Milan consolidated his status as one of the gastronomic capitals of the world last Tuesday in Parma, when the 62th edition of the Italian version of the Michelin guide was presented. Eleven restaurants have been awarded one Michelin star, while a whopping five restaurants achieved a second star.
Enrico Bartolini's restaurant at Museo delle Culture, opened only seven months ago, has been awarded two stars. A stunning achievement for one of the best chefs in Italy who became the ceremony's hero by winning a poker of stars, complete with his one-starred Casual Restaurant in Bergamo and Trattoria Enrico Bartolini in Castiglione della Pescaia.
The other three brand new Michelin stars have been granted to Felix Lo Basso Restaurant, serving a contemporary Milanese menu on the top floor of Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Lume Restaurant, offering creative Italian cuisine in a former industrial setting, and Seta, the luxury restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Hotel which now boasts two Michelin stars.
However, most of the 2017 stars have been granted to restaurants that already had them in last year's issue. There is a wide range of cuisines and influences reflected in the list, from creative takes on traditional Italian cuisine at Sadler, Il Luogo di Aimo e Nadia - both with two stars-, Innocenti Evasioni, and Armani Restaurant, to the reinvention of classic Milanese recipes at VUN and Cracco, or original Mediterranean flavours at Alice Eataly.
Japanese cuisine is also well represented in the Michelin-starred restaurants of Milan, with Tokuyoshi and Iyo restaurants. Others take an experimental approach to fresh produce such as Berton, where unusual ingredients are combined in minimalist dishes, Tano Pasami l'Olio, a true laboratory focused on investigating olive oil varieties, or Joia, one of the very few completely vegetarian Michelin-starred restaurants in the world.