My genuine experience with booking a girls trip to the Dominican Republic using the Cheap Caribbean travel website.
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If you find yourself in the West Village, Olio e Piu is a must try. The inside is adorable and quaint. It’s the perfect mix of romantic vintage with a modern, upscale touch. Though in typical New York fashion, they try to cram as many tables into the small space as possible, which makes it extremely difficult to maneuver in and out of chairs and nearly impossible to get to your table without knocking into other diners on your way. Once you’re situated at your table there is plenty of space, though after three rounds of Olio Mules, controlling your noise level may be a bit more of a challenge.
Me and two of my girlfriends went to Olio e Piu for lunch and decided to order a few things for the table so we could try a little bit of everything. We got a caprese salad, eggplant parm and the campagnola pizza. Every table in the restaurant was filled and it didn’t take long for us to get our food at all. While we were waiting they brought out bread, oil, kalamata olives and roasted peppers which was addicting to say the least.
The caprese salad was one of the best I’ve ever had (and I spent six weeks in Italy). The heirloom tomatoes were extremely fresh and juicy, there was the perfect amount of balsamic glaze and the burrata was unbelievably soft and creamy. The eggplant parmigiana (melanzane alla parmigiana) came in the plate that it was baked in with bubbling, gooey mozzarella on top. I would highly recommend it. Finally, the star of the show – the campagnola pizza. The personal sized brick-oven pizza was a white pizza topped with mozzarella, prosciutto, arugula and parmigiano reggiano. It was cooked to perfection, with a crispy charred crust but still light and doughy.
As always, the food was great, but the company was even better.
If you know me, you know I may have a
slight serious shoe addiction. I am not super into accessories. While I love them on everyone else I just seem to always forget to add them! My infatuation with shoes is detrimental to my paycheck every month, but I decided to finally put this bad habit to good use! I put together a list of my favorite shoes for working women, because sometimes it’s hard to add style to a work wardrobe!
I personally work in the PR industry. The agency that I work for has a very relaxed dress code, not to say people don’t dress professionally, but there is definitely a sense of fashion freedom. So some of the shoes on this list may or may not be acceptable for you, depending on your place of work.
Like always, I included shoes for every price point.
I couldn’t write this post and not have these shoes first. My obsession is so real. These come in black and tan and go with pretty much everything. It’s hard to walk around NYC and not see these all over the place. They are perfect for a fashion-chic street style and work attire. They are perfect with jeans or a nice pair of cropped work pants. These mules are a serious statement piece that I cannot get enough of!
These shoes are great when you have an outfit that needs to be taken up a notch. The elevated platform trend is growing rapidly (& somewhat out of control at times). These shoes are the perfect height; they elongate your legs, provide support, but they aren’t out of control! I love them in this metallic gray, too. The only problem with these is you have to make sure there is no chance of rain when you wear them! Sam Edelman also makes a really cute pair of these in suede if you prefer that material.
This shoe combines three of my favorite summer styles – espadrilles, lace-ups, and wedges. Espadrilles go great with any type of clothing; dresses, skirts, and pants. They add a summer vibe to every outfit that I can’t get enough of. Lace-up sandals and heels are everywhere right now. While they aren’t always practical, they are always adorable 🙂 . And wedges I love for selfish reasons. They are so much more comfortable than heels and you can only really get away with them for a couple of months, so I like to take full advantage!
These. Shoes. I could die. The stripes, the style, and the thick heel. It’s seriously the perfect combination. I’m usually pretty basic in terms of the pieces that I put together in my wardrobe. I feel like everything could go with anything. That’s why I love shoes that stand out with patterns, they add a pop to any outfit! The best part is, you could wear these anywhere 🙂
I recently bought these and I think they’re perfect for work. They don’t have a huge wedge, but they definitely have enough to add some length to your legs and dress up your outfit. The best part is the price, they’re inexpensive but not cheaply made so you will definitely get your wear out of them without breaking the bank. They’re perfect for the coming months as it gets warmer out and you want your feet to breath!
