The Michelin Guide announced it awarded 27 new stars across California late last month, including two Valley region restaurants: Pasta|Bar in Encino and Morihiro in Glendale. 

The announcement included five new two-star restaurants and 22 new one-star locations after Michelin skipped producing a guide for California last year due to wildfire and COVID-19 concerns. Both Pasta|Bar, an Italian restaurant from husband-and-wife chef duo Phillip Frankland Lee and Margarita Kallas-Lee, and Morihiro, an omakase sushi restaurant by Chef Morihiro Onodera, earned their first stars. 

“As an international culinary destination and leader in the industry, California continues to impress Michelin Guide inspectors with a commitment to sustainable gastronomy and creative cuisine,” Gwendal Poullennec, international director of the Michelin Guides, said in a statement. “We are delighted to celebrate 19 promotions for restaurants that elevated their quality and consistency despite the challenges of the health crisis, and welcome eight new entries to our selection at the star level.”

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