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28 of the Best Italian Restaurants in America

May 09, 2019
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Not a year goes by without the Italian category snagging several nods in the James Beard Foundation’s nomination. And this round, the 29th year and counting, was no different. Here are the Italian concepts who shined. And here's a look at the complete list of winners, which were announced this week.

Frasca Food & Wine

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Frasca
Frasca Food & Wine

Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, Colorado, won the James Beard for Outstanding Service. During the awards ceremony, co-owner and master sommelier, Bobby Stuckey, suggested a name change for the category to Outstanding Hospitality because, "it’s not about the front-of-house or back-of-house, it’s the whole house. That’s what hospitality is about. It’s how we make people feel."

Stuckey expanded on the idea during an interview with 5280 magazine. "Service is just one little piece of hospitality, denoting what you do to somebody," he said. "Hospitality is everyone making our guests feel good, from the dishwasher to the maître d’.”

Via Carota

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Via Carota

Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, of Via Carota in New York City, won the Beard Award for Best Chef: New York City. The West Village establishment—with decor inspired by a 17th century villa near Florence—is known for simple and rustic Tuscan cooking. 

"It seems to me that, when you ask someone who cares about restaurants what tops their list in New York—where they most want to go on a night when they’re not casing the buzziest new spot in town but looking for a deeply satisfying meal in a deeply charming setting—eight or nine times out of 10, the answer is Via Carota. In the way that a writer can be deemed a 'writer’s writer,' you might say that Via Carota is a restaurant person’s restaurant," writes The New Yorker's Food Critic Hannah Goldfield

Bardea Food & Drink

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Bardea Food & Drink

Bardea Food & Drink in Wilmington, Delaware, was a semifinalist in the Best New Restaurant category.

The Bartolotta Restaurants

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Ristorante Bartolotta
The Bartolotta Restaurants

Milwaukee-based restaurateurs Paul Bartolotta and Joe Bartolotta were semifinalists in the Outstanding Restaurateur category. Ristorante Bartolatta's Gnudi di Ricotta e Spinaci al Burro (pictured above) is made with Tuscan ricotta and finished with butter, sage, and grana.

Pizzeria Paradiso

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Pizzeria Paradiso
Pizzeria Paradiso

Restaurateur Ruth Gresser was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Restaurateur category.

Ethan Stowell Restaurants

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Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Seattle-based restaurateur Ethan Stowell was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Restaurateur category. His Italian concept Cortina is pictured above. 

Chef Vola’s

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Chef Vola’s

Chef Vola’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Service category.

Bar Marco

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Bar Marco

Bar Marco in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Wine Program category.

Ops Pizza

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Ops Pizza

Ops in Brooklyn, New York, was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Wine Program category.

Spiaggia

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Spiaggia
Spiaggia

Tony Mantuano's legendary spot Spiaggia in Chicago was a finalist in the Outstanding Wine Program category.

Renzo

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Renzo

Chef Evan Gaudreau of Renzo in Charleston, South Carolina, was a semifinalist in the Rising Star Chef category.

Sorrel

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Sorrel

Chef Alexander Hong of Sorrel in San Francisco was a finalist in the Rising Star Chef category.

Menton

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Menton

Chef Giselle Miller of Menton in Boston was a semifinalist in the Rising Star Chef category.

Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria

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Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria

Chef Ian Redshaw of Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria in Charlottesville, Virginia, was a semifinalist in the Rising Star Chef category.

Tratto

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Tratto

Chef Cassie Shortino of Tratto in Phoenix was a semifinalist in the Rising Star Chef category.

SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

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SheWolf Pastificio & Bar

Chef Anthony Lombardo of SheWolf Pastificio & Bar in Detroit was a semifinalist in the Best Chef Great Lakes Region category.

Zeppoli

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Zeppoli

Chef Joey Baldino of Zeppoli in Collingswood, New Jersey, was a semifinalist in the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic Region category.

Centrolina

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Centrolina
Centrolina

Chef Amy Brandwein of Centrolina in Washington, D.C. was a finalist in the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic Region category. The parmigiano brûlée (pictured above) is on the spring menu and features roasted morel mushrooms filled with velvety chicken mousse.

Osteria Radici

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Osteria Radici

Chef Randy Forrester of Osteria Radici in Allentown, New Jersey, was a semifinalist in the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic Region category.

Razza Pizza Artigianale

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Razza Pizza Artigianale

Chef Dan Richer of Razza Pizza Artigianale in Jersey City, New Jersey, was a semifinalist in the Best Chef Mid-Atlantic Region category.

Don Angie

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Don Angie

Chef Scott Tacinelli and Angie Rito of Don Angie in New York City were semifinalists in the Best Chef New York City category.

In Bocca al Lupo

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In Bocca al Lupo

Chef Beau Schooler of In Bocca al Lupo in Juneau, Alaska, was a semifinalist in the Best Chef Northwest Region category.

Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

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Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen
Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen

Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen in Memphis, Tennessee, were finalists in the Best Chef Southeast Region category.

Lucia

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Lucia

Chef David Uygur of Lucia in Dallas was a semifinalist in the Best Chef Southwest Region category.

Monteverde

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Monteverde

Chef Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde in Chicago was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category.

Lilia

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Lilia

Chef Missy Robbins of Lilia in Brooklyn was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category. 

Fiola

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Fiola

Chef Fabio Trabocchi of Fiola in Washington, D.C. was a semifinalist in the Outstanding Chef category.

Vetri Cucina

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Vetri Cucina

Chef Marc Vetri of Vetri Cucina in Philadelphia was a finalist in the Outstanding Chef category.