THE ITALIAN JOB
When it comes to the art of fine dining, the Italians certainly know a thing or two about serving up a formidable feast and it’s no surprise that some of their top restaurants are regularly voted the best in Europe. Here we pull up a chair at five of the country’s best-loved Michelin-starred establishments we can highly recommend on your next visit.
Borgo San Jacopo
Hotel Lungarno, Florence
Looking out over the River Arno, Ristorante Borgo San Jacopo offers guests the ultimate fine dining experience with unforgettable views of the Ponte Vecchio. Chef Claudio Mengoni brings his philosophy of true, authentic cooking with ingredients which stand out for their uncompromising creativity and rigour. He combines flavours, colours and forms to create memorable dishes with a distinctive taste.
Hotel Hassler Roma, Rome
With iconic views of the Eternal City from the top of the Spanish Steps, Imàgo is led by talented Chef Antonini – the restaurant gained its Michelin star in 2019 and has retained it ever since. Located on the 6th floor of Hotel Hassler Roma, Imàgo is a panoramic paradise and its stunning views are complemented by the taste, texture, and aroma of Chef Antonini’s reinterpretation of Italian cuisine.
La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini
L’Andana, Maremma, Tuscany
Located in what used to be the ancient granary, La Trattoria Enrico Bartolini is a contemporary restaurant where guests can experience the atmosphere and flavours of an exclusive “trattoria toscana” restaurant. La Trattoria’s cuisine is based on the principles of authenticity, simplicity and seasonality, with an emphasis placed on Tuscan traditions and products.
Rosa Alpina, Cassiano, Italian Dolomites
Having retained three Michelin Stars since 2018, Norbert Niederkofler uses only local and seasonal ingredients available at an altitude of 2,550m from local farmers to reflect the beauty and vivid character of the mountains with his exciting and ever-changing menu.
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento
Perched on the clifftops of the magestic Amalfi coastline, the 187-year-old Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is home to Michelin-starred restaurant, Terrazza Bosquet, a seafood restaurant which offers beautiful sunsets and a delicious menu by Chef Antonino Montefusco who champions his kitchen as an emporium of the soul.