to... Read More

Our home away from home. This unpretentious trattoria specializing in fish is in the most beautiful countryside of Tuscany. The fish is always fresh ... Read More

Among the regulars at this friendly stalwart of cucina Romana, you’ll find gussied-up old ladies alongside rockers in jeans and Kiss tour shirts... Read More

A tiny restaurant with a delicious cecina (chickpea pancake) and thin-crust pizzas, is always first-rate. Read More

The Michelin-starred restaurant at the Four Seasons Florence is one of the city's gastronomic hot tickets, thanks to chef Vito Mollica's highly... Read More

It’s no easy task creating a romantic restaurant in a city, but Il Palagio manages very well. Attached to the Four Season’s Hotel comprised of an old... Read More

Near the romantic fishing village of Porto Ercole, in one of the world’s most striking locations, is Il Pellicano. As only an Italian can, chef... Read More

The upscale pizzeria was created by Mara Martin, the chef at Da Fiore, ... Read More

Il Ridotto isn't your average Venetian restaurant—either in its modern looks (all exposed brick, contemporary furniture, and mirrored walls to expand... Read More

Located on a cliff in the small village of Montepertuso, this popular restaurant serves traditional, regional dishes with an emphasis on local... Read More

At this savvy Michelin-starred restaurant in a side street near Campo de' Fiori, fish is the focus, brought daily from the waters of Ponza to Rome. The ... Read More

Still one of Florence's most popular restaurants even after more than a decade, Il Santo Bevitore has a buzzy, casual vibe, and an imaginative menu that... Read More

Named after Sir Rocco Forte's mother, Irene is the newly restyled restaurant of the Savoy hotel; its prime position overlooking Piazza della Repubblica,... Read More

Established by fashion stylist Roberto Cavalli, this steel and glass restaurant and club at the foot of Torre Branca in Parco Sempione remains a hot... Read More

Start the day with cappuccinos and cornetti at this small café, which recently opened opposite a colorful Keith Haring street mural. Read More

If you really want to blend with the natives, head to this cart resembling a hot dog kiosk in a tiny piazza just south of the Duomo. Locals swear L... Read More

If you happen to snag a Thursday reservation, make sure to try the gnocchi all'amatriciana, considered the best gnocchi in Rome. And those are words you... Read More

White candles illuminate the communal wooden tables at the family-run L’Enoteca Marcucci, a lively wine bar and restaurant. Michele Marcucci plies... Read More

The Pigneto district near Termini station has become the destination for hipsters, and this trattoria fits right in. Opened in 1988, it’s run by... Read More

The island’s only Michelin-starred restaurant is in the Capri Palace Hotel. Dine on raw red shrimp with asparagus and apple salad followed by... Read More

Beloved by locals for its fusion of Sicilian and Venetian cuisine, this lovely little restaurant near the Madonna dell'Orto church in Cannaregio offers... Read More

A key stop on any pizza tour of Italy, this eatery in the center of Vico Equense gained notoriety in the 1950's with its exceptionally long pizzas sold... Read More

This charming restaurant-wine bar, La Bottega del Nobile, is also a wine cellar. Their curated selection holds more than 300 types of wines available... Read More

A refined yet comfortable restaurant, La Briciola is particularly pretty at night, when the plants are illuminated with hundreds of little lights,... Read More

Each morning, the chefs of La Cambusa purchase fresh fish and seafood from local fishermen and turn them into dishes like octopus salad, spaghetti with... Read More

A pleasant, casual restaurant with a small but creative menu that changes monthly. The wine selection is extensive as befits a place that doubles as a... Read More

Don’t be fooled by the entrance, under a tunnel along the main coastal road: La Caravella has been one of the area’s finest restaurants for... Read More

Not to be confused with the touristy “La Carbonara” on Campo dei Fiori, this hundred-year-old trattoria on a quiet street in Monti is a cozy... Read More

You won’t find bow-tied waiters or elaborate gourmet dishes at La Casalinga (“The Housewife”). Instead, Florentines—and the... Read More

This unique Florentine café, as per the name, is part bookshop, part coffee shop. They also serve wine and cocktails so be prepared to relax and stay to... Read More

Built in a former stone quarry, this family-owned restaurant has an outdoor terrace that juts out over the Gulf of Salerno, providing views of the... Read More

