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ROME: www.TopRestaurants.com/rome.htm
FLORENCE: www.10best.com
VENICE: www.Italy.artviva.com/essential_italy/italy_restaurants/restaurants_in_venice_italy
FROM EVERY CORNER OF ITALY: www.italytraveller.com/en/restaurants-all
THE 50 BEST RESTAURANTS IN THE WORLD - 2010: www.TheWorlds50best.com

The Best Restaurants in Italy:

PIEDMONT REGION:

Turin
Del Cambio Ristorante
Piazza Carigliano 2
Tel: 011 53 52 282
II Gatto E La Volpe Ristorante
via fontanesi 33
Tel: 011 8126882
Aosta
Vecchia Aosta Ristorante
Piazza Porte Pretoriane
Tel: 0165 366472
Vecchio Ristoro Da Alfio E Katia
Via Tourneuve 4
Tel: 0165 33238

LOMBARDIA REGION:

Milan
Giannino Restaurant
via Sciesa
Tel: 02 55195582
Aimo E Nadia
Via Montecuccoli 6
Tel: 02 416886
Stresa
Piemontese
Via Mazzini 25
Tel: 0323 30235
Lago De Garda (Sirmione)
Rucola Ristorante
Via Strentelle 7
Tel: 030 916326
Bergamo
Colleoni Dell'Angelo | Historical Restaurant
Piazza Vecchia - Bergamo Alta
Tel: 039 035.232596
Fax: 039 035.231991
www.ColleoniDellAngelo.com
Venice
Da Fiore
San Polo
Calle Scaleter 2202
Tel: 041-721308
Alle Testiere
Calle del Mondo
Novo Castello 5801
Tel: 041-5227220
Verona
II Desco
Via dietro San Sebastiano
Tel: 045 5955358
Friuli
San Daniele Del Friuli
Vecchie Carceri
Via G D'Artegnia 16
Tel: 0432 942256
Trieste
Bagatto Ristorante
Via Felice Veneziani 2
Tel: 040 301771
Udine
Amici Ristorante
Via Liguria 250
Tel: 0432 565555
Bolzano
Kaiserkron Ristorante
Piazza Della Mostra 1
Tel: 0471 970965
Trento
Due Spade Ristorante
Via don rizzi 11
Tel: 0461 234343
Ca' Peo
Chiavari a Leivi, GE
Via dei Caduti, 80
Tel: (0185) 31 96 96
Cell: (369) 186 5723
Fax: (0185) 31 96 71
5 rooms, Double: ý106
Closed: Nov, Credit cards: all major
44 km SE of Genoa, 22 km NE of Portofino
Region: Liguria
Owners: Melly & Franco Solari - Freinds of Marcello
The Ca'Peo, a well known restaurant serving some of the finest food in Italy, is located high in the coastal hills, south of Genoa. You might think you will never arrive as the road winds ever upward from the coast through groves of olive and chestnut trees, but the way is well signposted and just about the time you might be ready to despair, you will find a wonderful old farmhouse - owned by the charming Franco Solari, who is host and in charge of the wines ... and his talented wife, Melly, who is the chef. Their enchanting daughter, Nicoletta (who will immediately win your heart), helps out wherever needed. The intimate dining room, which has only nine tables, is enclosed on three sides by large arched windows to take advantage of a sweeping view to the sea. Dining is definitely the main feature and, if you appreciate fine food and wines, it is superb! However, in a modern annex there are five rooms (most are suites) available for guests who want to spend the night. The decor here is simple, but after lingering over a wonderful meal accompanied by delicious wines, how nice it is to walk just a few steps to your bed. The Ca'Peo is only about half-an-hour's drive from the popular resort of Portofino, so you might want to stay here instead or treat yourself to a memorable meal ... but reservations are necessary.
Ventimiglia
Balzi Rossi
Via Balzi Rossi 2
Ponte San Ludovico
Tel: 0184-38132
Baia Beniamin
Corso Europa 63
Localita Frimaldi Inferiore 18039
Tel: 0184-38002
Bordighera
Carletto
Via Vittorio Emanuele 339
Tel: 0184-261725
Imola
San Domenico
Via Sacchi
Tel: 0542 29000
Bologna
Silverio
Via Nosadella 37
Tel: 051-330604
L'Anatra E L'Arancio
Via Rolandino 12
Tel: 051 22550
