|You must have read and heard a lot about
Italian food. So, how come that you are only getting mediocre, tasteless,
Probably because you are a tourist. If you go after
the "tourist restaurants", exaggerated versions of real Italian
eateries, you will get lousy food and clobbered, too.
The secret is: follow the locals. No restaurant
would dare serve rubbish to an a local: they would get endless grousing
and a terrible reputation - they would be out of business within a very
When you travel by car, avoid the restaurants with
a majority of foreign or out of town cars parked in front. Look for the
ones with local registrations - they are likely to be good.
If you walk, look inside. If it's full of Italians,
it's probably OK. If it's full of tourists - go elsewhere.
If you can, ask a local where can you eat well - it
Italians love foreigners and make a lot of money on
tourism - but they also know that they can get away with serving them
expensive junk - so they usually do.