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Roberto Rossi and team in the kitchen of restaurant Silene
Chef Roberto Rossi at Michelin
starred restaurant Silene in Seggiano

If you ask my Tuscan native about memories of his best meal at restaurant Silene - the latest arrival among southern Tuscany's Michelin starred restaurants - he won't recite the dishes of an epicurean tasting menu but deliver the account of an epic football game right after his best friend's wedding lunch. 

Challenged by a group of local teenagers during a post wedding cake cigarette break, my Tuscan native and friends were drunk and stuffed with Roberto Rossi's gourmet food, but must have managed to look smart nevertheless when entering the village's football pitch in their designer suits. Legend has it that team Armani managed to battle off the assault of the sober 17-year-olds, but seemed on the verge of a break down when one of the wedding guests summoned for a penalty had to excuse himself behind the goal post to throw up a mix of vintage Brunello, wedding cake and homemade tagliatelle with locally sourced funghi porcini. He managed to keep the remaining courses to himself and - according to his friends - kicked a penalty that 15 years later is still being talked about by the inhabitants of the small Tuscan hamlet. But remain from bringing the issue up next time you order Silene's tasting menu - the locals may have a differing view. 

But to focus on stars not scores, Tuscany's gourmet classification is still led by Florence' Enoteca Pinchiorri created by chef Annie Féolde - the sole Tuscan restaurant with three Michelin stars. Valeria Piccini is coming close though from the south of the region with her Da Caino in Montemerano tightly holding on to two Michelin stars, whilst Winter Garden by Caino - her new culinary outpost at the St. Regis hotel in Florence - already gained its first.  

My Tuscan native overjoyed to meet the great Valeria Piccini
 at Extra Lucca (no football involved this time round)

The Michelin star ratings 2015 highlight a full six freshly starred restaurants in Tuscany (new entries in red in the list below), whilst the gourmet temples with two stars remain four: Valeria Piccini's Da Caino, Bracali in Massa Marittima, Arnolfo in Colle Val d'Elsa near Siena and Viareggio's Piccolo Principe, which gained its second star right in time for the season 2015, whereas Il Pellicano on the Monte Argentario coast lost one out of two Michelin trophies since its talented chef left the famous hotel to bring the kitchen of the Mandarin Oriental up to scratch in time for the opening of Milan's Expo 2015.

TOSCANA ( 1 ,  4 ,  25  )
CortonaARIl Falconiere
FirenzeFIEnoteca Pinchiorri
FirenzeFIOra D’Aria
FirenzeFIIl Palagio
FirenzeFI NLa Bottega del Buon Caffè
FirenzeFI NWinter Garden By Caino
CalenzanoFI NLe Tre Lune
Tavarnelle Val Di PesaFI NLa Torre
Tavarnelle Val Di Pesa / Badia a PassignanoFIOsteria di Passignano
Castiglione Della Pescaia / BadiolaGRTrattoria Toscana-Tenuta la Badiola
Massa Marittima / GhirlandaGRBracali
Porto ErcoleGRIl Pellicano
SeggianoGR NSilene
Marina Di BibbonaLILa Pineta
Forte Dei MarmiLUBistrot
Forte Dei MarmiLULorenzo
Forte Dei MarmiLULa Magnolia
LuccaLU NL’Imbuto
ViareggioLU NPiccolo Principe
Tirrenia / CalambronePILunasia
Casole D’elsaSIIl Colombaio
Castelnuovo BerardengaSILa Bottega del 30
ChiusiSII Salotti
Colle Di Val D’elsaSIArnolfo
San Casciano Dei Bagni / FighineSICastello di Fighine

For more info about southern Tuscany's Michelin starred restaurants click here. And in case you still wonder about the final scores of the best dressed football team of the nineties - they obviously won (3-1). A victory that made more than up for having to throw out their grass stained Armani suits. 

Team Armani after football game and wedding banquet at Roberto Rossi's Silene

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