The best of Italian cuisine in a guide that examines 80 cities on five continents: large premises, but also bistros and pizzerias where we do not parody our recipes, on the contrary. Here are the certainties when traveling abroad and you don't want to make mistakes
The locals are loved by foreign gourmets who find Italian flavors and recipes, well interpreted. But they are also the landing places when we are abroad and the (legitimate) desire to eat a dish or a pizza to find home air comes. One of the most interesting of the Gambero Rosso guides is undoubtedly Top Italian Restaurants which reviews the best tricolor addresses abroad, now in its third year. In the 2020 edition they are reported 600 local selected restaurants, trattorias, pizzerias and wine bars located in more than 80 cities in the 5 continents. The selection is carried out with criteria that reward both the quality of the dishes offered and the attention to wines and products made in Italy. The guide, edited by journalist Lorenzo Ruggeri, is in its third year of life.
Famous names also from us
The Three Forks There are 25 tricolor of this edition. Many carry well-known signatures even in their homeland: Luca Fantin and Niko Romito in the restaurants of the Bulgari Hotel in Tokyo and Dubai; the judge of MasterChef Giorgio Locatelli with his Locanda in London; Ciccio Sultano with Pastamara in Vienna; Heinz Beck in Tokyo Carlo Cracco with the Ovo in Moscow, where the executive chef is Emanuele Pollini. And you can't miss The king of white truffle – Emanuele Bombana from Bergamo, seven Michelin stars in total – which is present with two of its premises: 8th and a half of Macao and 8 and 1/2 of Hong Kong . THE Tre Gamberi, or the best bistros and trattorias, are 15, just like the pizzerias that hit the mark with i Three wedges; finally 20 le Three Bottles, amazing collections of Italian wine in the world. The most awarded cities? A front row poker: Tokyo, Paris, New York and Copenhagen. Now we see the locals and chefs of the year.
Luca Fantin Restaurant – Tokyo
From 10 years on the tenth floor of the Bulgari Ginza Tower, the chef from Treviso has gradually built the best creative Italian cuisine in Asia, dosing the exceptional local raw materials, the rhythm of the seasons and a background matured at the service of great masters. The icon dish: Spaghetti Monograno Felicetti with sea urchins. Discounted write it, but the Restaurant of the Year is of a total class.
Giando – Honk Kong
There Wine list of the year awarded the work of Gianni Caprioli, very active in promoting the best Italian products also through his trattoria. Already, in addition to a network of niche stores. Emanuele Berselli is responsible for drawing up the wine list, with vintages also in the 50s, great expert who trained in the legendary La Ciau del Tornavento winery. From Giando, of course, you eat well.
Mancini – Stockholm
Active since 1978, for its constancy it has won the prize of Guardian of Tradition. In fact, thanks to the patron Claudio Mancini, one feels in Italy between homemade sausages served in a saucepan, two "right" slices of ham, the well-followed pastas and the true truffle in season. Excellent selection of oils and cheeses. About 2000 labels in the deep and rich cellar followed by Giancarlo Clark.
Tèrra – Copenhagen
A really interesting little place: Organic Urban Trattoria between innovation and contamination, halfway between Rome and Copenhagen. At the base there are a maniacal research of the ingredient – of the best organic producers – and the imaginative vein of Valerio Serino which is highlighted in dishes such as Spaghettone butter, anchovies and boreal bottarga. And the wine list is also original, curated by the companion Lucia De Luca. For the Gambero Rosso it is the Emerging Restaurant of the Year.
Emanuele Pollini – Ovo in Moscow
The protagonist of the TV series docu Italian taste on the Food Network he does very well even when he cooks and does not judge his colleagues. It's him Chef of the Year for the guide: talent made in Cesena, he had carte blanche from maestro Carlo Cracco in managing the restaurant of the Lotte Hotel in the Russian capital. The menu is made of very technical dishes, the right essential and very Italian in substance. And it can still improve.
Fierce Restaurant – New York
For theOpening of the Year you have to move to Chelsea, the signature is by the Roman Francesco Panella, also popular in Italy for his television programs: Little Big Italy on Nine or the previous one Brooklyn Man. Ferocious, evocative concept, with three rooms inside the new Moxy boutique hotel, in a few months it is already a cult among VIPs and simple gourmets for its authentically Italian cuisine and hospitality.
Futura – Berlin
The sign honors Lucia Dalla's song. The local awarded as Pizzeria of the Year it is located in East Berlin, in the heart of Friedrichshain, created by a good Neapolitan pizza maker such as Alessandro Leonardi who found a famous partner like the Planet Funk musician, Alex Uhlmann. All the ingredients are imported from Italy, the dough is fabulous, the masterpiece is Montanarine's initial series.
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