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While the French slave for hours, fussily transforming ingredients into perfect dishes, Italians prefer to use perfect ingredients and let them speak for themselves. Pasta is a staple across the country, eaten as a first course and usually followed by a meat or fish main course. Pizza is a popular, cheap, and cheerful alternative. Italian restaurants will often cap off your meal with limoncello or another homemade digestivo.

Italian wines are among the best in the world and are priced accordingly. But in the wine regions, you can always get a great inexpensive bottle. The best reds—from full-bodied to ephemeral—come from Tuscany (avoid straw-covered bottles of Chianti, which will invariably be bad), Umbria, and Piedmont. If you're celebrating, prosecco (sparkling white wine) is a bargain compared with its French cousin, Champagne.

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Zibibbo, Florence

In the hills above Florence, Zibibbo is a country restaurant that's still inside the city limits. The journey is well worth it. Benedetta Vitali's cucina is...more

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Zeb

This tiny deli-restaurant in the increasingly buzzy San Niccolò district, below Piazzale Michelangelo, has stools around a central island and an affable...more

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Za' Mariuccia, Maratea

Down in the port of Marina di Maratea, an enchanting little harbor is home to a number of good seafood restaurants. Among them, the reasonably priced Ristorante...more

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Vic's, Rome

Finding a good spot for a bite of light lunch is not easy in Rome, where a gulf yawns between the sandwich-in-a-bar and the three-course-meal joints—which...more

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Vestri, Florence

For a great selection of handmade chocolates in intense, unusual flavors, come to Vestri, located just north of Piazza Santa Croce. Based in Arezzo, Vestri...more

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Verginiello

This bustling place just below the Via Roma bus terminus in Capri Town is popular with tourists and locals—always a good sign. The large main dining room,...more

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Venissa

A gourmet eating experience it may be, but Venissa must also rank as one of Venice's strangest. For a start, it's on an island—Mazzorbo—that most...more

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Vecchia Lugana, Sirmione, Italy

For three decades, the Ambrosi family ran Lake Garda's best restaurant in this converted 16th-century farmhouse at the base of the Sirmione peninsula. They...more

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Un Piano nel Cielo

Just occasionally it's nice to have an alternative to the Amalfi Coast's mamma-in-the-kitchen trattorias and formal seafood restaurants. The Casa Angelina...more

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U' Zifaro, Scario

U' Zifaro is one of the best local seafood restaurants along this—or indeed any other—stretch of coast. Housed in a former boathouse on the...more

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