Top 10 Dishes of 2015

Baccala, Baccala, Baccala (Cod) – Ristorante Sissi, Merano, Italy Baccala Mantecato (Whipped Salt Cod), Fried Baccala Throat, Baccala Tripe with Tomato and Basil Oyster Cream with Clam Gelée – Maaemo at Ikarus, Salzburg White Asparagus Salad with Fresh Curd Cheese – Meirei, Vienna Scallops with Smoked Butter – Maaemo at Ikarus, Salzburg Goat Milk Risotto with Garden Herbs and Greens – La Bottega di Buon Caffè, Florence … Continue reading Top 10 Dishes of 2015

Top 10 Restaurants from 2014

A restaurant is rarely just about the food, it is always colored by the company, the state of being, the location, even the wine and the weather. Here were my top selections from 2014. These were some of the best and most memorable meals, but there were certainly other just contenders, places like Ristorante Crocifisso in Noto, Sicilia, or Ristoro del Lamole in Chianti. It … Continue reading Top 10 Restaurants from 2014

Septime

Spare industrial chic, this beautiful unpretentious restaurant offers incredible value. Consider it one of the leaders of the bistronomique movement. The constantly changing fixed price five course lunch is a steal for this now starred restaurant. Service is friendly and accommodating. Garden fresh vegetables are a focal point. Raw Albacore is anchored by colorful roasted beets. Foie Gras in Lobster Broth, is a decadent duo, … Continue reading Septime

Settembrini

This sprawling café, cocktail bar and restaurant takes up nearly a full city block on the heavily trafficked Via Settembrini, but divided into distinctly different spaces, each maintains a unique character. The restaurant is a quite oasis, an elegant shift from the busy street. The décor is classy but personal, with a blackboard on one wall listing wines by the glass, and quirky books, beakers and … Continue reading Settembrini