Category Archives: Italian

CFE Hits the Big Time; Vol. II

I just noticed that Eater NY used one of the photos from our Osteria Morini post. Here it is again, in all its glory:

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Fancy Time: Osteria del Treno

When you’re far from home, distant connections don’t seem quite so distant anymore. I guess everything is relative. Eliza and I joined a couple of frogs for dinner one night during our stay in Milan. There was Rebecca, a former frog … Continue reading

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Standup Italian: Luini

We eat every day, yet few meals leave an indelible mark. On my last visit to Milan, my friend Rob took me to Luini as soon as I arrived. Located just behind the Duomo, Luini serves fried mini calzones called panzerotti. When jetlagged, … Continue reading

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The Genius of Apertivo

We call it happy hour. To the Milanese, it’s apertivo. But in truth, the two aren’t that similar. Apertivo is more about the food than the drinks. People seem to nurse a single drink for hours while taking ample advantage … Continue reading

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Non Solo Lesso

As luck should have it, my friend Leo happened to be in Milan while we were there. Leo lives in Shanghai, so this was a pleasant surprise, to say the least. When he suggested dinner at a restaurant that was “known … Continue reading

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What is Wrong With American Food?: Antica Trattoria della Pesa

I’m not afraid to generalize. What’s the point of travel if you don’t reflect on the little things that make us different? So here’s an odd thing about the Milanese. They won’t give you specific restaurant recommendations. They’ll send you … Continue reading

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New York All To Ourselves: Osteria Morini

Crowds are inevitable in New York–or so we thought until we visited during one of the recent blizzards up there. We arrived right after about a foot of snow was dumped on the city. It felt like a zombie movie. … Continue reading

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Osteria al Doge, New York NY

Our sister-in-law Kathy found Osteria al Doge, which was conveniently located near our hotels in the theater district. Austin isn’t exactly known for great Italian cuisine, so this was a treat. I had the pappardelle with Lamb Ragú, and it … Continue reading

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