Set in a centuries-old botanical garden, La Contrada serves regional specialties such as vegetable ravioli with dried-tomato gremolata and mozzarella... Read More

Established more than three decades ago by Florentine chef Guiliano Garga and his Canadian-born wife Sharon Oddson, Trattoria Garga is known as a... Read More

Since it opened in 1868, this neighborhood favorite is on only its third generation of family management, which attests to its unwavering quality&mdash... Read More

La Gatta Mangiona (the cat with a great appetite) was a precursor to Rome's pizza craze and still remains at the top for its thin-crusted pies created... Read More

Returning home to his native Sicily after years abroad studying culinary arts, Accusio Craparo has earned a reputation as one of the island’s most... Read More

The restaurant, so named because the long, vaulted space once housed a carousel, is a perfectly straightforward restaurant owned and run by Prince... Read More

If no one had told you this is one of the three or four finest places to eat in Parma, you might guess it anyway before even lifting a fork. In front of... Read More

Set in Maddalena Archipelago National Park, and known for its excellent fresh fish. Dinner for two $153. Read More

For a romantic night on the town, La Madia Restaurant creates the perfect meal: chef Pino Cuttaia's merluzzo, pine-smoked cod with a hint of orange peel. Read More

Run by Sicilian chef Filippo La Mantia’s, this restaurant serves up the food of his home island, including standout dishes like the ... Read More

La Ménagère is a café, cocktail bar, flower shop, homewares emporium, and restaurant all under the same soaring, vaulted roof. All un-plastered pillars,... Read More

Inexpensive, casual pizzerie are all over the city (and an integral eating experience on any trip to Rome), but few are as much fun as this one. Maybe... Read More

Chef Heinz Beck helms Italy's only three-Michelin-Star restaurant, considered by many to be Rome's very best. Located within the Waldorf Astoria's... Read More

Roccalbegna is a dramatically set and charming town in the south of Tuscany, and one of the regions well-kept secrets. La Pietra is another. Tiny,... Read More

The beach restaurant La Pineta may cater to Tuscan cognoscenti, but down-to-earth owner Luciano Zazzeri (a former fisherman) still gets his catch from... Read More

In the coastal town of Fregene, approximately 30 miles outside the center of Rome, this restaurant is a small family-owned establishment specializing in... Read More

Local meats are the house specialty: Try the pork cheeks in a red-wine reduction and the beef carpaccio. Read More

Located on a quiet side street in the Monti district, La Taverna dei Fori Imperiali (the Tavern of the Imperial Forum) is an unassuming, family-run... Read More

Inside the walls of Siena, just a few hundred yards from its famous Campo, is about as true a Tuscan food experience as you can find. The excellently... Read More

This restaurant is located in the five-star Hotel Splendido, a former 16th-century monastery overlooking Portofino’s bay. Sit on the outdoor patio... Read More

Product curators Annamaria Cuomo and Salvatore Da Gennaro have assembled a wonderland of Campanian foodstuffs: San Marzano tomatoes handpicked in the... Read More

For a lunch of expertly selected cheeses and cured meats, stop at La Vena di Vino, a no-frills wine bar with barrel-vaulted cellars. The pecorino cheese... Read More

This is one of my forever favorites. Just inside the southern gate of Pienza (certainly the most idyllic medieval town in Tuscany) is a small trattoria... Read More

Once a small dairy shop selling milk and eggs, this tiny latteria in the Porta Nuova neighborhood expanded its menu during the impoverished years that... Read More

Never ever go anywhere near Le Bontà when you’re hungry. It is a dessert lover’s dream and a calorie counter’s nightmare. Not only does it sell... Read More

With its rough-hewn ceiling, vintage cupboard wall hangings, and 1950's furnishing, Le Chiavi d'Oro wins the prize for the region's most outlandishly... Read More

This small osteria is favored for its gnochetti sardi with fava beans and truffles, though it has a wide selection of pastas in generous portions,... Read More

Located in Noto’s historical district, Le Ularie restaurant specializes in fresh, simply prepared seafood. The dining room is designed in a... Read More

The restaurant pays homage to its almost-namesake dish—vitello tonnato—pink slices of veal baked over salt at low temperature come cloaked... Read More

When Florence’s top sommeliers want to learn about wine trends, they claim a stool behind the horseshoe-shaped counter at this enoteca between the... Read More

