Start in Milan and head to Princi for freshly baked focaccia and their 24-hour coffee and cappuccino bar. Visit Porta Ticinese for an aperitivo or just order a cocktail at Cheese and a buffet dinner comes free!
Make your way to Bologna to sample its eponymous sauce. The ragu at Drogheria della Rosa, a restaurant housed in an old pharmacy, is delicious and inexpensive. In Florence, find your must-have dinners at La Giostra and Sostanza/Il Troia. The best panini are at I Due Fratellini.
Next stop? Rome. Head to Giggetto, in the city’s famed Jewish ghetto, to sit in the beautiful garden and enjoy their famous artichokes. In Napoli, don’t miss Antica Pizzeria da Michele and Pizzeria Starita — both have perfected the ancient art of pizza making.
Don't miss: Zanarini in Bologna for pastries, Florence's Moyo for free Wifi and a a cool, slightly sweet “shakerato” — a coffee drink made in a martini shaker, and Alla Rampa’s unforgettable salmon pasta under the Spanish Steps in Rome.