Montalcino
Poggio Antico - You Must Go!
Loc Poggio Antico
Tel: 0577 849200
Montefollonico
La Chiusa
Tel: 0577 669668
Siena
Antica Osteria Da Divo
Via Franciosa 25
Tel: 0577 284381
Montecatine Terme
Enoteca Giovanni
Via Garibaldi 25
Tel: 0572 71695
Fax: 0572 71695
Gourmet
Viale Amendola 6
Tel: 0572 771012
Fax: 0572 771012
Florence
A local cuisine of exceptional quality. The best known dish has to be the bistecca alla fiorentina, but panforte, bollito, finocchiona and pappardelle are also firm favourites with locals and visitors alike. Soups are popular, prepared with peas, archichokes, cabbage and bread and one should never forget the Pappa al Pomodoro, a surprisingly simple dish (made primarily from bread and tomato) yet gloriously rich and full of intense flavour.
The Tuscan D.O.C.G wines are known throughout the world. Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, and Nobile di Montepulciano are among the finest, although the list of quality wines produced in the region is almost endless.
Price: $$$$
Cibreo
Via A. del Verrocchio 8/r
Tel: 055 2341100
The food at this upscale trattoria is fantastic - from the creamy crostini di fegatini (a savory chicken-liver spread), to the meltingly good desserts. If you thought you would never try tripe - let alone like it - this is the place to lay any doubts to rest: The trippa in insalata (cold tripe salad) with parsley and garlic is an epiphany. Construe Chef Fabio Picchi's unsolicited advice as a sign of his enthusiasm for cooking; it's warranted, as the food is among the best and most creative in town. Just around the corner is Cibreino, Cibreo's budget version, with a shorter menu and a No Reservations policy. Reservations essential. AE, DC, MC, V. Closed Sun. and Mon., July 25 - Sept. 5, and Dec. 31 - Jan. 7. (Source: Fodors)
Sabatini
Via de Panzani 9/A
Tel: 055 282802
Price: $$
Cantinetta Antinori
Piazza Antinori 3
Tel: 055 292234
After a rough morning of shopping on Via Tornabuoni, stop for lunch in this 15th-century palazzo in the company of Florentine ladies (and men) who lunch and come to see and be seen. The panache of the food matches its clientele, but be prepared to pay dearly for such treats as tramezzino con pane di campagna al tartufo (country pýte with truffles served on bread) or the insalata di gamberoni e gamberetti con carciofi freschi (crayfish and prawn salad with shaved raw artichokes). AE, DC, MC, V. Closed weekends, 20 days in Aug., and Dec. 25-Jan. 6. (Source: Fodors)
La Baraonda
Via Ghibellina 67/r
Tel: 055 2341171
A Hollywood set of a Tuscan trattoria could take some cues from this charming place, with its tile floors that recall the 1930s and tables set with tiny fresh flowers and patterned plates -- all signs that La Baraonda does things one notch better than most other places. The food is imaginative, from starters such as spaghetti con quattro P (literally, with four Ps: pomodoro,pecorino,pepolino, and peperoncini, or tomato, pecorino cheese, thyme, and chili peppers) to the farinata (a bread-based soup in this case). AE, DC, MC, V. Closed Sun. and Aug. No lunch Mon. (Source: Fodors)
Perugia
Osteria Del Gambero
Via Baldeschi 17
Tel: 075 5735461
Torgiano
Tre Vaselle Melgrano
Via Garibaldi 48
Tel: 075 9880447
Assisi
Cavalieri | Loc Petrignano Near Assisi
Via Matteotti 47
Tel: 075 8030011
Orvieto
Sette Consoli
Piazza Sant' Angelo 1
Tel: 0763 343911
Marche
Ascoli Piceno | Corso Ristorante
Corso Mazzini 277
Tel: 0736 256760
Senigallia
Madonnina Al Pescatore
Via Lungomare 11 | Localita Mazzocca
Tel: 071 698267

