C'è crisi — it's crisis time: there's no way around it. Our former
prime minister insisted the opposite as recently as last fall, when he
told the world that Italian restaurants were packed to the hilt with
happy folk spending money right, left and center. But that was 2011.
Welcome to 2012, which finds Italy's economy poised on a slippery slope
and trickling south faster than melting butter.
Dining out will remain an option for few fortunate foreign wayfarers and
revolutionary nonconformists. But for others, pick carefully. Here's my
shortlist of where to score a value meal, and still feel like living La