Osteria Francescana Is Named the World’s Best Restaurant

  • Osteria Francescana in Modena Italy
  • Chef-owner Massimo Bottura
  • Osteria Francescana in Modena Italy
  • Chef-owner Massimo Bottura
  • Kathryn Maier

The winners of the annual World’s 50 Best Restaurants list were announced last night in New York City, and claiming the No. 1 spot for the first time was Osteria Francescana, a tiny, 20-year-old spot in Modena, Italy, which clocked in at number two last year. Chef-owner Massimo Bottura is known for his whimsical takes on traditional Italian ingredients, with dishes like Five Stages of Parmigiano Reggiano, honoring the region’s culinary heritage while displaying a notable artistic bent. We caught up with Bottura recently, and he named his 11 favorite restaurants in Italy for us.

El Celler de Can Roca, last year’s winner, slipped a notch to second place, and the vaunted Noma, which hadn’t been ranked below third since 2009, fell all the way to the fifth slot. New York’s Eleven Madison Park rose to number three, also winning the Art of Hospitality Award. (We should mention that the restaurant put its hospitality on display by hosting an epic party after the awards, featuring Questlove on the decks, bar-dancing by some notable chefs, and phenomenal quantities of Perrier-Jouët and cocktails featuring spirits from The 86 Co.) Central, in Lima, Peru, maintained its number four position from last year.

Other United States entries on the list are Alinea, in Chicago, at number 15; Le Bernardin, in New York City, at number 24; Saison, in San Francisco, a new entry at number 27; Estela, in New York, also a new entry at number 44; and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, outside New York City, at number 48.  Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn and Petit Crenn in San Francisco was named the World’s Best Female Chef.

The complete list can be seen on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants website.

We offer our congratulations to all of the restaurants and chefs honored.  (theworlds50best.com)

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