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Ai Marmi
Viale di Trastevere, 53, Trastevere
Taking up a fairly large storefront in Trastevere, this traditional Roman-style pizza spot is an important stop if you’re eating your way through the city. Order off the lengthy menu (we suggest going purist with a Margherita), take a seat at one of the communal tables inside or street-side and enjoy your pie (you eat it with a knife and fork) while watching the pizzas go in and out of the massive oven in the open kitchen. Keep in mind that they keep to evening hours only and are big on take-out, so you’ll see a steady procession of locals picking up stacks of pizza boxes to take home for dinner.
Bar Luce
Largo Isarco 2, San Luigi
Since opening in 2015 in Fondazione Prada, this Wes Anderson-–designed café has almost become synonymous with Milan—at least, for those in the worlds of fashion and design. Stepping through its doors feels like walking onto one of Anderson’s film sets, with jukeboxes, Steve Zissou (a character from The Life Aquatic)–themed pinball machines, pastel Formica chairs, and terrazzo floors that all give off a kind of retro, 1950s sense of nostalgia. It’s certainly one of the prettiest spots you’ll find for a biscotti and espresso break.
Come il Latte
Via Silvio Spaventa, 24/26, Ludovisi
One of the more Instagrammable gelato shops, Come il Latte's walls are lined with old-fashioned milk bottles, the floors are black-and-white tiled, and their flavors are handwritten on a chalkboard menu. They pride themselves on making super fresh gelato daily, and on their ingredient sourcing, which draws from around the world: vanilla from Madagascar, pistachio from Sicily (mixed with ricotta and white chocolate in one flavor and oranges in another), cinnamon from Ceylon (cinnamon cream is counted as a specialty, and there's also a pear sultanas variation), and so on. Don't feel like you have to be adventurous with your flavor choice, though; Come il Latte does the classics right.
Cugisi Cheese Farm
Via della Boccia 8, Montepulciano
Tuscany is as renowned for its wine as it is for its Pecorino, and perhaps no cheese farm does it better than Cugusi. You can tour the dairy, meet the sheep, or cut to the chase and just stock up from the store. Whatever you buy, you’ll wish you bought more. “This famed cheesemaker also offers a picnic-basket service with products from its farm,” says Voigtmann. “It’s the perfect way to enjoy a picnic overlooking Montepulciano.”
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