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ShermansTravel experts know where to find the best meal in town at the best price. Our restaurant reviews sift through the mountains of menus to highlight neighborhood gastronomic institutions and up-and-coming foodie hotspots – not to mention where to go for affordable, dependable fare complemented by a charming atmosphere.

Top Restaurants in Italy

Il Pino

Al fresco dining can be enjoyed during warmer climes at this romantic terrace restaurant set under the shade of a hundred-year-old pine tree and overlooking the bright blue Bay of Naples. Diners bask in the candlelight while an ethereal Mount Vesuvias looms in the distance. The menus (one for summer, one for winter) change seasonally, utilize fresh local ingredients and total approximately 50 euros for dinner. A variety of Italian and international wines are on offer from the grotto cellar below. 2009 Smart Luxury Award winner

Piazza della Vittoria 5, Sorrento, 011-39-081-87-81-024, www.bellevue.it
Tags: romance | editor pick | smart splurge | smart luxury winner | italian

La Gritta

In the 1960s, billionaire Prince Karim Aga Khan cherry-picked Sardinia's north coast as an unadorned hideaway for the fashionable society of his day. Nowadays, the north side of the island is fairly developed, and standing in the middle of Palau's built-up seafront, one might find it hard to see why the Emerald Coast is so notable. The real magic to this region comes on a plate, and the best plates on the north coast - along with its best views - can be had at a simple limestone building overlooking the Maddalena archipelago. La Gritta's cuisine makes the most of the island's sea bounty (all the fish is hook-and-line caught) and of produce from island farms - plus there's homemade bread, pasta, and gelato. Tourists and native Sardinians alike pack this Michelin-starred restaurant to savor traditional Mediterranean staples (like Catalan lobster, homemade pastas, and lamb ragu) all made with the freshest local produce. The owners, brothers Beniamino and Paolo D'Amore, opened the restaurant more than two decades ago with Paolo cooking and Beniamino selecting the wines. In 2007 Beniamino's daughter Simona and her partner Roberto took over, adding flashes of the avant-garde to uncomplicated old-world flavors. 2009 Smart Luxury Award winner

1 Località Porto Faro, 011-39-0-78-970-80-45, www.ristorantelagritta.it
Tags: moderate | editor pick | smart luxury winner | great value | italian

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