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    Best European Cities where one eat very well.. tripadvisor choices



    2011 best European Enogastronomic cities, Tripadvisor list based on its memebers choices

    Italy is omnipresent, but there are many surprises

    1FLORENCE, Tuscany, Italy
    Peasant kind of cusine...
    Simple ingredients, extra virgin oil, fava beans, pecorino cheese, wild game.
    Tuscan wines are very famous and excellent.. Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vin Santo dessert wine.



    2 PARIS, France
    It hosts many of the world's finest restaurants.
    You don't have to go to expensive restaurants to have an excellent meal.. and prepare yourselfe for excellent wines..


    3 ROME, Italy
    Traditional Roman cusine is an hearty stuff..
    Filetti di Baccalà, Pasta Cacio e Pepe, Pasta Carbonara, Carciofi alla Giudia, Coda alla Vaccinara, Abbacchio


    4 SORRENTO, Campania, Italy
    The sourranding panorama will steal your breath when eating you will look at Amalfi Coast, let the mediterranean atmosphere and cusine enters you..!
    This streap of land is famous for Lemons, they grow big and particularly tasty.. with this earth blessing lemons they do the famous liqueur Limoncello


    5 YORK, England, United Kingdom
    There's more than the famous Yorkshire Pudding... traditional tea rooms, pubs... infact there are many restaurants that serve excellent cusine from all around the world (Thai, Indian, Pakistani, Chinese, Italian etc..)
    Local beer it's excellent!.. Ginger beer was invented here


    6 SIENA, Tuscany, Italy
    Paesant kind of cusine, is the tuscan one.
    Try Pici (kind of spaghetti) and Panforte (traditional christams cake available all year round).
    The Chianti land is in Siena's countryside...


    7 BOLOGNA, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
    The cousine of this Region is very generous and hearty..
    This Region is also the homeland of Tortellini, Tagliatelle, Mortadella


    8 SAN SEBASTIAN, Donostia, Spain
    Tapas, tapas, tapas...
    Local Ham and seafood are excellent
    Try also the Molecular Gastronomy, this city is famous for sperimenting on it


    9 BARCELONA, Catalunia, Spain
    Traditional Catalan Cusine: Zarzuela, Fideua; Cava wine...


    10 EDINBURGH, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Traditional Scottish Cusine.. Haggis; but also Indian, Thai or a fusion of local cusine with ethnic cusine..!

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    No surprise that Italy dominates, considering their gastronomic traditions.

    Is anywhere in Switzerland recommended? How's Bern?

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    I have rather surprised by the ranking. I have been personally disappointed by restaurants in Italy. There are some very good restaurants, but one has to find them. The average quality is lower than what I have been used to in Belgium. Besides, restaurants in Italy are quite expensive quality-wise and not generous on portion sizes.

    It's also hard to take seriously that a ranking that has York in the 5th place, but doesn't list London, Brussels, Lyon or Bordeaux in the top 10. London is the most starred city in Europe after Paris and has the greatest diversity of food anywhere in Europe. Within Italy it is generally accepted that cities like Modena, Bergamo or Milan are among the best places to eat.

    If we count the number of Michelin stars per capita, the ranking for Europe is :

    1) San Sebastian
    2) Bergamo
    3) Bergisch Gladbach
    4) Bruges
    5) Lyon
    6) Salzburg
    7) Bordeaux
    8) Paris
    9) Marbella
    10) Basel
    11) Clermont-Ferrand
    12) Namur
    13) Modena
    14) Reims
    15) Dijon


    EDIT : Actually the Huffington Post mistook since it is Luxembourg that should be on top, with 16 stars for 100,000 inhabitants, more than anywhere else in the world and over twice the per capita ratio of San Sebastian.

    Brussels lost many stars in the last few years due to the top three chefs all retiring. Yet, the Greater Brussels still has 18 starred restaurants and 21 stars in total for a bit more than 1 million inhabitants.

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    3) Bergisch Gladbach
    ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkey View Post
    Is anywhere in Switzerland recommended? How's Bern?
    In general, wherever there is money there are good restaurants because chefs decide to set up shop there. That's why Switzerland, Luxembourg and London, which traditional cuisine isn't necessarily top-notch, all have an abundance of exceptional restaurants. For example, there are 13 starred restaurants around Luxembourg City for 100,000 inhabitants, including a 3 stars and a 2 stars. In comparison, the Greater Glasgow (2.5 million inhabitants) only has two 1-star restaurants, while Birmingham (2.3 million inhabitants) has three 1 stars.

    Even Madrid (3.5 million inhabitants) only has 9 starred restaurants and no 3 stars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maciamo View Post
    I have rather surprised by the ranking. I have been personally disappointed by restaurants in Italy. There are some very good restaurants, but one has to find them. The average quality is lower than what I have been used to in Belgium. Besides, restaurants in Italy are quite expensive quality-wise and not generous on portion sizes.
    well, i think to find good food in italy you have to spend at least 20-25 euro, with home wine, not with bottled wine, but the best restaurants and more economic are those in non turistic areas, in the periphery, hinterland of cities.

    if you want to spend very few money.. pizza plus an enthry is about 13-15 euros

    seafood, like an enthry of seafood plus a first or second plate of seafood is 25>, 30>

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkey View Post
    No surprise that Italy dominates, considering their gastronomic traditions.

    Is anywhere in Switzerland recommended? How's Bern?
    switzerland wasn't included in the top 10 choices of tripadvisor

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    Quote Originally Posted by julia90 View Post
    well, i think to find good food in italy you have to spend at least 20-25 euro, with home wine, not with bottled wine, but the best restaurants and more economic are those in non turistic areas, in the periphery, hinterland of cities.

    if you want to spend very few money.. pizza plus an enthry is about 13-15 euros

    seafood, like an enthry of seafood plus a first or second plate of seafood is 25>, 30>
    I have been to places where I was disappointed even for 30€ without wine. This never happens in Belgium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mzungu mchagga View Post
    ???
    Yeah, why Bergisch Gladbach, of all towns in Germany???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taranis View Post
    Yeah, why Bergisch Gladbach, of all towns in Germany???
    Via the Huffington Post:

    Quote Originally Posted by Huffington Post
    Bergisch what?! Of all the cities on this list, this is the most mysterious -- but the relatively small city in western Germany supports not one, but two, three-starred restaurants.

    Population: 105,723
    Michelin Stars: 6
    Stars Per 100,000 Residents: 5.7

    Pictured: A dish at three-star Gourmetrestaurant Lerbach that looks almost too beautiful to eat.

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