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Bonjour, mes amis! I’m finally able to share the second and final video from our Italy-Paris honeymoon from back in August (August! – doesn’t that feel like a lifetime ago?).

Anyway, this was my third trip to Paris, Brian’s second, but our first time there together. It will certainly not be the last. While the focus of our honeymoon was Italy (10 nights, versus the finally 3 in Paris), the City of Love sure did upstage things. We’d both done all the main tourist attractions before, and yet the beauty, culture and all of the feels left us feeling like we could never get enough. This planet of ours is a big one with a lot of worthy places to visit, but if you told me I had to limit my travels to Paris and only Paris for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t be mad.

This video captures some of the highlights from our too-quick visit, including our first-and-also-not-last visit to Disneyland Paris (the Ratatouille ride is amazing and Brian talked about it for days). Would it be terribly American and uncultured of me to say that that was our favorite part? Because it kinda was. I have no idea when we’ll make our way back there, so until we do, this guy will have to tide us over. 

Music: “Paris” by Magic Man

Check our Honeymoon Part 1: Italy if you haven’t already. 

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Positano, Rome, Florence Food Guide{Enjoying dinner at Positano’s Da Vincenzo}

Ah Italy. There’s no place like it. Brian and I had such a wonderful time on our honeymoon (you can view our little home video here) that I can’t even begin to describe it (in fact I even wrote the rest of this post first, hoping that I would know what to say when I came back to the top, and I still don’t). So for lack of more eloquent writing on my part, I’ll just say that for a girl very much in love and happy to be newly married, who was also feeling equally hungry and deprived from dieting for a wedding, Italy, the land of romance and carbs was truly the perfect setting. And since it’d be incredibly selfish of me not to share our restaurant recommendations, here they are split between Positano, Rome and Florence. 

Positano Food Guide | fortune goodies{Truffle pasta at Al Palazzo}

Capricci 
Located right near the beach, Capricci is your best bet for takeout, or take-away as they like to call it. Their margherita pizza is delicious and a steal at 6 euros. Their sandwich options are equally fantastic and there are so many to choose from that you’re sure to find something that speaks to you. For to-go orders, order upstairs where you can also sign onto their free wi-fi for your instagramming needs. Special Note: Do not dine in. While take-away is both affordable and delicious, the sit-down meal isn’t worth it. We made the mistake of eating there one night and wish we’d tried one of the other beachfront restaurants instead. 

Da Vincenzo
This was the best meal we had in Positano, and that’s saying something, because it was an impressively tight race. From where we were staying, it was quite the trek up many steep steps, but it was worth it. It has this great modern-traditional family-run vibe. We started with the mussels and caprese salad. Both were perfect. Followed by a delicious onion and beef ragu pasta for me and a great garlicky tomato spaghetti dish for Brian. I have no complaints, only praise. 

Al Palazzo
The most romantic ambiance award goes to Al Palazzo. String lights and a canopy of greenery cover the outdoor restaurant. Highlights were the octopus salad appetizer and pasta in cream sauce with huge shavings of truffle. So great and wonderfully smelly.

Case e Bottega
Only open for breakfast and lunch, this place is a must visit. My only regret is that we didn’t go a second or third time. When you’re looking for a break from pizza and pasta, this is the place to go. You’ll marvel at the freshness and beauty of each of their juices, salads and sandwiches. I loved my meal so much that I even recreated the salad I had. You can read all about it here.  

Dessert
What about dessert you ask? We had gelato every day and night and you really can’t go wrong anywhere you go. But if you must know, Buca di Bacco offers the biggest selection of flavors, and the lemon sorbetto at the outdoor cafe at Covo Dei Saraceni (the hotel where we stayed – you can’t beat the location and I highly recommend it) is a must. If you’re looking for dessert that isn’t frozen, the 1-euro mini cannolis at Collina Bakery are the best cannolis I’ve ever had. 

Skip Ristorante Covo Dei Sareceni – It was both the most expensive and least enjoyable meal we had. It’s very possible we just ordered the wrong things, but neither one of us liked our entrees and I barely touched mine. 

