Today, at a ceremony in Parma, Italy, French tire brand Michelin announced its picks for the top dining destinations in the country. The big news in 2019: Italy has a new three-star restaurant, Michelin’s highest honor.
Uliassi, located in Senigallia on Italy’s Adriatic coast, has three stars after spending several years at the two-star level, according to restaurant blog Fine Dining Lovers. Run by sister and brother team Catia and Mauro Uliassi, the restaurant puts a heavy focus on seafood and offers both tasting menus and a la carte dining. Uliassi joins nine other three-star restaurants for a total of 10 three-star restaurants in Italy, meaning that all of last year’s three-star destinations maintained their status, including famed Modena restaurant Osteria Francescana.
Michelin accolades put restaurants on an international stage. Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana debuted on Michelin’s list with one star in 2002. It was only after the restaurant earned two Michelin stars in 2006 that fellow restaurant appraisal organization the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list took notice. In 2009, Osteria Francescana debuted on the list at no. 13, and in 2018, years after earning three Michelin stars, it topped the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
The two awards draw from the same pool — three of Italy’s other three-Michelin-starred restaurants are also on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, including Reale, Piazza Duomo, and Le Calandre. It could be just a matter of time before the country’s newest three-star restaurant makes an appearance.
There were no new two-star restaurants on the list year, but the guide includes 29 new one-star restaurants from more than two dozen Italian municipalities, bringing that total to 318. Overall, the guide features 367 starred restaurants, up from 356 last year.
Check out the restaurants new to Michelin’s list below, and stay tuned for the full list of Italy’s Michelin stars.
New three-star restaurants
Uliassi – Senigallia
New one-star restaurants
Confusion Lounge – Arzachena
Sapio - Catania
Lido di Spisone – Taormina
Quafiz – Santa Cristina di Aspromonte
Due Camini – Savelletri
Bros’ - Lecce
Caracol – Bacoli
Vitantonio Lombardo - Matera
Locanda Severino – Caggiano
Casa Iozzìa -Vitorchiano
Danilo Ciavattini - Viterbo
Moma – Rome
La tenda Rossa –Cerbaia in Val di Pesa
Al 43 – San Gimignano
Giglio - Lucca
Abocar Due Cucine – Rimini
Harry’s Piccolo - Trieste
Stube Hermitage – Madonna di Campiglio
In Viaggio – Bolzano
Astra – Collepietra
Degusto Cuisine – San Bonifico
12 Apostoli –Verona
Materia – Cernobbio
Sedicesimo Secolo – Orzinuovi
Spazio 7 – Turin
Carignano – Turin
Locando del Sant’Uffizio – Cioccaro
Cannavacciuolo Caffè Bistrot – Novara
Cannavacciuolo Bistrot Torino – Turin
• Michelin Guide to Italy - See the New Stars [Fine Dining Lovers]