What to eat at Italy's Osteria Francescana, the world's best restaurant.
According to The World's 50 Best Restaurants, Italy's Osteria Francescana first became the world's best restaurant in 2016.
Basing on votes from more than 1,000 leaders in the culinary community, Osteria Francescana ranked the #1 eatery on the planet. And it continued to hold the No. 2 position in 2017 and No. 1 in 2018.
Although Mirazur overtook it in 2019, Osteria Francescana still delivers one of the world's very finest dining experiences, combining nods to tradition with fierce modernity and philosophical conceptions with old-fashioned flavor, warmth, and daring.
Note: The World's 50 Best Restaurants postponed its 2020 listing to 2021 as the brand focuses its attention on supporting global recovery.
Discover Osteria Francescana
Having scooped the top spot on the World's 50 Best Restaurant list on two occasions, Osteria Francescana is a colossus of the global fine-dining scene.
Located at Via Stella 22, Circoscrizione 1, Modena, 41121 Modena MO, Italy, Osteria Francescana is headed by world-famous chef Massimo Bottura.
Massimo's modern Italian menus are influenced by jazz, painting, childhood memories, and his Emilia-Romagna homeland. And his dishes are as whimsical as they are challenging.
Expect playful takes on classic dishes such as a deconstructed dessert known as 'Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart.' Other popular signatures include 'Five Ages of Parmigiano Reggiano' creation, a textural exploration of the region's famous cheese.
And if you're wondering what dishes it takes to become the #1 restaurant in the world, here's a look at Osteria Francescana's menu.
#1 Autumn in New York
With a look that plays on the Big Apple, Massimo blended seasonal ingredients with a broth.
#2 An Eel Swimming up the Po River
This is a favorite. It includes fish alongside polenta, Campanie apple jelly, and burnt saba onion, with charcoal salt.
#3 Fish Soup
While this dish doesn't look much like soup, Massimo took mussel and clam puree and topped it with cooked fish and shellfish.
The chef completed the creation by plating it with seaweed crackers.
#4 Beautiful, Psychedelic Spin-painted Veal, Not Flame Grilled
This is perhaps one of Massimo's most stunning dishes
It's a cut of veal, cooked slowly, and served with pureed roasted potato, sour cherry, and a liquified mix of parsley, abrotanum, and mugwort.
Massimo completed the dish by adding balsamic drizzle.
This favorite pays homage to artist Damien Hirst.
#5 Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart
To polish off a meal, Massimo deconstructed a lemon dessert and called it, 'Oops! I Dropped the Lemon Tart.' This is a nod to artist Ai Weiwei.