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Michelin Announces 2019 Stars for Italy

Uliassi, a restaurant on the Adriatic coast, is Italy’s newest three-Michelin-starred restaurant

A dish at Uliassi, Italy’s newest three-star restaurant

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]

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