Destinations / TRAVEL BUZZ
La Playa Carmel by the
Sea, built in 1905 by artist
Christian Jorgenson as a
gift for his wife, a member
of the Ghirardelli family, is celebrating its 110th
anniversary by offering
a special buy-out package, wherein guests can
make the grande dame
their own private estate
for one week for $110,000,
or couples who have honeymooned or spent an
anniversary there can
return for $110 per night
for up to two nights (
photos are acceptable proof).
laplayahotel.com MIMI TOWLE
DO Tour the vineyards in Calasetta, which is
connected to Sardinia by an ancient Roman
bridge. Sardinia is known for fresh seafood and
Calasetta's 140-year-old vineyards. (Many of
these wineries can be found on Poggio's menu.)
EAT Visit Ristorante da Pasqualino for fregola
sarda, a semolina pasta, which is like couscous,
served with frutti di mare. All the restaurant
menus here are seafood driven, offering fresh
tuna, spaghetti with bottarga, whole sea bass and
razor clams with olive oil and sea salt.
DO Tour the famous Campo de' Fiori market in
Rome. Americans might also enjoy Open Baladin,
the nearby beer hall with 28 microbrews on tap
from all over Europe.
EAT You’ll want to try carbonara and taglierini
pasta with white truffle at Roscioli and fried meatballs with pesto sauce and oven-roasted lamb at
Da Cesare, a local spot with not too many tourists.
Also don’t miss the veal saltimbocca, lamb
s weetbreads with artichokes, and fragolini (tiny
wild strawberries) with gelato from Ristorante
Piperno, a classic restaurant in the Jewish quarter
that has been open for many years.
DO Take time to walk the streets and admire the
views, and after ward enjoy the plentiful opportunities for wood-fired pizza.
EAT Make reservations at La Sirenuse, a restaurant in the Il San Pietro in Positano. Besides the
amazing display of fresh seafood (tuna focaccia,
a full raw seafood bar, local mackerel crudo,
blue lobster in a porcini sauce), you'll find razor
clams with spaghetti, braised veal tortellini
with shaved black truffles, and poached pear
with caramel gelato. The lemon trees growing
up the wall and the live musicians add ambience
to make this a memorable night.
Heading to Italy any time soon? When we heard about Poggio chef Ben
Balesteri and his partner Romano Chietti’s culinary and viticulture adventure
through Sardinia, Rome and the Amalfi Coast, we figured they would be the
best people to share some tips on where to eat and what to do. M. T.
Journey Like a Chef
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