Italy’s 2020 Michelin Guide Released – What’s New

| Wed, 11/27/2019 - 00:00
Enrico Bartolini al Mudec Milan restaurant Michelin

The new Italy Michelin guide 2020 is out. The prestigious list of what Michelin rates as the best restaurants in Italy was presented on November 6 at the Teatro Municipale in Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna.

The 2020 edition of the Michelin Guide includes more than 2,000 restaurants, including 33 new entries, with the region of Emilia-Romagna leading for the number of restaurants featured in the guide, followed by Piedmont, Lombardy, Tuscany and Veneto.

Italy’s 2020 Michelin guide includes 374 stars:

11 three-star restaurants (1 new entry)

35 two-star restaurants (2 new entries)

328 one star restaurants (30 new entries)

Only one new chef was awarded the coveted three stars: Enrico Bartolini, with his Enrico Bartolini al Mudec, located on the third floor of the Mudec-Museo delle Culture museum in Milan. Michelin described Bartolini’s cuisine as a mix of “research and experimentation, which give an artistic touch to the rich Italian heritage.”

- All other 3 Michelin stars (10) were confirmed. They are:

St. Hubertus, San Cassiano (South Tyrol)

Piazza Duomo, Alba (Piedmont)

Da Vittorio, Brusaporto (Bergamo)

Dal Pescatore, Canneto Sull’Oglio (Mantua)

Reale, Castel di Sangro (Abruzzo)

Enoteca Pinchiorri, Florence

Osteria Francescana, Modena

Uliassi, Senigallia (Marche)

La Pergola, Rome

Le Calandre, Sarmeola di Rubano (Padua) (helmed by Massimiliano Alajmo, the world's youngest chef to have achieved, at the age of 28, three Michelin stars).

- For 2020, there were only two additions to the 2-star list:

Glam Enrico Bartolini, Donato Ascani (Venice)

La Madernassa, Michelangelo Mammoliti, Guarene (Cuneo)

- As for the one-star list, there are 30 new entries; among them:

L'Asinello, Senio Venturi, Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena)

Santa Elisabetta, Rocco De Santis, Florence

Gucci Osteria, Ana Karime Lopez Kondo, Florence

Glicine, Giuseppe Stanzione, Amalfi (SA)

Monzù, Luigi Lionetti, Capri (NA)

La Tuga, Adriano Dentoni Litta, Ischia (NA)

George Restaurant, Domenico Candela, Naples

Idylio by Apreda, Francesco Apreda, Rome

Condividere, Federico Zanasi, Turin

Otto Geleng, Roberto Toro, Taormina (ME)

Impronte, Cristian Fagone, Bergamo

L'Alchimia, Davide Puleio, Milan

It Milano, Aldo Ritrovato, Milan

For all foodies out there, the new Italy Michelin guide is available for sale in bookstores, or downloadable from the Michelin app.

The Michelin guide originated in France in 1900, the idea of the Michelin brothers (Édouard and André), the founders of Michelin, a tire manufacturer. The goal was to provide drivers with practical information on where to sleep and eat when they traveled, besides information on where to refuel, change tires and find a mechanic. It still is meant to be a guide for travelers.

The process to award Michelin stars is the same all over the world. Michelin inspectors visit the restaurants anonymously and pay for their meal. Their evaluation is based on five criteria: the quality of ingredients, the cooking technique, the chef’s personality, consistency throughout the meal and seasons, value for money.

The first Michelin guide in Italy was published in 1956.