Enjoy a glass from the large wine selection at Le Volpi E L’Uva, a local hangout tucked away at Piazza de Rossi. This cozy wine bar is a pleasant spot... Read More

Though the seafood is fresh and expertly prepared and the pizzas from the brick oven are quite good, you don’t really come here for the fairly... Read More

The namesake restaurant of Hotel Lo Scoglio da Tommaso, this family-owned trattoria serves locally inspired Mediterranean fare amid panoramic views... Read More

Opened in 2003, this library/café in the Pigneto district provides a destination for those seeking a good read, a cup of coffee, an organic snack... Read More

Located at the heart of medieval Florence in an imposing palazzo dating from the 12th century (once part of the court of Grand Duke Cosimo I de' Medici)... Read More

A hole-in-the-wall tucked away on a side street behind the Duomo, Luini sells mostly panzerotti, a type of deep-fried calzone that's a bit lighter than... Read More

Imagine yourself sitting on the terrace of the 14th-century Palazzo Capponi delle Rovinate, watching the sleepy crawl of the Arno as you savor a plate... Read More

Under original 14th- and 15th-century frescoes, choose from a mix of classic and experimental dishes. Try the crunchy fried river shrimp with zucchini. Read More

The restaurant serves some of the best seafood on the coast. The pasta in fish broth with red prawns and chopped pistachios is worth the stop. Read More

Come in for salsa di noci (a walnut-cream sauce combined only with pansotti pasta) and savory tarts. Read More

Focaccia col formaggio is Recco’s most famous, and one verifiably indigenous, dish. It consists of two layers of papery dough sandwiching... Read More

Marco and his wife Cinzia treat gelato as any chef would his favorite masterpiece. Using only fruits in season and limiting the sugar so as not to mask... Read More

A love child born of the union between Martini and Dolce & Gabbana, this bar at the back of the menswear department of the world famous boutique is... Read More

Subtly avant-garde cooking includes linguine cooked in chamomile tea and laced with slippery clams and drops of citrus gelée. The restaurant's decor is... Read More

Set in the Iblean countryside of southeast Sicily, the Hotel Masseria degli Uliva follows the typical plan of a 19th-century farmhouse with an internal... Read More

There wasn’t much in Fregene, a seaside town 40 kilometers from Rome, until renowned director Frederico Fellini discovered it while filming The... Read More

If you come here after visiting the Antinori memorial, you’ll be re-living Charles Dicken’s The Prince and the Pauper. But the view is majestic—eleven... Read More

Much more than just a restaurant, the second floor of Florence's 19th-century glass and steel central market building was converted into an Italian... Read More

Chef Corrado Fasolato uses fresh regional ingredients for his innovative dishes such as a delicious pear-and–sheep-ricotta mousse with raspberry... Read More

This Michelin-starred restaurant in Via Veneto is located on the top floor of the Hotel Splendide Royal. Glass terrace doors open to a view of... Read More

Come for the best plain focaccia. Read More

Take a seat in the design-minded café with a bookstore. In the shadow of a monumental palazzo, taste tiny roasted potatoes; focaccia with... Read More

Positano’s most stylish bar and restaurant serves freshly made, regionally sourced dishes—like fried ravioli with ricotta and mozzarella on... Read More

Superstar chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Milanese outpost is located in the Armani Superstore, though you can enter from the street. Marrying his classical... Read More

Pick up porchetta at this market stall. Read More

Mozzarella aficionados need look no further than the corner of Via Mercato and Via Fiori Chiari in the Brera district. Sourcing only from strictly... Read More

Its waterfront patio on the Zattere is, naturally, spectacular, but Oke's location in a converted warehouse near San Basilio means that its interior is... Read More

Housed inside the Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Rome’s largest interdisciplinary exhibition center), Open Colonna itself is a work of modern art. The... Read More

You want romance? I give you romance. Oreade is a restaurant named after the mythological mountain nymphs. The setting is truly another world, another... Read More

This is a sentimental favorite. It was the first place we ate in Tuscany when we came to find a house here 27 years ago. It’s where we discovered how... Read More

A café with delicious small plates, located on the ground floor of a palazzo in Santa Croce. Read More

A platter of sbrisolona sits on a counter inside the front door, a good start. The menu gives the age and maker of the prosciutto (28 months, Leporati),... Read More

