Michael Bauer Watch: What's He Got Against Oliveto?
Which raises the question, why is this year's list missing five of the Chron's three-and-a-half-star restaurants?
Leaving out Erna's Elderberry House makes sense, since it's not in the Bay Area. Since Chez Panisse is on the list, maybe Chez Panisse Cafe doesn't need to be on there, too. Silks and Dry Creek Kitchen (Healdsburg) got new chefs de cuisine late last year, and Bauer hasn't published updates since.
Maybe he's factoring in price. The guy implied in his blog recently that he knocked down Terzo's food rating half a star because he thought the prices were too high, which is just wrong since the Chron rates the food and price separately.
If he left Oliveto off the list because he thinks their prices are too high, he should knock down their overall rating down to three stars. Though in fact Oliveto's prices are lower than those at Acquerello.