Subject: Re: dining in Italy
Hi Larry... This is a great subject. Here we go: Rome: Trattoria Margutta (I believe the street is Via Margutta). Near the Spanish Steps. Reservations important. Have the Pumpkin Tortellini. This is a really good restaurant, popular with Romans, and the Pumpkin Tortellini is a standout dish.

Venice: The buffet at the Hotel Metropole. More than you could want to eat; a great variety of Venetian and other dishes, all nicely prepared and served. Small room, lots of fun. We eat here on every trip to Venice. You will probably get lots of recommendations for small restaurants, but this one is different. And you can wear anything you want, but it is fun to get a little dressed up here. The Metropole is a very pretty old-world kind of place. A bit expensive to stay in, but really nice.

Cinque Terra: If you want something a bit special, try the dining room at the Hotel Porto Roca in Monterosa al Mare. Reservations a must. This is a very nice restaurant, very popular with Italians out for a special night. And this hotel is something special, too.

Santa Margherita: I love this town, and my favorite restaurant is Pescetore on the waterfront. A small and very popular restaurant. Great seafood. You need reservations.

Hope this helps Debbie Cole-Weber