Arguably the best—and certainly the most fashionable—fish restaurant in Rome, this osteria, which looks like an upscale pescheria (fish... Read More

The Osteria del Tempo Perso ("Inn of Lost Time") is squirreled into cavelike rooms off one of the many narrow alleys in Ostuni, a hilltop cluster of... Read More

Stop for lunch to enjoy the zuppa di verdure and the house-made ravioli at this community spot, named for escargot, the local specialty. Read More

Frustrated with their city’s banal offerings, Rome’s food critics often head out of town. Their grail? This cult osteria, some 20 miles... Read More

Massimo Bottura is the chef who marries sensuous Slow Food preservationism with futuristic invention at the Michelin two-starred Osteria Francescana.... Read More

A classic trattoria in a 19th-century former grocer’s shop, the convivial Osteria Le Logge is owned by local celebrity Gianni Brunelli, thrice... Read More

Chefs Omar Barsacchi and Gionata d’Alessi serve Tuscan-Maremman cuisine like ravioli stuffed with pappa al pomodoro. Read More

A neighborhood restaurant where Isabella and Dino, the owners, feed you well (incredible baccalà). Read More

With the goal of serving up "the soul of Tuscany" on a plate, former Bulgari executive Silvio Ursini (also the creator of the Obika mozzarella bars in... Read More

A modern enoteca with whitewashed walls and exposed brick, Palatium is a showcase for the food and wine of Lazio: it’s operated by the regional... Read More

Reservations are a must at this classic Italian restaurant, located around the corner from fashionable Via Monte Napoleone. Tables are packed cheek-by... Read More

No matter how allergic you are to joyless, pompous restaurants, any eating survey of Parma would have to include this one, especially if someone else is... Read More

Order dense, flourless chocolaty squares of torta barozzi, a singular family specialty from the 1800's hinting surprisingly of peanuts. Enjoy it at a... Read More

A Milanese landmark since 1824, Pasticceria Marchesi offers traditional Italian sweets: biscotti, cakes, and pralines as well as coffee (of course) in a... Read More

You could eat breakfast at this historic, aristocratic landmark every day for three months and never have the same pastry twice. Like all Italians, the... Read More

The best part is the $5 lunch and dinner dishes—every day Pastificio Guerra serves two different pastas with toppings (think: peas and mushrooms with... Read More

Located in Testacchio and established in 1911, Perilli is a great pick for those seeking a Roman dining experience away from touristy crowds. Perilli... Read More

A large, bustling fish restaurant with a retro vibe, the San Pietro is located near the Santa Maria Novella train station. But don't let that put you... Read More

Established in 1938, Pierluigi continues to serve authentic Italian food Campo dei Fiori neighborhood of Rome with a commitment to seasonality,... Read More

These dishes are celebrated handmade Tuscan pastas. Pinci—hand rolled—is thick, long, and irregular. Gnocchi (made with potatoes) are little nuggets.... Read More

Tucked inside the Hotel Rex, the restaurant is small and modern with a unique design featuring maroon chairs surrounding white-napped tables, parquet... Read More

Celebrity pizzaiolo Gabriele Bonci reinvents pizza al taglio—rectangular Roman pizza sold by weight—at the tiny Pizzarium. To dough fanatics... Read More

Soccer players, Hollywood stars, famous artists, and locals from the neighborhood all line up outside Pizzeria da Baffetto to wait patiently for a table... Read More

Order the wild-greens–and-sausage pie at Pizzeria da Cristina, an oasis of Neapolitan warmth and tomato sauce just outside the center. Read More

The hottest pizza ticket in town lies in an off-radar location east of Santa Croce. Be prepared to wait in line to sample masterful pizzaiuolo Giovanni... Read More

Opened in December 2006, PORTOfino is rapidly becoming the Florentine’s favorite seafood restaurant. Although it’s ten minutes by cab from... Read More

All of the various Princi locations in Milan are crowded at lunchtime, with locals lining up for excellent focaccia, pizza, and sandwiches, as well as... Read More

If you’re planning a picnic by the lagoon, stock up on provisions here. The delicatessen specializes in seafood to go: spiced couscous with... Read More

The owners used to have a popular shack by the sea and now they’ve gone big in the city, creating an outdoor summertime oasis favored by up-to... Read More

