Exporting Law School (Italian Edition)


In a little under two weeks, I’ll be traveling to Italy to participate in Temple Law School’s Summer Session in Rome. It’s a real hardship, this job.

Because of the trip preparations, and a crashed computer, blogging has been light of late for me and will continue to be so for a while. (Though I’m preparing one big post before I go.) So, I thought I’d open an open thread. Here are some topics to spark discussion.

First, if anyone has recommendations for really exceptional meals in Rome, Florence, Sorento, and Naples, please share them. Yes, I know the food is good everywhere. I’m talking 10-ten-best-meals-of-your-life good.

Second, what is the Moneylaw perspective on the proliferation of summer programs run by domestic law schools? Such programs often seem to me to fill an important pedagogical mission – at least in design – because American legal education remains quite parochial. But Jeff Harrison blasted such programs in his 2006 Turkey Awards. What role should summer sessions best serve?

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8 Responses

  1. Lynn says:

    Lucky you.

    You should at least once try the ‘all-night bakery’ >> it is maybe fifteen minutes from campus, and a city block or two from the Vatican. Fresh chocolate croissants at any time of night! Anyone at the school will know it and give you more precise foot directions.

    If you have time to travel: Stromboli Island (I think the farthest flung Aeolian Island? is amazing: far-removed from the crowds, except on the hike up the volcano). And Cinque Terre (five small agricultural villages right below – on? – the Italian Riviera >> inaccessible by car: you have to take a train to the northern most village, and hike between the others).

    Am envious >> safe travel: have a good summer.

  2. Matt Bodie says:

    La Giostra in Florence.

  3. tim zinnecker says:

    On numerous occasions a local newspaper columnist has recommended DA BAFFETTO’S as the place to eat pizza in Rome (located two-four blocks from Piazza Navona and open only for dinner).

  4. Seth says:

    Dave, when you’re in Naples, you must go have pizza at Pizzeria Trianon, which is a short walk from the main train station. Perfect pizza.

  5. Alex Geisinger says:


    I am jealous as well. Perhaps it’s time to invest in some pants with an expandable waist-line for your gastronomic excursions!! I’ve been fortunate to have a few stints in Florence. Here are a few thoughts: First, there is a wonderful trattoria in the piazza mercato centrale called “Trattoria Mario”. It is cheap and packed with florentines–a true eating experience. Another wonderful experience is the brisket sandwiches cooked by the small restaurant (I believe it is called “Nerbone” in the southeast corner of the mercato centrale building). I recommend the “green sauce” to go along with it.

    As to other places, there’s a wonderful trattoria right next to Vivoli (you’ll go to Vivoli for Gelato I’m sure) called Pallotino that is a bit more upscale and nice. The best Pizza in florence is Il Pizzauolo just a short (few blocks) walk up from Santa Croce to the north and you should try a bistecca fiorentina with fagioli bianchi (followed up for desert with the traditional biscotti di prato and vin santo). This is traditional florentine food at its best. My favorite place for this is the Antinori Restaurant near piazza della republica.

    Safe travels and enjoy.


  6. BimetallismBaby! says:

    Papok (Via Salita del Grillo, 6b ) in Rome. Have the gnocchi, downright unbelievable. It’ll knock your socks off. The restaurant doesn’t look like much but the food is tremendous.

    Papok is the only restaurant I have been to where a patron requested the chef to come out of the kitchen so the patron could tip him directly. Now that’s hardcore dining.

  7. Jeff Harrison says:

    In my Turkey awards I did blast even more foreign programs in western Europe — not generally. Given the objectives is there any need for new ones? In addition, when the programs are taught and run by US professors I do not think the students get the emersion from which they could benefit. It’s really a contract between students and professors. Professors get paid a salary and expenses by the student — in effect — and students get credit for some class and a great deal of vacationing. For a really well thought out summer program in Italy see


  8. Lynn says:

    In the event you don’t have satellite television over the summer and get home sick: