I’ve been living and working in Italy for most of my life. And I’m happy to say that food has been a big part of that. Not only do I love to cook, but am lucky enough to write about restaurants, shopping and travel for most of the big magazines like Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Bon Appetit and Town &; Country. I admit it, I’m a foodie, for better or worse.
For years I’ve kept a personal list of my favorites (restaurants, hotels, stores, bakeries, etc.) that I was happy enough to give out to friends, editors, colleagues – and, well, anyone who asked. And a lot of what I discover makes its way to this blog, where I write about all sorts of good stuff in Rome, Italy and beyond.
On March 11, 2011 I launched my first app and have been updating it and adding to it ever since.
EAT ITALY Is the result of my years of eating and living in Italy, all boiled down into handy, nifty app. Don’t go expecting exhaustive. If you want ALL the restaurants in each city there are tons of guide books out there – in English and Italian.The EAT ITALY apps are simply what I think is the best. In other words, these are all places that I go to, love and would send friends to. I’ve edited them all down to a list you can trust.
RAVES FOR THE EAT ITALY APPS:
TRAVEL & LEISURE: Top Italian Food Guide App: GPS-enabled apps with Minchilli’s picks and reviews for the best places to eat, drink, and shop for food in each city
FOOD & WINE: For anyone planning to visit cities in Italy, here’s a suggestion: The Eat apps written by Elizabeth Minchilli, veteran traveler and Italy specialist.
LA TIMES: “Minchilli’s judgements are informed and unvarnished.”
CONDE NAST TRAVELLER: “Elizabeth Minchilli, a true aficionado”
ZAGAT: “…for adventurous eaters – those who really like food.”
HUFFINGTON POST: “Minchilli beautifully details over 200 food spots.Minchilli clearly knows what she loves and loves to write.”
You’ll find most of the entries are located in the historic center of towns, since that’s the area most convenient for the majority of folks. In addition to restaurants, I’ve also included things like wine bars, coffee bars, bakeries, and kitchen stores as well as a selection of hotels.
How it works: EAT ITALY is a free app. You can download it this very minute. Right now. Right here on to your iPhone or iPad. Inside EAT ITALY you will find guides to different cities and regions. Rome, Florence and Venice are available as in-app purchases for a slight cost. Guides to Torino, Milan, Umbria and Puglia (and an ever expanding list of cities) are available for free.
The important things to know:
-If you previously purchased the original versions of Eat Italy, (the stand alone apps EAT ROME, EAT FLORENCE and EAT VENICE) these apps will no longer be supported or updated. They will continue to work on your phone in the current operating system, but they will eventually start to degrade since I am no longer able to update the software.
-My new app EAT ITALY is free.
-Eat Rome, Eat Florence, and Eat Venice can be bought as in app purchases in EAT ITALY.
– Guides to Puglia, Umbria, Torino and Milano are FREE. New cities and regions will be launching in the coming months. Stay tuned for Naples, Sicily, Parma and more!! As these cities launch, they will magically appear on your phone.
-For now EAT ITALY is only available for iTunes. Sorry Android users! I am currently working on a version for you , but it won’t be ready until 2018.