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.
Anna Stuben Gourmet Restaurant
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.
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.