Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Venice

MACARONS Gelatolandia: Small walk-up in Lido with daily changing flavors including an exceptional lemon sorbet MAYHEM Hotel Cipriani: If you can’t snag a poolside lunch reservation, stop by for a Bellini or twelve and people watching Harry’s Bar: Same Cipriani group makes more Bellinis in this classic location NOSH Al Cavaliere: Easy spot for a…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Lake Como

MAYHEM Cantina Folie: Incredible wine bar with a very fun charcuterie menu. Great date spot Grand Hotel Tremezzo T Beach: Adult playground for drinks, seafood heavy menus, incredible views and better people-watching NOSH La Terrazza Gualtiero at Grand Hotel Tremezzo: Special occasion Michelin-starred risotto that comes with a certificate of authenticity L’Escale Trattoria: Casual outpost…

Macarons and Mayhem Guide: Milano

NOSH Bamboo Bar: Upscale Italian with great wine list in the Armani Hotel Il Liberty: Upscale casual with a fun a la carte menu as well as prix fixe Ristorante Caruso: Classic Italian in an un-stuffy environment, a stone’s throw from serious shopping Terrazza Calabritto: Gorgeous outpost for seafood. Worthy of a celebration. Vertigo Urban…

DaV Mare- Portofino

Despite my love of Camogli, the best meal that I had was just a single course from DaV Mare in Portofino. This unassuming terrace of the Belmond Splendido Marina hotel made for the nicest lunch tucked away from throngs of cruise ship tourists. Service was friendly and the food was absolutely phenomenal. The website describes…

Portofino

A jewel box of upscale boutiques and cafes surround the U-shaped Portofino harbor. Come early to enjoy a short walk away from the throngs of tourists who will undoubtedly disembark from a tendering nearby cruiseship. While Portofino is lovely for a few hours, the real gem of this section of the Ligurian coast is Camogli,…

Vistamare- Santa Margherita

Vistamare, the signature restaurant of Grand Hotel Miramare, is the perfect ambiance for a special meal, or just a glorious place to dine and gaze into the eyes of the sea and twinkly lights along the Ligurian coast. Of course, you’re obligated to start with champagne and a 21 EUR glass in this location feels…

Grand Hotel Miramare- Santa Margherita

Situated in the center of the Santa Margherita strip is the gorgeous, grand dame Grand Hotel Miramare. The hotel has a slightly old world vibe, but manages to feel well-kept and modern at the same time. It reminded me a bit of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, on a smaller scale, and much simpler to enjoy without…

Vineria Macchiavello- Santa Margherita

Tucked away on one of Santa Margherita’s adorable, cobble stone side streets is Vineria Macchiavello. Not packed as the fococciarias were down the street, we landed here one very hot afternoon for a quick snack and it proved to be an excellent choice. The old timey entrance, chalkboard menus, and full window display were most…

Camogli

Holy Camogli- this is the most magical little town on the Ligurian coast! Bright buildings, a packed marina of fishing boats (not super yachts!), and steep streets lead to pebbly beaches, charming artists’ shops, and one old dame of a hotel. The vibe is absolute magic and far more enjoyable that the acclaim that Portofino…

Divino Wine Lounge- Santa Margherita

If you’re looking for an early bite in Santa Margherita and had the poor foresight not to make a reservation for anything…Divino Wine Lounge is an excellent choice. We settled here after a long day of travel and no food. There was one other couple enjoying a bowl of pasta at this off time, so…

Hotel Regina Elena- Santa Margherita

After winding our way between the French and Italian rivieras, Mum and I crashed at the Hotel Regina Elena which seems like an old villa turned budget(ish) hotel, but in reality is part of Best Western. We booked a week in advance and this is what the charming town of Santa Margherita could offer us…

Venice, Italy

Is there anything more classically Italian than a boat ride zipping down the Grand Canal in Venice with its colorful world passing you by and the country’s flag waving proudly in the background? Perhaps more so are the colorful buildings, meandering alleyways, and countless canals (and cannolis!) that await your disembarkation.