Above: Tortelli with Parmesan, Arnolfo, Colle Val d'Elsa, Italy

When we review restaurants, we follow the same protocols as when we evaluate hotels: We always dine anonymously and pay full price for our meals. In 2021, circumstances restricted our culinary explorations to North America and Europe, but we were fortunate to experience numerous superlative meals in a variety of beautiful settings. Some of our favorites were in unexpected locations that aren’t necessarily associated with fine dining.

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