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  1. Kelly
    May 15, 2023 @ 8:37 pm

    Thank you for all the help

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  2. Tiffany
    December 22, 2019 @ 4:49 pm

    I’ve been to Italy for extended visits on 4 separate occasions and no one cares when you order a cappuccino. I don’t why this is a common misconception, but it’s really not a thing. Order what you want when you want.

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    • Ali Garland
      December 23, 2019 @ 1:31 pm

      It’s what Italians have always told us when we go there. But I have to agree, most people don’t really care.

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  3. María
    March 27, 2018 @ 1:22 pm

    Ohh my, you should never eat a pizza if you are not at Naples or if you crave for it, search for a napolitan pizzeria because it is the best pizza. As well as the carbonara is the best from Rome.

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    • Ali Garland
      March 29, 2018 @ 2:00 pm

      I actually like the Rome style pizza better than the Naples style, but I know I’m in the minority! Thanks Maria!

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  4. Lauren Meshkin @BonVoyageLauren
    July 1, 2014 @ 7:59 am

    This will be so helpful for when I’m in Italy in October. I am so ready to eat my way through Rome. Thank you!

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    • Ali Garland
      July 1, 2014 @ 10:58 am

      Thanks Lauren! Enjoy your trip to Italy!

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  5. Matthew Cheyne
    June 29, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    There is some really good advice in this article.

    I would like to add that in addition to the wise advice given about finding where the locals eat in terms of getting good food, there are often substantial savings to be had by finding where the best local eateries are. Often the restaurants pitched at toursts are “tourist traps” in that they are stereotypical in what they offer and are often highly overpriced compared to what the locals are offered in comparison. This is true the world over from Italy to Germany to Thailand even to Australia.

    Just take Melbourne, Australia as an example. There are burger joints in Melbourne that will charge you up to $20 AUD just for a burger, not even the sides. However, if you disregard these tourist traps and know a few locals and a handy with Twitter, you can come across @beatboxkitchen – a mobile burger joint that offers some of the best burgers you’ll ever taste in inner city Melbourne and without all the touristy hype and overheads that accompany many of the burger joints in the city. If you’re prepared to do without meat altogether, Om Vegetarian on Elizabeth Street is $6.50 all you can eat between 11 and 9 daily.

    So it really pays to do your homework before you go to your destination, especially if you have dietary requirements that you need to consider.

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    • Ali Garland
      June 29, 2014 @ 5:45 pm

      I completely agree, Matthew. Finding the restaurants that don’t specifically cater to tourists means better food and lower prices. We try not to eat too close to the tourist attractions, just as a start. Also, staying in apartments is usually a good way to end up in a neighborhood that has non-touristy restaurants.

      If I ever make it back to Melbourne, I will *definitely* be asking you for advice on where to eat!

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  6. Kris
    June 29, 2014 @ 10:31 am

    Why no join one or more of our members in Italy to cook and eat local everyday food with them? It doesn’t cost anything and you’ll remember it as one of the est experiences in the country, i bet! Enjoy!

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    • Ali Garland
      June 29, 2014 @ 5:42 pm

      Thanks Kris, looks like a fun project you have there!

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    • Shirlee
      February 7, 2020 @ 3:06 pm

      How would I plan to do this?

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      • Ali Garland
        February 17, 2020 @ 12:25 am

        His link doesn’t seem to work anymore, so I had to take it out. But there are cooking classes and food tours in Rome (and in just about any city you’re interested in) that might be close to what you’re looking for. Here’s a pasta making class in Rome, and here’s a food tour in Rome where you get to make pizza at the end.

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