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Zagat America's 1,000 Top Italian Restaurants 2008
Zagat America's 1000 Top Italian Restaurants 2008 Author:Zagat, Nina and Tim A guide to the best Italian restaurants in 53 major markets across the nation. Created in partnership with Buonitalia S.p.a., and its' parent organization ? the Italian Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Forestry Policies ? the new guide showcases America's best Italian restaurants. "It's only fitting that we produce a guide to the top Italian r... more »estaurants, since in survey after survey we see that Americans prefer Italian cuisine to any other," said Tim Zagat, CEO of Zagat Survey. "The American public deserves to know when it is eating authentic Italian cuisine and this guide pulls together the best places to eat authentically around the country."
Findings from Zagat Survey's latest guides show that a whopping 27% of all surveyors state that Italian is their favorite, followed by American at 16% and French and Japanese at 11%.
In the past, Italian cuisine in America has largely been categorized as either Northern or Southern, but in recent years, more Italian chefs have proudly emphasized their regional roots. Americans are coming to understand the distinct tastes of the many regions on Italy and this guide illustrates these important regional distinctions and provides a glossary to help readers recognize authentic Italian food products.
Buonitalia celebrates restaurants highlighted in the guide for providing what they call the "Real Taste of Italy." This experience is made up of three things: (i) the warmth of the welcome and skills of the restaurant, (ii) how genuine the restaurant's products are, and (iii) the art of using simple and original cooking techniques to bring out the excellence of Italian ingredients. Buonitalia believes that the restaurants highlighted in this guide exemplify these qualities and serve as the de facto ambassadors for fine Italian cuisine.
This guide is not available in retail stores. It is available on ZAGAT.com as part of a special promotion and through the winning restaurants upon request.« less