Da Nando, Aosta’s best trattoria, is revered by locals and tourists alike for an excellent wine selection, hearty, traditional food and very fair prices.
Vinous Table, United Kingdom
Stuzzi is the antithesis to the previous night’s gustatory calamity. Instead of being slapped across the face, it slips an arm around your waist and titillates the olfactory senses before sitting down. The warm glow of intuition tells you: “Good choice my son, good choice.” Intoxicating scents drift over from the open kitchen as you soak in the buzzing atmosphere of a young crowd interspersed by families educating their offspring the delights of authentic Italian cuisine.
A Milanese institution, Boeucc has rich history that goes back more than 300 years. Classically rendered dishes, good wines, and an elegantly romantic ambience in one of Italy’s most beautiful dining rooms harken to a past epoch.
When friends weren’t able to travel to Piedmont this past fall, they did the next best thing and brought Piedmont to their home. This intimate dinner featured a lovingly chosen selection of Piedmontese classics, paired with a fabulous menu and an ungodly amount of white truffles. What could possibly be better?
Vinous Table, Italy: Center & South
The Corner Townhouse is one of the many recently born Rome restaurants that are popular with the “in” crowd, but The Corner has potential to stick around thanks to its inventive food, decent wine list and a beautiful dining room.
United States: New York, Vinous Table
There is something about the simplicity of a perfectly cooked bird that gets me every time. This recent dinner Le Coq Rico was one of the best meals I have had in New York City in a long time. A small group of friends gathered at the bar for front-row seats as we watched the action unfold in the kitchen in real time.
Italy, Vinous Table
San Marco is Venice’s most famous and beautiful square. Osteria Enoteca deserves similar amounts of praise, especially compared to dining establishments of the same ilk in the lagunar city. Well-made, non-touristy food, a great wine list and competent service are the ingredients that make Osteria Enoteca well worth a visit.
Italy: Piedmont, Piedmont, Vinous Table
Vintage 1997 offers solid, well-cooked renditions of updated Piedmontese classics in a quiet, refined but not stuffy ambience. The wine list teeming with great bottles at fair prices make Vintage 1997 a must stop for serious food and wine lovers.
France: Burgundy, Vinous Table
Bistrot du Bord de L’Eau is one of my favorite spots in Burgundy. The warm, welcoming room, hearty food and fabulous wine list make for a perfect place to enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner.
My latest dinner at Le Calandre was one of my two best meals of 2017. Precise cooking, masterful technical ability, concentrated flavors, professional but not stuffy service and an outstanding wine list all combine for a memorable dining experience.