From the outside, this den of seafood looks more like a beach shack than upscale restaurant from one of the city's more recognizable restaurateurs. Chef... Read More

Part bistro and part wine bar, Q.B. Quantobasta is a multipurpose venue owned by sisters Elisa and Alessandra Ruggi. The industrial-style dining room is... Read More

One of the most delicious aspects of Italian cooking is an expertly prepared Mediterranean seafood meal, and this is the best place in Rome to have one.... Read More

Attached to the Auditorium Parco della Musica — one of Italy’s most popular performance venues — is ReD Restaurant and... Read More

Located in the Monteverde district, this trendy restaurant combines a 50’s-inspired design (white tile walls and retro kitchen appliances,... Read More

Ribollita is a thick, white-bean and black-cabbage soup—best with submerged bruscetta. The second is leftover bread soaked (whole wheat, like it was for... Read More

Just below the jagged, 10,000-foot-high Sassolungo peak sits this popular lunchtime spot which offers grilled fish and generously portioned tiramisu. Read More

With exposed brick arches, white-washed stucco walls, and a polished wood floor, Risto Nobel has an ambience that's nce enough for a date night, but... Read More

Seafood specialties including homemade tagliolini with king prawns and asparagus. Read More

The outdoor terrace is seductively shrouded in bougainvillea and the aromas of a superior kitchen. Tuck into a langoustine that might as well be butter,... Read More

The oldest active restaurant on the island, Aurora is popular not just because of its impressive list of celebrity guests (Giorgio Armani, Michael Doug... Read More

Luca Collami's restaurant feels like an exclusive private club. Sugarello—a kind of mackerel—is served raw with basil oil, chopped olive,... Read More

Located in a back street off Piazza Tasso in the center of Sorrento, this restaurant serves traditional Mediterranean and Neapolitan cuisine. Named... Read More

Parma’s best restaurant is inserted in a hotel so plain and weirdly located (on the far side of the ring road that wraps the city) you can’t... Read More

South Tyrolean specialties are served in a wood-paneled stube. Read More

Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco, who also hosts MasterChef Italia and Hell's Kitchen Italia, offers his innovative take on Milanese tradition in a... Read More

Combining haute cuisine and affordable prices, chef Davide Oldani has been rewarded with a Michelin star and a months-long waiting list for a table at... Read More

It started out as a neighborhood wine bar, but over the years, Da Fiore has become an international favorite. And for good reason: the sashimi-like tuna... Read More

The scent of fresh basil from the chef’s made-to-order pesto greets you as you enter the hole-in-the-wall near the San Fruttuoso Abbey (a half... Read More

When Sophia Loren visited Sorrento recently, she insisted on eating at this no-frills restaurant, with simple wooden tables and plastic chairs on a... Read More

After a day sizzling in the Positano sun, there’s nothing better than taking a 20-minute ride up to the mountain hamlet of Montepertuso for the... Read More

With the only two-star Michelin rated restaurant in Sicily, chef Ciccio Sultano is in high demand. Steeped in Sicilian tradition, his dishes nonetheless... Read More

Named after the three iconic rock outcrops off Capri’s south coast, this restaurant just south of the central piazzetta holds fast to tradition,... Read More

A jewel of a restaurant serving refined Tuscan food since 1958. The green-painted wood panels, embossed wallpaper, graniglia floors, and stucco details... Read More

Eat on the garden terrace, suspended almost a thousand feet above the sea in Castellabate. Read More

Sozzani’s favorite restaurant is housed in a 500-year-old palazzo and serves the town’s best tortelli di zucca (pumpkin ravioli). Read More

Tuscan fish dishes are as simple and as remarkable as the rest of Tuscany’s cuisine. The key with them—even more so than with meats—is freshness. La... Read More

Lombardo specializes in very honest Lucchese cuisine, such as the stewed codfish with leek, and also represents some decent and inexpensive local wines.... Read More

Just steps from the Piazza di Spagna, Ristorante Nino, with a stone-walled exterior, sits along a relatively quiet cobblestone side street.... Read More

Northern Italian cuisine made with regional ingredients such as tortelloni stuffed with chamois and wild-berry butter. Read More

Throughout the Campania region of southern Italy, the Fischetti family is famous for their restaurant in Vallesaccarda Avellino, which for three... Read More

One of Florence’s first wine bars, Pane e Vino (Bread and Wine) is just a 10-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge). The spacious, barn... Read More

