Best Upscale Italian 2012

May 1, 2012

GOLD: Cioppino’s
Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

Silver: CinCin  |  Bronze: Il Giardino  |  Honourable Mentions: La Terrazza & La Piazza Dario

Thanks to chef and proprietor Pino Posteraro, Cioppino’s has a lock on this category. “Dishes with real soul,” as one judge put it. “Brilliant use of the finest ingredients, amazing wine and food matching, and beautiful attention to seasonality.” Another judge said the room was “in a class by itself—rigour in the kitchen, polished service, comfortable but unpretentious surroundings, and a deceptive simplicity to what are often sophisticated and highly imaginative dishes.” CinCin earned kudos for its “dependably high standards” as did standby Il Giardino, a favourite of the Bentley crowd, which mixes “good food and wine with sometimes boisterous fun.” La Terrazza and Piazza Dario both earned recognition for dependable fare and distinctive ambiance.


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