What are Anthony Bourdain's favorite restaurants?
There's a place in Rome called Il Timoniere. We shot there in our Rome episode. It's a really casual place and it's jokingly referred to as "the angry cousin's." They just do wonderful, very typical Roman pastas and braised dishes — it's very simple, but my whole crew's in love with the place. We eat there even if we're not shooting there.
Where else do I love? Asador Etxebarri near San Sebastián is the place that most chefs I know want to have their last meal. It's Basque but very deceptively simple. The best ingredients grilled with a fetishistic attention to detail. And we covered that place in one of the Spain shows as well. But, wow, that is an awesome, awesome restaurant.