Piperno is known for its carciofi alla giudia (Jewish-style fried whole artichokes) and other Roman specialties like filetti di baccalà (fried cod fish). Read More

Hometown chef and cookbook author Claudio Sadler's eponymous restaurant offers an escape from the frenetic pace of Milan. Five intimate rooms are... Read More

Dine under the arched brick ceiling of Ristorante Sotto La Mole, housed in a former horse stable by the National Cinema Museum. Thin strands of eggy... Read More

This modern pizzeria owned by two brothers hit the headlines in 2010 when Johnny Depp became a regular while shooting The Tourist (the doodles he drew... Read More

The view: Terrace tables at Rosellinis—in the Palazzo Sasso—look out on the craggy cliffs and coves of the Amalfi Coast, where fishing boats... Read More

Located in the T1 Arrivals gate at Leonardo da Vinci – Fiumicino Airport in Rome, this bakery is a popular pre-flight stop for breakfast or an... Read More

The city's best kosher option serves a mean lox, couscous, and falafel. Read More

With an unobstructed view of the most dramatic hill town of Tuscany, full of towers and spires, this winery, now in its 30th year, produces truly... Read More

On the Etruscan coast, between Livorno and Grosseto, lies the world-celebrated Bolgheri zone, home to such revered and pricey labels such as Sassicaia... Read More

On an unassuming street near Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno, this contemporary trattoria offers stylish decor, a hip atmosphere, and tasty,... Read More

Featured in the 2010 movie Eat Pray Love, Santa Lucia’s dining terrace is a quiet, romantic setting behind Piazza Navona. Surrounded by a stone... Read More

Quite aside from its superlative views over the whole city, sixth-floor Se.sto also serves up some of the best gourmet food in Florence, thanks to... Read More

Blink and you'll miss it: flanking the colorful Sant'Ambrogio market, this tiny squeeze of a sandwich bar is always packed with a good mix of locals and... Read More

The interior, with its oak-plank floors and cozy farmhouse tables, invites you to linger during the cold months, and the sidewalk setups are perfect... Read More

A family-run trattoria with a slightly lived-in look (worn tile floors and wood-paneled wainscoting), Settimio all-Arancio near via del Corso and the... Read More

Named for a Genovese doge (who was also the subject of a Verdi opera), Simon Boccanegra occupies the ground floor of 16th-century Palazzo Salviati in... Read More

Just finding the entrance to Sora Margherita is part of the experience at this hole-in-the-wall trattoria in the old Jewish ghetto. Hidden behind a red... Read More

Along the rustic Appian Way, the Sora Rosa restaurant—which has called itself an "oasis of flavor" since 1900—provides a respite from the... Read More

This restaurant has closed.... Read More

Splurge on dinner at the rustic-chic Michelin-starred restaurant, in the ancient town of Soragna. Read More

When you walk into the restaurant, you can see the signature dish waiting to be prepared: baby pigs fed on wild nuts, sawed exactly in half with... Read More

One of Lucca’s oldest, well-known bakeries/cafes nestled by the Piazza San Michele, Taddeucci offers the buccellato, a traditional sweet cake developed... Read More

Recently renovated, the bar still has its original counter and overall design, and an open roasting and sorting area where you can pick your beans and... Read More

As cozy and welcoming a setting as you can ask for, with vaulted ceilings and even a fireplace. While clearly not serving espresso, Tea Room is a Siena... Read More

Owned by eccentric restaurateur Fabio Picchi of Cibreino, Teatro del Sale is a members-only restaurant/theater/social club. Starting at 7pm, Tuesday... Read More

Situated atop La Rinascente, a four-story department store on the edge of Piazza della Repubblica, Terrazza is a small, open-air rooftop café... Read More

Few restaurants enjoy knock-out views like those of the Terrazza Danieli, styled by Jacques Garcia and perched on the rooftop of the venerable hotel. A... Read More

Few places are more idyllic in summer than the Casino dei Nobili's terrace, cantilevered out over the Giudecca canal by the Zattere vaporetto stop. The... Read More

The entire staff is very informative and eager to share seasonal information—like when you should (or shouldn't) eat artichokes. Terre e Domus is open... Read More

Chef Gennaro Esposito creates innovative dishes, such as risotto with cod and figs, in a seventh-century tower. Read More

