Monday, November 19, 2012

SOUTHERN STARS

The Michelin Italia Hotel and Restaurant Guide for 2013 is out and the South is chasing the North in terms of stars!

Lombardy has the most stars in Italy with 50 one-star, four two-star and two three-star restaurants, while Piedmont is second with 32 one-star, five two-star restaurants and one three-star establishment. But look what happens next: Campania, with 27 one-star and six two-star restaurants, beats Emilia-Romagna [26 starred restaurants in total], Trentino Alto-Adige [25], Veneto and Tuscany [24 each] and Lazio [21]. Puglia has five one-star restaurants while Calabria and Sardinia both have three.

Sicily has eight one-star and three two-star restaurants and I am happy to say that the Province of Ragusa has done very well:  Il Duomo di Ibla in Ragusa Ibla has two stars, the Locanda Don Serafino, also in Ragusa Ibla, has one and another star is retained by Ragusa's La Fenice in the Hotel Villa Carlotta. Lovely, Baroque Modica is not left out as La Gazza Ladra in Modica Alta's Hotel Palazzo Failla retains its well-deserved star.

Only Taormina can rival Ragusa for Michelin stars in Sicily and the Principe Cerami in the San Domenico Palace Hotel retains its two stars, while single stars are again awarded to the Bellevue in the Hotel Metropole, the Casa Grugno [website apparently down] and La Capinera at Taormina - Lido di Spisone.  A celebration dinner for the city's "star" chefs is being held in the Palazzo San Domenico Hotel tonight.

In all, 307 Michelin stars have been awarded to restaurants in Italy for 2013.

Antonello Venditti - Stella

2 comments:

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

It sort of proves a point about the quality of restaurants in Italy, as 307 Michelin stars sounds a lot to me.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You're right, LindyLouMac.

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