This week's tablehopper: when in Rome.

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The massive serving of rigatoni in Frankie’s famous ragù at F & J Pine in the Bronx (you even get your own meatball). Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Ciao ragazzi! I’m down to my last few days in New York, and am leaving on Saturday for Rome, and then Abruzzo, and then Sicily: heading to Palermo, Scopello, Agrigento, and Vittoria (can’t wait to finally visit COS and Occhipinti!). If you have any tips on places to eat or visit in these Sicilian towns and areas, feel free to send ‘em along since we’ll be driving all over—and thanks to all of you who already sent me ideas! So appreciated. It’s going to be so hot in Rome, mamma mia.

I fly back to SF in time for Outside Lands, and tablehopper won’t be back in your inbox until August 9th! I know, that’s a long time. But vacation is going to be so sweet. Ahhhhhh.

I just wrapped up a phenomenal week in New York with my sis, who came to visit. Nothing like having a guest in from out of town to go do all the things you’ve been wanting to do, and who loves to eat! We escaped the heat wave and spent a glorious day in Cherry Grove, we took a tour at the Tenement Museum and a (free!) Greenwich Village tour with the Village Alliance (highly recommend it!), we ate a ton of dim sum (RedFarm, Nom Wah, and The Bao), pizza (Di Fara, Bleecker Street), nova and bagels (at Russ & Daughters Cafe), martinis at the Russian Tea Room, coffee cocktails at Kobrick Coffee Co., a stellar (har) dinner at Estela (one of my top meals here), tried a cronut, danced at Mister Sundays, shopped, toured the Met (HAD to see the Psycho house), visited a relative’s restaurant in the Bronx (F & J Pine), and the finale, enjoyed eggs Benedict at its birthplace, the Waldorf Astoria, before it closes for changes and a renovation in 2017. WHOOSH. Fortunately we walked more than 10K steps a day, more like 13K, so we didn’t become complete blimps.

I still have a few more days of running around here, trying to see and do as much as I can before I fly out—like have a drink at the Four Seasons before it closes Saturday. What an amazing six months, thanks New York! Karl the Fog, I’ll be home soon.

See y’all in August, ciao for now!
Marcia Gagliardi

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