Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Photographs of Italian Food in Italy

"How was the food?" is the first question friends and family have asked me since our return from Italy. How do I even explain the food? Hmmm. It's all Italian - you're not going to find a Thai restaurant. You can eat well for cheap. There are a lot of mom + pop trattorias and enotecas. A lot of places look like the kind of hole in the wall restaurant that you typically avoid. Don't be fooled! The decor and size of a restaurant in Italy doesn't reflect the quality of their food. Something I tried to do on the trip was order things that I don't usually eat.


Believe it or not - the best appetizer I've ever had was a Shrimp Curry Risotto at Bucco di Bacco in Capri. Holy Moly! I did not see it coming! It was sooo creamy, slightly spicy and the perfect texture. Sadly, we inhaled it and I didn't even get a photo.


This is a hard one - because pizza gets to a point where it just can't get any better. I think I had Level 10 pizza every time I had it in Italy. The highly praised Dar Poeta in Rome really brought it. Their Potato and Rosemany pizza was wooooooow!


Of course the winery we visited had the best offerings. I think we tried 10 different wines and took a bottle with us. However, the restaurant with the best wine was Ristorante da Gelsomina in Anacapri, Capri. They have a vineyard on the property and make their own organic wine on location. It was wonderful!


Hands down: Ristorante al Capri in Capri. Likely the most stunning restaurant view we have ever had! It's high in the mountain, overlooking Marina Grande.


While it's hard to categorize my 2nd - 7th favorite cities, my #1 is easy. Capri all the way. There's absolutely nothing like it that I can compare it to. It's a fun, chic, busy town in the mountains of an island - surrounded by the clearest, blue-green water you've ever seen! I can't wait to go back!

Buttery Spaghetti with pesto + tomatoes for dinner at Hotel Metropole in Bellagio

William was obsessed with Cod Fish while in Italy. Hotel Metropole, Bellagio.
Mine  |   Il Santo Bevitore in Florence, Italy
His   |   Il Santo Bevitore in Florence, Italy
A breakfast of croissants and coffee on our patio in Florence.
Insanely cheesy Gnocchi at Ristorante de La Punta in Bellagio. Stunning views!
I just now realized I tried almost every kind of pasta. Win! Ravioli, Tortellini, Gnocchi, Spaghetti, etc. It was ALL incredible. I remained Vegetarian the entire trip except for our 2 year anniversary dinner. I had a Shrimp Scampi Pasta that was pretty fantastic.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rome, Italy | Our Two-Year Anniversary Trip

Stayed at: Hotel Cosmopolita
Ate at: Dar Poeta, Bir e Fud, Gusto
Visited: Cul de Sac, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Coloseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain
Did: A bike tour of Roma.

Rome, Italy’s capital, is a sprawling, cosmopolitan city with nearly 3,000 years of globally influential art, architecture and culture on display. Ancient ruins such as the Roman Forum and the Colosseum evoke the power of the former Roman Empire. It's basically an Italian NYC. Very big, lots of tourists, super busy and hot! Rome was probably my least favorite city we visited in Italy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Capri, Italy | Part II | Our Two-Year Anniversary Trip

One last shot at convincing you Capri is the best place in the world. We spent 2 glorious days here that felt like months. In a good way. I never wanted to leave! This post shows photographs of the Blue Grotto, Centro di Capri, our boat tour around the island, Marina Grande, Ristorante Al Capri and more. I'm minimizing the text in this post - so please comment below if you have any questions!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Capri, Italy | Part 1 | Our Two-Year Anniversary Trip


Earlier this month, my husband and I went on a tour of Italy to find our favorite spots. We started with Capri and eventually ended in Venice 10 days later. I have SO many photos of this trip that giving a description for each one would take an eternity. If you have any questions, please comment below!

Capri, an island in Italy’s Gulf of Naples, is famed for its rugged landscape, upscale beach resorts and high-end shops selling handmade leather sandals and signature limoncello liqueur. One of its best-known natural sites is the Blue Grotto, a dark cavern where the sea glows electric blue, the result of sunlight passing through an underwater cave.

Part 1 of my Capri posts is about the other half of the island, Anacapri! We stayed in Anacapri because it's more residential, less touristy.

The view from our B&B