Item description for Osterie & Locande d'Italia: A Guide to Traditional Places to Eat and Stay in Italy by Paola Gho & Carlo Petrini...
A comprehensive region-by-region guide to the most interesting and typical small restaurants, inns and hotels of Italy.
From the Alps to the Adriatic, from cheese fondue and white truffles to Neapolitan pizza and Sorrento lemons, the Italian peninsula comprises an incredible diversity of climates, cultures, and cuisines. In this special guide, the experts at Slow Food identify the best local places to eat and stay, providing over 2,000 profiles of traditional taverns, bed and breakfast inns, agritourism farms, and hotels.
Now available in English, and for the first time in one volume, this no-nonsense travel planner is an indispensable companion for anyone contemplating a culinary or cultural trip to Italy. Written by Italians for Italians, Osterie & Locande d'Italia is aimed at the discerning traveler who needs all the basic information (prices, accommodations, addresses), but also wants inside information on places that are "off the beaten track" and that reflect the most authentic face of Italy's regional character and cuisines.
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Studio: Slow Food
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8.25" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 4, 2007
Publisher Slow Food
ISBN 8884991145 ISBN13 9788884991140
Reviews - What do customers think about Osterie & Locande d'Italia: A Guide to Traditional Places to Eat and Stay in Italy?
The BEST meals we had during our entire vacation were from this book Jun 25, 2008
This book was an invaluable resource. Perfect for those who cherish great meals and good wine. We toured Italy from Lake Como to Verona, Venice to Florence and Bologna. In each city we made a point to eat at a site mentioned in this book. Every meal was unbelievable !!! We would love to see more Slow Food guides for other cities around the world.
Excellent book on local places Jun 21, 2008
We brought this book prior to an '07 three week trip to Northern Italy. It is based on the 'Slow Food' movement now going on in Italy. We purchased a number of other books to supplement this one. This book is excellent for people who want to "go" the way the Italian do, i.e., good food (a must for them)at a reasonable cost and small hotels/B & B types without all the hype. We are now using it again for a late '08 trip back to Northern Italy. As a side point - there are also Slow Food shops in Italy where you can purchase quick meals or food items to take away - all of the highest quality and fair price. Remember this "Slow Food" movement was started by Italians for their own people - the main idea was for top quality food and reasonable accomodation at a fair price and they have achieved it. Remember to look for the "Golden Snail"
REAL Italian Food! Jan 25, 2008
I almost hate to recommend this book since the Italian language editions have been sort of our secret for many years. Now anyone can find these wonderful places to enjoy authentic regional foods and wines in the REAL Italy! We've been to many, many of these places over the years and the descriptions of them are spot-on so I'm confident that the places we have yet to enjoy will be equally as good. Be patient though, just because the book is in English does NOT mean the folks at these wonderful eateries speak the language. The glossary helps a lot in this regard.
A smorgasbord of options Jan 13, 2008
An essential handbook for anyone with dreams of eating their way around Italy. The descriptions evoke strong images of romantic nooks with sumptuous offerings - all supporting the Slow Food philosophies of local quality ingredients prepared by passionate gastronomes. Included are accommodation options covering 3-star hotels to intimate farm stays. I won't travel to Italy without it.
Bravo Oct 23, 2007
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.