All the Giovani Stelle, the young star awards given by the 2020 Guida ai Ristoranti di Identità Golose, presented yesterday at Terrazza Gallia in Milan
Monday 9th December 2019, 1 p.m.: the 13th edition of the Guida ai ristoranti d’Italia, Europa e Mondo di Identità Golose, the fifth entirely online, free and available to all. At this moment, there are 1,111restaurant review, that is to say 87 extra establishments compared to last year (in the 2019 edition we broke the thousand record, with 1,024 reviews), a number that depicts the gradual growth of signature cuisine, in Italy and abroad.
Of this year’s 1,111 establishments, 246 are new (here’s the complete list), 794 are Italian and 317 come from 52 countries in Europe and the rest of the world, with 7 new countries: Canada, Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Lithuania, Laos, Monaco, Romania, something unthinkable only a decade ago. There are 99 pizzerias(they were 85 last year), and the establishments run by chefs under 30 and 40 are over 550, representing around half of the total reviews, a number we hold very dear.
At this moment, however, it is very likely that the total number has already changed, because the destiny of the online guide is that it will change every day, for good («you really must include that place», as many might have reminded us during the presentation) or for worse (especially late in December, when it’s often the case that cooks end their collaboration or an establishment decides to make significant changes).
Three of the 16 awards of the 2020 edition
The 8 Storie di Gola from this year are all between two bordering cities
We can tell by reading the itinerary from Mauro Colagreco between Mentone and Ventimiglia, Christian Puglisi between Copenaghen and Malmö, wine producer Josko Gravner between the Collio of Friuli and of Slovenia, Paolo Lopriore between Como and Canton Ticino, Italian-Argentinian Paulo Airaudo between San Sebastian and Biarritz, cook Adria Marina and food writer Beniamin Chalupinski who write of Tijuana and San José, Tokyo Cervigni of Seattle and Vancouver and Fabiana Magrì who walks us around Jerusalem, the most emblematic city in its symbolising two different worlds. We’ll return on this topic.
The final notes are to remember that the total number of recommendations that can be drawn from the 2020 Guide is much higher than 1,111 because almost every review (around 900) also includes the chef’s favourite place. And if we also add the 80 or so recommendations from the Storie di Gola, we easily exceed 2K recommendations.
A picture we try to give as faithfully as we can thanks to the work of 100 collaborators who work with us from Italy and far beyond. This year we celebrate the debut of Erica Battellani, Concetta Bonini, Elisabetta Canoro, Andrea D’Aloia, Marialuisa Iannuzzi, Francesca Mancini, Barbara Marzano, Luca Milanetto, Clara Minissale, Gabriele Rosso, Paolo Sammartino, Marta Scalabrini, Luca Sessa, Maurizio Trezzi, Andrea Vignali and Fulvio Zendrini. A huge thanks goes to Elia Bogani, Cinzia Benzi, Manuel Crippa and Chiara Nicolini for all their invisible work back stage.
All the reviews are signed, enjoy the search.
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
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born in Milan, 1973, freelance journalist, coordinator of Identità Golose World restaurant guidebook since 2007, he is a contributor for several magazines and teaches History of gastronomy and Culinary global trends into universities and institutes.