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Best restaurant in Italy?

Crabby Clara Sep 20, 2007 06:15 PM

I keep getting different suggestions about what is the best restaurant in Italy. Here are some of the suggestions:

dal Pescatore Santini in Canneto
San Domenico in Emola
Le Calandre, outside of Padua in Rubano

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    zerlina RE: Crabby Clara Sep 21, 2007 10:09 AM

    These are the 2007 Michelin three-star restaurants in Italy:

    Florence Enoteca Pinchiorri
    Canneto sull’Oglio, Milan Dal Pescatore
    Soriso, Milan Al Sorriso
    Robano, Padua (near Venice) Calandre
    Rome La Pergola

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    1. re: zerlina
      RicRios RE: zerlina Sep 23, 2007 02:51 PM

      Careful, don't trust Michelin in Italy!
      They might demote a restaurant just b/c they stopped serving French wines. (I'm saying this from a good source...)

      1. re: RicRios
        jen kalb RE: RicRios Sep 26, 2007 07:40 PM

        we used to use Michelin on our early trips to Italy and found that the restaurant reccs at the bottom of their list were extremely reliable (very good bourgeois restaurants, for example where local businessmen lunched - welcoming, comfortable with tasty food) Id agree that many of the higher rated places we tried in those days were too "european" . Also, I think though many years have passed and I may be in error that they listed more restaurants in those days than now.

        Whatever the truth about the french wines, Michelin is not the only source praising the restaurants listed above.

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      DavidT RE: Crabby Clara Sep 21, 2007 10:36 AM

      Acknowledging that there is NO "best restaurant" in Italy, I would submit Guido in Pollenzo (Piemonte) for the short list of the best restaurants in Italy.

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        Clove RE: Crabby Clara Sep 26, 2007 07:09 PM

        la Tenda Rossa, just outside of Florence
        Piazza del Monumento, 9/14
        50020 Cerbaia in Val di Pesa (Firenze)
        Tel. 055 826132

        1. mbfant RE: Crabby Clara Sep 28, 2007 07:39 AM

          I'm sorry to say I've never been to San Domenico (Imola), but Pescatore is superb, and Le Calandre, where we went just a few months ago, was magnificent.

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            kofka RE: mbfant Oct 16, 2007 01:27 PM

            Is La Calandre far from Padua? We will be staying in Venice are trying to decide whether to make the trip for dinner one night. It would involve a train to Padua and then I suppose a taxi. We could get a taxi but given that dinner will probably cost four figures (in US $) for three, I am loath to keep pushing the boat out.....I really can't make a decision on this one...

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            dfalato RE: Crabby Clara Oct 13, 2007 11:14 AM

            Don Alfonso near Sorrento is insane. I have eaten at some of the best restarants all over the world and have turned into a snob and this place blew it out of the water. This is in my top 5 meals of all time. He is world famous chef and knows personally the most famous chefs in the US.

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