Two local restaurants have been recognized by AAA for their excellence and service.

La Pizzaria in Jackson Township and the Crush House at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton are among the 7 percent of 59,000 AAA Diamond-rated hotels and restaurants in the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean to earn AAA’s new “Best Of” distinction.

To earn the distinction, restaurants and hotels must pass an unannounced, on-site evaluation by a professional inspector who determines appropriate rating levels on a scale of one to five diamonds, based on the extensiveness of services, facilities and amenities.

Properties that earn the new “best of” distinction have overall ratings in the top 20 percent of their diamond rating level and no AAA member complaints in the past 12 months.

AAA inspectors cited La Pizzaria's "beautiful dining rooms," "upscale decor" and "friendly and attentive waitstaff” among its highlights.

The Crush House was lauded for dining specials that are "always flavorful and worth a try" and a helpful staff.

Travelers can find more hotels and restaurants that have earned the “best of” distinction by visiting http://AAA.com/123Diamonds.