LATIUM REGION:

Rome | Price: $$$$$
Agata e Romeo Ristorante | www.AgataeRomeo.it
Romeo Caraccio - Friend of Marcello
Tel: 06 446 6115
(ph. 06 446 58 42; Via Carlo Alberto, 45 - Rome). Near S.Maria Maggiore. The intimate and elegant restaurant serves innovative Roman and southern Italian dishes using only the freshest ingredients, expertly prepared. The desserts are memorable, especially the legendary "Millefoglie". A meal will cost around 70.00 to 80.00 euro. Closed on Saturday and Sunday. All credit cards.
II Convivio Troiani (make a reservation)
Angelo Troiani - Friend of Marcello
Vicolo dei Soldati, 31
Tel: 06 68805950
La Rosetta
(ph. 06 683 08 841; Via della Rosetta, 8-9 - Rome). Near the Pantheon, it is without doubt the best seafood restaurant in Rome. The menu features innovative combinations of flavours and ingredients, and the owner-chef is regarded as one of the best in Italy. But reputations come at a price: expect to part with at least 80.00 euro for a memorable meal here. It is closed on Sunday and booking is essential.
Checchino dal 1887
(ph. 06 574 63 18; Via Monte Testaccio, 30 - Rome). It is a local institution and serves superb Roman food which means, of course, lots of offal. A meal will cost around 55.00 euro. Closed on Sunday evening and Monday. All credit cards.
DA FORTUNATO AL PHANTHEON VIA DEL PHANTHEON 55 TEL 06 6792788
Ristorante L'Arcangelo | www.RistorantiDiRoma.com
Via Giuseppe Giocchino Belli 59/61 - 00193 - Prati
Tel: 063 210992
Price: $$
Mia Osteria | Great Food | Casual
Vicolo Della Cancelleria 13 Rome
Tel: O6 68892729
Price: $
Panattoni Great Thin Crust Pizza
(ph. 06 580 09 19; Viale di Trastevere, 53 - Rome). It is also known as "L'Obitorio" (The Morgue) on account of its cold hard marble tables. It is one of the more popular Pizzerie in Trastevere. you can eat there for around 10.00 euro. It is closed on Wednesday and during August. All credit cards.
Hosteria Romanesca
(ph. 06 686 40 24; Piazza Campo deý Fiori - Rome). It is tiny, so arrive early in winter, when there are no outdoor tables. Pasta courses cost 6.00 to 8.00 euro an a full meal will set you back by around 20.00 euro . It is closed on Monday.
Pizzeria da Baffetto
(ph. 06 686 16 17; Via del Governo Vecchio, 11 - Around Piazza Navona - Rome).It is a Roman institution and is open every day. Its large pizzas would feed an army and deserve their reputation as among the best (and best values in Rome. Expect to join a queue if you arrive after 9 pm and don't be surprised if you end up sbaring a table. Pizzas are around 6.00 to 9.00 euro, a litre of wine costs 6.00 euro and the cover charge is 1.00 euro.

