The line-up of top-rated eateries deemed worthy of the French-based guide's prestigious three-star ranking remains stable at eight, an exclusive club that includes Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana in Modena, recently proclaimed the world's best restaurant in a rival ranking.
The Modena eatery's menu includes dishes called "An eel swimming up the Po River" and "Yellow is bello". With its blue-grey walls, taupe carpet, artworks on the walls and photographs of the singer Edith Piaf, there are just 12 tables and most diners come for the tasting menu, with its €220 euro ($245) price tag.
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Italy's other top-rated restaurants are: Piazza Duomo in Alba (Cuneo), Da Vittorio in Brusaporto (Bergamo), Dal Pescatore in Canneto sull'Oglio (Mantova), Le Calandre in Rubano (Padova), Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence, La Pergola in Rome, and Reale in Castel di Sangro (l'Aquila).
A total of 41 restaurants, including five newcomers, get two stars and 294 are awarded one star, including 28 for the first time.
Italy is second only to France in terms of its total number of Michelin-starred establishments.