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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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7 Ways to Enjoy Olio Nuovo

Fresh-pressed, new-harvest extra virgin olive oil from Italy

7 Ways to Enjoy Olio Nuovo

Olio Nuovo is here! This year’s harvest just landed—fresh-picked, cold-pressed and air-freighted straight from the olive estates in Italy. What is Olio Nuovo? Olio Nuovo, each year’s first, newly-pressed olive oil, is the freshest, greenest, liveliest expression of the just-picked olive...

Al Ceppo

Every time I am in Rome I eat at this very chic elegant restaurant in the Parioli district of Rome, and lucky for me Cristina and Caterina Milozzo, the owners of Al Ceppo, are dear friends. Cristina makes wonderful dishes and commands over the dinning room during service hours, and Caterina...

Al Moro

Every time I am in Rome, I must eat lunch at Al Moro. After many visits, and bringing illustrious friends over to lunch, I finally get a smile and recognition from the very stern Moro (quite an achivement). I thought I'd share Mimi Sheraton's writing on the place, since she does it so much...

Antica Locanda Mincio

Located a few miles to the southwest of Verona, Valeggio sul Mincio is the capital of the "tortellini." These tortellini, unlike the ones from Bologna or Modena, are a little larger and are served not in broth, but with melted butter, sage and a generous grating of Parmigiano.  The Antica...

Antica Macelleria Cecchini

Dario Cecchini, the king of beef in Tuscany, along with his wife, my dear friend Kim (we went to UC Davis together!) rule the top of the hills of Panzano for a meal that will take you into cow heaven--It's better than theatre! Enjoy a most convivial meal at the Officina della Bistecca, and drive...


Chiara and Massimo Maserio, the owners of Cammillo, are very dear friends of mine. We do cooking classes together and eat together, at their restaurant and at home. In fact, the staff and service at Cammillo gives you the feeling of being at home I love that the overwhelming menu allows me to...