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Vinous Table: Le Sélect, Toronto

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Ian D'Agata, Oct 2016

Everyone has a favorite dining spot, one that’s close to his or her heart and always opens the floodgates of memories past. One such place for me is Le Sélect bistro in Toronto, a place I used to go to any chance I had back in my adolescent Toronto days.

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Vinous Table: Hazelnut Kitchen, Trumansburg, NY

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Kelli White, Oct 2016

On my recent trip to the Finger Lakes I made the gross miscalculation of flying in to New York City, which left me with a near 5-hour drive to my hotel. Somewhere around Ithaca I began to get hungry. By the time I hit Trumansburg I was famished. Driving down the main street I happened past Hazelnut Kitchen, which had been recommended by multiple people. Bedraggled from the long drive, I shuffled inside and sat down to the best meal of my trip.

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Eating & Drinking in Piedmont: 2016 Edition

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Oct 2016

Piedmont is strikingly beautiful pretty much all the time, but it is especially magical this time of year. The last days of summer melt into fall, temperatures drop, leaves burst into glorious expressions of color and the buzz of harvest is in the air. Mushrooms and white truffles add to the natural bounty of the Piedmontese table. There is no better season to explore Piedmont’s vinous and gastronomical riches.

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Vinous Table: Arnolfo, Colle di Val d'Elsa - Siena, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Oct 2016

Arnolfo, a two star Michelin establishment since 1999, is one of Italy’s fifteen best restaurants and boasts a remarkable track record of consistency. In fact, I cannot think, off the top of my head, of any place in Italy that has had fewer culinary ups and downs than this one. It is a testament to the professionalism and the extreme passion of the Trovato brothers that Arnolfo is as close to a sure bet in Italian fine dining as there is to be found.

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Vinous Table: Untitled at the Whitney, New York

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

I didn’t think it was possible, but Executive Chef Michael Anthony and his team outdid themselves with this spectacular dinner. Over the last few months Untitled has become one of my favorite spots in Manhattan.

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Vinous Table: La Pergola Restaurant Bar

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Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

If there exists a more beautiful place anywhere else in Italy than Sorrento’s La Pergola Restaurant Bar, I am not aware of it. Housed in the Bellevue Syrène hotel, perched atop the cliffs overlooking the Bay of Sorrento the La Pergola Restaurant Bar is dramatically situated alongside the long, beautiful and canopied entrance to the hotel.

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Vinous Table: Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Paris

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Ian D'Agata, Sep 2016

For many foodies, Joël Robuchon is arguably the greatest chef in the world. Robuchon’s slews of successful fine dining establishments all over the globe are a testament to his cooking abilities.

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Vinous Table: The Polo Bar, New York

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2016

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical going to the Polo Bar for the first time. Reservations are nearly impossible to come by and the Polo Bar has acquired a reputation for being quite a scene since it first opened last year. Our dinner was absolutely delicious. I can hardly wait to go back.

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Vinous Table: L’Arcangelo, Rome, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

If asked what I think is Rome’s best overall restaurant, I have no difficulty in answering “L’Arcangelo”. Simply put, the restaurant is as close as to a “sure bet” in the world of fine dining as there is.

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Vinous Table: Yuet Wah Hui Seafood, Hong Kong

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2016

Yuet Wah Hui Seafood is one of many eating establishments in China that looks somewhat non-descript and almost tawdry, but that serves amazingly well cooked food that is faithful to original Chinese recipes.