These shoes have been everywhere this winter, but I love this color combo for the summer. These are a great close-toe option, especially for meetings or an interview. Again, these are a great statement piece. Almost as recognisable as a red sole 🙂
I love these heels. They’re not normal and boring, but they also aren’t too crazy so you can wear them without feeling like you’re trying to make a huge statement. The wood/denim combo is adorable and will go great with so many summer outfits. Also, reallly love the thick heel because you know I’m all about comfort 🙂 and I don’t feel like I’m going to tip over running through the office (yes, running).
These are just a few of my favorite shoe styles this summer for women who work. The best part is that most, if not all, of these shoes can be worn outside of work too. I love pieces with versatility! Let me know what you think about these shoes for working women! And if you have any personal suggestions, leave a comment below 🙂
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What better way to plan a trip than around food, isn’t that what everyone does? Oh, just me… It is difficult to find a bad meal in Italy, so when a meal stands out you know it must be pretty good. I spent six weeks in Italy and was able to deduce my favorite meals down to a short list to help you when you’re planning your next trip! These are the best restaurants in Italy (IMO). The locations are pretty spread out, so I’d be impressed if you hit them all 🙂
1: Gusta Pizza – Firenze (Best Pizza)
The first one on my list is a pizza place, which may be surprising to you because there is literally a pizza place on every corner. I stayed in Rome for the majority of my trip and pizza was a daily staple. Getting pizza in Naples is of course an experience in and of itself. But, Gusta Pizza in Florence definitely takes the cake for me. Warning: be prepared to wait in a line.
Some people may argue that this shouldn’t have made my list because it has become somewhat of a tourist attraction, but I don’t care. The dough is the perfect combination of soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. The sauce is just sweet enough with the perfect amount of garlic. There are only five or six pizzas to choose from and you really can’t go wrong with any of them. My friend and I split a margarita and the “Gustapizza”.
Nothing in Florence is a far walk, but it’s especially close to the Piazza Santo Spirito if you’re looking for the perfect place to eat your delicious pizza 🙂
2: Sant’Eustachio Il Caffè – Roma (Best Cafe)
This cafe is located near the Pantheon, so if this is your first time in Italy and you find yourself over that way I highly suggest getting your afternoon pick-me-up here. There is usually a pretty good crowd at Sant’Eustachio, if not a line out of the door but it is totally worth the wait. I can attest to their espresso, cappuccino, and if you have a sweet tooth like me their Granita al Caffè. Because of its location it definitely attracts tourists.
Just like any other cafe in Italy, there is a customary way to order, which can be confusing if you’ve never been before. You tell the person at the cash register what you want and you pay them. Then you go over to the bar and show them your order receipt. When you get your coffee you stand and drink it at the bar. Once you’re finished you can leave a couple of coins as a tip and be on your way! If you decide to enjoy your coffee/pastries sitting at one of their outdoor tables, expect to pay ten euros extra (usually between 10-20% depending on the place).
3: Restaurant Medioevo – Assisi (Best Dining Experience)
The stage is set for your dining experience the moment you walk above Roman ruins, which you can see through the class floor, into the restaurant. The entrance is somewhat obscure and easy to miss. The atmosphere is underground and medieval, which creates an unbelievably romantic setting. This is an especially great place to go with groups of six or more – they know how to cater to big groups. There were about fifteen of us and we fit comfortably with outstanding service.
We were each given the same plate for each meal, so not exactly family style but we didn’t order anything unless someone had dietary restrictions. We had four total courses starting with bruschetta, eggplant, zucchini and other fresh grilled veggies. Then we had a freshly made pasta dish, a pork dish, and just when I thought I wouldn’t be able to fit another morsel in my mouth they brought out a delicious flan.
4: Il Coccio – Tivoli (Best View)
“Best view” doesn’t even do this justice (don’t be fooled by the way it looks from the outside). Be prepared to eat your meal overlook the ‘Valley of Hell’ and not speak a word for minutes while you take it all in. There is not a picture in the world that could do it justice, so I guess you’ll just have to go and experience it for yourself 🙂 If you go, please make sure you get a window seat or sit outside!
