Michelin has awarded Piazza Duomo in Alba, Italy, its highest accolade of three stars.
Chef Enrico Crippa joins an elite group of seven chefs to hold three stars in Italy. He was praised for his highly creative, top quality dishes that are deeply rooted in the local tradition.
Three Italian restaurants were awarded two stars by Michelin: Antica Osteria Cera in Campagna Lupia, Lughetto, which specialises in raw saltwater fish; Agli Amici, in Udine, Godia, whose cuisine is described by Michelin as "highly creative"; and La Trota in Rivodutri, which offers a contemporary take on the local terroir style.
Meanwhile 10 new establishments earned their first star, bringing the total of starred restaurants in Italy to 261. Michelin also recognised 51 new restaurants (277 in total) with its Bib Gourmand distinction for offering good value with a full menu for less than €30.
"The number of restaurants offering a menu of less than €25-30 and the growing number of starred restaurants make the 2013 Michelin guide to Italy a practical tool for everyone to use, depending on his or her tastes or needs, but also budget, in the bel paese of fine dining," says Michael Ellis, managing director of the Michelin guide.
"The inspectors' extensive fieldwork shows that Italy is an extremely fertile terroir, where young talents are moving up and where the cuisine is highly varied, because it is often regional, classic, creative or open to the flavours and tastes of the entire world."
By Kerstin Kühn
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