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Italy Gains in Michelin Guide With New Three-Star Restaurant

November 16, 2011

Nov. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Italy has a new Michelin three-star restaurant today with the promotion of Osteria Francescana, Massimo Bottura’s establishment in Modena, while four other restaurants gain their second stars.

They are: Principe Cerami, Hotel San Domenico Palace, Taormina; L’Olivo, Hotel Capri Palace, Capri; Quattro Passi Massalubrense; and Oliver Glowig, in Rome. No fewer than 33 are awarded their first stars, taking that total to 250.

Among Italy’s regions, Lombardy still has the most stars, with a total of 56 starred venues, Michelin said today in an e- mailed release. Piedmont ranks second, with Campania and Emilia- Romagna coming an equal third. Tuscany is the most dynamic region, with six new starred restaurants and six new Bib Gourmands, representing value for money.

Italy now has a total of seven restaurants with three stars and 38 with two. Three stars mean exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey; two are for excellent cooking, worth a detour; one denotes a very good restaurant in its category.

Michelin & Cie. is the world’s second-biggest tiremaker, after Bridgestone Corp. It produced its first guide in August 1900, distributed free of charge (until 1920) and intended for chauffeurs. The guide contained practical information, including street maps and tips on using and repairing tires.

The restaurants that have gained this time are:

(Richard Vines is the chief food critic for Muse, the arts and leisure section of Bloomberg News. He is U.K. and Ireland chairman of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards. Opinions expressed are his own.)

--Editors: Mark Beech, Catherine Hickley.

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