One of the many reasons Italy is a popular vacation destination is the food. Yes, the history, culture, and art are all outstanding, but the food is exquisite. Italians shun fast food and pre-prepared meals. Italian food is fresh, local, and made with love. To make the most of your time in Italy, we have compiled a list of the best-rated Michelin Star restaurants in Italy for you. Italy is home to ten 3-star Michelin restaurants, 39 two-star restaurants, and 317 restaurants with one-star. These are the top Michelin star Italy restaurants are perfect for your next trip.
“This superb restaurant is suspended above the Eternal City in the magnificent setting of a panoramic roof garden. Mediterranean cuisine (chef Heinz Beck’s constant passion), a systematic search for the best quality ingredients, and an added dose of creativity all come together in La Pergola. The restaurant’s success speaks for itself.” -Michelin Guide
“Your meal makes an impressive start with a series of creative finger-food options, while the herbs, flowers, vegetables and fruit (often from the restaurant’s own biodynamic garden) play a starring role in the main dishes, adding to their flavour and presentation. In this gourmet atelier, chef Enrico Crippa celebrates the Langhe region to the full, while using aesthetics and meticulous techniques that are 100% Japanese.” -Michelin Guide
“Chef Niederkofler, known to one and all as Norbert, creates superb Alpine cuisine flavouring his dishes with typical ingredients from the region such as mountain pine, juniper, flowers and spices which he personally sources from local producers. His cuisine is a triumph of colour and flavour, as well as sophisticated techniques which more than justify his place among Michelin star-holders!” -Michelin Guide
“Housed in a villa in the Bergamasco foothills, Da Vittorio is the perfect example of a welcoming, well-run family restaurant. Elegant without being stuffy and sumptuous without being cold, the restaurant offers its guests a warm and spontaneously friendly welcome. Add to this a memorable choice of expertly prepared dishes with a real emphasis on flavour, followed by some delicious desserts, and you have a truly memorable gastronomic experience!” Michelin Guide
“Hidden among the fields and meanders of the Parco dell’Oglio, the charming village of Runate – with just a few dozen inhabitants – has become synonymous with high-end dining. From generation to generation for almost a century, the Santini family has welcomed guests to this magical restaurant. Here, the ambiance, food and service combine to provide a truly memorable and harmonious dining experience.” -Michelin Guide
“For decades Pinchiorri has represented luxury and haute cuisine at the highest level in Italy. The restaurant has a number of dining rooms, including a historic room, which has an almost museum-like feel. Highly attentive service from the legendary owners, Annie and Giorgio, and an excellent menu featuring the best of Tuscan, Italian and international cuisine. The wine list is renowned across the globe.” – Michelin Guide
“The cuisine at this restaurant is certainly top notch. The dishes are light and well balanced with a focus on adding innovative touches to traditional recipes without being overly nostalgic. The Osteria Francescana once again confirms its place among the best international restaurants, while chef Bottura remains a culinary talent acclaimed across the globe.” -Michelin Guide
“Chef Massimiliano believes in experimentation, so the dishes served at this restaurant are continually evolving. However, the cuisine remains balanced and harmonious. There is a careful mix of traditional and contemporary flavours creating a whole host of unique and memorable dishes.” -Michelin Guide
“This stylish and elegant restaurant is almost right on the beach with the sea visible on the horizon and light bouncing off the white decor. It provides the backdrop for elaborate, imaginative cuisine with a focus on fish and seafood. Game dishes also feature on the menu.” -Michelin Guide
“A modern and minimalist feel is evident both in the elegant dining room of this restaurant and in the creative cuisine served within its walls. The culinary focus is on the purity of flavours, achieved thanks to the skilful chef and the top-quality meat and fish used. Everything on the menu at Il Reale is presented with an elegant simplicity that immediately brings to mind the minimalist beauty of Japanese culture.” Michelin Guide
Which of these Michelin star restaurants in Italy will you try? We suggest spending a emal in each of these Michelin Star Italy restaurants. For more excellent dining options in Italy, see our article about the best restaurants in Sorrento.