The current Michelin Guide for Italy, which I picked up just for the trip, was on point yet again. We were five-for-five with very good meals from restaurants mentioned in the guide. In addition to Parizzi in Parma, there was Da Ermenio in Assisi, Bussa-alla Torre in Murano, La Franceschetta58 in Modena, and Ai Gondolieri in Venice. This continues the luck I have had with Michelin in Europe. If it is in the Michelin guide, it is worth visiting. It doesn’t matter if it does not have a star or Bib Gourmand designation – excellent food that’s a good value – it usually serves very good food. It hasn’t been perfect. During my previous visit to Italy several years ago, a restaurant with star in country southeast of Rome turned out an unbalanced and unsatisfying meal – a set menu featuring just a series of all heavy dishes during the summer. It subsequently lost its star. That another meal a return to Bib Gourmand restaurant in Siena that did not live up to its initial visit were the only two of the numerous Michelin-directed restaurants I’ve visited. It even did good work in Ireland years ago.
I’m heading up to Chicago for a weekend soon. Maybe I’ll put the American Michelin inspectors to a test, as Chicago is just one of four American cities that Michelin judges. Their European brethren have been spot-on for years for me. Something to mention, is that the Michelin recommended restaurants always skew higher price wise. There is nothing in it that will be a cheap eat, often good values, but never inexpensive. You’ll be on vacation, though. Enjoy yourself.