Newly released Michelin Rio&Sao Paulo 2017 confirms two stars for Atala, Italian Picchi earns one

May 19 2017, 06:00 | by Francesca Fiore

19 Michelin star-worthy restaurants with new entry listings – among which also the Italian Picchi in Sao Paulo – and the confirmed two stars for D.O.M. of chef Alex Atala in the lead. No surprises in the recently released Michelin Rio&Sao Paulo Guide. Here are the best Brazilian restaurants according to “the red book”.

Michelin Rio&Sao Paulo 2017

Alex Atalaand his D.O.M. restaurant in Sao Paulo stays in the lead of Brazil’s A–list dining scene, earning once again two stars. The third issue of the guide dedicated to the two most populated cities of Brazil holds no resounding surprises, only a few in the newly bestowed recognitions and a handful of venues that have been taken off the list. With a total of 19 restaurants, unchanged since 2016, it’s the specific weight of the two cities to have shifted. Now it’s Sao Paulo that’s holding the largest number of Michelin-starred restaurants, 13 in all. Still unreached, however, is the three-star trophy.

In and out

Three restaurants are celebrating their newly acquired Michelin star, two are new and one is a comeback: these are Laguiole and Picchi, both in Son Paulo, and Oro in Rio de Janeiro claims its star back. Bad news instead for Le Pré Catelan and Attimo, who have not made the 2017 list, as well as Roberta Sudbrack, which recently closed. The newly awarded now are in the good company of Eleven Rio, Lasai, Mee and Olympe in Rio, Dalva e Dito, Esquina Mocotò, Fasano, Huto, Jun Sakamoto, Kan Suke, Kinoshita, Kosushi, Manì, Tệtệ à Tệtệ and Tuju in Sao Paulo. One proud Pier Paolo Picchi at Regent Park Hotel in Sao Paulo is celebrating with his brigade at the Italian fine dining venue. The Brazilian-raised Italian chef has matured experience in the kitchens Casa Vissani, Balzi Rossi and Mugaritz. On his menu is caprese and tortelli with truffle and asparagus, risotto Carnaroli with tomato, pici, Barbera slow cooked beef and the ever-present tiramisu.

Bib Gourmand category

In the Bib Gourmand classification – a selection that focuses on both quality and price, featuring the best locations in a 30 Euro price range – there are 8 new entries. Only one in Rio and 7 in Sao Paulo, which confirms the south-eastern city’s vibrant vitality. Among these are Bottega del Vino (Rio de Janeiro, an enoteca with kitchen guided by Italian Nicola Giorgio) and Bistrot de Paris, A Casa do Porco, Niaya, La Peruana Cevicheria, Piu, Tanit and Ton Ton (all in Sao Paulo).

by Francesca Fiore
translated by Eleonora Baldwin

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