20. Venetian Restaurant (Aschau im Chiemgau) from 20 Best Restaurants in Germany

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Residenz Heinz Winkler
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20. Venetian Restaurant (Aschau im Chiemgau)

If you’re wondering why this opulently furnished restaurant, with its winter garden and mountain terrace — located in the Residenz Heinz Winkler, a colorfully ornamented hotel southeast of Munich in the Bavarian Alps — is named for an Italian city… Well, owner-chef Winkler was actually born in Italy, in Brixen (or Bressanone), a city in the South Tyrol, German-speaking but part of Italy since after World War I. Winkler, who honed his craft in the kitchen of Paul Bocuse, nonetheless has made his career in Germany, where he became the youngest chef (and also the first Italian-born chef) ever to receive three Michelin stars, back in 1981. This was at the famous Tantris in Munich. In 1991, Winkler left the big city to open this mountain retreat. His cooking has lost none of its confident skill, though, as anyone who enjoys his foie gras with quince and pine nuts, mildly smoked sturgeon fillet with wasabi and char caviar, Bresse pigeon with violet mustard and almonds, or warm chocolate cake with rum cream and pickled cherries will discover.