Michelin today awarded a third star to Reale in Castel di Sangro and added three dual-star restaurants to its guide to Italy.
Reale’s chef Niko Romito’s “minimalist presentations exude flavors that are pure and intense,” Michelin said in an e-mailed release. “In all, eight restaurants have now earned the three-star distinction.”
The new two-star venues were Villa Feltrinelli in Gargnano, Devero in Cavenago, and Locanda Don Serafino in Ragusa. A total of 29 restaurants earned their first star.
Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two stars are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one star denotes a very good restaurant in its category.
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The guide contained practical information, including street maps and tips on using and repairing tires.