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Palladio Italian Restaurant at The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai Is Adding The “2012 Best Award of Excellence” to Its Wine Spectator Awards Collection

SHANGHAI, CHINA – October 22, 2012 – The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai’s signature fine dining restaurant, Palladio continues to impress wine aficionados with its wine lists, as recently the restaurant honored with 1 glass award from the “2012 Best Award of Excellence” by Wine Spectator Magazine.

Providing more than 480 wines on the menu, Palladio’s extensive wine selection enhances the dining experience and have collected Wine Spectator awards honored in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Diners will be guided by Italian Chef Gianluca Serafin together with the hotel’s Wine Director Fabrizio Bosco for making suitable pairings. Named after renowned Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508 – 1580), Palladio offers the finest Italian dining experience outside of Italy. The quality of the food centers round the selection of the freshest ingredients, signature dishes and new offerings celebrating seasonal changes.

The Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants with an exceptional wine list appropriate to their cuisine and appealing to a wide range of wine lovers. The “Best of Award of Excellence” is bestowed on lists that display either vintage depth, with vertical offerings of several top producers from major regions, or excellent breadth spread over several winegrowing regions. The wine lists typically offer 400 or more selections, with Palladio offering a selection of 480 wines.

Reflecting a blend of Italian and Ritz-Carlton traditions, guests will experience consistently high levels of personalized service by Palladio team; ensuring each dining experience is warm, relaxed yet fun. In 2000, just two months after its opening, Palladio received The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences “Five Star Diamond Award;” setting the stage for the finest Italian dining experience outside of Italy. The restaurant has also been honored with Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards’ “Best of Award of Excellence” (2007, 2006, 2005, 2004) and “Award of Excellence” (2003, 2002) for the most expansive wine selection in Shanghai. Additional awards include "Top Service Award" in the 2004 Zagat Shanghai Restaurant Survey and a recipient in the Shanghai Tatler Magazine’s “Best Restaurants’ Guide.”

Lunch is served 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Monday to Saturday), and dinner is served 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. (Monday to Sunday). Reservations can be made by calling Palladio at 6279 7188 or dining reservation at 6279 7977.

For additional information about this press release contact:

Els Ramadhinta
Senior Director of Communications
The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai
1376 Nanjing Xi Road
Shanghai 200040
P.R. China
Telephone: +86 21 6279 8888
Direct: +86 21 6279 7961
Cell: +86 13611673769
Facsimile: (86 21) 6279 7014
Email: els.ramadhinta@ritzcarlton.com