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Southern Italy

Famous Family-Run Restaurant "Lo Scoglio", Amalfi Coast, nr Sorrento, Napoli region.

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

At this stunning Amalfi Coast restaurant "Lo Scoglio" (Italian for "rock" on which the dining room sits), you eat sitting above the waves as they unceasingly caress the beach providing a restful cadence of background sound. "Lo Scoglio" stands apart on the Sorrento dining scene, actually the world dining scene, as a truly authentic "Farm to Table" restaurant owned and run by De Simone family through three generations and a forth growing like weeds. It used to be a common sight but it is a rarity in this day and age.

This is a traditional country food restaurant serving Grandmother De Simone's recipes with their firm roots in the local region's family kitchens. They are prepared“Spaghetti alla Nerano” with only the freshest and best of ingredients and no stinting on quality of all other ingredients as well. This is truly what we call "Haute Grand Mere" cuisine. Refined yet simple; beautiful yet truly a full meal. You will not go away hungry. Linda started with the Vegetable Tasting Dish and it was more than she and I could eat together. Of course I was deep into my plate of “Spaghetti alla Nerano” but there were so many vegetables a group of four diners would be hard put to leave nothing on the serving dishes.
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Grand Hotel Capodimonte****+, Sorrento, Amalfi Coast, Napoli region.

Grand Hotel Capodimonte

This deluxe four star PLUS luxury hotel hangs onto a steep, craggy cliff face just on the edge of the western part of the Amalfi Coast town of Sorrento in Southern Italy. The numerous structures stepup the cliff face one above and set-back from the next. Even the pool is a staircase of five pools each spilling over into the next. The views are truly spectacular out over the town of Sorrento, the harborsand out to sea across the Bay of Naples and Vesuvius in the distance. Sun rises and sun sets and unforgettable! And yet the lively center of the town is at your door step and a short walk away.

Sadly when we were there in the spring of 2022, we think the Pandemic had hit the hotel as it has most hospitality restaurants and hotels all over the world and the food, other than the great breakfast, was disappointing to say the least; edible butBreakfast Buffet not special and not inexpensive. With not enough staff, everyone is over worked. We found the service to be proper but often sloppy and not especially friendly. We were surprised. But it is an easy walk into town where you can find almost anything you want. Even British food which comes as a shock since you are after all in Italy with some of the world's best food. in the hotel's two restaurants - "Le Ginestre" and "Le Querce" - both with gorgeous views over the coastline. In the warmer months, guests can choose to dine al fresco on the terraces of the Le Querce.
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Central Italy

"Hotel Splendide Royal & Restaurant Mirabelle", Rome, Italy.

Hotel Splendide RoyalFor my journey through from Milan to Rome, I chose to go my whole way by Rail. A great way to not only see the countryside but catch up on some reading as well. I was on my way to the fabulous grandeur of the five star luxury Hotel Splendide Royal right in the center of things in Rome. Elegance is the theme and elegant it was from the interiors to the food.

Their "Mirabelle Restaurant" is one of Rome’s finest eateries and so they proved to me in no uncertain terms.

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"Brunello Lounge & Restaurant", Rome, Italy.

La Meridiana HotelRome can be justly proud of one of its very best restaurants, "Brunello Lounge & Restaurant", located in the elegant "Regina Hotel Baglioni". Chef Luciano Sarzi Sartori has cooked for George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Silvio Berlusconi, and the Dalai Lama who gifted him with the Scarf of Peace. Just one of the many prizes accumulated by Chef Luciano for his Mediterranean cooking which combines tradition with originality.)
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North West & Italian Riviera

Royal Hotel Sanremo*****, Sanremo, Liguri, Italian Riviera.

La Meridiana Hotel

You will find the five star luxury "Royal Hotel San Remo" located just a block or two off the main road into the lovely old Italian coastal town of San Remo on the beach of the Italian Riviera just across the coast road from the sea.

Just twenty five minutes from Monte Carlo and the gate-way to the Italian Riviera, a stay at this charmer is to experience a more pastarefined and gracious way of life combining the elegance of the past with the comforts and plugged in way of life of today.
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Their restaurant "Fiori di Murano" is excellent and features authentic Ligurian cuisine and olive oils.
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The Park Hyatt Milan Hotel*****, Milan, Italy.

La Meridiana HotelNow the Hyatt hotels are princely; the Park Hyatts are fit for a king (or a “re” in Italiano). Stay with me and we’ll all be speaking the language in short order! First of all, the Park Hyatt Milan is a 5 star boutique hotel housed in a palace born in 1870; however what was old is super-new and in the best of taste.

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Hotel La Meridiana ****, Garlenda, Liguria, Northwest Italy.

La Meridiana HotelA lovely country hotel just inland from the Italian Riviera not far from the French border. Right on excellent golf course and in the middle of many activities. Fresh comfortable modern rooms and suites done in traditional style in warm earthtone colors. Excellent restaurant (see below)

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Restaurant "Il Rosmarino", Hotel La Meridiana, Garlenda, Liguria, Northwest Italy.

Il RosmarinoIf you love olive oil, pasta, pesto, vegetables, sea food done simply and with great finesse, this is the place for you. The chef has taken the local cuisine to new levels of sophistication yet never for an instant looses sight of the essential tastes of the localflavors. Traditional dining room with warm, friendly service who delight in introducing you to the regional tastes in food and wine.
Three Chef Rating.

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Hotel Splendido****+, Portofino, Liguria, Northwest Italy.

Hotel SplendidoA gracious, charming hotel with all the ambience of old world deluxe style and service but imbued with all the most modern amenities artfully hidden from view. Combined with the warmth of the welcome and service, this is a must if you visit the end of Italy.


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Restaurant “La Terrazza”, Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Liguria, Northwest Italy.

La Terrazza RestaurantAt Restaurant “La Terrazza”, we love the simplicity of the food, especially the fresh pasta, focaccia and the bounty from the sea glimmering just down the steep hillside that leads to the famous Italian fishing village of Portfino. It is filled with the tastes of Liguria.


Three Chef Rating.

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Hotel Splendido Mare***, Portofino, Liguria, Northwest Italy.

Splendido MareA small but immaculate and charming luxury hotel, the Splendido Mare (its big brother just above) is the perfect place to stay if you want to be right in the center of this lovely old fishing village. Equipped with its own trattoria and unimpeded view of the port.


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North

Hotel Villa Cordevigo***** Wine Relais, nr Lake Garda, (VR)

Villa Cordevigo

An 18th century Venetian Villa in the heart of the vineyards of the gently rolling countryside just east and south of lake Garda just at the foot hills of the Italian Alps. Ancient home of the Cristoforetti and Delibori families, the rooms and halls echo with generations of families through all the ups and downs history had in store for them. Today the villa is a magnificent hotel retaining the feel of older times but equipped with the comforts of today.
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Their restaurant Restaurant "Oseleta" under the capable hands of one Michelin starred executive Chef Giuseppe d'Aquino, this eatery is the main reason to come Interior Restaurantand stay at Villa Cordevigo. The cuisine is superb Italian food rendered with all the modern flair of a fine chef with years of experience in Italy and France while not loosing track of its roots in flavor and ingredients from the local soil and micro climate. This chef has a joy of his kitchen, not squelched by the rigors of attaining a Michelin star.
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