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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 4th Revised edition edition (March 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811832090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811832090
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 23 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 381 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,758,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandra A. Gustafson knows a great deal when she sees one. An intrepid traveler, she is the author of a dozen popular travel guides. She eats and sleeps in Southern California.

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Each listing in Great Eats Italy includes the following information: the name and address of the establishment, the area of the city in which it is located, the telephone number (plus fax, email, and Internet if available), the days and hours it is open and closed, annual closing dates, whether reservations are necessary, whether and which credit cards are accepted, the average price of a three-course a la carte meal without beverages, the price of the menu turistico (set-price meal), the cover and service charges, and whether or not English is spoken. Read the first page
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By A Customer on May 7 2004
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to have. With the number of restaurants in the major tourist centers of Italy, many serving very mediocre food, it is nice to have a way to find some good places.
I have the 3rd edition of this book (published in 1999) which I just used during a trip to Rome. Even though that book is old, I found the recommended restaurants to still be excellent. I am sure that the current 4th edition is even better.
A key feature of the book was the maps showing the locations of the recommended restaurants. This made finding nearby restaurants very easy. The other book I used on my trip was "Gambero Rosso Rome." That book had no maps, so was very hard to use.
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By A Customer on Sept. 4 2002
Format: Paperback
A current and concise book with relevant helpful details for selecting a decent restaurant while traveling in Italy.
The resturants listed are largely a matter of taste, but in general are quite good. I never felt ripped off by any of the restaurants the author recommends. Her assessments were fairly accurate, although the dishes she describes aren't necessarily available.
One major criticism is the organzation of the material. The book isn't the easiest to follow. It requires flipping between pages and sections to gleen together map locations and specific information.
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By Peter Berg on April 13 2003
Format: Paperback
We used the 3rd edition of this guide for a trip in 2001 to Florence, Venice & Rome.
The only bad meals we eat were when we didn't use the guide.
Al Fagianetto was near our hotel in Rome and we ended up eating lunch or dinner there nearly every day.
Many restaurants were out of the usual tourist areas but well worth the effort to find good food at reasonable prices.
We will surely use Gustafson's other guides in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
OK, not great June 29 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this book just for the Rome section and ripped it out to bring along. Most of the restaurants that we visited from here were just OK, not great. It still felt pretty hit or miss. Your best bet - skip books, get off the tourist track, find places that are busy with Italians eating in them and make your reservations for the next night. When we did that we were satisfied with every place we ate at.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very useful book May 7 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to have. With the number of restaurants in the major tourist centers of Italy, many serving very mediocre food, it is nice to have a way to find some good places.
I have the 3rd edition of this book (published in 1999) which I just used during a trip to Rome. Even though that book is old, I found the recommended restaurants to still be excellent. I am sure that the current 4th edition is even better.
A key feature of the book was the maps showing the locations of the recommended restaurants. This made finding nearby restaurants very easy. The other book I used on my trip was "Gambero Rosso Rome." That book had no maps, so was very hard to use.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A Great Help April 13 2003
By Peter Berg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
We used the 3rd edition of this guide for a trip in 2001 to Florence, Venice & Rome.
The only bad meals we eat were when we didn't use the guide.
Al Fagianetto was near our hotel in Rome and we ended up eating lunch or dinner there nearly every day.
Many restaurants were out of the usual tourist areas but well worth the effort to find good food at reasonable prices.
We will surely use Gustafson's other guides in the future.
Timeless Eats Sept. 30 2008
By Don Kline - Published on Amazon.com
I travel to eat and, with this guide in hand, I ate memorably in a different restaurant or trattoria every night for three weeks in Venice and Rome. The author's listings are, for the most part, unique to this book and evaluate an establishment's menu, service, ambience and location. (All locations are easy to find.) Her reviews are well written and reliable: she has eaten repeatedly at every restaurant that she lists.

This book allows those with discerning palettes to dine well in the company of in-the-know natives. If you want Italy's best cuisine, then get the Michelin guide. If you're on a tighter budget, you cannot do better with any other restaurant guide. (Friends who live in Rome were so impressed by the author's reviews of the restaurants already known to them that they were eager to try several others from the previous edition of this book. I gave them my copy.)
restaurant guide in Italy Feb. 3 2010
By AFajardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
this book definitely made a difference in choosing restaurants in Italy, I read it before my trip, found the ones I wanted to try and I got rewarded with authentic jewish roman cuisine, one of the best pizzas ever, excellent bread,great pastas, granitas and gelatos. we went to restaurants that sometimes only the locals know, they are the best.Before traveling, research the place you are visiting, it makes for a more rewarding experience.


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