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Vinous Table: Allen’s, Toronto, Canada

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Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

For hearty food with flavorful twists, and interesting sweet-sour and boozy nuances, plus one of the best all-Canadian wine lists Toronto and Canada have to offer, run, don’t walk, over to Allen’s.

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Vinous Table: Restaurant Laurin, Bolzano, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Jan 2017

Bolzano’s Parkhotel Laurin is not just the most prestigious and beautiful in the city but it also boasts the city’s most interesting restaurant. Rising star chef Manuel Astuto appears to have a great future ahead. A very good selection of fairly priced wines from Alto Adige and the rest of Italy makes dining here even more enjoyable.

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Vinous Table: Absinthe Brasserie & Bar - San Francisco

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Kelli White, Jan 2017

It really was by accident that I found myself eating at the bar at Absinthe in Hayes Valley a few weeks ago. Absinthe has been a staple of the neighborhood since it first opened in 1998. Both the interior and the menu are styled in the fashion of a French brasserie. Although the setting is darkly romantic, the penetrating nostalgia of both cuisine and scene make for a dining experience that is warmly comforting above all.

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Vinous Table: 8 1/2 Otto e Mezzo - Bombana, Hong Kong

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Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

8½ Otto e Mezzo-Bombana in Hong Kong is the only Italian three star Michelin restaurant outside of Italy, and it deserves every single one of those stars fully. This was easiest one of my top four or five meals of 2016.

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Vinous Table: Uliassi, Senigallia, Ancona, Marche, IT

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Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

Brother and sister Mauro and Catia Uliassi opened their restaurant in 1990 and have essentially never known anything but success. Located right on the seashore of Senigallia, in the Marche region, Uliassi offers a modernist take on old classics, but there is a solid mastery of traditional techniques and real knowhow in every dish that emerges from the kitchen.

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Vinous Table: L’Auberge de l’Ill - Illhaeusern, France

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Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

I doubt there is a more enjoyable manner anywhere in the world by which to start off dinner than out on the patio at l’Auberge de l’Ill’s magical riverside location. The meandering, lazily ebbing waters of the Ill river are enough to lull you to sleep, but the fairy tale, extremely picturesque setting is such that you’ll stay wide awake as you peruse the rather large menus you’ll be handed by your waiter as you take your seat outside.

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Vinous Table: La Madonnina del Pescatore, Senigallia (Ancona), Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Dec 2016

The official name of the restaurant is La Madonnina del Pescatore but everybody just knows it as Moreno Cedroni, the bandana wearing owner-chef who is one of Italy’s best known, most famous and easiest to recognize cooking personalities. No matter which name you use, this two Michelin star establishment is one of Italy’s top 15-20 dining destinations. You’ll never regret having booked a table.

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Vinous Table: Trimani Wine Bar - Rome

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Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

Still going strong after twenty-five years, Trimani Wine Bar has been, from the start, a bright and important addition to the Eternal City’s food and wine scene, which didn’t exactly shine when the place opened years ago.

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Vinous Table: La Table du Gourmet, Alsace, France

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Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

There are places that you realize should have more recognition the minute you walk in or sit down. Jean-Luc Brendel’s outstanding La Table du Gourmet is one of these. The restaurant is nestled on a quiet side street of the postcard pretty Alsatian town of Riquewihr, an open air museum of very well kept 16th and 17th century houses and cobblestone streets it’s impossible to tire of.

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Vinous Table: La Buca, Cesenatico - Forlì-Cesena - Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Nov 2016

How many people have heard of or been to La Buca? If you haven’t yet made your way run, don’t walk, as soon as humanly possible. Simply put, La Buca is easily one of Italy’s best seafood restaurants.