The world’s best restaurant: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy
20 Jun

The world’s best restaurant: Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy

Osteria Francescana in Modena, Emilia Romagna region, Italy, was named the best restaurant on the planet. The announcement came from the World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards during a ceremony held last week in New York. 

Osteria Francescana, located in downtown Modena, a spectacular art city not too far from Bologna, is run by the worldwide famous chef Massimo Bottura: it had reached number three in the list both in the 2013 and 2014 editions. 

Bottura was emotional when his restaurant was named the best in the world, and commented: “I want to thank everyone because it’s been so hard, our job is all about art work. It’s all about our work, in the kitchen everyday to work and succeed.”

The board praised Bottura not only for his well known “twists” on traditional recipes, but also for his “Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano”, crafted into what was defined “forms and textures most diners will never have previously experiences. The chef’s ambitious creations perfectly balance the demands of honoring heritage, while embracing modernity”.

According to the board, Osteria Francescana boasts “deliciously executed classics”, typical of the Italian tradition.

On the 2016 list, 23 countries on six continents were included. Half of them were in Europe.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurant Awards is run by trade magazine Restaurant and was first celebrated in 2002. Today, it represents a true reference for the world’s food-lovers thanks to its competent jury of 972 experts, including food writers, chefs, restaurant owners and gourmets.

Let’s take a look at the current list of the ten best restaurants in the world:

  1. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy 
  2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain 
  3. Eleven Madison Park, New York 
  4. Central, Lima 
  5. Noma, Copenhagen 
  6. Mirazur, Menton, France 
  7. Mugaritz, San Sebastian, Spain 
  8. Narisawa, Tokyo 
  9. Steirereck, Vienna 
  10. Asador Etxebarri, Atxondo, Spain 

Picture: Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano (Source: Premshree Pillai on Flickr).