Rome Food Guide{Sandwich and salad at Pane e Vino}

We were in Rome for less than 24 hours, so my restaurant recommendations are limited. In fact, I only have one to share: Pane e Vino right near the Colosseum. Since you’ll be in that area anyway, make sure you stop by for a sandwich and salad or two. The unassuming hole-in-the-wall restaurant is run with such love and care, and the ingredients were at the height of freshness. There’s a nice local beer and wine selection too. More than likely, Fabio, the friendly owner will be there to greet you and talk you through your options. Tell him we say hi and look for our names signed on the big wall of signatures. 

We were in dire need of a laundromat that night, so we actually had McDonald’s for our other meal. When in Rome, am I right? To be fair, I do think McDonald’s can be quite the cultural experience in foreign countries. I always make a point of visiting one when I travel because it’s always so interesting to see what special menu items they have. There were quite a few to choose from in Italy, but that night, we went with the caprese sandwich (burger with mozzarella, tomato and basil – really good) and the traditional Big Mac. Later that night, we stopped in a McCafe for some dessert (their McCafes put our sorry American ones to shame), and um, believe it or not, we had the best gelato of the whole trip at a McDonald’s establishment. Since I’m very confident in my food self-esteem, I have no problem owning up to this fact. Don’t knock it till you try it, people. 

Florence Food Guide{Pizza at Fuoco Matto}

In the matchup of Positano vs. Florence, it’s impossible to pick a winner. Positano has an almost out-of-this-world natural beauty, whereas Florence is steeped in rich romantic Renaissance history. Both food decks are similarly stacked as well. We enjoyed far too many great meals to share them all, but the standouts were:

Panini Toscani
You can’t not go to Panini Toscani for a sandwich. It wouldn’t be right. Not only is it less than 30 steps from the Duomo, but the food and experience are out of control. At 5 euros a sandwich, you’d expect them to rush tourists in and out as quickly as possible, but no, not for them. The owners and staff there care so much about their customers and product, that each person that squeezes through their small doorway is required to taste each of the three cheese and meat options before they can pick their combination. Not only do you get a taste, but you also get stories behind each ingredient. I was fascinated by the whole thing. I’d pay 5 euros just for the tasting, but you do get a big sandwich, on the best focaccia bread, out of it too. Brian pointed out how incredibly inefficient it was for them to go through the trouble of conducting these tastings, especially with a long line out the door, but these guys just really love what they do. I don’t know how they do it, but they’re doing something right. Honorable mention: Il Bufalo Trippone – another great panini establishment.

Fuoco Matto
Less than a year old, Fuoco Matto has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the top of Florence’s food scene, and we can see why. A self-described pizza and grill eatery, the restaurant was full of cool tourists and cool locals alike. Based on the very trendy ambience and the very low prices on the menu (10 euros for a plate of pasta), we were convinced the plates were going to be smaller tapas-sized servings. Under that assumption, we ordered several dishes, only to discover that they were actually full-sized servings. We were pleasantly surprised and uncomfortably full. Be sure to call ahead and make a reservation if you’re planning a visit. 

Tijuana
From the name, you can probably guess that this is a mexican-dining establishment. My friend Jillian recommended it to us when I told her we could use a break from all the Italian food. Normally, I wouldn’t consider a mexican restaurant so far from the home country, but I was craving chips and queso, so we gave it a shot. You guys, it was one of the best mexican meals I’ve ever had. Definitely worth going to if you could use a similar break from pasta. Order one of their frozen drinks if you’re ever there. I enjoyed the virgin pina colada of my dreams. 

That’ll do it from me. I hope you found this helpful, because I certainly enjoyed reliving each meal. 

And because I love it so much, here’s one more shameless plug for you to watch our honeymoon home video if you haven’t already (lots of food shots in there). And even if you have, there’s no shame in watching it again. I’ve rewatched it many times myself, and each time, I think about how much I could really use some beach time right now. Well, as it so happens, Brian and I head to Naples (Florida, not Italy) tonight for a fun weekend with friends. I love it when things work out so perfectly like that. 

Wishing you a great weekend yourself. Ciao!

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Today, I’m very happy and exhausted (I stayed up way too late editing this) to share the first of two honeymoon home videos starring the always beautiful Italy. For now, I’ll let the video speak for itself, and follow up with more details on restaurants and things to do in the next couple days. 

Music: “Everything” by Kaptan

If you like what you see, you can catch my other home videos right here.

P.S. I really wanted to edit this video to the tune of “That’s Amore,” but ultimately decided it wasn’t the right fit. I sure do love that song though, mostly for the imagery of getting pizza pies thrown in the eye. Sign me up. 

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