The food here is of course unbelievable, too! It is reasonably priced, and the perfect location if you spent your day exploring the Villa d’Esta like I did. Depending on the time of year you go, I suggest asking your server for dish recommendations.
Ristorante Eolo on the Amalfi Coast was the runner up, but that views comes with a much higher price point!
5: Osteria alle Testiere – Venice (Most Authentic)
A very tiny restaurant that promises authentic and high quality food. Special attention is paid to every single ingredient that goes into the dish, which means you will never get a bad meal. This is for those that are into a true Italian culinary experience with authentic flavors. I highly suggest asking for recommended wine pairings for your dish, their wine list is beautiful.
Making a reservation is definitely recommended here!
6: Roma Sparita – Rome/Trastevere (Best Cacio e Pepe)
If you don’t know what cacio e pepe is, I’m sorry! Just kidding 🙂 Cacio e pepe is a Roman dish that literally means “cheese and pepper”, the cheese is usually Pecorino Romano cheese – need I say more? While the pasta is hot, traditionally fresh cheese is grated on top of it, creating a delicious cheesy pasta dish. However, Roma Sparita puts their own spin on it – they put the hot, homemade pasta into a bowl made entirely out of cheese. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this!
Trastevere will always hold a special place in my heart, because that’s where my apartment was located during my six week stay. This restaurant is tucked away on one of the cute back streets, away from the hustle and bustle in the heart of Rome. I love everything about this place! You may have to make a reservation depending on the time of year you go. We stopped by in the morning to put our name in and then went back for dinner that night!
7: Giolitti – Rome (Best Gelato)
Okay, don’t hate me – I’m sending you to another popular tourist spot. I wouldn’t have it on the list if it didn’t live up to its expectations though! Giolitti is definitely the largest gelato place I found in Italy. They have tons of unique flavors. You aren’t restricted to just one or even two flavors when you go (depending on the size you order) so make sure you try a few! If this is your first time trying gelato I highly recommend starting with the stracciatella. If you’re an experienced gelato-er I definitely recommend trying some of their more unique flavors!
*Fun fact I learned from one of my professors during my time in Rome – the higher the pile of gelato, the less fresh it probably is! Those big, beautiful piles of gelato that look so appealing are usually recycled from the previous day. Whereas the lower piles are often the most fresh!
8: Laboratorio Pasticceria Roberto – Sicily (Best Cannoli)
NEED I SAY MORE
9: Ristorante Le Tre Sorelle – Positano (Best Seafood Pasta)
The spaghetti vongole here is absolutely to die for.. The clams are delicate, delicious, and plentiful! The spaghetti is homemade and perfectly al dente, with the right amount of garlic. You really can’t go wrong ordering seafood on the amalfi coast, but this was my favorite experience.
10: Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina – Firenze (Best Overall)
While this is probably the priciest of all of the options I listed, it is worth every penny. My suggestion is to ask your server for wine pairing suggestions based on your order and don’t be surprised when they give you a complete history on how it’s made :). They are so knowledgeable that I literally had my server pick out my entire meal for me – haha. The service is amazing and the wine is even better. The ambiance is perfectly romantic. From seafood to pasta you really can’t go wrong. I highly suggest the tiramisu if you have room!
There you have it, the best of the best! The best restaurants in Italy. I am bias of course because I cannot claim to have tried them all. Let me know if you have any suggestions for my next trip! If you’re interested I also have a small travel diary from my trip.
BONUS – Your Foodie Checklist!
ロ Suppli (fried rice, cheese, and sauce balls)
ロ Cacio e Pepe (pasta, cheese, and pepper)
ロ Fior di zucca (cooked/fried stuffed zucchini flowers usually with ricotta and sardines)
ロ Go in any fresh “formaggi” (cheese) shop and try local cheeses
ロ Order a local wine in each city you go to
ロ Fresh cannoli in Sicily
ロ Pizza in Naples
ロ Seafood on the Amalfi Coast/Cinque Terre