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Vinous Table: Happy Birthday to You

Vinous Table

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.

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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,

Italy, Vinous Table

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.

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Vinous Table: Lio Pellegrini, Bergamo, Italy

Italy, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jul 2017

Lio Pellegrini is an eclectic space housed in a 16th century building that offers classically rendered dishes. There are no bells and whistles here, just solid cooking with an eye towards classic recipes and traditions. That, along with well-sourced ingredients and an interesting wine list make for memorable dining.

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Vinous Table: La Coupole, Paris, France

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Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

With its Montparnasse address and splendid Art Deco interior, La Coupole delivers a quintessential Paris moment. The 14th arrondissment may not be the French capital’s most beautiful (not by a long shot), and La Coupole is not be the haven for artists it once was, but it still is one of Paris’s best brasseries. It makes an especially fine lunch stop when looking for simple, fresh fare and good wines.

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Vinous Table: La Siriola, San Cassiano, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Antonio Galloni, Jun 2017

A playground for adults and kids alike, Alto Adige offers world-class skiing, superb cuisine and fabulous wines, all set against the striking natural backdrop of Italy’s Dolomites. The Ciasa Salares hotel and its flagship restaurant La Siriola are must-stops for readers seeking the very best in Alto Atesino hospitality.

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Vinous Table: Les Vapeurs, Trouville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France

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Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Les Vapeurs is a delightful place to have an easygoing, delicious lunch or dinner when vacationing in France’s beautiful seaside towns of Trouville or nearby Deauville. Simple dishes and fresh ingredients abound at Les Vapeurs. Mussels, shrimp, lobster, clams, but also steak and fries are the mainstays. It’s a bustling, inexpensive place in which to eat, while kicking back, relaxing and watching the seemingly never ending crowd of vacationers stroll by on Trouville’s main boardwalk.

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Vinous Table: Osteria Alle Testiere, Venice, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

Venice’s Osteria Alle Testiere is one of my favorite dining spots in the world. I repeat, in the world. Small, cozy and always packed, getting a table is nearly impossible so plan and reserve ahead. You’ll be rewarded with one of the best, most authentic cuisines of the world’s most beautiful city.

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Vinous Table: Dal Pescatore, Canneto sull'Oglio, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Jun 2017

In the minds of many knowledgeable food experts and lovers, Dal Pescatore is Italy’s best restaurant. Housed in a beautiful countryside villa, with spacious, well lit rooms and large tables that are set far apart Dal Pescatore offers guests precise cooking deeply rooted in the classics and a fine wine list with older vintages, all delivered with professional but not stuffy service.