The only place to go for focaccia with cheese. Read More

A mix between a tramezzino (a triangular sandwich) and pizza, the trapizzino is the ultimate, edible pocket of baked pizza dough and Roman recipe... Read More

Not far from the Pantheon and Piazza Navona, this quiet restaurant in Old Rome is known for its regional Sicilian cuisine. Filling up two stories in a... Read More

Located near Palazzo Pitti, Trattoria 4 Leoni (the Four Lions) has two dining rooms, a casual one closer to the street and one a little more elegant... Read More

Dine on traditional Ligurian food while taking in the stunning views of the coast. Read More

Set in the countryside just outside the city, Sapori is more ambitious, refined, and serious (but not too serious) than most trattorias in the Parma... Read More

Sample Livorno’s famous dish, cacciucco, at Trattoria Antico Moro, a seafood restaurant that smells entirely like its wares. Cacciucco is one of... Read More

Just a little off the beaten path on Borgo Ognissanti near the Communal Theater, the family-run Trattoria Armando offers cucina casaligna (homemade food... Read More

With his mass of snowy white hair and beard, it’s hard to miss restaurateur Fabio Picchi as he flits between the four establishments that make up... Read More

When the VIP crowd gets to be too much, Portofinesi decamp to the family-run trattoria. For all the shipping memorabilia on the walls, there’s no... Read More

Now, you’ll ask, why of 2,000 restaurants in Florence, am I choosing one that’s a lengthy walk west along the Arno, completely out of the touristy area?... Read More

An airy, pleasantly undistinguished space smack-dab by the walls of Lucca. Read More

The restaurant doubles as the town hall and serves caponata, a Sicilian staple of eggplant, olives, capers, and tomatoes. Read More

Located up a winding, stepped alleyway, the pizzeria is easy to miss; patrons often get lost looking it or stumble upon it while looking... Read More

Lunch on veal cutllets at this spot, located next door to the Castelvecchio Museum. Read More

My favorite small medieval hill town, among the vineyards of one of the worlds’ greatest wines Brunello, this tiny, circular, little-visited jewel has... Read More

In an all-but-hidden alleyway in Anacapri, on the quieter, north side of the island, the Trattoria Il Solitario takes up an outdoor garden in front of a... Read More

Halfway up the old volcano called Monte Amiata, hidden at the end of a road of a tiny hamlet, is this revered trattoria with a blazing grill in its... Read More

Reservations are certainly needed at this brightly lit, 12-table trattoria located one block from the Piazza Vittorio. Brothers Enrico and Daniele... Read More

Our dearest Tuscan friend Rosana makes the pasta by hand and many other things by the heart. Luca (the owner) and his family are basically crazy about... Read More

Below the Campo, next to the marketplace, sits this timeless trattoria. I’ve loved this place for 25 years. The whole family—mamma runs the kitchen... Read More

Lauded for its simple, no-frills Tuscan fare, Sostanza is also known as Il Troia (the trough) because its long, wooden communal tables are always packed... Read More

Fashionable Turinese dig into a fabulous bagna cauda or a velvety parmesan-and-zucchini flan under the vaulted ceiling of this vineria in the happening... Read More

Tre Scalini offers a decadent chocolate dessert in one of the most picteresque plazas in Rome. The tartufo begins with a hard chocolate outer shell that... Read More

The colorful osteria on the dirt road that leads to Punta Licosa serves delicious local favorites and organic fresh fish. Read More

At this lively pizzeria in the Oltrarno, Neapolitan-style pies are served in a setting designed to resemble a vico (side street) in Naples, with... Read More

A relaxing wine bar by the river, the family-operated Vicolo Divino caters to the locals with a quality wine selection and a friendly, quiet atmosphere.... Read More

Some call it “a little piece of paradise.” We stayed there this fall and I must say it’s pretty close. A half hour north of Siena or forty minutes south... Read More

A new sibling for Birraria La Corte, as well as a counterpoint: While the Birraria specializes in beer, Vinaria is all about wine—especially local wine.... Read More

In 2002, the Roscioli family transformed their deli into a bakery, restaurant, and wine bar, where they serve 450 different kinds of cheeses, more than... Read More

At this enoteca con cucina, share soft chickpea farinata, triangles of airy pesto quiche, crudités, and first-rate salumi. Read More