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Sep 20, 2007 06:15 PM

Best restaurant in Italy?

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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  1. 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

      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

        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.

    2. 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.

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

        1. 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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          1. re: mbfant

            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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