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Vinous Table: Le Calandre, Veneto, Italy

Italy: North, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, May 2019

Nobody does modern Italian cuisine better than the Alajmo family of Le Calandre, the multi-awarded, ultra-famous restaurant just outside Padova. An excellent wine list, great service and a refined environment all contribute to the magic.

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Vinous Table: The Samling, Windermere, UK

Vinous Table, United Kingdom

Neal Martin, May 2019

Based on this dinner, The Samling probably deserves its Michelin star, even if some of the dishes were overly complicated and some combinations of ingredients worked better than others.

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Vinous Table: Xin Rong Ji, Huangpu

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Ian D'Agata, Apr 2019

Xin Rong Ji is an upmarket restaurant with multiple locations in Shanghai, specializing in award-winning Taizhou cuisine. The stylish but comfortable ambience and the stellar food make Xin Rong Ji one of my top discoveries of 2018’s dining adventures.

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Vinous Table: Le Bistro de L’Hôtel de Beaune, Beaune, France

France: Burgundy, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, Apr 2019

One of my favorite places to eat during my Burgundy barrel tastings is Le Bistro de l’Hôtel, located in central Beaune overlooking Place Carnot. Established in 2007 by Stockholm-born Johan Bjorkland, it is upmarket yet unpretentious.

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Restaurant Koehler – Auberge du Cheval Blanc, Westhalten, France

France: Alsace, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, Apr 2019

Restaurant Koehler – Auberge du Cheval Blanc, in the pretty Alsace town of Westhalten, strives for excellence but falls down on details that it must correct if it hopes to become a must-stop on any sybarite’s journey.

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Vinous Table: Restaurant Fitzgerald, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, March 2019

Talented head chef Remco Kuijpers is a big attraction wherever he decides to cook, but fact is, just about everything about Restaurant Fitzgerald in Rotterdam (in the historic and pretty Oude Haven) will impress you.

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Vinous Table: Yakiniku Futago, Tokyo, Japan

Japan, Vinous Table

Neal Martin, March 2019

This was a fabulous yakiniku set meal that delivered everything you could wish for: mouthwatering meat from the finest wagyu, stunning presentation and a bit of theatre.

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La Piola, Alba, Italy

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Ian D'Agata, March 2019

Located in the pretty, lively town of Alba, La Piola is more than your average Piedmontese trattoria. Impeccably prepared dishes offer something for every palate.

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Maialino, New York

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Antonio Galloni, Mar 2019

Our Vinous Table column often highlights extraordinary meals and fabulous wines our critics have the privilege of enjoying all over the world. This week I want to spend some time on a slightly different topic – the pricing of wine in restaurants.

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Vinous Table: Trattoria del Cimino da Colombo, Caprarola, Italy

Italy, Vinous Table

Ian D'Agata, March 2019

Trattoria del Cimino is one of Italy’s best country trattorias, boasting expertly sourced ingredients, local wines and authentic recipes that explain almost 70 years of happy diners and culinary success.