Tuesday February 12, 2013 | 04:00 PM

Bon Appetit food columnist Andrew Knowlton has named Primo in Rockland one of "The 20 Most Important Restaurants in America."

Primo is owned by James Beard award-winning chef Melissa Kelly and her husband, Price Kushner. The 13-year-old Maine restaurant is known for its extensive gardens, greenhouses, and raising its own animals. Knowlton notes that Primo's charcuterie program "rivals any in the U.S."

"What started as a humble country restaurant has grown to be one of the country's most sincere and exciting expressions of farm to table," Knowlton writes in his column "The Foodist."

Primo is in great company. Knowlton's other choices include Momofuku and Le Bernardin in New York, Alinea in Chicago and Cochon in New Orleans.

Knowlton describes the 20 restaurants he chose for the list as "fearless spots that drive chefs to innovate, restaurateurs to imitate, and the rest of us to line up."

To view Knowlton's entire list, go to Bon Appetit online.

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Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.

Meredith can be contacted at 791-6332 or mgoad@pressherald.com
On Twitter: @meredithgoad

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