10 RESTAURANT STARS
BABBO New York City Babbo's 800-selection, all-Italian wine list is a worthy accompaniment to celebrity chef Mario Batali's haute-peasant cuisine. Best Buy Wine director David Lynch's pick is the red 2000 Foradori Teroldego ($30) from Trentino. "The Teroldego grape gives this a flavor unlike anything elseI tell customers to think of violets and tar."
IL CIGNO Scarsdale, New York The 550-bottle list of this Northern Italian outpost is the passion of chef and owner Steve DePietro, who has spent 15 years collecting deep, multiple-vintage selections of Barolos from top producers. Best Buy The 1999 Alasia Barbera d'Asti Rive from Piedmont ($35). Says DePietro, "The wood tempers Barbera's acidity and shows off its roundness."