Our food critic uncovers six authentic family-run restaurants where—believe it or not—Mamma is still calling the shots in the kitchen.
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Europe's Top Family-Run Restaurants
Anya von Bremzen
Running a restaurant is truly a labor of love, so it only makes sense that some of Europe’s purest and most soulful dishes come from a family hearth. Fortunately, of course, kin cooking is a way of life across the Continent, from Wales to Istanbul.
And the flavor combinations that these clans concoct is causing a culinary commotion. The mother-daughter team at Oeteria di San Cesario outside Rome, for example, has drawn the praise of Rome’s food critics. And the husband-and-wife duo at Le Baratin in Paris’s 20th Arrondissement turns out globally inspired dishes every night, paired with wines from one of the city’s greenest cellars.
We’ve rounded up six of the most authentic family-run spots, but no matter where your travels take you, be sure to search out your own piece of household-restaurant heaven.