We’ve known for awhile that the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team would be headed to Italy this summer. And yesterday, Jim Boeheim shared a bit more about where exactly SU will be headed when they’re trailing abroad.
They’ll be going to Florence, Lake Como, Rome and Venice (why aren’t we going to Syracuse in Sicily?) — all fine destinations, and certainly places that Jim Boeheim could find chicken parm. But what else is he going to do while trekking around Italy?
We decided to create an itinerary for the Hall of Fame coach that keeps with his typical culinary exploits. If “Parts Unzoned” is going to happen for the ACC Network, this is clearly the first step to getting the project the green light. Jim’s Brazil food/travel diary has already set a high bar, however.
After heading over to the Uffizi Gallery to check out Michelangelo’s David and other great works, he can check out the Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace. Gusta Pizza is a good stop for lunch if he wants some of Florence’s better pizza. However, we know Jim and he’s probably going to have other ideas...
Not only is there a Hard Rock Cafe in Florence, but there’s also a traditional American diner (dubbed “1950 American Diner”). If Jim’s looking for chicken parm (and there’s a non-zero chance he will be), Trattoria Cammillo comes well-reviewed but is also on the pricier end. Knowing a deal when he sees one, Boeheim probably opts for Ristorante Accademia or Trattoria Za Za instead.
Or as Jim will refer to it, “Syracuse, if you put the word ‘Lake’ in front of the name.” Along with the cathedral (Cathedral of Como) and other places to catch some amazing views, he’s much more likely to scout out a spot like Villa Como. The view of the lake is fine, but again, looking for chicken parm first and foremost.
Jim’s options are limited in Lake Como. So don’t be surprised to find out that he just goes back to the same restaurant repeatedly, depending on how many days Syracuse is over there.
Boeheim and the team should obviously hit up the Colosseum and the Vatican while they’re there, and near the Vatican is a pretty great pizza place — Panificio Bonci — I’d highly recommend. Since they’ll be there in summer, who knows how much patience Jim has for the lines they’ll deal with at a lot of the tourist-centric spots. If he’s not big into church’s, it might be better to avoid St. Peter’s Basilica and go to the Vatican Museum and Gardens instead.
Jim could end up at one of many American burger places or Coney Island Street Food, which one TripAdvisor reviewer (of course) dubbed the “best food in Rome!” right above a review that tells you to try the burritos. That said, Boeheim does love Italian food, even when surrounded by it all the time. So Hosteria Del Moro and La Tavernetta 29 da Tony e Andre, which both have well-reviewed chicken parm selections are the call.
Would I pay to see a picture of Jim sitting in a boat while drifting around the canals of Venice? Yes. Will it happen? Almost definitely not. For attractions, he ends up at Doge’s Place, Basilica de San Marco and Piazza San Marco, assuming there’s a way around the crowds. Venice Cucina and Scopa Italian Roots both have chicken parm that people like. Worst-case, if the lines are too long, he’ll probably just wait for the team there.
Where would you send Jim to sight-see, eat and hopefully film an ACC Network pilot? Share your own Italy itinerary below.