David Giunta


Category: Travel

The World-Class Restaurants of Napa Valley

Wine Country in California is one of the most relaxing destinations in all of America. With such a large variety of wines and drinks to choose from, any true connoisseur understands the importance of properly pairing a wine with a meal. Napa Valley does not come short when it comes to foods, restaurants, or, unsurprisingly, wine selection. Here are the top restaurants in the Valley, which are guaranteed to make your time in Napa and unforgettable one.

The first on the list is The French Laundry, which offers medley of American and French foods expertly paired with some of the finest wines Napa Valley has to offer. A fan favorite since 1994 is the Oysters and Pearls dish. This dish contains tapioca pearls and a few oysters with caviar and creamy sabayon. This dish has been a staple of the restaurant and is a must-order for any first-time visitor to the restaurant.

Next on the list is The Restaurant at Meadowood. The only other three Michelin-star rated the restaurant on the West Coast, besides the French Laundry, the Meadowood offers exceptional food that draws its inspiration from across the globe. The menu is almost overwhelming as each dish sounds, and is, as delicious as the last. Furthermore, the wine selection is world-class. If you are on a budget but still want to experience the delicacies of The Restaurant at Meadowood, visit their much-more-affordable, but equally delicious bar lounge.

The coziest and most comfortable member of this is Bistro Jeanty. This bistro, situated in a small but charming town of Yountville, offers an incredible tomato soup puff pastry and a stunning collection of local wines which can be enjoyed in their outdoor patio area.

Zuzu - Napa Valley

Zuzu is a bit of an anomaly with regards to the culinary scene in Napa Valley. Many restaurants are french inspired, which pairs nicely with the extensive wine collections that Napa has to offer. Zuzu, however, is a Spanish tapas restaurant and boasts an extensive collection of wine that perfectly complements their Iberian dishes. The restaurant does not take reservations, but it’s well worth the wait.

Another top-notch restaurant in Napa Valley is Solbar. Like Zuzu, this is one of the few top-rated Napa restaurants that does not feature contemporary French cuisine. Solbar is uniquely designed with modern, sleek look and has an amazing backyard patio. The restaurant offers a great deal of the hardest-to-come-by local wines.

You may be surprised to find the Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, a traditional BBQ, American restaurant, on this list of highly-refined world class restaurants. But make no mistake, the food at Farmstead is top-notch. It has gained popularity in recent years due to the freshness of its food. Believe it or not, the cows are actually raised on site, as are the chickens. The restaurant also grows their own fruits and vegetables, and even produce their own olive oil. It may not be a popular location for wine lovers, but it is the best for a classic American BBQ in the region.

Five Must-See Museums in Italy

Europe, as it relates to western culture, is the mecca of great art and culture. People from across the planet pay a hefty fee to travel thousands of miles to have the chance to view the sites of France, the UK, and other European nations. Italy, which served as the birthplace of the renaissance, is chock full of significant cultural, artistic, and historical monuments with every turn you make and every gondola ride you take. Regardless if you are visiting Rome, Florence, Naples, or nearly any other Italian cities, you will encounter a great deal of museums, cathedrals, and paintings. If you are looking for a short list, here are a few of the best museums Italy has to offer.

One museum which inspires a sense of awe is the Museo Egizio in Turin, Italy. This museum is Turin’s Egyptian Museum and is the only museum outside of Egypt to solely house Egyptian artifacts. The only other such place on the planet is the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo. The Egyptian Museum in Turin initially began collecting items as early as the 18th century when European historians began closely studying and investigating Egyptian history. Exhibits in the museum include monumental stone statues, sphinxes, papyri, and even mummies. They have around 6,500 objects on display at any single time, and over 26,000 pieces in storage. The Museo Egizio has been popular amongst tourists and locals for decades and is a must-see if you are in the area.

Museo Ferrari - Italy museumsA trip to Italy would be incomplete without seeing some of the nation’s most famous and fastest cars at the Museo Ferrari in Maranello. This museum boasts six main halls filled with the instantly recognizable Ferrari Red cars on display. This museum is great for fans who love the Grand Prix and would love to learn more about one of the most famous car brands in the world. Not only can you see such marvelous cars, they also have a simulator where you can experience driving a Ferrari Formula 1 car for yourself.

Unlike the first two museums, the Musei Vaticani in Rome delves into the rich history of the Roman Catholic Church. Musei Vaticani allows visitors to explore the history of the Roman Catholic Church from the early 16th century on, and contains artifacts that helped shape the Church. Not only is this museum rich of history, they also house an array of priceless historical artifacts which certainly merit the long lines. For those who are traveling on a budget, the museum offers free entry on the last Sunday of every month.

Arguably, one of Italy’s most beautiful museums is the Galleria Degli Uffizi in Florence. Not only is it one of the oldest museums in the world, it is a go-to for any true art lover. It holds some of the most popular and famous pieces in Western art. It is home to Leonardo’s Annunciation as well as Sandro Botticelli’s Primavera. It also has work from some names you are sure to recognize including Michelangelo, Raphael, and Piero Della Francesca. The one downside to this museum is that it may overwhelm you with the sheer quantity of its artistic masterpieces. This is a fairly good problem to have when visiting. Besides the paintings, the architecture of the building is magnificent in its own right.

The final museum which is worth a trip is the Museo Archeologico Nazionsli Di Napoliin Naples. This historic museum gives visitors a chance to get a taste of many civilizations which include, Greek, Romans, and even Egyptians. This museum typically attracts a more mature crowd given the nature of some of its pieces. For any individuals who are looking to learn about a variety of cultures, this is the place to visit.

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