Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Italy has a new Michelin three-star restaurant today with the promotion of Osteria Francescana, Massimo Bottura’s establishment in Modena, while four other restaurants gain their second stars.
They are: Principe Cerami, Hotel San Domenico Palace, Taormina; L’Olivo, Hotel Capri Palace, Capri; Quattro Passi in Massa Lubrense, Naples; and Oliver Glowig, in Rome. No fewer than 33 are awarded their first stars, taking that total to 250.
Among Italy’s regions, Lombardy still has the most stars, with a total of 56 starred venues, Michelin said today in an e-mailed release. Piedmont ranks second, with Campania and Emilia Romagna coming an equal third. Tuscany is the most dynamic region, with six new starred restaurants and six new Bib Gourmands, representing value for money.
Italy now has a total of seven restaurants with three stars and 38 with two. Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one denotes a very good restaurant in its category.
Michelin & Cie. is the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, after Bridgestone Corp. It produced its first guide in August 1900, distributed free of charge (until 1920) and intended for chauffeurs. The guide contained practical information, including street maps and tips on using and repairing tires.
The restaurants that have gained this time are:
Three Stars: Osteria Francescana, MODENA Two stars: Principe Cerami, Hotel San Domenico Palace, TAORMINA L’Olivo, Hotel Capri Palace, CAPRI Quattro Passi, MASSALUBRENSE Oliver Glowig, ROME One star: La Clusaz, GIGNOD Magione Papale, L’AQUILA Loro, TRESCORE BALNEARIO I Portici, Hotel i Portici, BOLOGNA Cielo, OSTUNI Da Nadia, CASTREZZATO Alpenroyal Gourmet, Grand Hotel Alpenroyal, SELVA DI VAL GARDENA Johannes Stube, NOVA LEVANTE La Siriola, Hotel Ciasa Salares, ALTA BADIA Il Centro, PRIOCCA D’ALBA La Rei, Hotel Il Boscareto Resort, SERRALUNGA D’ALBA Coria, CALTAGIRONE Il Palagio, Hotel Four Seasons, FLORENCE Ora d’Aria, FLORENCE Acquacotta, Hotel Terme di Saturnia, SATURNIA Dattilo, STRONGOLI La Magnolia, FORTE DEI MARMI Bellevue, Hotel Metropole, TAORMINA Al Pont de Ferr, MILAN Alice, MILAN Unico, MILAN Sud, QUARTO Pascia, INVORIO La Palta, BORGONOVO VAL TIDONE La Bandiera, CIVITELLA CASANOVA Lunasia, Hotel Green Park Resort, TIRRENIA Atman, PESCIA Pascucci al Porticciolo, FIUMICINO La Sponda, Hotel Le Sirenuse, POSITANO Locanda Severino, CAGGIANO Al Ferarut, RIVIGNANO Quadri, VENICE L’Approdo, Hotel Cala del Porto, VIBO VALENTIA
(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)
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