ABRUZZI REGION:

Pescara
Taverna 58
Corso Manthone' 46
Tel: 085 690724
Aquila
Antiche Mura
Via XXV Aprile 2
Tel: 0862 62422
Carsoli Aq
L'Angolo D'Abbruzzo
Piazza Aldo Moro 8
Tel: 0863 997429
Pacentro Aq
Caldora
Piazza Umberto 13
Tel: 0864 41139
Campobasso
Vecchia Trattoria Da Tonino
Corso Vittorio Emanuele 8 Guglionesey | Near Termoli
Guglionese
Ribo Ristorante
Contrada Malecoste 7
Tel: 0875 680655
Termoli
Z'Bass Ristorante
Via Oberdan 8
Tel: 0875 706703

CAMPANIA REGION:

Naples
Mimi all Ferrovia
Via Alfonzo D'Aragona
Tel: 081 289004
Napoli Mia Ristorante
Via Matteo Schilizzi 18
Tel: 081 5522266
Ciro A Santa Brigida
Via Santa Brigida 71
Tel: 081 55 24072
Positano
II Capitano Ristorante
Via Pasitea 119
Tel: 089 811 251
Donna Rosa
Via Montepertuso 97
Tel: 089 811806
Ravello | Hotel Palazzo Sasso Rossellini Ristorante
Via San Giovanni Del Toro 28
Tel: 089 818181
Sorrento
Ristorante Tasso
Via Correale | 11 Sorrento
Tel: 081 8785809
Quattro Passi Ristorante Hotel | Five Star
Nino the Chef is a good friend
For more info: www.RistoranteQuattroPassi.it
Sant Agata sui due Golfi | Near Sorrento
Don Alfonzo Ristorante | Five Star
Make a reservation
Tel: 081 8780026
Marina Di Seiano | Near Sorrento
Torre del Seracino Ristorante
Make a reservation - take a taxi
Tel: 081 802555
Amalfi
Santa Caterina | Lido Azzurro at the Seaport
SS Amalfitana | Great Restaurant, great view
Tel: 089 871012
Matera
Don Matteo
Via San Biagio 12
Tel: 0835 344145
Potenza
Due Torri
Via Due Torri 6
Tel: 0971 41161

PUGLIA REGION:

Bari
Antichi Sapori Ristorante
Loc Torre A Mare
Piazza Vittorio Veneto 5
Tel: 080 5431267
Alberobello | Near Bari
II Poeta Contadino Ristorante | Top Rated
Via Indipendenza 21
Tel: 080 4321917
Brindisi
Lanterna Ristorante
Via Tarntini 14
Tel: 0831 524950
Lecce
Borgo Antico Ristorante
Via Brancaccio 16
Tel: 0832 241569
Calabria
Catanzaro | Ophelia
Via Iannoni 63
Tel: 096 1794397
Reggio Calabria
Baylik
Via Leone 1
Tel: 096 548624
Tropea
Ogiggia
Largo Vescovato porto turistico
Tel: 096 3666797
Palermo
Osteria Dei Vespri
Piazza Croce DEI Vespri 6
Tel: 091 6171631
Loc Porticciolo | Near Palermo
Scrignio Dei Sapori
Via Rosario Nicoletti 35
Tel: 091 6912754
Muciara Da Nello El Greco
Via Roma 103
Tel: 091 957271
Taormina
Griglia
Corso Umberto 54
Tel: 0942 626047
La Giara Ristorante
Tel: 0941 23360
Agrigento
Baglio Della Luna II Dehors
Contrada Maddalusa Valle Dei Templi
Tel: 0922 511061
Cefalu
Brace
Via XXV Novembre 10
Tel: 0921 427570
Cagliari
Dal Corsaro
Viale Regina Margherita 28
Tel: 070 664318
Olbia
Gallura
Corso Umberto 145
Tel: 0789 24648
Porto Rotondo
Giovannino
Piazza Quadra 1
Tel: 0789 35280

The Best Restaurants in America:

New York City

Etcetera Etcetera
Daniel
Gramercy Tavern
Aureole
Nobu
Osteria Del Circo
Lattanzi
Babbo
Remi
Beppe
San Domenico
La Pizza Fresca
Del Posto
Scalini Fedeli
I Trulli
Felidia
Bottega Del Vino

Los Angeles

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