I'm always surprised by the number of requests I receive for recommendations and at length have decided to share something of my 'virtual moleskine' here. I'd like to think of this brief list of some of my favourite places as highly curated rather than being a comprehensive 'guide'. These are places I have not only enjoyed, but would visit and in many cases have visited, again and again. 

Italy

Da Enzo, Trastevere, Rome

Da Enzo, Trastevere, Rome

Rome

EAT
Da Enzo http://www.daenzoal29.com/en/
Ristorante Piperno http://www.ristorantepiperno.it/
Armando al Pantheon http://www.armandoalpantheon.it/
Roscioli http://www.salumeriaroscioli.com/

SHOP
Mercati - Piazza San Cosimato, Campo de' Fiori and Testaccio
Society Limonata www.soctietylimonata.com/

LEARN latteria studio https://latteriastudio.com/

NAPLES

EAT Gino Sorbillo www.facebook.com/PizzeriaGinoSorbillo

Quattro Canti, Palermo, Sicily

Quattro Canti, Palermo, Sicily

Sicily (east / Central) 

PALERMO

STAY BB22 Palace www.bb22.it/
EAT Osteria Mercede https://www.facebook.com/osteriamercede
SHOP
Mercati di Ballaro and del Capo
Marchese Roberto

LEARN Palermo Street Food www.palermostreetfood.com/
SEE Quattro Canti and Teatro Massimo

TRAPANI / ERICE

EAT
Al Solito Posto http://www.trattoria-alsolitoposto.com/
Maria Grammatico (pasticceria) www.mariagrammatico.it/

VALLELUNGA PRATAMENO

LEARN Anna Tasca Lanza http://annatascalanza.com/

Antico Mercato di Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily

Antico Mercato di Ortigia, Siracusa, Sicily

Sicily (West)

TAORMINA

STAY Villa Carlotta www.villacarlottataormina.com/
EAT Roberto Il Mago dei Cannoli

ORTIGIA (SIRACUSA) 

EAT
Don Camillo www.doncamillosiracusa.it/
Taberna Sveva
SHOP Antico Mercato

NOTO / RAGUSA

STAY Notia Rooms www.notiarooms.com/
EAT
Café Sicilia www.facebook.com/Caffé-Sicilia-Noto
Ristorante Crocifisso www.ristorantecrocifisso.it/wps/
La Rusticana https://www.facebook.com/LaRusticana.Modica/

Australia

Milk and Honey, Mullumbimby, New South Wales

Milk and Honey, Mullumbimby, New South Wales

Sydney & GREATER New South Wales

SYDNEY

EAT
The Apollo www.theapollo.com.au/
Fratelli Paradiso http://fratelliparadiso.com/
Billy Kwong http://www.billykwong.com.au/
Da Orazio http://daorazio.com/

SHOP Carriageworks http://carriageworks.com.au/

BYRON BAY AND BEYOND

EAT
Fleet http://fleet-restaurant.com.au/
Milk and Honey http://milkandhoneymullumbimby.com.au/
Woods www.facebook.com/pages/Woods-Bangalow/

SHOP Mullumumbimby Market http://mullumfarmersmarket.org.au/

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Tasmania

STAY Ridgeline http://ridgelinepottery.com.au/
EAT Templo https://www.templo.com.au/
LEARN The Agrarian Kitchen www.theagrariankitchen.com/
SHOP
Salamanca Market https://www.salamancamarket.com.au/Home
Bruny Island Cheese Co. https://brunyislandcheese.com.au/

SE ASIA

Central Market, Hoi An, Vietnam

Central Market, Hoi An, Vietnam

VietnAM

HOI AN

EAT
Nu Eatery https://www.facebook.com/NuEateryHoiAn
Morning Glory http://tastevietnam.asia/morning-glory-restaurant
Miss Ly https://www.facebook.com/pages/Miss-Ly/

SHOP Central Market
LEARN Morning Glory Cooking School