If you could travel anywhere for a week, where would you go? What if money were no object? Where would your perfect Spring Break vacation be? The French Riviera? Cancún? Greece? Does your perfect getaway include adventure, leisure, or a mixture of both?
For me, my personal travel destination would be Italy. I would love to go and spend a week strolling (or boating) through the streets. I would love to experience the Italian culture in all of its richness and diversity. With three kids, a mortgage, and college to save for, though, a trip to Italy is not in my immediate future. What I can do is go on a culinary Spring Break. Thanks to Dine Out Charlotte, I will be doing just that.
I think I’ll start my culinary journey at Osso. Located at NC Music Factory, Osso is a great starting place for my food vacation. I will start by choosing to dine al fresco. Just choosing to dine outside seems to lend a more European, laid back atmosphere to the dining experience. They offer DJ music, too, so I will be able to enrapture all five senses into my dining destination.
I’ll also visit Rudy’s. Named after the owner, Rudy Amadio, Rudy’s offers neighborhood Italian fare. I imagine small, neighborhood restaurants like Rudy’s all over Italy, and I know that I will capture some of that down-home Italian cooking at Rudy’s. It has a more casual feel to it, so taking the family is a great idea.
I will round out my foodcation by visiting Fiamma. This is what I imagine Italy’s great Trattoriasto to be like: Homey décor, sumptuous food, and an incredible wine list. Nestled in posh Dilworth, Fiamma promises to delight the senses and deliver fine Italian dining. If you’ve ever wondered what an Italian vegetarian would eat, go to Fiamma! They have an incredible selection of vegetarian dishes. I was delighted to find out that they also have gluten-free options, something I have to tell my friends about!
Since flying off to Italy is not a budget-friendly option for me, I am going to take advantage of Dine Out Charlotte week (April 12-21) and enjoy the best of Italy right here in Charlotte. If I see you there, I’ll raise my glass to another savvy restaurant connoisseur.