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Rolando Recommends

sharingtable2Eating, drinking and sharing a table with family and friends is one of the greatest pleasures of my life. I receive about 10 emails a day from friends and clients always asking me to recommend where to eat when they travel to many cities around the world, so we decided to list most of my favorite places and what to eat when you go there.

Make sure you mention you are friends of Manicaretti and big smiles will greet you.

Buon appetito!

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Castel Toblino

On my way to visit our dear friend Eleonora Cunaccia from Primitivizia, stopping to have lunch in beautiful Castel Toblino is a must. The setting is right out of a postcard, and the food very sophisticated and perfect to have along with the wonderful wines of Trentino. 

Da Delfina

Carlo, the charismatic chef and owner of Da Delfina, is my "adopted father." The long and winding road up to Artimino, to the west of Florence, brings you to a place that seems lost in time and space. It is in fact, my favorite place on Earth. The majestic view of the Tuscan country side will...

Dal Bolognese

This stylish restaurant is a wonderful place to see and be seen, right on Piazza del Popolo in Rome. It's fun to hear waiters here say "No!" when you order something that you should not have (if you're ordering like a proper Italian), such as a cappuccino after lunch! I love the Bollito Misto...

Dei Frescobaldi Ristorante & Wine Bar

Right off Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Duccio will receive you with a warm smile and serve you his delicious food. There is a bottle of Laudemio Extra Virgin Olive Oil on every table so you can indulge with every dish. The vast Frescobaldi wine portfolio is poured by the glass. Don't miss...

La Leggenda dei Frati

South of Florence, and in the heart of the Chianti Classico district, there is this very sophisticated restaurant that serves very honest food beautifully presented. The dishes are typical Tuscan, but with a modern twist. 

La Sangiovesa

A few miles away from the beach city of Rimini, La Sangiovesa is a must-stop when travelling from the north to Abruzzo on the A-14 together with the Peduzzi family of Rustichella d'Abruzzo. This convivial place is famous for the piadina romagnola a type of flat bread that is topped with...