The 30th edition of the prestigious guide is bigger and more complete than ever, even with new categories
Gambero Rosso’s ‘Ristoranti d’Italia‘ has grown exponentially over the years. From the 966 reviews of the first edition (1991) to the 2685 mentions in the latest one, the thirtieth. The Three Forks, reserved to restaurants that score at least 90 out of 100, were initially 10, and this year are 35.
Niko Romito’s Reale in Castel di Sangro (L’Aquila) obtained the highest score, 96 out of 100.
Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana (Modena) and Heinz Beck’s La Pergola follow closely with 95 points. Then, there are Le Calandre in Rubano (Pordenone), Piazza Duomo in Alba (Cuneo), and Uliassi in Senigallia (Ancona).
In addition to assigning the coveted and prestigious Three Forks, the 2020 edition has several new features. The new ‘Thirty under Thirty’ section selects fifteen chefs and fifteen maîtres who best represent the professional qualities of the young generations. The guide established also a new award the ‘Two Red Forks‘. This is reserved for those restaurants that scored 89 points. They are a step away from excellence and may well achieve it for the next edition of the Guide.
Sustainability and a close connection with the territory are also themed considered essential by now. For this reason, among the restaurants in the spotlight, there is the ‘Miglior Agri-ristorante’ (Best farm restaurant). This award went to Il Casaletto in Viterbo, which also conquers Three Shrimps.
While La Vecchia Marina in Roseto degli Abruzzi stands out for the enhancement of local products. The ‘Earth and Environment’ award, more relevant than ever, went to three restaurants. They are La Locanda del Benaco in Salò (Brescia), The Convent in Cetara (Salerno), and Al Vedel in Colorno Parma). The ‘Innovation’ award went to Moreno Cedroni who recently dedicated a new space, The Tunnel, to technological research applied to cooking.
Ilona Catani Scarlett