The Best Italian Restaurants in The World 2022: Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto wins First Place in this Special Classification

Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto wins First Place in The Best Italian Restaurants in The World 2022

Also among the top three are Fiola, in Washington DC,

and Da Vittorio Shanghai.

Massimiliano Sena (Il Lago – Ginevra)

wins the Special Award of Chef of the Year.

Nino Graziano (Semifreddo – Moscow),

has been recognized with the Inspirational Model award.

USA and France are the countries with the most placements in the ranking.


Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto is the best venue for Italian cuisine outside of our national borders.  This has been declared by the The Best Italian Restaurants in the World 2022 – Prosecco DOC Award classification.  This ranking is part of the 50 Top Italy brand, the noteworthy, freely accessible online guide that was created by LSDM, the International Congress of gourmet cooking, and by the journalistic publication Luciano Pignataro Wine&Food Blog.

The Canadian venue of the historic locale on the Sorrento Penninsula owned by the Laccarino family has topped this year’s ranking.  It was followed by Fiola in Washington, DC, the flagship restaurant of chef Fabio Trabocchi.  In third place is Da Vittorio Shanghai, another great in the tricolor restaurant sector, which has ties to the Cerea brothers of Brusaporto.  Also in the top five are Otto e Mezzo – Bombana, in Hong Kong, and Sesamo, in Marrakesh.

A series of Special Awards have also been conferred.  Massimiliano Sena, from the Il Lago restaurant in Genevra, captured the Chef of the Year 2022 – Pastificio dei Campi Award. The important Innovation and Sustainability 2022 – D’Amico Award was given to Osteria 57, in New York. The Ornellaia restaurant in Zurich has won the Best Wine List 2022 – Prosecco DOC Award. Nino Graziano, who is head chef at Semifreddo, claimed the Inspirational Model 2022 – D’Amico Award. Finally, our first-place winner, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto, also took home the Lunch of the Year 2022 – Mulino Caputo Award.

Of the 50 venues present in the ranking, 7 are located in the United States and another 7 in France.  Both the United Kingdom and Japan are represented by 5 restaurants in the classification, China by 3, Canada, Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Singapore all have 2, and with one restaurant each are South Africa, Sweden, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Russa, Austria, Brazil, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Belgium, Denmark and Morocco.   There is a total of 23 countries represented in the classification, and each, therefore, has at least one great restaurant of Italian cuisine.

“We are certainly not the first to have discovered,” underscore Barbara Guerra, Luciano Pignataro and Albert Sapere, the three curators of the editorial project, “the worldwide success of Italian cuisine.  What we do note in particular, however, is that in recent years there has been a significant rise in the average quality.  The stereotypes and the false traditions that have surrounded the gastronomic culture of the Bel Paese are slowly making an exit, and so foreigners are now finally managing to discover authentic Italian flavors, even outside of our Peninsula.  And it is certainly no accident that this award has Prosecco DOC, a globally successful brand, as its protagonist.  It is a bonafide ambassador of Italy for the entire world.”


Project Partners:

Consorzio di Tutela del Prosecco DOC, D’Amico, Olitalia, S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, Latteria Sorrentina, Pastificio dei Campi, Solania, Birrificio Fratelli Perrella, Mulino Caputo.


The complete ranking for The Best Italian Restaurants in the World 2022 – Prosecco DOC Award:  

1             Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto – Toronto, Canada

2             Fiola – Washington DC, USA

3             Da Vittorio Shanghai – Shanghai, China

4             Otto e Mezzo Bombana – Hong Kong, China

5             Sesamo – Marrakesh, Marocco

6             Il Lago – Geneva, Switzerland

7             Il Ristorante Luca Fantin – Tokyo, Japan

8             Locanda Locatelli – London, United Kingdom

9             Restaurant Passerini – Paris, France

10          Tèrra – Copenhagen, Denmark

11          Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura – Los Angeles, USA

12          Acquerello – San Francisco, USA

13          Senzanome – Brussels, Belgium

14          Braci – Singapore, Singapore

15          Tentazioni – Bordeaux, France

16          Gusto by Heinz Beck – Algarve, Portugal

17          Il Carpaccio – Paris, France

18          Acquarello – Munich, Germany

19          Sartoria – London, United Kingdom

20          Principio – Tokyo, Japan

21          Aromi – Prague, Czech Republic

22          Rezdôra – New York, USA

23          LuMi Dining – Sydney, Australia

24          Caffè Stern – Paris, France

25          Armani Ristorante – Tokyo, Japan

26          Ornellaia – Zurich, Switzerland

27          Pastamara – Vienna, Austria

28          Picchi – São Paulo, Brazil

29          Semifreddo – Moscow, Russia

30          Pianeta Terra – Amsterdam, the Netherlands

31          Erasmus – Karlsruhe, Germany

32          Mosconi – Luxembourg, Luxembourg

33          Orobianco – Alicante, Spain

34          Bini – Kyoto, Japan

35          Buona Terra – Singapore, Singapore

36          Mancini – Stockholm, Sweden

37          Piero TT – Paris, France

38          SPQR – San Francisco, USA

39          The River Cafe – London, United Kingdom

40          La Locanda – Kyoto, Japan

41          Tipo 00 – Melbourne, Australia

42          La Sosta – Swellendam, South Africa

43          IT London – London, United Kingdom

44          Racines – Paris, France

45          Giando  – Hong Kong, China

46          Osteria 57 – New York, USA

47          Mono –  Edinburgh, United Kingdom

48          Dilia – Paris, France

49          Cioppino’s – Vancouver, Canada

50          Belotti Ristorante – Oakland, USA


Special Awards 2022

Lunch of the Year 2022 Mulino – Caputo Award

Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto – Toronto, Canada

Chef of the Year 2022 – Pastificio dei Campi Award

Massimiliano Sena – Il Lago – Geneva, Switzerland

Best Wine List 2022 – Prosecco DOC Award

Ornellaia – Zurich, Switzerland

Inspirational Model 2022 – D’Amico Award

Nino Graziano – Semifreddo – Moscow, Russia

Innovation and Sustainibility 2022 – D’Amico Award

Osteria 57 – New York, USA  



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