Michelin Star Rating System

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Michelin Stars
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Based in Deer Park, Illinois, Larry Soldinger is the managing partner of L J Soldinger Associates, LLC, an accounting firm he founded in 1989. In his free time, Larry Soldinger enjoys exploring the world and eating at Michelin-rated restaurants.

Most people have heard of the Michelin Stars, which are awarded to the highest-quality restaurants around the world. The rating system began in 1900, when the Michelin tire company released a guidebook to France in order to encourage people to take road trips throughout the country. In 1926, Michelin started sending anonymous reviewers who are passionate about food to different restaurants to rate them. Since then, the reviewing corps has grown into a full-time staff.

The rating system is based only on the food, not on the service or the restaurant décor, and runs from zero to three stars. A one-star restaurant is very good, has a consistently high standard of food, and is worth visiting if it is on your route. A two-star restaurant is worth making a detour. Finally, a three-star restaurant offers exceptional cuisine and merits a special trip.


Michelin-Starred Restaurants in and near Athens

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Since founding L J Soldinger Associates, LLC, as a full-service international public accounting firm in 1989, Larry Soldinger has led the firm as managing partner. In his leisure time, Larry Soldinger enjoys visiting Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.

The Michelin Guide lists several restaurants worthy of visiting across Greece. These include Funky Gourmet and Hytra in Athens, Varoulko in nearby Piraeus, and Botrini’s in nearby Halandri.

The recipient of two Michelin stars, Funky Gourmet serves a variety of innovative cuisine from Chefs Nick Roussos and Georgianna Hiliadaki. Housed in a neoclassical home at 13 Paramythias Street and Salaminos in Athens, Funky Gourmet includes a minimalist dining room on the first floor and an art deco lounge.

Hytra, which holds one Michelin star, sits on the sixth floor of the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens. There, Chef Tasos Mantis prepares modern, elegant dishes for guests. The restaurant also boasts views of the Acropolis.

Located on Akti Koumoundourou 52 at the Mikrolimano marina in Piraeus, Varoulko has earned one Michelin star for Chef Lefteris Lazarou’s well-balanced dishes, which feature quality seafood and produce. Varoulko also offers spectacular views of the sea.

Another restaurant with one Michelin star, Botrini’s serves modern Mediterranean cuisine at 24b Vasileous Georgiou in Halandri. A family-owned establishment, Botrini’s has the distinguishing feature of offering homemade salamis, oils, and wines.

Top Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Europe

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Anna Stuben Gourmet Restaurant
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Since 1989, Larry Soldinger has served as managing partner of LJ Soldinger Associates, where he works with businesses on tax planning and preparation and other financial considerations. When not working, Larry Soldinger enjoys traveling the world and searching out Michelin-rated restaurants in Europe.

There are many Michelin-starred restaurants from which to choose. The following are three of the best, as selected by Conde Nast.

1. Anna Stuben Gourmet Restaurant at Hotel Gardena Grodnerhof, Trentino: A South Tyrolean lodge, Italy’s Hotel Gardena Grodnerhof offers a stunning menu at the Anna Stuben Gourmet Restaurant, which draws on high-quality local ingredients and pairs them with wines as suggested by expert sommelier Franz Lageder.

2. Largo do Paco Restaurant at Casa da Calcada, Amarante: Located in the center of Amarante, Portugal, Largo do Paco Restaurant offers a menu created by the chef each day, drawing on the freshest ingredients available in the market to highlight a Portuguese style that balances contemporary and traditional.

3. La Magnolia at Hotel Byron, Florence: Offering a constantly evolving menu, La Magnolia restaurant sources fresh, local ingredients to showcase the Tuscan flavors with both creativity and flair.

London’s Michelin-Rated Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

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Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester
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Larry Soldinger is a respected business consultant and accountant with more than two decades of experience leading L J Soldinger Associates. Larry Soldinger has a passion for fine dining and traveling and enjoys seeking out Michelin-rated restaurants in Europe. Boasting more than a dozen restaurants that have received Michelin stars, London is a fertile ground for the gastronomically inclined.

Two noted London establishments have achieved a perfect three-star rating: Gordon Ramsey’s flagship location and Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester. The latter restaurant features a restrained, traditional approach to fine dining. French favorites, from truffled chicken quenelles to foie gras, dominate the menu. A nod is made to British cuisine through menu items featuring premium local ingredients such as Denbighshire pork and Dorset crab.

A perennial favorite is the Cookpot, a trademarked pastry-enclosed casserole that features the season’s freshest ingredients. In the winter months, these might be apple, butternut squash, and Montgomery cheddar. In the summer comté cheese and greens such as asparagus predominate.

Two Michelin Star-Rated Restaurants to Try in Europe

A managing partner at LJ Soldinger Associates, Larry Soldinger has dedicated more than two decades to leading the full-service certified public accounting firm. In his spare time, Larry Soldinger enjoys traveling to dine at Michelin-rated restaurants throughout Europe.

While in Europe, USA Today suggests visiting Pic-Valence and La Pergola, restaurants holding the prestige of a Michelin star-rating. Run by Anne Sophie Pic, one of the few Michelin-rated female chefs worldwide, Pic-Valence’s rich history spans more than 125 years. The establishment has achieved three stars during each generation of ownership. Patrons indulge in country fare elevated with gourmet ingredients, like pigeon and frog legs, with timeless recipes including its famous sea bass with caviar dish.

La Pergola also maintains a three-star rating by Michelin. Located in the Rome Cavalieri Hotel, the restaurant offers customers a picturesque view of the city while they dine on dishes created by international award-winning Chef Heinz Beck. The menu consists of seasonal produce paired with unique ingredients, such as Iberian suckling pig. The restaurant also houses in excess of 53,000 bottles of wine, with some dating as far back as 1888.

Three-star Michelin Restaurants in the United States

Larry Soldinger is a respected accountant and business consultant who has guided L J Soldinger Associates for more than two decades. A travel enthusiast, Larry Soldinger enjoys fine dining and wines, particularly in Michelin-rated restaurants across the globe. Only elite restaurants receive the highly coveted three-star rating. Nine such restaurants are in the United States, with six in New York City.

Masa in Time Warner Center is one of New York’s most famous three-star rated restaurants. Led by chef Masa Takayama, the restaurant is famous for exquisite Japanese dishes. Reportedly America’s most expensive restaurant, the tasting menu for two costs around $1,000. Another perennial Manhattan favorite is Per Se, which has a $310 per person prix fixe menu. The restaurant is famous for its urban version of the culinary style featured at chef Thomas Keller’s three-star rated The French Laundry in the Napa Valley. Chicago only has one Michelin three-star restaurant, Chef Grant Achatz’s Alinea, which offers artistic platings and a creative twist on modern cuisine.