A Guide to Top Restaurants In Less-Traveled European Cities

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Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Ristorante Angiol D’Or (at Via Scutellari, 1, Parma; 011-39-052-128-2632): Start with a bottle of local Lambrusco and torte fritte (puffy bread) with Parma ham.

Ristorante Uva d’Oro (Piazza Mazzini 38, Modena; 011-390-592-3971): This is a good place for lunch when traveling between Parma and Bologna. Modena is the home of balsamic vinegar, so stop off to buy some.

Caminetto d’Oro (via de’Falegnami 4, Bologna; 011-39-051-263-494): Originally a bakery, hence the name, the restaurant is known for pastas and breads made with organic flours.

Sète, France 

La Coquerie  (Cemetery Road 34200 Marine Sete; 06 47 06 71 38): Where Chef Anne Majourel showcases the best of the Mediterranean in elegant cuisine prepared with finesse and artistic flair.

Between Béziers and Montpellier, France 

Côté Mas (Côté Mas D5, Route de Villeveyrac 34530 Montagnac; 0033 4 67 24 36 10): Don’t miss the “seven dishes/seven wines” menu, in which refined plates — like charcuterie-wrapped quail served with pears poached in red wine — are paired with estate wines. 

Wiltshire, England

George Inn (High St, Norton St Philip, BA2 7LH; 011-4413-7383-4224): This pub has a front bar area full of character, while the back restaurant affords great countryside views.

Crown Inn (Off the A46 at Dyrham, SN14 8HZ; 011-4412-2589-1166): Crown is a traditional favorite of those driving in on the direct route from London.

The Old Mill (Town Path, Salisbury, SP2 8EU. 011-4417-2232-7517): The Old Mill is a 16th-century pub on the edge of town. It has a picturesque setting next to a mill pond with a great view of the famous Salisbury Cathedral across a meadow.

Black Dog (Salisbury Road, Chilmark SP3 5AH. 011-4417-2271-6344): Visitors will love the garden in summer and the warm fireplace in winter.

Spread Eagle (Stourton BA12 6QE. 011-4417-4784-0587): For a taste of traditional food such as fish and chips, this is the place to go, but it does get busy at peak hours.