The best Italian restaurants of 2009 – Tuscany and Lombardy top the list

For those of you who love Tuscan food or are lucky enough to be going to Tuscany soon, here is the latest restaurant news: One of the most important Italian Restaurant Guides, ‘Guida ai ristoranti d’Italia’ published by l’Espresso has just been released. This guide includes 2800 restaurants and eating places throughout Italy (from the most simple to the most elaborate) plus all different types of cuisine (from minimalist or baroque to traditional or experimental).  The common thread for this overview of outstanding cuisine in Italy is the best utilization of fresh, local ingredients.The restaurants are judged on both cuisine and service.
 
There are many great chefs working in all the different regions of Italy, including those in Campania and Lazio where there is currently much culinary buzz.  The two regions that now have the most “Three chef’s toque hats” (top score) are Lombardy and Tuscany.
 
Tuscans are famous for using the freshest of ingredients cooked in simple ways to bring out the natural flavors of the food.  You may be surprised to know that each city, town or village in Tuscany has their own unique food specialties. You will find some of the best representations of these local dishes in the top restaurants.  Read more