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Vinous Table: The Polo Bar, New York

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Antonio Galloni, Sep 2017

Although the Polo Bar is quite a scene, I have always found the food to be terrific, as it was once again this night. I have to admit that seeing what was once the flagship Ralph Lauren store on 5th Avenue closed is a somber reminder of the state of retail in the world right now.

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Vinous Table: La Petite Auberge, Trouville, France

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Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Most restaurants in Normandy’s delightful Trouville, a small seaside hamlet characterized by a quiet charm, engage in the preparation of simple and fresh but hardly memorable seafood dishes. Not so at La Petite Auberge, where the small menu of carefully prepared, complex dishes denote noteworthy culinary ability.

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Vinous Table: Au Carré des Feuillants, Paris, France

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Ian D'Agata, Sep 2017

Carré des Feuillants is one of my favorite restaurants, in no small part due to chef’s Alain Dutournier’s uncanny ability to match food and wine. The stellar service you would expect at a highly renowned spot, a sophisticated but not stuffy atmosphere and one of the world’s best restaurant wine lists makes it easy to hope for frequent return trips.

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Vinous Table: L’Écume Saint-Honoré, Paris, France

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2017

One of my favorite hangouts in the world, Paris’ L’Écume Saint-Honoré is a delightfully easygoing fish-mongerer whose owners had the brilliant idea, a few years ago, of setting up small tables and stools to perch upon to allow patrons to enjoy the fresh crustaceans and bivalves directly on the spot. A compact but qualitative wine selection only adds to the fun.

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Vinous Table: Taverna del Colleoni Dell’Angelo, Bergamo, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, Aug 2017

Colleoni is a truly historic Italian restaurant where you’ll essentially never have a bad meal. It is a bastion of ultra-dependable, traditional cooking where locals and their families have been feasting happily for decades, and so should you, any chance you get. The fact Colleoni is located in Bergamo, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities, only makes a visit more interesting.


Vinous Table: Wistub du Sommelier, Alsace, France

Vinous Table, France: Alsace

Ian D'Agata, Aug 2017

Wistubs are equivalents of modern day bistros but that harken back to past times, offering home style food in rural, country settings. Wistub du Sommelier, one of the finest in Alsace and a favorite dining hangout of local vignerons and wine lovers, rarely disappoints.

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Vinous Table: Happy Birthday to You

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Antonio Galloni, Aug 2017

This informal birthday dinner provided a great opportunity to spend time with a small group of friends celebrating life around a number of fabulous wines. Take out dinner from a favorite neighborhood trattoria was delicious, but the focus was on wine and the feeling of camaraderie that sharing great bottles inspires.

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Vinous Table: Ristorante Il Centro, Priocca, Italy

Italy: Piedmont, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

One of the things I like most about Il Centro is the menu that offers diners a good dose of the classics, along with more modern dishes that nevertheless remain rooted in tradition and a few whimsical choices that are a nice break from the tried and true standards.


Vinous Table: Quince, San Francisco, California

Vinous Table, United States: California

Antonio Galloni, Jul 2017

At its best, Chef/Owner Michael Tusk’s cooking artfully blends elements of innovation and tradition in dishes that are inventive and bold, with a touch of the whimsical. This dinner at Quince was full of highlights, even if there were a few rough spots. Regardless, we had a great time.

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Vinous Table: Ercoli 1928 Ristorante Parioli, Rome, Italy,

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Ian D'Agata, Jul 2017

For over 80 years, Ercoli 1928 has been one of the two or three best specialty food shops in Rome - I know some Italian foodies who would rate it the best. The shop, which is located in a central part of Rome, has been recently sold and the new owners have decided to double down and open a restaurant, Ercoli 1928 Ristorante Parioli, that carries the shop’s glorious name.